Big Data research project gets EC funding
Trinity College Dublin computer scientists have secured €4 million worth of funding under the Horizon 2020 scheme to develop new ways to build and maintain IT systems that use big data on the Web.
The ALIGNED (Aligned, quality-centric software and data engineering) project is a Horizon 2020 initiative whose chief goal is to allow developers to incorporate big data from the Web into applications, such that flexible applications and analytics can use data that exists in a variety of formats. This will lay the foundations for the next generation of big data systems that lower costs and deal with the challenges of dynamism, complexity, scale, and data inconsistency on the Web.
The project will be led by senior research fellows in Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity, Dr Rob Brennan and Dr Kevin Feeney, who will be supported by Associate Professor of Computer Science, Declan O’Sullivan, and are also researchers at the ADAPT centre.
“ALIGNED is an exciting collaboration between leading computer scientists and innovative European companies poised to increase software development productivity and agility,” said Dr Brennan. “It will develop technology to allow software developers to incorporate big data from the web into their applications.”
Dr Feeney said that project builds on previous collaboration with Leipzig University on web standardisation at W3C, and the school’s technology role in the ambitious Seshat Global History Databank, which seeks to revolutionise history, archaeology and social sciences by publishing expert-curated data on the Web for every human society that ever existed.
“Both enterprises and academics see the power of sharing and re-using data on the Web but cleaning and maintaining data so that flexible applications or analytics can be built on it is still a challenge, ALIGNED will address this need,” said Dr Feeney.
ALIGNED is expected to boost European IT industry productivity and competitiveness by providing new tools and techniques to build data-intensive systems on the Web.
The school said that the Wolters Kluwer Jurion legal information system will be a major test-bed for ALIGNED technology, while the Software Engineering Research Group at the University of Oxford, an ALIGNED partner, is already helping the UK NHS and academic cancer research teams to share the results of drug trials to accelerate cancer research. This work will be generalised and extended in ALIGNED.
Throughout the duration of the project, ALIGNED will also offer consultancy services and advice to European businesses seeking to build data-intensive systems.
“ALIGNED will train new Irish data scientists and help establish Trinity College Dublin as a worldwide centre of data quality research,” said Dr Brennan.