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Salford Lecture Series: "Data Science and Big Data: The Future is Now"

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Inaugural Salford Professorial Lecture: Professor Mo Saraee

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"Data Science and Big Data: The Future is Now"

In the modern world, data powers everything that we do. From the dawn of civilization through to 2003, 5 exabytes of information were created. In 2020, this colossal amount of information is created every 2 days! Data Science is transforming this ocean of data into a sea of knowledge.

The excitement in data science is in the journey towards achieving three significant kinds of results: discovery, insights, and innovation. In this inaugural lecture Mo Saraee, Professor of Data Science, will discuss the contributions and impacts made by data science and big data to humanity and businesses.

Can Data Science help prevent poverty?

Can it help to prevent crimes before they happen?

Can it drive driverless cars?

Can it assist with grief and mental health?

Can it help cities better prioritize limited resources to improve lives of citizens and achieve equity?

While the potential of Data Science and Big data is enormous, turning this potential into tangible social, technical and economic impact, takes cross-disciplinary training; new methods; scalable data and a computational infrastructure. Professor Saraee will also discuss lessons learned from working on a number Data Science projects over the past few years and highlight the opportunities, as well as challenges faced in this amazing field.

Held virtually on Microsoft Teams Live at 1pm - please register to receive the Live event link. This will be emailed to you the day before the event.

About Professor Mo Saraee

Professor Mo Saraee holds a chair in Data Science within the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford and is the programme leader of the MSc Data Science Programme. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Manchester, MSc. in Computer Science from University of Wyoming, USA and BSc from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

Professor Saraee’s research focuses on Data Science, Big Data Analytics and Medical Informatics and he has over 135 publications in top-tier journals and international conference presentations. He has secured and led funded projects with income totalling over £800K. His research has addressed multi-disciplinary, cross-school topics with transformative impacts. These include benefiting local communities, with a dedication to action through the real-world application of research, including developing and integrating innovative data mining approaches to improve human health, in collaboration with both Salford City Council and the NHS. As a member of Salford Anti-Poverty Task force, Professor Saraee has been instrumental in leading the taskforce’s work through an analysis of SCC’s data and shared the Vice-Chancellor Social Economic Impact award. In 2016, after winning a competitive bid for £50K from HEFCE, he developed and launched an innovative MSc Data Science programme that enables students to gain both an industry recognised certification in Big Data Analytics from SAS and complete projects with industrial partners (these include Capita, Operative, Visit Britain, Heathrow, Opus Energy and Camden Council). This programme received the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 and is a demonstration of Industry collaboration - creating career opportunities, meeting a skills gap and addressing the use of AI for Industry 4.0. His academic achievements also include supervising 13 PhDs and MPhil’s to successful completion.  Professor Saraee’s vision is to establish a Data Science Hub at Salford, promoting a cross-disciplinary field recognised as essential for the development of many other disciplines and industrial and commercial environments. 

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