Alasdair Gray Seminar: Data Integration in a Big Data Context

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm
Conference Room, Urban Big Data Centre, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ

Data is being generated all around us – from our smart phones tracking our movement through a city to the city itself sensing various properties and reacting to various conditions.

However, to maximise the potential from all this data, it needs to be combined and coerced into models that enable analysis and interpretation. In this talk Alasdair Gray will give an overview of the techniques that he has developed for data integration: integrating streams of sensor data with background contextual data and supporting multiple interpretations of linking data together. At the end of the talk he will overview the work he will be conducting in the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.


Alasdair is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He previously held postdoc positions in the Information Management Group at the University of Manchester and and the Information Retrieval Group at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses  on practical data management and its application in information systems –  utilising and extending advances in knowledge management technologies to improve information systems. This approach has supported advances in science while deepening the understanding of knowledge based systems to support future applications. He has collaborated with a large range of scientists – from astronomers through the life sciences to environmental scientists – working with both academic research labs and industrial partners.