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3rd International Summer School for Big Data - Aug. 19.-25. 2017

From August 21st to 25th 2017 the two in Germany based Big Data Competence Centers ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig and BBDC are organizing the third international Big Data summer school in its series. The event aims at students, graduate students, as well as  academic and industrial practitioners and researchers starting or being active in the field of Big Data. Within the program, we offer inspiring insights into the diverse field of Big Data by selected keynotes from international experts combined with possibilities for practical sessions to directly try out state-of-the-art techniques on relevant practical topics. The summer school covers the basics of working with large and complex amounts of data and provides an overview of relevant approaches and solutions. Thus, the participants can gain an insight into current research areas and acquire basic practical Big Data skills. Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas and to discuss the topics with other participants and speakers. The talks and keynotes cover a broad range of relevant topics and will be held in English. The practical sessions start with a Hackathon prior to the actual school start and will be continued during the week in tutorial-style sessions.


Important Dates

Hackathon: August 19.-20. 2017 (details, please follow here)

Summer School: August 21.-25. 2017


The big data Hackathon, starting at Aug. 19th. will take place in the

    Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich (TUM)

whereas the Summer School will be held at the

    Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (link to travel information).

Travel Details:

The venue has good connectivity to the transport system to arrive by car or public transportation. You can find detailed information to travel to TUM and also to get the the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre.


There are multiple options to book hotel rooms in Garching in close proximity to the event venue. A good overview is provided by the city of Garching: Hotel guide


Topics and Program Highlights

The Hackathon will in detail focus on stream-based event processing. Further details can be found on the program page.

The summer school will provide overview as well as deep dive sessions about the following topics highlights:

  • Overview about Big Data concepts and architectures
  • Data integration for Big Data
  • Scalable graph analytics
  • Data processing and streaming
  • Data analytics methods
  • Concepts of data and meta data management
Time Saturday
Aug. 19th
Aug. 20th
Aug. 21st
Aug. 22nd
Aug. 23rd
Aug. 24th
Aug. 25th
9:00 - 10:30 Hackathon
Welcome & Keynote
Summer School Registration Alfons Kemper
 HyPer: Building a Main-Memory Database System for Modern Hardware

 Ken Salem
Memory management
in Apache Spark

 Gustavo Alonso
Data Processing on
Emerging Hardware
 Michael J. Carey
Big NoSQL Data
  break break break break break break break
11:00 - 12:30 Introductionto FrameworkAPI's CodingSession

Wolfgang E. Nagel
Volker Markl

Rakesh Agrawal
Data-Driven Education: Technologies and Directions
(ext. link)

Ziawasch Abedjan


Stephan Wolf (Google)
Hands-On (1)
Introduction into TensorFlow

Erhard Rahm
Scalable Graph Analytics

Volker Markl
Big Data Overview


 Hackathon Summary
and Award
  lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Problem
Wolfgang Lehner
Next-Generation Hardware for Big Data Management
(ext. link)

Carsten Binnig Interactive Data Exploration

Guided Visit of

Walking Round
Trip through “Garchinger Heide”

19:00 Summer
School Dinner at Gasthof Neuwirt
Stephan Wolf (Google)
Hands-On (2)
Introduction into TensorFlow (cont.)
 Divesh Srivastava
Big Data Integration
Coding Session Presentation
& Evaluation
   break break  break break break Closing
16:00 - 17:30 Coding

Tilmann Rabl
Stream Processing

Wolfgang E. Nagel
Big Data and HPC
ext. link)

 Stefan Bäuerle, Jonathan Dees:
SAP Hana & Vora



We would like to welcome applicants from relevant disciplines and research domains working or want to start in the field of Big Data, which might be, but not exclusively, researchers, doctoral candidates and students. Accepted candidates are expected to to participate fully in the activities of the school until its end, on Friday, Aug. 25th (see schedule). Furthermore, we highly recommend to take part in the prior Hackathon event, to get in close contact on a technical level with researchers working in the field.

The places for the summer school are limited - so early registration is highly recommended. Furthermore, we have to raise a fee In order to cover expenses to host the event. This includes the attendance to all summer school sessions, the social event and coverage of the catering during day. The attendance to the prior Hackathon is free of charge!

We highly encourage current master students to apply for the hackathon and the summer school. By providing a recommendation letter by master students (from at least one Professor of the candidate), we reserve the right to charge no fee for the summer school in this case. If you want to apply for a student attendance, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register, please follow the link to the external registration page. The registration is closed and all places are filled.

Type of fee academia/university industry
Early Bird (until July 16th) 300 € 400 €
Regular Registration 400 € 600 €


Organizing Team

The summer school as well as the Hackathon are organized by the two competence centers for big data research in Germany BBDC and ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig. We highly appreciate the local support to host the event by the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and the Technical University of Munich!

  • Prof. Dr. Erhard Rahm (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Universität Leipzig)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Markl (BBDC, Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lehner (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Prof. Alfons Kemper, PhD (Technical University of Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre)
  • Dr. René Jäkel (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Dr. Tilmann Rabl (BBDC, Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Dr. Eric Peukert (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Universität Leipzig)