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From June 30th to July 6th 2018 the two in Germany based Big Data Competence Centers ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig and BBDC are organizing the fourth internationalsummer school on Big Data and Machine Learning in its summer school series (20162017). The event aims at graduate students, Ph.D. students, researchers as well as well as practitioners starting or being active in the field  of Big Data and Machine Learning. Within the program, we offer inspiring insights into the area by selected research keynotes from international experts combined with industrial talks.  Prior to the summer school, there will be a "streamline" hackathon for hands-on development of an application for real-time analytics of streaming data.  Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas and to discuss the topics with other participants and speakers. The summer school also hosts several social activities such as a city walk and a dinner in a traditional restaurant.


Important Dates

Hackathon: June 30th- July 1st 2018

Summer School: July 2nd- July 6th 2018


The big data Hackathon and the Summer School will be held at the University of Leipzig 

Topics and Program Highlights


The Hackathon will focus on the practical application of stream-based event processing. (more Information)

  • Overview to building complex real-time data analytics pipelines based on open-source cluster-computing frameworks 
  • Implementation by using such frameworks
  • challenge: pick one or more real-time data sources and build real-time analytics workflows or tools, which improve strategic planning or decision making. Source are either provided by the samples or can self chosen and optional historical data sources can be used.

  The topics of the summer school include:

  •  Data Mining in Stream Data
  •  Machine Learning for the Sciences
  •  Declarative machine learning with Apache SystemML
  •  Confidentiality and Integrity of Cloud Databases
  •  Visual Analytics for Big Data
  • -Cypher-based Graph Analytics on Spark
  •  Web-scale information extraction
  •  Big Data Integration


(Preliminary) Program

Time Saturday
Jun. 30th
Jul. 1st
Jul. 2nd
Jul. 3rd
Jul. 4th
Jul. 5th
Jul. 6th
9:00 - 10:30 Hackathon
Welcome & Keynote

Hans-Joachim Bungartz
(TU Munich)


Thomas Seidl
(LMU Munich)
Data Science, Streams and Process Mining

Donald Kossmann
(Microsoft Research)
Confidentiality and Integrity of Cloud Databases

Martin Junghanns (Neo4j)&
Max Kießling (Neo4j)

Cypher for Apache Spark 

  break break   break break break break
11:00 - 12:30 Introduction to FrameworkAPI's CodingSession

Summer School Registration

Ulf Leser
(HU Berlin)
Web-Scale Domain-Specific Information Extraction

Daniel A. Keim
(Univ. of Konstanz)
Solving Problems with Visual Analytics: The Role of Visualization and Analytics in Exploring Big Data

ScaDS Sneak into topics
Big Data Integration & tbd.

Industry - tbd.
 12:30 - 14:00 lunch  lunch  lunch  lunch  lunch  lunch 
13:45 - Welcome (Erhard Rahm)
14:00 - 15:30 Problem
Matthias Böhm
(IBM Research) 
Apache SystemML: Declarative Machine Learning for Low-Latency to Large-Scale Deployments

Alessandro Margara
(Politecnico di Milano) 
Processing Flows of Information: Lessons Learned and Open Challenges

Klaus-Robert Müller (TU Berlin)

Machine Learning and AI for the Sciences —Towards Understanding

BBDC Sneak into topics Closing
Coding Session Presentation
& Evaluation
 15:30 - 16:00  break break  break break   break  
16:00 - 17:30 Coding
András Benczúr (SZTAKI)
Learning from data streams: Theory and Practice
 Industry - tbd Vesa Siivola
(Rovio Entertainment Ltd.)
Stream Processing at Rovio: Where we are now / Where we would like to be at
Industry - tbd
18:00 - ...    

City Walk Leipzig

Social Event tbd.  Dinner + Hackathon Award  Ceremony  



The places for the summer school and hackathon are limited - so early registration is highly recommended. The fee covers the attendance to all summer school & hackathon sessions, the social events (city walk, summer school dinner) as well as  lunches and coffee breaks.

There is a small contingent of discounted admissions (50% of the academic rate) for qualified master and bachelor students who are recommended by a professor.   Interested students or their professors should contact us to secure a place. 


Type of fee academia/university industry
Early Bird (until May 31st) 300 € 400 €
Regular Registration 400 € 600 €

For registration please follow the link.


Organizing Team

The summer school as well as the Hackathon are organized by the two competence centers for big data research in Germany, ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig and BBDC, in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. at the Leipzig University.


  • 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)
  • Dr. René Jäkel (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Dr. Tilmann Rabl (BBDC, Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Dr. Eric Peukert (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Universität Leipzig)
  • Karoline Kricke (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, Universität Leipzig)




 Auerbachs Keller (Goethes Faust)

Auerbachs Keller (Goethes Faust)


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