Curriculum development: Towards a data science curriculum for professionals

Side Track EDF2013, Day 2 10.04.2013, 10.00am to 11.00am

In recent years the amount of data that is available in digital form has been exploding and is still growing exponentially. Governments, companies and even individuals generate large amounts of data during everyday interactions. Accordingly, the problem of managing and analyzing this “Big Data” has become an important problem, and the availability of skilled resources to take on Big Data-related tasks more relevant than ever.

In this session we will discuss the scope and structure of an emerging data science curriculum for professionals, bringing together viewpoints of different stakeholders and technical fields. The session will be organized as a series of short talks positioning specific topics in the relevant disciplines (statistics, mining, semantics, large-scale computing, and so on) followed by a discussion aiming to identify potential joint activities and means to engage with the broader community. The session will be organized by the EU research project EUCLID (

Chair / Speaker: John Domingue

John Domingue is the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University and the President of STI International, a semantics focused networking organization with around 50 members. He has published over 200 refereed articles in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and the Web and his current work is focused on how semantic technology can automate the management, development and use of Web services. Over the last few years John Domingue has served as the Scientific Director for three large European projects covering semantics, services, the Web and business process management. He current serves as Chair of the Steering Committee for the ESWC Conference Series. Within the Future Internet arena from 2008-2012 he served as a member of the Future Internet Assembly Steering Committee. The Future Internet Assembly is a collaboration amongst over 150 European projects with a combined budget of over half a billion Euros aiming to develop a next-generation Internet. John also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Web Semantics and the Applied Ontology Journal.

Chair / Speaker: Barry Norton


Barry holds a PhD from The University of Sheffield and was involved in European research projects on Semantic Technologies over ten years at the University of Sheffield, the Open University, STI Innsbruck, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Queen Mary University of London. He now works in London in a role as Solutions Architect for Ontotext AD, where he provides consultancy and training services on Linked Data Management. Barry has presented several tutorials on Semantic Technologies at conferences including: the European Semantic Web Conference (EWSC), the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), the European Semantic Technology Conference (ESTC), the Semantic Technologies and Business Conference (SemTechBiz) and the Business Process Management (BPM) Conference. He has been an organiser and tutor at Summer Schools including the Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web, the Summer School on Semantic Computing and the ESWC Summer School. He provides training via webinars on Linked Data as part of the EUCLID project, and is a regular speaker and co-organiser of Meet-ups on Semantic Technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chair / Speaker: Nick Campbell


Nick Campbell ( is SFI Stokes Professor of Speech & Communication Technology at Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin) in Ireland. He received his Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in the U.K., and was previously engaged at the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, (as and as Chief Researcher in the Department of Acoustics and Speech Research, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (as, Kyoto, Japan, where he also served as Research Director for the JST/CREST Expressive Speech Processing and the SCOPE “Robot’s Ears” projects. He was first invited as a Research Fellow at the IBM U.K. Scientific Centre, where he developed algorithms for speech synthesis, and later at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he worked on the synthesis of Japanese. He served as Senior Linguist at the Edinburgh University Centre for Speech Technology Research before joining ATR in 1990. His research interests are based on large speech databases, and include nonverbal speech processing, concatenative speech synthesis, and prosodic information modeling. He spends his spare time working with postgraduate students as Visiting Professor at the School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Nara, Japan, and was also Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan for 10 years.

Chair / Speaker: Marko Grobelnik


Marko Grobelnik expertise is the areas of "data science" including Machine Learning, Data/Text Mining, Network Analysis, Semantic Technologies, and Data Visualization.  He works at “Jozef Stefan Institute”, the national research institute for natural sciences in Slovenia co-managing a group of approx. 30 researchers. Marko co-authored several books, co-founded five start-ups, is W3C AC representative and member of the boards for ELRA and STI. Currently he coordinates FP7 project X-LIKE on large scale formal knowledge extraction from text.