[FOSDEM] [CFP] Data Analytics DevRoom

Olivier Grisel olivier.grisel at ensta.org
Wed Nov 3 17:46:58 CET 2010

Call for Presentations: Data Analysis Dev Room, FOSDEM

http://fosdem.org - 5 February 2011 - 1pm to 7pm - Brussels, Belgium

This is to announce the Data Analysis DevRoom co-located with FOSDEM.
The first Meetup on analysing and learning from data, taking place in
Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates (all dates in GMT +2):

Submission deadline:  2010-12-17
Notification of accepted speakers: 2010-12-20
Publication of final schedule:  2011-01-10
Meetup: 2011-02-05

Data analysis is an increasingly popular topic in the hacker
community. This trend is illustrated by declarations such as:

""I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be
statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that
computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s? The
ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to
extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going
to be a hugely important skill in the next decades, not only at the
professional level but even at the educational level for elementary
school kids, for high school kids, for college kids. Because now we
really do have essentially free and ubiquitous data. So the
complimentary scarce factor is the ability to understand that data and
extract value from it.""

-- Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist

The event will comprise presentations on scalable data processing. We
invite you to submit talks on the topics:

    * Information retrieval / Search
    * Large Scale data processing
    * Machine Learning
    * Text Mining
    * Computer vision
    * Linked Open Data

Sample list of related open source / data projects (not exhaustive) :

    * http://lucene.apache.org
    * http://hadoop.apache.org (including MapReduce, Pig, Hive, ...)
    * http://www.r-project.org/
    * http://scipy.org
    * http://mahout.apache.org
    * http://opennlp.sourceforge.net
    * http://nltk.org
    * http://opencv.willowgarage.com
    * http://mloss.org & http://mldata.org
    * http://dbpedia.org & http://freebase.com

Closely related topics not explicitly listed above are welcome.

High quality, technical submissions are called for, ranging from
principles to practice.

We are looking for presentations on the implementation of the systems
themselves, real world applications and case studies.

Submissions should be based on free software solutions.

Proposals should be submitted at fosdem.datadevroom at gmail.com no later
than 2010-12-17. Acceptance notifications will be sent out on

Please include your name, bio and email, the title of the talk, a
brief abstract in English language. Please indicate the level of
experience with the topic your audience should have (e.g. whether your
talk will be suitable for newbies or is targeted for experienced

The presentation format is short: 30 minutes including questions. We
will be enforcing the schedule rigorously.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event (e.g. we would be happy
to provide videos after the event, free drinks for attendees as well
as an after-show party), please contact us. Note: "DataDevRoom
sponsors" will not be endorsed as "FOSDEM sponsors" and hence not
listed in the sponsors section on the fosdem.org website.

Follow @DataDevRoom on twitter for updates. News on the conference
will be published on our website at http://fosdem.org.

Program Chairs:

    * Olivier Grisel - @ogrisel
    * Isabel Drost - @MaineC
    * Nicolas Maillot - @nmaillot

Please re-distribute this CFP to people who might be interested.

Online version of the CFP: http://datadevroom.couch.it/CFP

People interesting in attending the devroom are invited to join the
mailing list:


This mailing list will be used for announcements but can also be used
to let participants get to know each other and organize informal BoF
or drinkups before or after the conference.

http://twitter.com/ogrisel - http://github.com/ogrisel

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