Thursday, 30 November 2017

Digital innovation research focus group launched

TRAILBLAZERS: Hjalmar Mulder, an experienced IT consultant, as well as CPUT’s Prof Thomas Thurner, Research Chair: Innovation in Society, and Prof Ken Findlay, Research Chair: Oceans Economy, spoke at the launch of the Big Data and Digital Innovation Research Focus Group TRAILBLAZERS: Hjalmar Mulder, an experienced IT consultant, as well as CPUT’s Prof Thomas Thurner, Research Chair: Innovation in Society, and Prof Ken Findlay, Research Chair: Oceans Economy, spoke at the launch of the Big Data and Digital Innovation Research Focus Group

Big data refers to the use of data analytics to extract relevant information out of large-scale data sets which have become available due to advancements in data transmission and sensor technology.

To find out what big data can do, Prof Thomas Thurner, Research Chair: Innovation in Society at CPUT, started the Big Data and Digital Innovation Research Focus Group which was officially launched at CPUT recently.

During the launch, Thurner presented a big data approach to identify new trends in food technologies.

“With a rising population, new food sources are urgently needed, and new technologies in agriculture and food production open promising new ways,” he says.

Hjalmar Mulder, an experienced IT consultant, outlined the many opportunities big data offers for businesses.

Prof. Ken Findlay, CPUT’s Research Chair: Oceans Economy, spoke about the use of big data in remote sensing different aspects of the ocean ecosystems. Remote sensing is the scanning of the earth by satellite or high-flying aircraft in order to obtain information about it.

Oceans economies are critically dependent on ocean health and identifying impacts to ocean systems as early as possible is vital in the good governance of ocean space.

Big data applications have influenced decision-making in manufacturing, health care, government policy making and – of course – the discovery processes in science. Thurner says the possibilities for big data, though, go way beyond these fields

“The research focus group should serve mainly as a platform for big data-related research throughout CPUT,” says Thurner. “Furthermore, it provides a point of contact for like-minded researchers and students from outside the institution.”

For further information on the research, please contact Thurner on ThurnerT@cput.ac.za.

Written by Kwanele Butana

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