Stan Matwin
Dalhousie University, University of Ottawa, Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Science
Keynote title : Big Water Meets Big Data: Analytics of the AIS Ship Tracking Data


In this presentation we will argue that Big Data technologies can contribute in an important way to an unprecedented breakthrough in the understanding of oceans as a factor in climate change, in transportation, and in supplying humanity with its important food component.

Oceans cover almost 70% of the surface of the earth, and supply at least 15% of animal protein intake for 4.5 billion people. At the same time, ocean are an area of human interest that undergoes currently a massive infusion of information technology. As a result, ocean data and its challenges will become a fertile ground for data science.

After briefly introducing Big Data, we will argue that many of the emerging data sources focused on oceans are Big Data. We will use the global Automatic Identification System as an example. We will introduce the AIS system and characterize it quantitatively. We will then illustrate some of the Big Data projects under way in the Institute for Big Data Analytics, Dalhousie University. In particular, we will focus on the analysis of fishing ship trajectories available through AIS data, and will show how this analysis can lead in the future to unprecedented quality of estimates of the fish intake by global fisheries.

We will discuss AIS data management, data preprocessing techniques, data segmentation, data representation, and data modeling (point-wise and geometrically). We will demo a specific implementation of our data management solution. We will present our early experiences with some of the basic classification tasks (ship kind classification, fishing gear classification, fishing-non fishing classification) using Markovian approaches, standard data exploration approaches, and classifier induction approaches. We will also show how alternative methods from Natural Language Processing can assist in the same task. We will also discuss early results and challenges with the use of Deep Learning methods (e.g. Long Short Term Memory) on the AIS data.

Finally we will discuss the ongoing efforts in data integration, particularly in standardization of ocean data metadata under way as an IODE and Ocean Data Integration Project. International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange.

Short Bio

Stan (Stanisław) Matwin is a Professor and Canada Research Chair and the Director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie University. He is also a Distinguished Professor at the University of Ottawa, and a Full Professor at the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Science (IPI PAN). Fellow of ECCAI and CAIAC and an Ontario Champion of Innovation. Internationally recognized for his work in text mining in applications of Machine Learning, and in Data Privacy. Member of Editorial Boards of the leading journals in Machine Learning and Data Mining, and the General Chair of KDD 2017. Besides his research involvement, Stan has significant experience and interest in innovation and in technology transfer.

Important dates

  • Call for event proposals: October 30, 2015
  • Call for dissemination event proposals: December 15, 2015
  • Paper submission (strict deadline): May 09 2016 23:59:59 pm HST
  • Position paper submission: May 30, 2016
  • Acceptance decision: June 13, 2016
  • Final version of paper submission: July 04, 2016
  • Final deadline for discounted fee: July 31, 2016
  • Conference dates: September 11-14, 2016

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