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Big Data Workshop

When Sep 11, 2014
from 02:45 to 02:45
Where Site Descartes Room F101
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The aim of this workshop is to investigate the potential positive and negative effects of the deployment of big data as a policy platform in Europe. It is organised by a European research network funded by an EU project “Big data roadmap and cross-disciplinarY community for addressing socieTal Externalities (BYTE)” that started in early 2014. BYTE conducts empirical research in seven sector-specific case studies to examine the potential positive and negative externalities of big data with organisations that are actually utilising big data. It will use this information to create a BYTE vision and roadmap for the responsible integration of European stakeholders into the emerging big data economy.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee  
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome and Introduction Kush Wadhwa
9:30 – 10:30 From big data to banality of evil Kave Salamatian, Savoie University
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break Illy
11:00 – 12:30 Panel 1: Economic & political challenge Stéphane Grumbach, Inria;
Claudia Werker, TUD;
Samuel Schauss, SNCF;
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 15:30 Panel 2: Big Data: Social, legal & ethical issues Rachel Finn, TRI;
Hans  Lammerant, VUB;
Pat O’Sullivan, IBM;
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break  
15:45 – 17:15 Panel 3: Setting the scene for Big Data in Europe Sebnem  Rusitschka, Siemens;
Lazlo Gergely, NIIF;
Guillermo Vega Gorgojo, UIO;
17:15 – 17:30 Closing remarks Kush Wadhwa









From big data to banality of evil: an epistemological and ethical analysis of algorithms

Kavé Salamatian

The past months have witnessed a major uncovering of US and other countries generalized surveillance. These information along with already known massive (mis)-usage of users privacy for commercial purposes and the increasing application of automated algorithms for controlling ever larger part of fundamental rights (freedom of expression, right to privacy, freedom of belief, etc), present major fundamental challenges both from a human and ‘hard’ sciences perspectives. All control and behavioural analysis algorithms are developed by computer scientist that are therefore in similar situation with nuclear physicist of the middle of the 20th century. It is therefore mandatory to develop an epistemic foundation for ethics of algorithms and people that develop them. This is indeed a large and hard task that will need a multidisciplinary involvement. The aim of this talk is to discuss about these questions and to begin a reflexion of the fundamental challenges that exists in this area.


Kavé Salamatian is a full professor at University of Savoie. His main areas of researches are Internet measurement and modeling, and networking information theory. He was previously reader at Lancaster University, UK and associate professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie. He his currently visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science. Kavé has graduated in 1998 from Paris SUD-Orsay university where he worked on joint source channel coding applied to multimedia transmission over Internet for his Phd. In a former life, he graduated with a MBA, and worked on market floor as a risk analyst and enjoyed being an urban traffic modeler for some years. He is working these day on figuring out if networking is a science or just a hobby and if it is a science what are its fundamentals.