ShanghaiTech Symposium on Data Science 2015: From Scientific Breakthroughs to Smart Metropolitan
Author:School of Information Science and Technology            Date:2015-06-29            Browse:1422

From June 23rd to Jun 25th, 2015, School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) of ShanghaiTech University successfully held theShanghaiTech Symposium on Data Science (SSDS 2015) which took place in Pudong, Shanghai. SSDS 2015 attracted over 1000 participants from all over the world.

ShanghaiTech Symposium on Data Science (SSDS 2015) aims to promote research in mathematical sciences and computational technologies that are fundamental to modern massive data processing and analysis. The Symposium invited 25 renowned professors and researchers from world famous universities (Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of California Los Angeles, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University, Peking University, etc) and IT companies (Baidu, Huawei, etc) to present their latest research work and discuss future research directions of data science. 65% of the participants are faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students from leading universities and research institutes such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, Southeast University, University of Science and Technology of China, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, etc and researchers from IT companies such as HTC, IBM, Intel, Inspur, Huawei, Baidu, EMC, etc. 35% of the participants are master and undergraduate students from different Chinese universities.

SSDS 2015 is divided into two parts: a one-day tutorial session and a two-day symposium. On June 23rd, 4 tutorials were offered by 8 renowned professors and researchers held parallel in two different conference rooms. The tutorials were related to the most active research topics including sparse representation, cloud computing, parallel and distributed optimization and deep learning. Each tutorial attracted more than 200 participants. Participants were very excited to have the chance to learn from these speakers, with many of them sitting around the podium without seats. From June 24th to June 25th is the symposium. At opening on the morning of June 24th, ShanghaiTech Provost Jie Yin extended warm welcome to to 29 renowned distinguished guests and around 600 participants The symposium gathered 21 most renowned professors and researchers around the world to present their latest research works they discussed future research directions of Data Science. As a participant put it, “SSDS 2015 is a wonderful banquet of science, technology and innovation!”

Notably, SSDS 2015 invited 5 distinguished speakers researching in Data Science area including Stephen Boyd, Inderjit S. Dhillon, Wen Gao, Babak Hassibi and Katsushi Ikeuchi. Stephen Boyd is a leading scientist in the field of convex optimization, a professor at Stanford University, IEEE Fellow, Member of the National Academy of Engineering of USA. Inderjit S. Dhillon is a leading scientist in the fields of big data and machine learning, a professor at University of Texas at Austin, IEEE Fellow, SIAM Fellow, ACM Fellow. Wen Gao is a leading scientist in the fields of multimedia and computer vision, a professor at Peking University and Deputy Director of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering. Babak Hassibi is a leading scientist in the fields of signal processing and control, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, IEEE Fellow. Katsushi Ikeuchi is a leading scientist in the fields of computer vision, robotics, and computer graphics scientist, a professor at University of Tokyo, IEEE Fellow. They presented their latest research progress and thoughts on future trends of data science to the audience. Many young scholars had further discussion with the speakers during and after the talks.

Following three days of inspiring talks and in-depth discussion about data science, in the morning of June 26th, “Data Science and Smart Metropolis” forum was successfully held. The forum was hosted by Prof. Zhi Ding, the Vice Dean of SIST. On the stage were Prof. Yi Ma, Executive Dean of SIST and 5 distinguished guests including Prof. Sui Wei, standing director of China Society of Image and Graphics and former Vice President of Anhui University, Mr. Boming Shi, Shanghai Municipal Economic and Information Technology Commission, Prof. Songlin Feng, President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr. Mingshu Li, Director of the General Chip and Basic Software Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Mr. Tzumu Lin, Senior Vice President of VIA Technologies. Representatives from Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, Shanghai Pudong New Area Economic and Information Technology Commission and Zhang Jiang Hi-Tech Park Management Committee discussed also attended. These guests from government, academia and industry sat together with around 100 selected participants and had an exciting brain storm about how breakthroughs in data science can be transformed into applications supporting the construction and management of a smart metropolis.