Big data, Networks and the Internet of Things: a mathematician's perspective

Prof. Desmond Higham (University of Strathclyde)

Monday 23rd May, 2016 17:30-18:30 Maths 203


The "Internet of Things" is a phrase describing the set of technologies,
systems and methodologies that underpin the spread of internet-enabled
applications.  Ultimately, the Internet of Things should involve physical
objects seamlessly integrating into the information network for social and
economic benefit.

At the heart of the Internet of Things is data-digital records of human,
technological and natural interactions. The data streams are large-scale,
varied and rapidly changing. Making sense of this data raises many
interesting challenges for those of us working in mathematics, statistics,
computer science and related disciplines. I therefore plan to discuss some
of our success stories, bottlenecks and wish list entries. Along the way,
I will mention how Google used classical graph theory in order to tame the
WWW, how new ideas in network science allow us to rank supermarkets
according to on-line brand allegiance and how we can compare the
cliquiness of ten UK cities.

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