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Conferences address big solutions for big data

8th January 2018

The storage, management and analysis of big data was the focus for discussion during two international conferences, held at Northumbria University’s London campus.

Data experts from around the world attended the Cloud & Big Data Computing and Intelligent Information Processing conferences, including researchers, industry professionals and those who use big data in their work.

Dr Arshad Jamal, Associate Dean of Northumbria University’s London Campus, welcomed the conference delegates and distinguished speakers from Imperial College London, The University of Liverpool, The University of Trieste, QA Consulting, Keele University and Fujitsu Services.  

During the two events, a number of new academic papers were presented, covering topics such as wireless networks, information security, communication theory, the Internet of Things and big data education.

Dr Huseyin Seker, of Northumbria’s department for Computer and Information Sciences, chaired the conferences. He said: “Big data has replaced oil as the world’s most valuable resource this century, and so its storage, management and intelligent analysis are firmly on the agenda, not only within academia but also industry.

“The two conferences that took place at our London campus complemented each other and addressed all aspects of big data along with several successful applications. We have received very positive feedback from those who attended and hope to establish new collaborations and partnerships as a result.

“We were very pleased to be able to host both these important international conferences, it was an excellent opportunity to help us increase our visibility and promote our expertise in this area among sector experts from around the world.”

Northumbria’s London campus was established in 2014 and specialises in Business and Management, Computing and IT, Cyber Security, Project Management and Digital Marketing programmes. The University works in partnership with QA Higher Education to deliver courses at both the London Campus and its City Campus in Newcastle.

During the recent conferences,John Gordon, head of the QA Consultancy Academy, delivered a talk on consulting opportunities and challenges in Cloud and Big Data Technologies. The conference delegates also visited QA’s purpose built Cloud and Big Data labs at International House in London.

John said: “Cloud and Big Data are the latest in-demand technologies and there are infinite consultancy opportunities on offer to work on these technologies from recognisable organisations in the UK.”

In total more than 50 people from around the world attended the conferences, which took place on 17-19 September 2017. Delegates represented a variety of countries, including

Morocco, Kuwait, China, Italy, Malta, Germany, Jordan, Japan, Malaysia, Algeria, Colombia, Iran, Russia and Spain.

For more information about the International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, please visit For more information about the International Conference on Intelligent Information Processing, please visit

To find out more about Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University please visit

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