The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Big Data to wearables, a hardware perspective


Speaker: Prof. Ramon Canal
Affiliation: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00 EET
Host: Yanos Sazeides (

The socialization of computing devices and the reduction of their form size has led to the appearance of new computing paradigms. Building on the aggregate knowledge of these devices (either proprietary –such as a sensor networks and cash registers- or shared –such as phones) can yield information such as mobility patterns (i.e. road congestion), commercial interests and many others. Extracting knowledge out of these millions of devices is one of the quests of Big Data. Similar scenarios can be found in scientific computing (i.e. DNA sequencing) or web crawling. On the other end, each single wearable device may have multiple sensors connected. Plus, it needs to process them in real-time and –again- make sense out of the millions of sensor data per minute it gathers. Eventually, both ends of the spectrum have similar functionality needs. In this talk, we will analyze the performance requirements of this type of applications as well as its hardware needs. We will delve into the silicon technology forecast and examine how the architecture and software can bridge the gap from applications to real hardware.

Short Bio:
Ramon Canal received his MSc (1998) and PhD (2004) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Architecture Department at UPC and the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the Barcelona School of Informatics at UPC. He was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University during 2006/2007. He is currently teaching VLSI, Processor Design and Nanotechnology Circuit Design. His research focuses on reliability and power aware circuits as well as novel memory architectures. He has published over 40 papers receiving over 1000 references. He has been a Program Committee Member in several editions of HPCA, ISCA, SC, HIPEAC, HiPC, IPDPS, ICCD, ICPADS, IOLTS and CF. He was a General Co-Chair of IOLTS 2012 and he is the General Co-Chair of HPCA 2016.

The colloquium is jointly organized by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cyprus.

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