Data – IT Conference Programme

  •   Sponsored by:  Opensky Data Systems


    • November 3, 2015
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amRegina Reulbach - Commercial Development Manager, Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsPresentation Title: Smart Cars – Smart Cities – Smart World: A data-driven society. Presentation Synopsis: “Big Data” and “the Internet of Things” are buzzwords which appear everywhere, and so does the data behind these concepts. This talk explores how data impacts on our lives and its value for sustainability. A particular focus will be set on case studies for “Smart Cars”, “Smart Cities” and a “Smarter World”.
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amGearóid Ó Riain- Founder and Managing Director, Compass InformaticsPresentation Title: Achieving sustainability best practice at national and corporate levels using location and information technologies. Presentation Synopsis: Achieving and arguing for sustainability practices requires a reliable evidence base, good analysis, and great ways to share that information and understandings. Information technologies in all their forms have a useful role in this – especially when combined with location technologies which are excellent at putting data into context and painting pictures via maps, graphs, and digestible reports. Gearóid draws on many practical examples to illustrate the opportunities and the challenges: From biosolids management in Severn Trent Water, to nutrient management planning in agriculture, and on to transportation planning and modelling. Innovative solutions have also been designed for the mundane – for example, shifting the car parking process from dumb cash generation to smarter city management. In twenty years of business the use of these information and location technologies have greatly improved in functionality and in opportunity. What remains consistent is that having a solid information base and appropriate tools to plan, deliver, and operate solutions across industries, is always a recipe for success
      • 10:15 am - 10:30 amDr. Diarmuid Grimes- Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCCPresentation Title: ICT for Sustainability. Presentation Synopsis: ICT is an important component in enabling industry to improve sustainability, from data analysis to predict future behaviours, to mathematical optimisation methods to reduce inefficiency and optimise operational setup. In this talk I will discuss some work that has been done in this area in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, with a particular focus on methods to optimise energy usage. However, these methods have also been successfully applied to problems arising in many diverse sectors such as transport, health, telecommunications, manufacturing, food, forestry, etc. In the energy sector, ICT has been used for the following: Optimising energy usage in residential/industrial/office buildings through energy-cost aware scheduling of consumers. Optimal control of (CHP) micro generators for smart grid use. Prediction of real-time electricity price for Ireland (which can be combined with optimising energy usage in buildings to minimise energy cost). Occupancy prediction for buildings (smart control of heating/electricity based on expected occupancy). Energy efficiency of large-scale data centres.
      • 10:30 am - 10:55 amBreak
      • 10:55 am - 11:10 amMike Higgins- VP Sales & Marketing, WisetekPresentation Title: Best practices for secure and responsible management of used IT systems. Presentation Synopsis: The relentless growth and importance in on-line commercial, government and social activity is forcing organizations to accelerate their technology refresh cycles to both cope with exponential user demands and to avail of the enhanced cost and operational efficiencies delivered by new technology developments. Consequently user organizations have a growing requirement to dispose of their used IT systems in a highly secure and in the most sustainable manner possible so as to comply with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments and E-waste regulations. Wisetek, headquartered in Cork, is a global leader in managing used IT assets on behalf of the world’s leading IT manufacturers.
      • 11:10 am - 11:25 amOisin Boydell - Senior Researcher at CeADAR, UCDPresentation Title: Data Science for a Sustainable Future. Presentation Synopsis: Data science and big data analytics offers many solutions to drive a more sustainable future. Across diverse industries such as agriculture, health, energy, manufacturing and transport and within our everyday lives, data analytics is helping to improve efficiency, reduce resource consumption and support better decision making for a more sustainable world and reduced environmental impact. The talk will give an introduction to data analytics and how it is being applied for sustainability and environmental objectives.
      • 11:25 am - 11:40 amRebecca Lauder - Director of Marketing EMEA, NitroPresentation Title: Sustainability in the New World of Content & Documents. Presentation Synopsis: Nitro, the document productivity software company, takes a look at how current document practices could be hindering your sustainability goals. Sustainability impacts not only operational efficiency but Corporate goals and reputation with 49% of CEOs citing it at the top of their business strategy priorities. John will also be talking about the direct and indirect cost-benefits to your business of going paperless & what that really means in today’s organizations.
      • 11:40 am - 11:55 amEmma Hogan – Data Analyst, Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)Presentation Title: Enabling Sustainability Research with High Performance Computing. Presentation Synopsis: As the world moves forward in an era of ever increasing data proliferation, the computing requirements associated with sustainability research are ever expanding. Exploiting these data often requires the use of High Performance Computing (HPC). The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) operates Ireland’s national HPC service and provides compute resources and software and domain expertise for research communities and industrial partners. As case studies of HPC-enabled sustainability research, preliminary results of a collaboration with Met Eireann and Teagasc on improving the sustainability of grassland production on farms, preliminary results of downscaled ERAInterim at 2km over Ireland and regional climate change projections for Ireland will be presented.
      • 11:55 am - 12:10 pm
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch