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Big Data Analytics for Sustainability (BDA4S) 2021


A Workshop at 2021 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE Big Data 2021)

December 15th, 2021, Virtual


All times: USA Eastern Standard Time

Time Title Presenter / Authors
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction to workshop Stephen McGough, Matthew Forshaw Alex Kell
9:10 – 9:35 Keynote: Geospatial Big Data analytics to model the long-term sustainable transition of residential heating worldwide (S36207) Diego Moya, Sara Giarola, and Adam Hawkes
9:35 – 10:00 Spatio-Temporal Clustering based on HHT and Its Applications in Thermal Boiler Controlling (S36203) Wanghu Chen, Yan Sun, Jing Li, Chenhan Zhai, Pengbo Lv, and Shengfang Jin
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break  
10:15 – 10:40 Multi Scale Graph Wavenet for Wind Speed Forecasting (S36201) Neetesh Rathore, Pradeep Rathore, Arghya Basak, Sri Harsha Nistala, and Venkataramana Runkana
10:40 – 11:05 Hard Disk Failure Prediction on Highly Imbalanced Data Using LSTM Network (S36205) Cahyadi and Matthew Forshaw
11:05 – 11:30 Survival Analysis and Predictive Maintenance Models for non-sensored Assets in Facilities Management (S36206) Genevieve Moat and Shirley Coleman
11:30 – 11:55 Application of deep learning to camera trap data for ecologists in planning / engineering – Can captivity imagery train a model which generalises to the wild? (S36208) Ryan Curry, Cameron Trotter, and Stephen McGough
11:55 – 12:20 Forecasting Air Pollution using a Modified Compositional Learning Approach (S36202) Samuel A. Ajila and Karthik Dilliraj
12:20 – 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 – 13:55 Top-k user-based Collaborative Recommendation System using MapReduce (S36204) Sheheeda Manakkadu, Srijan Prasad Joshi, Tom Halverson and Sourav Dutta
13:55 – 14:20 Round Table: What is the future of Big Data and Sustainability?  
14:20 – 14:35 Closing Remarks  


Sustainability is a significant challenge, given the impending consequences of global warming. Computing has its role to play in this environment. Computing can be seen as both part of the problem – with ICT accounting for 1.11Gt of CO2 in 2020 and estimated to more than double by 2030 - but also as part of the solution as we use computational resources to make the world a more sustainable place. Big Data is a key asset in developing a more sustainable environment. Analysis of this data can lead to new breakthroughs and better use of the resources we have.

This workshop will focus on the cutting-edge developments from both academia and industry, with a particular emphasis on novel techniques to capture, store and process big data from a wide range of sources for improving sustainability, and in particular on the methodologies and technologies which can be applied to correlate, learn and mine, interpret and visualize data which will improve sustainability.

This workshop is timely and interesting for researchers, academics and practitioners in big data processing and analytics, energy efficiency, sustainability, and Green Computing. The workshop is very relevant to the big data community, especially data mining, machine learning, cyber- physical systems, computational intelligence, and will bring forth a lively forum on this exciting and challenging area at the conference.

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Research Topics

The workshop only considers well-written manuscripts that describe original, unpublished, state-of-the-art research and practical work. Indicative topics for the workshop are as follows:

Computing for Sustainability

Sustainability of Computing

To contribute towards advances of knowledge, the workshop solicits original manuscripts from researchers and practitioners who are actively working in Big Data Analytics for Sustainability.

Paper Format

Papers should be formatted using the two column IEEE CS template and can be up to 10 pages (including references) in length using page size of 8.5” x 11”.

Formatting templates:

Submission webpage

Please submit your paper through the conference submission portal – (paper submission portal.)

Review Process

Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least 2 peers.

Please note that the authors of each submitted paper will be expected to review one other paper.

Important Dates (All dates now firm)

Please contact us Due date for full workshop papers submission
Nov 7, 2021 Notification of paper acceptance to authors
Nov 15,2021 Camera-ready of accepted papers
Dec 15-18 2021 Workshop (one day of)

Workshop Program Co-Chairs

Dr Stephen McGough
Senior Lecturer
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
United Kingdom
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Dr Matthew Forshaw
Senior Lecturer
School of Computing
Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Dr Alex Kell
Research Associate
Sustainable Gas Institute
Department of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

International Technical Committee

To be confirmed

Rabih Bashroush University of East London, UK
Raffaele Bruno Institute for informatics and telematics National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
Dongrui Fan Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China
Amlan Ganguly Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New Yorlk, USA
Rong Ge Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA
Rameshwar Dubey Montpellier Business School, France