Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Big Data Analytics Applied to Life Sciences

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    19/07/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Malaga
    University of Malaga
    Lenguajes y Ciencias de la Computación
    KHAOS, ITIS Software Research Institute

The University of Malaga (UMA) is a public institution which promotes outstanding research and teaching within the European Higher Education Area. The origins of Málaga University date back to the 1960s, with more than 40 years of existence, it has become a significant promoter of culture in the city, whilst providing a considerable basis for technology and research in the future. With a university community of just over 38,000 people (more than 36,000 students and 2,300 lecturers, UMA offers 62 degree courses, 22 doctoral programs, and more than 60 master’s Degrees while teaching takes place in 26 different centres), over the last decade, the institution follows an educational model to promote competitive, quality education which is employment-oriented and accredited in Europe, and also the internationalisation and mobility of its teachers and students. In this trend, the most outstanding and recent project of the UMA is the International Campus of Excellence Andalucía TECH, which promotes internationalisation and excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer.

More than 270 research groups with a diverse multidisciplinary focus are actively involved in research projects funded by national and international programs, as well as in public-private contract collaborations. UMA’s patent portfolio includes more than 240 patents. Yearly, over 500 research agreements and contracts are negotiated and managed with a variety of business and private organizations. The University of Malaga (UMA) is acknowledged as an active leader and reliable partner for its participation in EU funded projects, where more than 80% were related to ICT, environment and biotechnology. So far, UMA has participated in more than 100 international research projects, among which 21 are funded by the H2020 program. So far 7 projects have been coordinated by UMA.

The Software Engineering Research Group at University of Malaga (GISUM), is one of the official Groups of Excellence of the Regional Andalusian Government. GISUM is formed by faculty staff members, postdocs and PhD students, as well as MSc students, enrolled in research projects. The research interests of GISUM are focused on the Big Data Analytics, Semantics, Service-Oriented Computing, Component-Based Software Engineering, Cloud Computing, and Internet of Things.

The recently created Research Institute, ITIS Software, aims at contributing to the development and application of software technologies through research, innovation, training and technology transfer. Due to the software's own transversal characteristics, the Institute is an interdisciplinary space with specialists in different technological areas and in different domains of application related to the advancement of these technologies. The general lines of research focus on Methods and technology for software development; Distributed, embedded and mobile systems; Information security and applied cryptography; Management, integration and analysis of data and knowledge; Software applications for society's challenges.

The team participating in this project (KHAOS Research) is developing three research topics (management, integration and analysis of data) in line with technologies than can be applied to them:

• Data Management (Relational Databases, NoSQL Databases, Linked Data)

• Data Integration (Linked Data)

• Data Analysis (Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, Text Mining, Information Retrieval and Optimization Algorithms)

These research topics are being also carried out to be applied to Big Data (large amounts of data, data streams, heterogeneous data). In this context, we are applying the results of this research to combine management, integration and analysis of Big Data to Health Applications, Economy and Tourism.

UMA is the leading institution for Big Data research at the Andalusian region and has been funded by the Spanish government to set up a Big Data infrastructure. This hardware infrastructure is managed with Open Stack and Docker as the main virtualization mechanisms. The computational capacity of this hardware is 40 processors of 15 cores each, 8 TB RAM, 8 SSD discs of 200 GB, 560TB of disc storage (SSD, SAS, NLSAS, with at least 35 % in SSD). The University of Málaga is a BDVA full member, being Khaos Research members representing UMA. As part of these activities, UMA has joined the Network of Big Data Centers of Excellence in Europe.

KHAOS research is currently participating in an Internal Join Initiative of LifeWatch ERIC, and it is expected to be part of a coming project in LifeWatch ERIC to develop an infrastructure for Big Data Analytics in science. 

Candidates with complementary expertise (data analytics, text mining) or background (mathematics) is desired.


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