Name: Prof. Georgios Theodoropoulos
University/Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SUSTech(Southern University of Science and Technology)
Speech title: From Big Data to Big Models: The next frontier for Info-Symbiotic Systems
The emergence of extreme scale computing systems and the data explosion have presented an unprecedented opportunity for the modelling and simulation of systems at a rapidly increasing scale, complexity and granularity. Digital twins, the culmination of Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems (DDDAS), provide a powerful paragon for linking models with data and may support an info-symbiotic intermingling of “what-if” and data analytics approaches at a grand scale. Incorporating intelligence and cognition in a digital twin will unlock the full potential of this disruptive technology, and will provide seamless integration, calibration and info-symbiotic collaboration between the physical and virtual worlds. The talk will focus on the interplay between simulation and data in info-symbiotic systems and will outline a roadmap towards cognitively rich intelligent twins, discussing gaps, opportunities and some concrete examples.
Georgios Theodoropoulos is a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SUSTech(Southern University of Science and Technology), Shenzhen, China. He joined SUSTech from Durham University in the UK, where he was the Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Research Computing and held a Chair in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
Prior to that he was a Senior Research Scientist with the IBM Research where he played a strategic role in the establishment of IBM’s Exascale Systems research roadmap for Europe at the company’s Smart City Technology Center in Dublin. He has held a honorary Chair at the Trinity College Dublin and senior posts at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the University of Birmingham, UK. As a Director of one of the UK’s National e-Science Centres, he made strategic contributions to UK’s e-infrastructures programmes for physical and social sciences and humanities. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester.