The Big Data Institute of Shenzhen University was founded in 2013. It is a comprehensive institution in the university, focusing on discipline building, graduate education, fundamental research, technology development and applications in the area of big data. The institute is devoted to its work of meeting the requirements of the national big data strategy and insistent on the ideas of a high starting point, high quality research and internationalization. The institute is committed to becoming the South China base in the area of big data for technology innovation, professional training, industry service and international exchange. The institute emphasizes research problems identified from industry applications of big data and pursues the original innovations of theories and technologies. The areas of fundamental research include: big data oriented sampling methods and ensemble learning framework, machine learning methods and algorithms for big data, statistical learning, approximate computation, etc. The key technology developments include: parallel and distributed algorithms, high throughput ETL processing, high performance indexing and search, new data mining algorithms, visualization, data security, and privacy protection.
Joshua Zhexue Huang Director
Dr. Joshua Zhexue Huang, is the Distinguished Professor of Shenzhen University, the Director of the State Information Center Shenzhen Big Data Institute, the Deputy Director of the Guangdong Province Big Data Collaborative Innovation Center, and the Pioneer Researcher in categorical and mixed data clustering algorithms in data mining. He published a series of k-means type clustering algorithms, such as k-modes, k-prototypes, and w-k-means, which are widely used in many areas and included in monographs and text books as well as some software products. He received his PhD degree from The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH). He is the Leading Talent of Guangdong Province and the Shenzhen Peacock High-Caliber Talent. Moreover, he is the Recipient of the PAKDD Most Influential Paper Award
The institute has 4 professors, 4 associate professors, 9 assistant professors and 6 postdoc research associates. The research leaders include the IEEE Fellow, the Leading Talent of Guangdong Province, and the Shenzhen Peacock High-Caliber Talent. Two research leaders received the first class provincial science and technology awards. There are 10 PhD students and more than 20 Master’s degree students in the institute in 2016, including some overseas international PhD students.