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The Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory (KDD Lab) is a joint research initiative of ISTI Institute of CNR and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa.

The objective of the research unit is the development of theory, techniques and systems for extracting and delivering useful knowledge out of large masses of data.

Today, knowledge discovery and data mining is both a technology that blends data analysis methods with sophisticated algorithms for processing large data sets, and an active research field that aims at developing new data analysis methods for novel forms of data. On one side, classification, clustering and pattern discovery tools are now part of mature data analysis and Business Intelligence systems and have been successfully applied to problems in various commercial and scientific domains. On the other side, the increasing heterogeneity and complexity of the new forms of data – such as those arriving from medicine, biology, the Web, the Earth observation systems, the mobility data arriving from wireless networks – call for new forms of patterns and models, together with new algorithms to discover such patterns and models efficiently.

In this context, the mission of the KDD laboratory is to pursue fundamental research, strategic applications and higher education.

Research

It was 1999 when we approached data mining research field. Our exploration of the world of Data is still continuing...

Excellent expertise has been gained thanks to the involvement in several EU projects, as GeoPKDD(www.geopkdd.eu) and MODAP (www.modap.eu). A concrete recent achievement is the realization of the system M-ATLAS as an platform to support the mobility knowledge discovery process, from data preprocessing, to data mining to semantic enrichment and patterns interpretation.

The main research track of KDDLab in the field of Complex Networks is Multidimensional Network Analysis. Traditionally, Complex Network Analysis has been monodimensional: researchers focused their attention to network with a single kind of relation represented. KDDLab is pushing the research over multidimensional networks, i.e. network with multiple kind of relations, since they are a better model to represent the complexity in reality (transportation, infrastructure and social networks are often multidimensional).

In the era of Big Data the opportunities of discovering knowledge from social big data increase with the risk of privacy and discrimination violation. However, big data analytics and fairness are not necessarily enemies. Sometimes many practical and impactful services based on big data analytics can be designed in such a way that the quality of results can coexist with discrimination and privacy protection. The solution is the application of the privacy-by-design and discrimination-by-design principles.

One of the most pressing and fascinating challenges scientists face today, is understanding the complexity of our globally interconnected society. The big data arising from the digital breadcrumbs of human activities promise to let us scrutinize the ground truth of individual and collective behaviour at an unprecedented detail and scale. There is an urgent need to harness these opportunities for scientific advancement and for the social good. The main obstacle to this accomplishment, besides the scarcity of data scientists, is the lack of a large-scale open infrastructure, where big data and social mining research can be carried out.

International school on Computational Social Science and Complex Systems

Start:
2018/07/16 09:00 Europe/Rome
End:
2018/07/21 12:30 Europe/Rome
Location:
Villa Monastero, Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, Varenna, Lecco, Italy
Link:
International school on Computational Social Science and Complex Systems
Description:

The Enrico Fermi Schools are a highly prestigious series of summer schools of the Italian Physical Society with a tradition of more than 60 years and with many Nobel laureates as lecturers (https://www.sif.it/attivita/scuola_fermi/). The International Schools devote special care in planning the program and produces proceedings of the school that have become classics. 

Advanced Course on Data Science & Machine Learning

Start:
2018/07/19 08:00 Europe/Rome
End:
2018/07/23 22:00 Europe/Rome
Location:
Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy
Link:
Advanced Course on Data Science & Machine Learning
Description:

Inside the antique cells, the lecture rooms and around the fascinating atmosphere of the ancient Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – Tuscany the world’s leading scientists and industry experts discuss scientific challenges with a highly selected number of participants in a unique setting, nestled within the most idyllic landscapes of Tuscany, in the outskirts of Siena. For one intense week (18-24 July 2018) you will work alongside faculty that are undisputed leaders in their own field: the result is a profound experience that fosters professional and personal development.

Lipari School on Computational Complex and Social Systems

Start:
2018/07/19 09:00 Europe/Rome
End:
2018/07/25 18:00 Europe/Rome
Location:
Lipari, Italy
Link:
Lipari School on Computational Complex and Social Systems
Description:

This summer school will provide opportunities to collect experience with modern data analysis, in particular Big Data analytics. This includes subjects to mine data in the Internet of Things. Our main and special guest speakers, who are recognized authorities in this field, will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, computational models and practical results.

International Workshop on Personal Analytics and Privacy PAP2017 PAP2018

Start:
2018/09/10 09:00 Europe/Rome
End:
2018/09/10 18:00 Europe/Rome
Location:
Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
Link:
PAP 2018: PERSONAL ANALYTICS AND PRIVACY
Description:

In the era of Big Data, every single user of our hyper-connected world leaves behind a myriad of digital breadcrumbs while performing her daily activities. Nowadays, a simple smartphone enables each one of us to browse the Web, listen to music on online musical services, post messages on social networks, perform online shopping, acquire images and record our geo\-graphical locations.

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Fun Facts


3
Gigabytes of data produced by a single person each year
3100
Millions of Internet users
500
Millions of Tweets sent per day
2300
Gigabytes of Internet traffic per day

Contacts

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Address @ ISTI

KDD Lab
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione
Area della Ricerca CNR
via G. Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa, Italy

Address @ UniPi

KDD Lab
Dipartimento di Informatica
Università di Pisa
Largo B. Pontecorvo 3
56127 Pisa, Italy

Phone Number

Phone: +39 050 621 3013
Fax: +39 050 315 2040

Email

kddlab-info@isti.cnr.it

Largo B. Pontecorvo 3
56127 Pisa
Italy
via Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa
Italy