Introduction

The recent explosion of social media and the computerization of every aspect of economic activity resulted in the creation of big data: mountains of mostly unstructured data in the form of web logs, videos, speech recordings, photographs, e-mails, and tweets. In a parallel development, computers kept getting ever more powerful and storage ever cheaper. Today, we have the ability to reliably and cheaply store huge volumes of data, efficiently analyze them, and extract business and socially relevant information.

This course brings together several key information technologies used in manipulating, storing, and analyzing big data. Students gain the ability to design highly scalable systems that can accept, store, and analyze large volumes of unstructured data in batch mode and/or real time. Acquired techniques could be profitably used in a variety of fields.

Meet The Author

Zoran B.  Djordjevic

Zoran B. Djordjevic

Senior Enterprise Architect, NTT Data Inc.

Zoran B. Djordjevic graduated with honors from the department of electrical engineering at the University of Belgrade in 1976. He received his master's in 1984 and his PhD in 1984, both from MIT.

After a brief period as a design engineer at a biotech company in Cambridge, he returned to Belgrade where he worked as a senior scientist in the Institute of Nuclear Studies in Vinca. There, he pursued studies of random structures and networks. In the early 1990s, Djordjevic moved to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he designed a large database containing properties of radioactive streams from all DOE sites and multi-component glasses for safe storage of nuclear wastes. He has been interested and involved in the design of large database and data warehouse applications ever since. His interests have shifted toward the techniques for processing, searching, storing, and retrieving natural language samples. He has taught computer science, physics, and mathematics courses at Boston University's Metropolitan College, the Harvard University Extension School, Clark University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Catholic University of America

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