How The European Union Is Helping Its Citizens Cope With Big Data

How The European Union Is Helping Its Citizens Cope With Big Data

How The European Union Is Helping Its Citizens Cope With Big Data

big-data-2020

With 1.7 million billion bytes of data produced in the world every minute, it is increasingly clear that our brains need to deal with large and complex data sets. The aforementioned figure is the equivalent of 360,000 DVDs – a context that makes it understandable why we might need some assistance.

The European Union is now funding a project – called ‘The Collective Experience of Empathic Data Systems’ (CEEDs) – which they hope will help prevent brain overload. It will work by making use of an interactive system which not only presents data the way users like it, but also changes the presentation constantly in order to prevent fatigue.

The systems works by using an ‘Experience Induction Machine’ (XIM) located in Barcelona to enable users to ‘step inside’ a dataset and participate in an immersive multi-modal environment. It means that its sensors can permanently monitor the person and tailor the system’s reaction according to gestures such as eye movements and blinking frequency, but also physical feedback such as heart rate and breathing rate.

“The system acknowledges when participants are getting fatigued or overloaded with information and it adapts accordingly”, explained Jonathan Freeman, Professor of Psychology at University of London. “It either simplifies the visualisations so as to reduce the cognitive load, thus keeping the user less stressed and more able to focus, or it will guide the person to areas of the data representation that are not as heavy in information”.

The project is already massive and boasts 16 partners in nine countries (Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK). €6.5 million of EU funding has been invested and as the project grows more funding is likely.

The potential use of the technology is almost limitless – from inspection of satellite imagery and oil prospecting, to astronomy, economics and historical research. There is significant interest from places as diverse as Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the United States, with museums and shops appearing to be the businesses most likely to implement it.

In fact, CEEDs has already been used for two years at the Bergen-Belsen memorial site  in Germany and discussions are ongoing with several museums ahead of 2015’s commemorations for the seventy year anniversary of end of World War II. There is also interest from a major international airport and climate analysis firm in Africa.

“Anywhere where there’s a wealth of data that either requires a lot of time or an incredible effort, there is potential,” added Professor Freeman. “We are seeing that it’s physically impossible for people to analyse all the data in front of them, simply because of the time it takes. Any system that can speed it up and make it more efficient is of huge value”.

What other industries do you think CEEDs could be useful for? Let us know in the comments below.

By Daniel Price

Follow Me!

Daniel Price

Daniel is a Manchester-born UK native who has abandoned cold and wet Northern Europe and currently lives on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. A former Financial Consultant, he now balances his time between writing articles for several industry-leading tech (CloudTweaks.com & MakeUseOf.com), sports, and travel sites and looking after his three dogs.
Follow Me!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

What Is The Internet of Things? “We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.”  – Scott Cook The Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Systems are based on the notions of Sensors, Connectivity, People and Processes. We are creating a new world to view and measure anything around us through…

Monetization of the Internet of Things – Q&A With Brendan O’Brien

Monetization of the Internet of Things – Q&A With Brendan O’Brien

Q&A With Brendan O’Brien, Co-Founder of Aria Systems (Part 1) Monetization of the internet of things (IoT) is one of the most exciting and challenging issues facing the industry today, so we spoke with Brendan O’Brien to learn more. Brendan is the Co-Founder of Aria Systems, who are one of the leading innovators in recurring…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent…

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends For nearly every business, the concept of business intelligence is nothing new. Ambitious organizations have been searching for any type of data-driven advantage for some time now – perhaps for as long as they’ve existed. However, the historical use of competitive intelligence pales in comparison to the…

Featured Sponsors

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

Sponsors

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud It may just sound like semantics, but there is a real difference between something that was “built for” versus “adapted to.” Would you rather buy a house that was “designed for” energy efficiency or one that was “adapted to” be energy efficient? “Built for” describes a…

Placement Opportunities - Find Out!

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter