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MIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group

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heat map of Boston taxi drop-offs

The heat map above displays taxi drop-offs in the City of Boston over a two-month period.

Credit: Todd Mostak / MIT News

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab's (CSAIL) Big Data Initiative recently announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of big data. The first project is a series of data challenges designed to facilitate innovation in how researchers use data to solve problems and make decisions. "Our big data efforts are focused on not only developing new techniques and systems for handling the data deluge and complexities of big data, but also on ensuring that the personal data being collected, processed, and analyzed can be managed in a thoughtful and secure manner," says Big Data Initiative faculty director and MIT professor Sam Madden.

The first challenge is focused on transportation in Boston, and will launch this month. "The goal is to provide the MIT community, in particular students, with new and unique opportunities to show how data can make a difference," says Big Data Initiative executive director Elizabeth Bruce.

The second project is a new Big Data and Privacy Working Group that will unite leaders from industry, government, and academia to address the role of technology in protecting and managing privacy. "The goal of the group is to encourage long-term thinking on the role of technology in protecting and managing privacy," says CSAIL researcher Daniel Weitzner.

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