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2014


Strong Lensing Workshop

The Target team members involved in the KiDS project and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute have jointly organized a workshop on strong lensing.

Date: May 1-2, 2014

Place: Kapteyn Astronimical Institute, Groningen

For more information, contact Danny Boxhoorn

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Public Lecture: Big Data in Astronomy

Jeffrey Bout, a scientific programmer for Target who's currently involved in outreach productions for the Infoversum will deliver a public talk on Big Data in Astronomy. He will discuss the recent increase of data volumes in modern observatories and what kind of opportunities as well as challenges this brings to astronomers and all those seeking answers to the most fundamental questions about the universe and our existence.

Date: January 31st, 2014

Time: 7:45pm

Place: MFC ‘t Vinkhuys (Diamantlaan 94, 9743 BJ Groningen)

More information about the public talk

2013


Lecture series: Practical Introduction to Databases (using Oracle as an example)

Target's Database Administrator Dr. Andrey Tsyganov will lead a practical course on Databases structured as a series of four lectures.

Date: 2-5 December 2013

Place: Donald Smits Center for Information Technology (CIT), University of Groningen

More information about the topics covered during the lectures is available here.

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Target Holding at the INCAS3 Symposium - "A World of Sense"

Date: December 16th, 2013

Place: Theater De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

The director of Target Holding is invited to present at the INCAS3 symposium which will be held in Assen shortly before Christmas. The symposium will consist of a series of lectures, discussions and entertainment centered around the use of technology to create "a world of sense".

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Probing Big Data for Answers using Data about Data

Date: October 16th, 2013

Place: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Time: 9:45 - 10:45 am

The Target coordinator, Prof. Edwin Valentijn is invited to deliver a keynote talk during the 20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP2013), which will take place between October 14th and 18th in Amsterdam. Prof. Valentijn will use the platform to present and discuss the trends in large information systems to guide users through Big Data using data centric modeling approaches. Here is an excerpt of the abstract for his lecture.

"Large amounts of data are now streaming daily from large astronomical survey telescopes, such as Lofar and the new generation of wide field imagers at ESO's Paranal Observatory, but also from DNA scanners,  text scanners etc etc. In the future the volumes will only increase with ESA's  Euclid all sky deep imaging survey mission  and SKA. Prof Dr Edwin A. Valentijn of the Kapteyn Institute will talk how  data handling systems  tend to focus more and more on enabling users to find their way in Big Data by means of datacentric  modelling approaches, such as employed in the AstroWise information system and its WISE derivatives used outside astronomy."

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'The computer as a gold digger' - How to apply methods from artificial intelligence in the research on the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Date: August 29th, 2013

Place: Drents Museum, Assen

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Prof. Lambert Schomaker, the master mind behind the Monk system for handwritten text recongnition that runs on the Target infrastructure, will present in front of a selected audience the latest developments and future challenges in the comprehensive analysis of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Here is an excerpt of the abstract for his lecture.

"In this lecture an overview was given of the Monk system for allowing 'e-Humanities' research on handwritten manuscript collections. Here, the research questions vary from 'What is written here?', to 'Who has written this?' and 'When was it written?'. The Monk web services that run on the high-performance computers of the Target project at the University of Groningen are able to help humanities researchers in answering such questions on a wide range of documents and historical periods. But can these pattern-recognition methods also be used on the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS)? A video was shown with virtually all photographs of this collection, illustrating the difficult nature of this image material in comparison to regular archival collections. The results of pilot experiments
on hand identification (with Mladen Popovic, RUG) and 'optical character recognition' (with Daniel Stoekl. Sorbonne) where presented. The findings are extremely promising, such that a completely new range of research possibilities comes in view."

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High School students learn about Big Data and the Infoversum

Date: June 21st, 2013

Place: Reality Theater, Visualization Center at the Donald Smits Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

High school students from Kamerlingh Onnes school in Groningen will visit the Reality theater, part of the visualization facilities at the CIT, to enjoy and learn about Big Data and the upcoming Infoversum. The students will watch several thrilling visualizations of Big Data in astronomy, biology and more, and sneak a preview of how the Infoversum will look like.

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"The Information Universe: Big Data is everywhere!"

Prof. Edwin A. Valentijn will deliver a talk as part of the program of the Night of Arts and Science

Date: June 1st, 2013

Time: 21:30 - 22:00 & 22:30 - 23:00

Place: The Academy Building, University of Groningen

Link: http://www.denachtvankunstenwetenschap.nl/acts/edwin-valentijn-information-is-power/

Link to the event: http://www.denachtvankunstenwetenschap.nl/

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Workshop on WISE Technology

Date: April 18th, 2013

Place: Donald Smits Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen

Target Holding organizes a special one day workshop on WISE for employees of the independent research institute INCAS3 based in Assen. INCAS3 and the Target Holding are exploring possibilities of utilizing features of the WISE technology, developed by Target, for the "Sensor city" project. The "Sensor City" project is one of the high-tech projects in the province of Drenthe aiming at making the city of Assen the first smart sensor city in the Netherlands. For more information about the "Sensor City" project, click here.

2012


Lecture series: Practical Introduction to Databases (using Oracle as an example)

Target's Database Administrator Dr. Andrey Tsyganov will lead a practical course on Databases structured as a series of four lectures.

Date: November - December 2012

Place: Donald Smits Center for Information Technology (CIT), University of Groningen

More details about the course can be found here.

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PhD Defense: Extreme Data Lineage in Ad-hoc astronomical data processing

Target is proud to announce the PhD ceremony of Mr. J. Mwebaze that will take place in the Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen. Mr. Mwebaze is part of the OmegaCEN research group and his promotor is the Target coordinator Prof. Edwin A. Valentijn. A short description of the research questions addressed in Mr. Mwabaze's dissertation can be found here.

Date: November 30th 2012

Place: Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

Time: 16:15

2011


National Euclid Day Conference

Date: April 7th 2011

Place: Donald Smitszaal, Donald Smits Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen

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