Optimised Framework based on Rough Set Theory for Big Data Pre-processing in Certain and Imprecise Contexts - RoSTBiDFramework

Project: Externally funded research

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"Over the last decades, the amount of data has increased in an unprecedented rate, leading to a new terminology: ""Big Data"". Big data are specified by their Volume, Variety, Velocity and by their Veracity/Imprecision. Based on these 4V specificities, it has become difficult to quickly acquire the most useful information from the huge amount of data at hand. Thus, it is necessary to perform data (pre-)processing as a first step. In spite of the existence of many techniques for this task, most of the state-of-the-art methods require additional information for thresholding and are neither able to deal with the big data veracity aspect nor with their computational requirements. This project's overarching aim is to fill these major research gaps with an optimised framework for big data pre-processing in certain and imprecise contexts. Our approach is based on Rough Set Theory (RST) for data pre-processing and Randomised Search Heuristics for optimisation and will be implemented under the Spark MapReduce model.

The project combines the expertise of the experienced researcher Dr Zaineb Chelly Dagdia in machine learning, rough set theory and information extraction with the knowledge in optimisation and randomised search heuristics of the supervisor Dr Christine Zarges at the University of Birmingham (UoB). Further expertise is provided by internal and external collaborators from academic and non-academic institutions, namely Prof Tino (UoB), Prof Merelo (University of Granada), Prof Lebbah (University of Paris 13) and Philippe Barra (Arrow Group). The involvement of Arrow Group, an SME based in France specialised in Big data, Banking, Finance & Insurance is of particular importance to ensure that real-world requirements are met throughout the development of the framework.
Effective start/end date01 Mar 201728 Feb 2019


  • Horizon 2020 (H2020-MSCA-IF-2015-702527): £137,591.10

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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