Big Data Learning and Discovery

Submission Deadline: 01 October 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Big Data Learning and Discovery.

We are now witnessing a dramatic growth of heterogeneous data, consisting of a complex set of cross-media content, such as text, images, videos, audio, graphics, spatio-temporal data, multivariate time series, and so on. The inception of informatics has offered very robust and hi-tech solutions for data and information analysis, collection, storage and organization, as well as product and service delivery to the customers. Recently, technological advancements, particularly in the form of Big Data, have resulted in the storage of enormous amounts of potentially valuable data in a wide variety of formats. This situation is creating new challenges for the development of effective algorithms and frameworks to meet the requirements of big data representation and analysis, knowledge understanding and discovery. Computer vision, for example, has a huge potential in many aspects for automated understanding of big data and has been used successfully to speed up and improve applications such as large-scale image segmentation, object detection, object tracking, event modeling, scene parsing, 3D reconstruction, image classification and retrieval and so on. Moreover, deep learning has revolutionized diverse key areas, such as speech recognition, object detection, image classification, and machine translation, with the data-driven representation learning. Therefore, it is now necessary to explore advanced theories and techniques for heterogeneous big data learning and discovery. This includes theory related to: data acquisition, feature representation, time series analysis, knowledge understanding, data-based modeling, dimension reduction, semantic modeling and the novel and promising big data analytic research direction, e.g. image/video captioning, affection computing, multimedia storytelling, Internet commerce, healthcare, earth system, communications, augmented/virtual reality and elsewhere.

This Special Section in IEEE Access invites contributions from diverse research fields, such as deep learning, feature extraction and fusion, big data indexing and retrieval, complex network analysis of time series (big data), brain-computer interface and EEG data analysis, healthcare big data analysis, ocean observing data mining, etc…

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture design for big data processing pipeline
  • Multi-modal and diverse big data collection
  • Complex network analysis of time series (big data)
  • Time series analysis and its applications
  • Deep learning methodology and its applications
  • Brain-computer interface and EEG data analysis
  • Benchmark for specific big data applications
  • Big data indexing and retrieval
  • Robust feature extraction for heterogeneous big data representation
  • Robust similarity measure and learning
  • Multi-modal and multi-view feature fusion and selection
  • Deep Learning for big data discovery
  • Multi-task/Transfer learning for big data understanding
  • Domain Adaptation for big data prediction
  • Optimal design of the underwater vehicles based on the big ocean observing data
  • Ocean observing data mining from underwater vehicles
  • Earth observing system data analysis
  • Real-world applications based on big data learning
  • Survey papers with regards to topics of big data learning and discovery
  • Big data learning for developing new prediction schemes and their applications to neuroscience, climatology, finances, infrastructure and cyberattacks etc.
  • Deep learning methodology for understanding of tipping points in large complex systems

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.

Associate Editor: Zhong-Ke Gao, Tianjin University, China

Guest Editors:

  1. An-An Liu, Tianjin University, China
  2. Yan-Hui Wang, Tianjin University, China
  3. Michael Small, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  4. Xiaojun Chang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  5. Jürgen Kurths, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Humboldt University, Germany


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Healthcare Big Data
  2. Real-Time Edge Analytics for Big Data in Internet of Things
  3. Advanced Signal Processing Methods in Medical Imaging


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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