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David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science to lead Waterloo-Thomson Reuters partnership on big data innovation

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are partnering with global information company Thomson Reuters to launch a collaborative research investigation on large-scale data integration and data cleaning.

Professor Ihab F. Ilyas, Alexandra Roatis and Mina Farid from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science will lead the project, which will create algorithms to highlight anomalies in enterprise data sets aimed at improving data quality.

“Enterprises are heavily investing in collecting more relevant data to their business,” said Professor Ilyas. “While multiple options exist in building big data platforms and even more options are available for conducting reporting and analytics, data curation and cleaning remains the main obstacle in realizing the value of these investments. In this collaborative research project with Thomson Reuters, we tackle real enterprise data curation challenges.”

The Institute for Computer Research will also play a role in this collaborative project by promoting industrial interaction and by enhancing the research environment for both partners.

The project will be among a number of opportunities for collaborative research created by the establishment of Thomson Reuters Labs™ – Waterloo Region. The Lab will allow Thomson Reuters and the University of Waterloo to conduct applied data innovation research and experimentation on Thomson Reuters' vast and unique data sets.

“We are excited to be working with Thomson Reuters on real enterprise data curation challenges. This partnership demonstrates Thomson Reuters understanding of how university researchers can contribute to, and benefit from, research collaboration,” said Vic DiCiccio, director of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Computer Research.

Mona Vernon, vice president, Data Innovation Lab at Thomson Reuters, explained that the company chose to launch Thomson Reuters Labs in the Waterloo region due to its vibrant innovation ecosystem and the ability to bring together the energy of a world-class university, game-changing startup companies and global industry collaborations. 

“We look forward to creating opportunities for research, student innovation and startup projects, and entrepreneurial contests and mentoring, and are thrilled to be working with Profes

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