I-BiDaaS at the European Big Data Value Forum 2020 (EBDVF2020)


Date: 3 - 5 November 2020

Venue: Virtual

The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organized by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2020 edition of the EBDVF took place between the 3rd and the 5th of November 2020.

I-BiDaaS was sponsoring EBDVF2020 and managed to have strong presence by co-organising a session and by actively participating to 3 (three) more sessions, having as a main goal to share the I-BiDaaS results and the lessons learned.


  1. Parallel session on European Big Data Research for Industry. 3 projects. 7 sectors. 9 applications. 41 software components. Now what? (I-BiDaaS sponsored event)

On Tuesday November 3rd, 2020, within the framework of the European Big Data Value Forum, Big Data research projects I-BiDaaS (Industrial-Driven Big Data as a Self-Service Solution), BigDataStack (High performance data-centric stack for Big Data applications and operations) and Track & Know (Big Data for Mobility Tracking Knowledge Extraction in Urban Areas) hosted a joint session. The session was sponsored by I-BiDaaS with the support of Track&Know and BigDataStack.

After 3 years of research and innovation, I-BiDaaS, Track & Know and BigDataStack joined their forces again in the led expert-led discussion on the impact and uptake of Big Data research results. The purpose of the discussion was to (i) Identify shared barriers to adoption of Big Data research in different sectors, and mechanisms to overcome them, (ii) map the current and future impact and sustainability of their Big Data research, (iii) share best practices on the concrete business questions that have been answered in the project pilots.

The expert panel was composed by three (3) invited speakers, one from each project:

  • I-BiDaaS: Professor of Innovation, Dean, Ecole des Ponts Business School, I-BiDaaS Expoitation manager,
  • Track & Know: Toni Staykova - Co-Founder and Vice President, UKeMED,
  • BigDataStack: Richard McCreadie - Lecturer in Information Retrieval and Data Systems, University of Glasgow.

The session was moderated by:

  • I-BiDaaS: Despina Kopanaki - Project Manager, FORTH-ICS, I-BiDaaS
  • Track & Know: Jenny Rainbird - Senior Research Project Manager, Inlecom Systems,
  • BigDataStack: Marieke Willems - Project Manager, Trust-IT Services,

In total, 117 attendees from more than 14 countries attended the session, number that significantly increased the visibility of the project.

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  1. Evaluation schemes for Big data and AI Performance of high Business impact (DataBench)

I-BiDaaS and DataBench projects have established a productive collaboration. As a result, DataBench project invited I-BiDaaS to participate to the “Evaluation schemes for Big data and AI Performance of high Business impact” session organised by DataBench which took place on November 4th, 2020. Mr. Leonidas Kallipolitis from AEGIS had the opportunity to present the I-BiDaaS perspective on Big Data and AI architectural pipelines and benchmarks. In more detail, a thorough presentation of the I-BiDaaS project and its experimental workflow using the I-BiDaaS application in the banking sector as a representative example was given.

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  1. Big Data Value Best Success Stories 2020

BDVe project and BDVA have organized this year the second edition of the Best Success Story (BSS) contest. The contest was originally organised for the BDV PPP Summit 2020. Even though the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic was cancelled, the BSS contest took place as originally planned. Motivated by the valuable feedback received during the 1st project review, CAIXA decided to participate in order to promote and give visibility to the results produced. The CaixaBank’s Succes Story in I-BiDaaS titled “Towards open and agile Big Data Analytics in Financial Sector” was submitted. The main focus of the story included lessons learned on data sharing and data availability and how CAIXA completely changed its approach from a non-sharing real data at all position to looking for the best way possible to share real data and perform big data analytics outside its facilities.

21 stories in total were submitted. Although CAIXA’s BSS was not the final winner, it was selected as a runner up. This gave the opportunity to Dr. Ramon de Pozuelo to present CAIXA’s story during the EBDVF 2020 on a dedicated slot for the Best Success Story Award on November 5th 2020.

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  1. Parallel session on Data Driven AI for Financial Services (Infinitech)

Dr. Ramon Martin de Pozuelo from CAIXA was one of the session invited speakers of the Parallel session on Data Driven AI for Financial Services which was organised by the EU H2020 Infinitech project on November 5th, 2020. During the session, the I-BiDaaS approach as an innovative solution for real-life scenarios from the Banking Sector was presented. Dr. de Pozuelo aimed to provide insights on “How to exploit your big data and overcome the challenges and constraints of a highly regulated sector?”. The I-BiDaaS architecture, CAIXA’s use cases and the results obtained in the project were presented.

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