Feb 3 – 7, 2020
Barcelona BSC Campus Nord
CET timezone

Registration is now open. Please, bring your own laptop. All the PATC courses at BSC are free of charge.

Course Convener:  Maria-Ribera Sancho

Objectives: The course brings together key information technologies used in manipulating, storing, and analysing data including:

  • the basic tools for statistical analysis
  • techniques for parallel processing
  • tools for access to unstructured data
  • storage solutions

Learning outcomes: Students will be introduced to systems that can accept, store, and analyse large volumes of unstructured data. The learned skills can be used in data intensive application areas.

Level: For trainees with some theoretical and practical knowledge


Day 1 (Feb 3)

9:30 – 13:00 Introduction to Big Data (David Carrera, Data Centric Computing Group Manager, BSC)

The goal of this session is to introduce the students in the technologies associated with Big Data: data challenges, cloud computing, processing, and internet of things. An overview of the technologies will be provided, both from a technical and from a business model point of view.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Practical Data Analytics for Solving Real World Problems (José Carlos Carrasco Jiménez, Researcher, BSC)
Data analytics has changed the way we make decisions. We see the benefits and the advances in many fields that go from financial to medical and industrial applications due to the integration of advanced data analytics. In this course we will propose practical tips gained through our experience at BSC in big data analytics projects. We will also discover how to overcome some of the most challenging tasks in practical data analytics.
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Hands-on (José Carlos Carrasco Jiménez, Researcher, BSC)
This session will focus on several key methods and algorithms (both serial and parallel) that enable to discover global properties on data while dealing with Big Data:
Network Science
Multi Constrained and Multi-Objective Optimization
Examples using the above approaches and some hands-on exercise


Day 2 (Feb 4)

9:30 – 13:00 Big Data Management (Albert Abelló, UPC, inLab FIB)
Big Data has many definitions and facets, we'll pay attention to the problems we have to face to store it and how we can process it. More specifically, we'll focus on the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and its two basic components, namely HBase and MapReduce engine.
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
Hands-on exercise
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:00 NoSQL databases (Oscar Romero, Dept. of Service and Information System Engineering, UPC-BarcelonaTech)
The relational model has dominated data storage systems since the mid 1970s. However, the changing storage needs over the past decade have given rise to new models for storing data, collectively known as NoSQL. In this presentation, we will focus on two of the most common types of NoSQL databases: document-oriented databases and graph databases and explain the use cases suitable for each of them.
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Multidisciplinary research and data analytics: Smart Cities (Maria Cristina Marinescu, Computer Applications in Science&Engineering, BSC) 

A huge quantity of data is produced in cities from many types of sources: IoT, social network, other text sources, images, etc. Data integration is the first and more difficult step to ensure data quality and be able to then analyze these data and get insight hat may help improve quality of life, sustainability, and resilience of the urban fabrics. This session focuses on the variety aspect of big data, and modeling as a way to capture common sense and enable semantic reasoning.

Day 3 (Feb 5)

9:30 – 13:00 Data Analytics with Apache Spark (Josep Lluis Berral, Computer Sciences - Data Centric Computing, BSC)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
Apache Spark has become a consolidated technology for large-scale processing in a fast and general way, with “programmer-friendly” interfaces and official bindings for many of the most used languages (Java, Scala, Python and R), extensive documentation and development tools. This course introduces Apache Spark, as well as some of its core libraries for data manipulation, machine learning, data streams and graph analytics.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Data Analytics with Apache Spark. Part 2 (Josep Lluis Berral, Computer Sciences - Data Centric Computing, BSC)
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 European project on Big Data

Day 4 (Feb 6)

9:30 – 13:00 Practical Introduction to Python Deep Learning  (Jordi Torres, Emerging Technologies for Artificial Intelligence Group Manager - Computer Sciences, BSC)
Artificial Intelligence is changing our lives, and solutions based on Deep Learning are leading this transformation. Deep Learning is now of major interest to companies and research centers, since it can be applied to many areas of activity. But getting started in this technology is not an easy task. The purpose of this short course is to gradually start the student off to the basics of Python Deep Learning, in a practical way through a guided, hands-on learning without becoming too technical, ensuring that the student learn enough of the basics to get literate in Deep Learning. Using the Keras API of TensorFlow library allows the development of Deep Learning models and abstracts much of the mathematical complexity involved in its implementation. The course content will be as follows:

1. What is Deep Learning?
2. Work environment
3. Python and its libraries

4. Densely connected neural networks.
5. Neural networks in Keras
6. How a neural network is trained
7. Parameters and hyperparameters in neural networks
8. Convolutional neural networks.

9. Stages of a Deep Learning project
10. Data to train neural networks
11. Data Augmentation and Transfer Learning
12. Advanced neural network architectures


13. Recurrent neural networks
14. Generative Adversarial Networks

Important prerequisites to enroll in this course: It is assumed that the student has a basic knowledge of Python prior to starting the course.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 16:00 From Data Mining to Data Science (Tomàs Aluja, UPC – Barcelona Tech)
Data contains information. We will try to contextualize the flow of apparently “new” concepts such as data mining, business intelligence, big data, data science and how they relate to the old school of exploratory statistics. We will also introduce an overview of the main steps of a data mining problem, and we will illustrate them through sound examples of application.

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Data analytics in societal challenges modeling: smart mobility and other related fields (Dra. Mari Paz Linares i Jamie Arjona (UPC, inLab FIB)
Internet of Things, Big Data, Smart cities or Industry 4.0 are concepts that have raised in the last years with promises of solving daily human issues. In this session we will present how a combination of Internet of Things and Big Data can attack certain challenges and alleviate them.

Day 5 (Feb 7)

9:30 – 13:00 Data Visualization Therory (Luz Calvo, User Experience And Interaction Designer, BSC and Juan Felipe Gomez Celis, FrontEnd Developer, BSC)

  1. Basic concepts
  2. Human perception
  3. Design
  4. Colour
  5. Audience / Validation / Bad practices
  6. Visualisation design process

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

Tools for data visualization
– Tableau
– Data Wrapper
– RawGraphs
– Flourish

– Carto

Data visualisation with d3.js




Barcelona BSC Campus Nord
Vertex Building Room VS208

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