Ernesto Damiani

Professor, Director of Information Security Center Electrical and Computer at Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR)

Ernesto Damiani is the Director of the Information Security Research Center at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, and the leader of the Big Data Initiative at the Etisalat British Telecom Innovation Center (EBTIC).

Ernesto is on extended leave from the Department of Computer Science, Universit√†¬†degli Studi di Milano, Italy, where he leads the SESAR research lab and coordinates several large scale research projects funded by the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Research and by private companies such as British Telecom, Cisco Systems, SAP, Telecom Italia and many others. Ernesto’s research interests include cybersecurity, business process analysis and privacy-preserving Big Data analytics.

He has more than 450 scientific publications listed on Scopus. Ernesto is the Principal Investigator of the TOREADOR H2020 project on models and tools for Big data-as-a-service ( He is a recipient of the Chester-Sall Award from IEEE IES and of the 2016 Stephen S. Yau Award from IEEE ICWS/Services Society.

Introduction to Big Data Analytics and their Computational Models


The availability of unprecedented volumes of heterogeneous data has increased interest in Big Data Analytics (BDA), which is
expected to improve decision making and foster new business opportunities in a number of vertical domains.
This talk provides an introduction to the foundations of BDA, in terms of emerging innovation in algorithms as well as in terms of data and computational models. Then it discusses some recurrent models and patterns used in practical Big Data computations, from Data preparation and anonymity to analytics to display, and presents their application to business domains like energy, fintech and advanced manufacturing.