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21 May 2019

Fighting Deforestation with Knowledge Graphs & GRAKN.AI -Complex Biomedical Data

Title: Fighting Deforestation with Knowledge Graphs



Speaker: James Phare, Founder of Neural Alpha


Description: Deforestation in recent years has migrated from traditional areas & commodities such as Palm Oil to new geographies, commodities and actors. Knowledge Graphs offer an innovative approach to understanding these drivers & informing actors such as Commodity Traders, Financial Consumers, Governments and other parties for sourcing, investment and policy making decisions.


James talked about Neural Alpha's work on - a multinational NGO-led project tackling these causes. He shared their experience of using Label Property Graphs alongside Linked Data technologies and standards such as SKOS.


Bio: James founded Neural Alpha in 2017 to bring innovative Connected Data solutions to the financial sector with a particular focus on Sustainable Investing. James has a track record of delivering innovative data solutions within the financial sector having consulted extensively at many of the world's largest Investment Banks, Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds. Prior to becoming a Consultant James was Head of Information Management at Man Group plc following roles at Thomson Reuters. James is the Event Director of Connected Data London and holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics & Economic History from the University of York.




Title: Using GRAKN.AI for Big Complex Biomedical Data



Speakers: Tomas Sabat, Chief Operating Officer @ Grakn Labs


Description: The success or failure of any modern organisation relies on the way they leverage their data. However, most institutions and organisations have no way to aggregate the magnitude and complexity of their disparate data catalogs. They require a unified representation of their data which represents their specific domain truthfully as well as conceptually.


In other words, they require an expressive data model and an intelligent query language to perform knowledge engineering over complex datasets. In this Meetup event, we will introduce GRAKN.AI, a distributed hyper-relational database for knowledge engineering, to Manchester's engineering community.


Systems biology is one of the domains that produces huge amounts of data and presents integration challenges due to their complex nature. As understanding the complex relationships among these biological data is one of the key goals in biology, we will demonstrate how Grakn is used to integrate disparate biological data into a knowledge graph that leads to valuable new insights of our data at scale.


Grakn provides the knowledge base foundation for intelligent systems to manage complex data. We will also introduce Graql: Grakn's reasoning (through OLTP) and analytics (through OLAP) query language. Graql provides the tools required to do knowledge engineering: an expressive schema for knowledge modelling, reasoning transactions for real-time inference, distributed algorithms for large-scale analytics, and optimisation of query execution. In addition, we will discuss how Graql’s language serves as unified data representation of data for cognitive systems.


Bio: Tomas is the COO of GRAKN.AI, the knowledge graph for intelligent systems. He works on introducing the world on how to use a Grakn knowledge graph to build cognitive and AI systems, working in industries such a biotech, finance and cyber-security.

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