Machine learning meets big spatial data

Ibrahim Sabek, Mohamed F. Mokbel

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The proliferation in amounts of generated data has propelled the rise of scalable machine learning solutions to efficiently analyze and extract useful insights from such data. Mean- while, spatial data has become ubiquitous, e.g., GPS data, with increasingly sheer sizes in recent years. The applications of big spatial data span a wide spectrum of interests including tracking infectious disease, climate change simulation, drug addiction, among others. Consequently, major research efforts are exerted to support efficient analysis and intelligence inside these applications by either providing spatial extensions to existing machine learning solutions or building new solutions from scratch. In this 90-minutes tutorial, we comprehensively review the state-of-the-art work in the intersection of machine learning and big spatial data. We cover existing research efforts and challenges in three major areas of machine learning, namely, data analysis, deep learning and statistical inference, as well as two advanced spatial machine learning tasks, namely, spatial features extraction and spatial sampling. We also highlight open problems and challenges for future research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1982-1985
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2018
Event45th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, VLDB 2019 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2017Aug 30 2017

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  • Big Spatial Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Scalability


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