Prof. Edward CurryChair of the BoardEdward Curry is Vice President of the Big Data Value Association (www.BDVA.eu) a non-profit industry-led organisation with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of European Companies with data-driven innovation. He has a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland Galway. Edward is the established Professor of Data Science and Director of the Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics and the Data Science Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has worked extensively with industry and government advising on the adoption patterns, practicalities, and benefits of new technologies. Edward has published over 120 scientific articles in journals, books, and international conferences. He has presented at numerous events and has given invited talks at Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT. His research projects include studies of smart cities, energy intelligence, semantic information management, event-based systems, and collaborative data management.