Social Media Harvesting for Business Continuity
SunGard Availability Services is one of the national leaders in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. With over 5 million square feet of data center and recovery operations in 80 global locations, services include Cloud & Security Services, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Services, Data Recovery Centers, Application Management Services and IT Security consultation.
Students on this project team will broaden SunGard’s service offerings by building a proof-of-concept, integrated Social Media harvesting system – proving a configurable, reliable automated mechanism for leveraging Social Media at time of crisis/incident/event.
Social media, especially apps like Twitter, can provide a rich source of information for what is going on “in the field” during a disaster/incident, but also contain a great deal of noise (not to mention fake news). Having a way to facilitate the incorporation of meaningful information from Twitter and other sources during an incident would be very valuable, but only if the signal/noise ratio is high.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:
- Skill level All levels
- Students 5-7 Students
- Likely Majors Any, CS, MATH, STATS
- Course Substitutions EECS 498, Honors, SI, SI PEP
- IP & NDA Required? No
- Summer Opportunity See Complete Description for Details
Programming (4 Students)
General programming skills, completion of EECS 281.
- Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, ENGR
Statistical Model Development (1 Student)
Model deveop plus must have basic coding skills.
- Likely Majors: STATS, MATH, ENGR
Sponsor Mentor: Kyle Gress
Senior Data Architect at SunGard Availability Services
Kyle Gress is a Senior Data Architect at Sungard Availability Services, working in the Software business unit in our Wayne, PA office. He is one of the architects responsible for the Assurance SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) suite, featuring the award winning AssuranceCM and AssuranceNM solutions. Kyle’s primary focus is on data persistence and data-driven application behavior, while also resolving complex customer production issues and contributing to the development of continuous delivery and platform architecture.
Faculty Mentor: Barzan Mozafari
Assistant Professor, CSE
Barzan Mozafari is a Morris Wellman Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he leads a research group designing the next generation of scalable databases using advanced statistical models. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2011. His research career has led to many successful open-source projects, including CliffGuard (the first robust framework for database tuning), DBSeer (the first automated database diagnostic tool), and BlinkDB (the first massively parallel approximate query engine). He has won the National Science Foundation CAREER award, as well as several best paper awards in ACM SIGMOD and EuroSys. He is also a co-founder of DBSeer and a strategic advisor to SnappyData, a company that commercializes the ideas introduced by BlinkDB.