Monday, February 8, 2016

Analytics, Smart Grid and Big Data: Are They Like Teenage Sex?

I can hardly find the original source for this quote about teenage sex:
Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.
Over the past few decades, people have been inventing, abusing, reinventing and re-abusing various buzzwords. The title of this blog post is taken from a talk I gave last year.

In that talk, I was showing the audience how the public interest on these three terms has been evolving over time. For instance, "smart grid" on Google Trends look like this:

I also introduced my understanding of big data analytics using a series of research projects on load forecasting with NCEMC. At the end, I was making three points:
  • Forget about the buzzwords
  • Focus on what the industry needs
  • Solve real-world problems
The original presentation is available HERE, in case you are interested in taking a look.

p.s., when naming my lab two years ago, I almost used all of these three terms, analytics, smart grid and big data. Because I didn't really understand what smart grid is, I put "energy" instead of "smart grid" in my lab's name, making it BigDEAL - Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory

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