Conference on Advances in Big Data Modeling, Computation and Analytics
September 23-24, 2016, Texas A&M University Campus
Two dozen top experts in data science across academia and industry gathered at Texas A&M University for a campus-wide conference to address the latest developments and next big breakthroughs in big data.
Advances in Big Data Modeling, Computation and Analytics was held in the Stephen W. Hawking Auditorium within the Texas A&M George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy. The two-day conference featured four keynote speakers — Michael Jordan (University of California, Berkeley), Robert Schapire (Microsoft Research), Nilanjan Chatterjee (Johns Hopkins University) and Susan Athey (Stanford University) — and four invited sessions on various aspects of big data, including modeling and applications, computing, business and industry.
Texas A&M statistician and co-organizer Bani K. Mallick had to close registration for the conference early after it reached maximum capacity a month prior to the workshop start date. Event festivities kicked off Friday (Sept. 23) at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Texas A&M Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Karan L. Watson and concluded Saturday (Sept. 24) with two concurrent introductory tutorial sessions on data science and cloud computing, respectively, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Activities ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an hour-long break for lunch. Each invited session featured short talks from multiple speakers representing five global corporations (Microsoft, IBM, ABB Inc., EDP Renewables, Smart Blade-Germany) and 12 universities, including five Texas institutions. Friday also featured a 5 p.m. poster session and reception at the University Club in Rudder Tower.
The conference, hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Statistics as part of the big data theme semester unveiled earlier this year by Texas A&M Dean of Science Meigan Aronson, was jointly sponsored by the College of Science, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Mays Business School, the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science and the Southeastern Texas Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
For additional information, including speaker abstracts, please visit the conference website.
|Michael Jordan||Robert Schapire||Nilanjan Chatterjee||Susan Athey|