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Center for Data Science Launch Symposium

Thursday, April 9th 2015

Life Sciences Laboratories, 6th floor
240 Thatcher Road Amherst, MA, 01003

The event will bring together leaders in academia, industry and government.

Registration is required and space is limited. 
Register here

Expected Agenda

Light breakfast and social networking
Welcome by Chancellor, Provost and other dignitaries
Andrew McCallum, Professor & Director of Center for Data Science, UMass
Overview of day's agenda and the Center for Data Science
Pat Larkin, Director, Innovation Institute at Mass Tech Collaborative
Data Science and the Massachusetts economy
Jim Kurose, head of Computer & Information Science and Engineering, NSF
Keynote presentation
Examples of our Research and Interaction with Industry
Industry and Academic spotlights
Information Economy
  • Steve Vinter, Site Director & Engineering Director, Google Cambridge
  • Andrew McCallum, Professor, UMass CS (information integration)
  • Misha Davidson, Director of Engineering, HP Vertica
  • Yanlei Diao, Associate Professor, UMass CS (big and fast data analytics)
Energy and Sustainability
  • Brian Beauregard, Electric Division Head, Holyoke Gas & Electric
  • Prashant Shenoy, Professor, UMass CS (distributed systems)
  • Scott Schwenk, North Atlantic LCC Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Dan Sheldon, Assistant Professor, UMass CS (computational ecology)
Business and Analysis
  • Gareth Ross, SVP Data, MassMutual
  • David Jensen, Professor, UMass CS (causality)
  • Andrew Merlino, Founder & CEO, Pixel Forensics
  • Erik Learned-Miller, Associate Professor, UMass CS (computer vision)
Health and Medicine
  • Deb Bulger, Executive Director of Strategic Programs, McKesson
  • Benjamin Marlin, Assistant Professor, UMass CS (machine learning)
  • Joel Vengco, CIO, BayState Health
  • Deepak Ganesan, Associate Professor, UMass CS (wearable sensors)
and TV, radio and print press interviews
Industry and Government panel
statements and discussion
  • Brian UlicnyDirector of Data Science, Thomson Reuters
  • Rohit Prasad, Director of Research, Echo & Speech, Amazon
  • Eric Brown, Director of Watson TechnologiesIBM
  • Alex Cosmas, Chief Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Raj Subbu, Analytics Leader, Pratt & Whitney
  • C.A. Webb, Executive Director, NE Venture Capital Association
  • Mark Corner, CTO, Fiksu
  • Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England and New York City
  • Steve Strassmann, CTO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Education panel
statements and discussion
Using Data Science to improve education & Data Science Education
  • Beverly Woolf, Professor and White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, UMass CS
  • Rick Adrion, Professor, Director or ECEP,  UMass CS
  • James Allan, Professor & future Chair, UMass CS 
  • Ben Marlin, Assistant Professor, UMass CS
  • Kathy McKeown, Director, Data Science Institute, Columbia Univ.
Andrew McCallum.  Closing remarks
Poster session and open discussion
Browse posters describing Data Science research by faculty from across UMass, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, as well as industry representatives.
End of formal event.  Open discussion continues.