2nd Annual Big Data & Analytics Town Hall Meeting with the Provost on Nov 4th

Strengthening the AI, Big Data and Analytics Ecosystem @ WSU

Nov. 4, 3-5 p.m. (Location: Lear Auditorium, Mike Ilitch School of Business | Map)

Join and shape the digital revolution that is impacting all disciplines and efforts across the university.

Dear Faculty & Students,

Please join me for our second annual town hall to discuss the AI, Big Data and Analytics Ecosystem at Wayne State University. The event will start at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Lear Auditorium at the Mike Ilitch School of Business. During this town hall, we will discuss our progress and your needs in this fast-growing field.

With leadership by Ratna Babu Chinnam, Ph.D., and Patrick Gossman, Ph.D., Wayne State launched a new AI, Big Data and Analytics Initiative last year. Through a cluster hire based on faculty proposals, we recruited nine new scholars across the university to strengthen our ecosystem; these cluster hires started this fall. We have also invested in new computing platforms and secured additional grant funding to strengthen our grid and central computing facilities for research. Our goal is to create interdisciplinary synergies across campus that will further enhance our ecosystem to support education, scholarship and research.

Please come and learn what Wayne State has to offer and what is under development in this exciting area. Share your input and hear from some of our academic colleagues on their pursuits and successes, and meet the new cluster hires in big data and analytics. The program will begin with short talks from select colleagues and will be followed by an open discussion session and a reception.

3 p.m.

Welcome: Provost K. Whitfield

3:05 p.m.

AI, Big Data and Analytics Ecosystem – Vision and Progress: Prof. R.B. Chinnam, Director, AI, Big Data & Analytics Group

Mission, engagement, services (platforms, coursework, research)

3:15 p.m.

Big Data Computing Facilities and Services: Daren Hubbard, Associate Vice President and CIO

Grid, web-based computing, storage, Hadoop/Spark cluster, VMs, national/external resources

3:20 p.m.

TED-style talks from WSU faculty:

Carol Miller


Phillip D Levy M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C.

Prof. Carol Miller

Director, Healthy Urban Waters, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prof. Jukka Savolainen

Past Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Criminal Justice

Prof. Phil Levy

Assistant Vice President and Associate Chair for Research, Emergency Medicine

4:15 p.m.

Open Discussion: What are your needs?

4:40 p.m.

Reception and posters

In case you have not already registered for the event, please RSVP confirming your participation by Oct. 29. If you are interested but have a scheduling conflict, complete the RSVP and let us know so that we can include you in future communications and alert you to possible funding and curricular opportunities.

Best regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs