Symposium Agenda

8:30- 9 a.m. Check-in and seating
9:00- 9:15 a.m.


  • Patrick Gossman, deputy CIO for research, Computing and Information Technology


  • M. Roy Wilson; president, Wayne State University

The Future of Big Data

  • Stephen Lanier, vice president, Office of the Vice President for Research
9:15- 10:05 a.m.

Keynote introduction

  • Ratna Chinnam, professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and director, Big Data and Business Analytics Group

Technical keynote 
Benefits and Risks of the Data Explosion and Advice for the Common Person

  • Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and associate dean for graduate studies, University of Pennsylvania

Q&A moderated by Ratna Chinnam

10:05- 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - Noon

Panel introduction

  • Stephen Lanier

Panel discussion with Q&A
Good Things Coming from Data Explosion

  • Carol Miller, professor and chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Robert Harr, professor of physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • David Martin, program director, Urban Safety
  • Sorin Draghici, holder, Robert J. Sokol MD Endowed Chair in Systems Biology; associate dean, innovation and entrepreneurship; Anderson Institute; professor, Computer Science

Q&A moderated by Stephen Lanier

Noon - 12:45 p.m. Boxed Lunch
12:45- 1:45 p.m. Comments and keynote introduction
  • Ratna Chinnam

Business keynote with Q&A
Business and Exploding Data

  • Nick Curcuru, vice president, Global Big Data Practice, MasterCard

Q&A moderated by Ratna Chinnam

1:45-1:55 p.m. Break
1:55- 3:05 p.m.

Panel introduction

  • Daren Hubbard, CIO and associate vice president, Computing and Information Technology

Panel discussion 
Personal Privacy and Legality

  • Lance Gable, associate professor, Wayne Law, How Governing Bodies Protect Private Citizens
  • Michael J. Barnes, associate professor and artistic director, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance; information privacy officer, Department of Computing and Information Technology, What the Citizens can do to Protect Themselves
  • Jonathan Weinberg, professor of law, Wayne Law, Legal Alternatives Once Data Privacy is Violated

Q&A moderated by Daren Hubbard

3:05- 3:30 p.m.

Round Robin
Ask the Professors!  

  • Speakers and audience
3:30 p.m. End