Program

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Getting Your Data-Driven Business Transformation Right!


Day 1: Thursday, March 22, 2018

All Day Research Poster Displays / Vendor Booths / Startup Showcase Booths / Networking  
8-9 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast  
9- 11 a.m.

Tutorial: Unlocking Business Insights with Microsoft Data Services and Power BI
Hilberry A & B

Amy Schneider, Consultant, Microsoft / Netrix
Don Penland, Consultant, Microsoft / Netrix

This session will provide an overview of Microsoft Cloud Data Services and Power BI. We will discuss the overall solution sets, how they work together and complement each other. A drill down and demonstration of Power BI for data visualization will be provided to explore how Power BI integrates with your organizations' data and productivity solutions. PRESENTATION

9-11 a.m.

Tutorial: Deep Learning - New Frontiers and Applications on Healthcare and Automotive
Hilberry C

Dr. Ming Dong, Professor, Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Lab, Wayne State University

The performance of machine learning approaches is heavily dependent on the choice and quality of data representation. Deep learning is part of a broader family of machine learning methods based on learning meaningful and effective data representations, as opposed to feature engineering. This tutorial aims to provide a path for a deep neural networks newcomer to gain some understanding of this vast and complex topic. To facilitate a real understanding of deep learning, basic machine learning theory and concepts will also be covered to some degree. More importantly, we will present some new ideas and applications of deep learning in healthcare and automotive applications. By introducing recent work and case studies developed in Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Lab. at Wayne State University, the audience will learn how to apply/adapt deep learning techniques to real-world problems. 

11 a.m. -12 p.m.

Tutorial Luncheon
Main Ballroom Hallway

 
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Tutorial: IBM- Deep Learning and Power AI Platform
Hilberry A & B

Clarisse Taaffe-Hedglin, Executive Architect, Worldwide Client Centers, IBM Systems

This session will recap the reasons why deep learning is so popular today and explores the tools Data Scientists use. We'll introduce the more commonly used frameworks and dive into Industry, High Performance Computing and High Performance Data Analytics (HPC/HPDA) use cases that highlight the art of the possible for AI. We'll compare and contrast frameworks and key factors that drive framework selection. We'll conclude with an overview and demonstration of a deep learning model training using IBM Power Systems and PowerAI. PRESENTATION

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Tutorial: Mastering Your Data- ETL Made Easy with HPCC Systems
Hilberry C

Bob Foreman, Senior Software Engineer, HPCC Systems

This workshop is for Symposium participants who want to understand the HPCC Systems platform and learn ECL to build powerful data queries. Anyone who needs a basic familiarity and learn best practices with ECL should attend. The 3-hour session will take the student through the entire ETL cycle from Spray (Extract) to Transform (THOR) and finally to Load (ROXIE). Code examples and hands-on lessons will be included.

This workshop requires the following: A laptop with a Windows OS or Windows VM. A VM Machine, preferably Oracle's open source virtual box, the latest HPCC VM downloaded and installed, and the latest ECL IDE installed. Attendees will take home sample training data and code on a thumb drive to be distributed. Download Instructions Here.

3 - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break / Vendor Showcases / Networking  
3:30 - 4 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
Main Ballroom

Ratna Babu Chinnam, Co-Director, Big Data & Business Analytics Group, Wayne State University
Keith Whitfield, Provost, Wayne State University

 
4 - 5 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: "High Performance Data & Analytics"
Main Ballroom

Dr. Frank Lee, Global Industry Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM Corporation

Through real use cases and demo, I will illustrate the architecture and solution for high performance data and analytics platforms, deployed with cloud-scale data management, multi-cloud workload orchestration and converged high performance computing with deep learning and AI. I will also demonstrate the four key values of HPDA with client case studies -- high performance, low cost, easy of use and collaborative. All while exploring the current landscape and future outlook in the field of big data.

Dr. Frank Lee is the Healthcare and Life Science industry leader for IBM Systems Group with over twenty years' experience in scientific research and information technology. His work includes the creation of industry reference architecture and its implementation as HPC, cloud, big data and AI platforms for dozens of clients and partners worldwide. As an advocator for the transformation of the industry towards precision medicine, Frank has spoken in dozens of conferences and published in IBM System Journals, Redbook, research paper and HIMSS report. When encountering gaps of technologies, Frank led charges of innovation with inventions in metadata and provenance management. Frank also brings in the subject matter expertise on genomics, an experience that includes participation in the Human Genome Project as a research associate and his training as a molecular biologist at Washington University.

PRESENTATION

5 - 5:30 p.m. Coffee Break/Vendor Showcases/Networking  
 

Case Study Presentations

 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Finance Analytics
Hilberry A

Moderator:
Dr. Toni Somers

"Big Data Business Strategy: Business Experimentation Discipline"

Nick Curcuru, Vice President, Global Big Data Practice, Mastercard

"Implementing AI in business: The innovators paradox"

Beaumont Vance, Head of the Enterprise Analytics Center of Excellence, TD Ameritrade

PRESENTATION

"Machine Learning in Credit Risk Applications and Diagnostics for Interpretability"

Joel Vaughan, Corporate Risk Team, Wells Fargo

PRESENTATION

Transportation Analytics
Hilberry B

Moderator:
Dr. Leslie Monplaisir

"Big Data Drive: Supporting Product Analytics at Ford Motor through the employment of Big Data technologies"

David Ostrowski, Data Scientist, Ford Motor Company

PRESENTATION

"Enhancing Warranty Data Analysis with Business Intelligence Tools"

Peter Chhim, Corporate Warranty Manager, Tenneco

PRESENTATION

"A purposeful walk down Wall Street: Using Advanced Data Analytics in global financial markets"

Joshua Feinstein, Global Data Strategy, AI, Business Intelligence & Analytics, GM

PRESENTATION

Healthcare Analytics
Hilberry C

Moderator:
Dr. Patrick Gossman

"Using Networks to find patterns in Healthcare Payer Data"

Fred Thompson, Senior Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield

PRESENTATION

"Enabling Patient Harm Prediction at the Point of Care: An Application of Machine Learning in Healthcare"

Michael Marks & Richard Bryant, Data Scientists, Improvement Path Systems

"Insights from leveraging Data Analytics for Population Health Management"

Purush Yeluripati, CEO, Zenith Technology Solutions, Inc.

PRESENTATION

Big Data Start Ups
Hilberry D

Moderator:
Wayne Snyder

"Start Up 2.0: Disrupting Markets with Big Data Insights"

Start Ups:

  • Switched Source

Wayne Snyder, Director of Technology Development, Next Energy

PRESENTATION

"Start Up 2.0: Disrupting Markets with Big Data Insights"

Start Ups:

  • Eco BCG
  • SmartCone Technologies

Wayne Snyder, Director of Technology Development, Next Energy

PRESENTATION

"Start Up 2.0: Disrupting Markets with Big Data Insights"

Start Ups:

  • Ambience Data

Wayne Snyder, Director of Technology Development, Next Energy

PRESENTATION

 
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Reception / Networking
Main Ballroom

 

Day 2: Friday, March 23, 2018

All Day Research Poster Displays / Vendor Booths / Startup Showcase Booths / Networking  
8 - 9:30 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast  
8:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Main Ballroom

Patrick Gossman, Deputy CIO for Research, Wayne State University
Farshad Fotouhi, Dean, College of Engineering, Wayne State University
Stephen Lanier, Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

 
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: "Making Your Business Data Driven"
Main Ballroom

Moderator: Ratna Babu Chinnam, Director, Big Data & Business Analytics Group, Wayne State University

Panel Members:

  • Nick Curcuru, Vice President, Global Big Data Practice, Mastercard
  • Dr. Mahesh Rajasekharan, Chief Executive Officer, Cleo
  • Dania Rich-Spencer, Vice President, Automotive Innovation Group, Morpace
  • Purush Yeluripati, Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Technology Solutions

                

 
10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Break / Vendor Displays / Networking / Poster Session  
  Case Study Presentations  
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Business Analytics
Hilberry A

Moderator:
Dr. Toni Somers

"New Marketing Imperatives: Big Data & The Cloud"

Subu Desaraju, EVP, Performance Marketing, MRM-McCann

PRESENTATION

"Big Data, Alternative Data, and the Assessment of Credit Risk in the Consumer Lending Industry"

Keith Shields, Chief Analytics Officer, Magnify Analytic Solutions

PRESENTATION

"First Data Strategy, Second Data Solutions"

Don Steffes, Vice President of Information Technology International Operations, GM Financial

PRESENTATION

Transportation Analytics
Hilberry B

Moderator:
Dr. Leslie Monplaisir

"Improving Asset Utilization and Profitability with Vehicle Telematics Data for a Long-Haul Trucking Company"

Dania Rich-Spencer, Vice President, Automotive Innovation Group, Morpace

PRESENTATION

"Mobility Analytics: The Convergence of Data Science and Software Development"

Amit Bhagwan, Manager, Mobility Analytics Products and Prototypes, Ford Mobility

PRESENTATION

"Leveraging Connectivity and Analytics to maximize the Uptime of Heavy Equipment"

Mohan Jayaraman, Vice President of IoT & Practice Head, Softura

PRESENTATION

Technology
Hilberry C

Moderator:
Dr. Ming Dong

"Beyond Big Data - Converging various data types in the world's largest biometric database - Aadhaar"

Tom Fisher, Chief Technology Officer, MapR

"How eBay ShopBot uses Neo4j and AI for conversational recommendations"

Dan Flavin, Senior Sales Engineer, Neo4j

PRESENTATION

"A look at Inventory Management by BorgWarner utilizing Qlik"

John Truskowski, Territory Sales Manager, Qlik

Monica Kedzierski, Director of Data and Analytics, BorgWarner

PRESENTATION

 
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break / Networking / Vendor Showcase
Hilberry Rooms
 
  Case Study Presentations  
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Business Analytics
Hilberry A

Moderator:
Dr. Toni Somers

"Providing World-Class Customer Experience via Big Data Analytics"

Dr. Daniel Reaume, Advanced Analytics, Dow Chemical Company

PRESENTATION

"Big Data & Analytics in Law Enforcement"

Deepinder Uppal, Assistant Division Director, and David Kelly, Captain, Michigan State Police, State of Michigan

"From Laptop to Workbench to Cluster Data Science Workbench"

John Howey, Senior Systems Engineer, Cloudera

Big Data Technology
Hilberry B

Moderator:
Dr. Ming Dong

"Architecting and Ingesting Data At Scale with QuickenLoans"

Mack Hendricks, Senior Solutions Engineer, HortonWorks

Lisa Phillip, Enterprise Data Architect, Quicken Loans

PRESENTATION

"Lessons from the Field: Every Data Source Goes Real-Time"

Jordan Martz, Director of Technology Solutions, Attunity

PRESENTATION

"Big Data Integration: Why Data Readiness is Vital to Successful Analytics"

John Thielens, CTO, Cleo

Big Data Technology
Hilberry C

Moderator:
Dr. Leslie Monplaisir

"Big Data Platforms Galore: Lessons from OneMagnify"

Andrew Frey, Chief Information Officer, Marketing Associates

PRESENTATION

"Managing Hyper-scale Data Analytics Pipelines with Confidence at Amazon"

Fletcher Liverance, Principal Software Engineer, Amazon

"How Can Cognitive Decision Making Impact Your Business Today?"

Krishna Kallakuri, President, Diwo

 
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break / Networking  
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: "Balancing Technology and Talent"
Main Ballroom

Moderator: Patrick Gossman, Deputy CIO, Wayne State University

Panelists: 

  • Andrew Frey, Chief Information Officer, Marketing Associates
  • Tracy Hewitt, Emerging Analytics Strategy and Acceleration Lead, Ford Motor Company
  • John Thielens, Chief Technology Officer, Cleo
  • Flavio Villanustre, Vice President, Technology, HPCC Systems - LexisNexis Risk Solutions

               

 
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: "Big Data - Making the Promise Real"
Main Ballroom

Nick Curcuru, Vice President, Big Data Practice, Mastercard
 
Organisations want the promise of Big Data - using data to drive business decisions, creating a fact based culture, providing customers and employees positive experiences.  Over the last 5 years there are still so many organizations struggling to make the promise real.  Many organizations have started but their big data initiatives have turned into a bog of data swamps and quagmires of "nice to know" information not producing results.  Companies are asking: What are the use cases which make a difference, what data should we collecting and how do we tie the business objectives to data science.  Using real world case studies and lessons from the analytic battlefield Nick will help answer these questions and explain why you need to step back from the hype take a deep breath and objectively focus on the problems and questions you want big data to answer.
 

Nick Curcuru has over 20 years of experience implementing and managing large scale advanced analytics projects across the world for companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Capital One, The Home Depot, Burlington Northern Railroad, Merrill Lynch and The General Electric Company.  He helps drive strategic decisions through the use of data and analytics.  He helps companies uncover opportunities to increase revenue and grow profit margins.  He is currently the Vice President of Big Data Practice at MasterCard.

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thank Yous & Awards Presentation  
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Reception / Networking