Speakers 2016 Conference
Nick BeatonTechnical Consultant, Tableau
Humans can see visual patterns very well, but only when the patterns really play to a human’s strengths. This presentation is intended to take a look at how humans interpret visual information and ways in which information is presented in the modern world. We’ll take a look at “pre-attentive attributes”, which allow humans to process information almost instantly. Finally, we’ll dive into data visualization best practices and how to visually convey information so an audience can quickly grasp what’s meaningful.
Bill Chu, Ph.D.Professor, Software and Information Systems, UNC Charlotte
Cyber threat intelligence sharing is emerging as an important tool for cybersecurity as it can identify evolving threat patterns and prevent attackers from replicating their early success across the Internet. There a great deal of public as well as private cyber threat intelligence sources. This talk will outline some of the research done at UNC Charlotte using analytics method to help with understanding of cyber threat intelligence as well as mining cyber threat intelligence from existing logs.
Sunil ErevellesChair, Dept. of Marketing , UNC Charlotte
Big Data is at the epicenter of a revolution in business. The potential for leveraging Big Data is staggering. Yet this enormous potential is barely utilized, as most businesses use Big Data more in a tactical rather than a strategic manner. In his presentation, Dr. Erevelles will highlight how Big Data can strategically be used to radically reinvent your business, destroy your competitors and create enormous value. Come prepared to be taken to new levels of strategic brilliance using Big Data.
Zbigniew W. Ras, Ph.D.Professor and KDD Lab Director, UNC Charlotte
The projection of the growth rate in healthcare spending in the US is 5.8 percent during the period 2014-2024, which means that the spending will rise to 5.4 trillion by 2024. Analyzing the reasons behind readmissions to hospitals and reducing them can save a great amount of money. A hospital readmission is defined as a hospitalization of the patient after being discharged from the hospital. Our recommender system for the reduction of readmissions to hospitals is based on healthcare personalization and actionable knowledge mining of Florida State Inpatient Databases (SID) that contain records of more than 7.8 million visit discharges from over 3.6 million patients treated in several hospitals in the Florida State.
Rudy Shankar, Ph.D.Professor, UNC Charlotte
Analytics is increasingly playing an important role for power generation assets in identifying incipient equipment problems in critical systems-- boilers, feedwater systems, turbines, etc-- before they balloon into on-line breakdown. The intelligence provided by these systems must be actionable, in other words, have adequate time to take measures to prevent the failure during operation. The talk-- presented by EPIC, Duke Energy and EPRI-- will provide a broad landscape on how early attempts to perform condition-based maintenance were assisted by the introduction of low-cost wireless sensors and the internet to bring virtual expertise to remote plants and the cost benefits that accrued to the global utility industry; one utility's experience in implementing across their enterprise in the Carolinas, Florida, and Indiana; and finally the vision for how analytics will evolve for future needs including distributed resources.
Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Dept. of Software and Information Systems, UNC Charlotte
Businesses and organizations such as retail stores, airports, hospitals, and malls have begun to leverage the recent advances in localization technology to provide quality location-based services to their customers. One of such technologies is Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons, which has numerous benefits in providing indoor localization and proximity and in providing data for customer and user analytics. In this talk we will highlight some opportunities and challenges related to BLE localization technologies and will discuss several projects we have been working on.
Ashit Talukder, Ph.D.Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology, UNC Charlotte
This talk will cover the current challenges and gaps in the field of Big Data, and will discuss the importance of visual analytics and visualization in data-driven insights and discovery. Emerging trends, needs, and solutions in the data-to-knowledge-to-action pathway will be discussed.
Bill FranksChief Analytics Officer, Teradata Corporation
Getting the facts right should be all that matters. Unfortunately, it isn't that easy. In addition to the analytics themselves, it is necessary to also take into account other factors. Culture and politics can have a huge impact on how analytics are adopted, implemented, and pursued. So can laws and regulations. Both of those come together in the hotly debated area of privacy. This talk will discuss some specific issues that often arise and how to address them.
Tom DavenportPresident's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College
Many economists have all but ceded many middle and lower-skill jobs to automation, but high-end knowledge workers have always been deemed safe from automation-driven job loss. The rise of analytics and other decision-oriented technologies, however, is beginning to put those roles at risk as well. In this presentation Tom Davenport will describe which types of jobs are most at risk, and over what timeframe potential disruptions in knowledge work might take place. Most importantly, he will argue that there are ways that knowledge workers can make it likely that their work is augmented by technology rather than fully automated by it.