Speakers 2016 Conference

Rhonda Baker

Rhonda Baker

Client Executive, IBM


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Nick Beaton Data Visualization

Nick Beaton

Technical 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.


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Rishi Bhatnagar

Rishi Bhatnagar

CEO, Syntelli Solutions


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Christopher Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A. Healthcare Analytics II

Christopher Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, UNC Charlotte


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Maura Bosbyshell

Maura Bosbyshell

Data Analyst, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare


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Ned Carroll

Ned Carroll

Enterprise Data Management and Architecture Executive, Bank of America


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Rick Chakra

Rick Chakra

Senior Business Applications Consultant, Metlife


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Bill Chu, Ph.D. Security Analytics

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.


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Yi Deng, Ph.D. Data Science Initiative

Yi Deng, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte


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Glenn Devitt Social Analytics

Glenn Devitt

Asst. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Delitor, Inc.


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Wenwen Dou Visual Analytics

Wenwen Dou

Assistant Professor, Computer Science, UNC Charlotte


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J.D. Elliott Executive Education

J.D. Elliott

Director, Enterprise Data Delivery & Analytics, TIAA


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Sunil Erevelles Analytics Strategy

Sunil Erevelles

Chair, 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.


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Neva Espinoza Energy Analytics II

Neva Espinoza

Director, Generation Sector, EPRI


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Nancy Fey-Yensan, Ph.D., R.D. Data Science Initiative

Nancy Fey-Yensan, Ph.D., R.D.

Dean, College of Health and Human Services, UNC Charlotte


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Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D. Social Analytics

Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Data Science Initiative, UNC Charlotte


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Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D. Data Science Initiative

Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Data Science Initiative, UNC Charlotte


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Jared Hansen, Ph.D. Executive Education

Jared Hansen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marketing, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte


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Dan Janies Healthcare Analytics II

Dan Janies, Ph.D.

Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics, UNC Charlotte


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Jeanne Johnson Analytics Strategy

Jeanne Johnson

Principal, KPMG


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Joan Lorden, Ph.D. WelcomeData Science Initiative

Joan Lorden, Ph.D.

Provost, UNC Charlotte


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Madhuri Maddipatla

Madhuri Maddipatla

Research Assistant, UNC Charlotte


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Abhishek Mehta Fraud Analytics

Abhishek Mehta

CEO, Tresata


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David Olaleye Healthcare Analytics

David Olaleye

Senior Manager and Principal Research Statistician , SAS Institute


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Rob Phocas Energy Analytics

Rob Phocas

Energy & Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte


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Zbigniew W. Ras, Ph.D. Healthcare Analytics

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.


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Bradley Rash Energy Analytics

Bradley Rash

Manager, Product and Services Support Center, Duke Energy


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Michael Reid Energy Analytics II

Michael Reid

General Manager of Technical Programs, Duke Energy


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Bill Ribarsky, Ph.D. Visual Analytics

Bill Ribarsky, Ph.D.

Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology (2004-2015), UNC Charlotte


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Rudy Shankar, Ph.D. Energy Analytics II

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.


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Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D. Mobile AnalyticsBreak Out Sessions IV

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.


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Orion Stallard

Orion P. Stallard

Private Mortgage Banker, Wells Fargo


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Larry’s career spans 35 years deeply entrenched in technology.  Mr. Steffann held several roles   with a number of startups, from advisor, angel investor and as executive/founder.  He served in   executive roles at two publicly traded companies, CEO of NSO/AMEX and COO BOCI/Nasdaq.   As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Steffann’s recent roles have included GM of the Wireless Research   Center of North Carolina and VP of Product Development for Consert, a Smart Energy start up   in Raleigh North Carolina. Consert Internet of Things

Larry Steffann

General Manager, Wireless Research Center of NC


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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.


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John Thomas, Ph.D. Analytics Processes

John Thomas, Ph.D.

VP Data Science, Red Ventures, LLC.


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Dan Thyer Internet of Things

Dan Thyer

CTO, Logical Advantage


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Joe Topinka Internet of Things

Joe Topinka

CIO, SnapAV


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Derek Wang, Ph.D. Mobile Analytics

Derek Wang, Ph.D.

CEO, Taste Analytics


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Phil West Internet of Things

Phil West

Director, Devices and IoT Strategy, Microsoft


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Bob Wilhelm

Bob Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, UNC Charlotte


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Joe Yeremuk Internet of Things

Joe Yeremuk

Lecturer, UNC Charlotte


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Sullivan McConnell Keynote Panel: Big Data - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Sullivan McConnell

Vice President, Business Intelligence & Information Management, Time Warner Cable


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Bill Franks Analytics PracticeKeynote Panel: Big Data - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Bill Franks

Chief 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.


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Ahmer Inam Keynote Panel: Big Data - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Ahmer Inam

Head of Analytics, Nike, Inc.


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Derek Raghavan, M.D. Keynote Panel: Big Data - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Derek Raghavan, M.D.

President, Levine Cancer Insitute


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Erin Adamaitis Analytics Processes

Erin Adamaitis

Senior Director, Business Intelligence, Time Warner Cable


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Sam Ransbotham, Ph.D. Keynote

Sam Ransbotham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Information Systems at Boston College and the MIT Sloan Management Review Guest Editor for the Data and Analytics Big Idea Initiative, Boston College


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David Kiron Keynote

David Kiron

Executive Editor of MIT Sloan Management Review, MIT


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Nisha Balani

Nisha Balani

AVP, Senior Core Finance Data Steward, CFO Group, Bank of America


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Tom Davenport Keynote and Lunch

Tom Davenport

President'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.


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Maryalicia Johnson Introduction and Logistics

Maryalicia Johnson

Executive Director of External Relations, UNC Charlotte


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Maryalicia Johnson Closing

Maryalicia Johnson

Executive Director of External Relations, UNC Charlotte


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Steve Ott, Ph.D. Data Science Initiative

Steve Ott, Ph.D.

Dean, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte


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