DATA SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
October 13, 2016, Lindner College of Business
October 13, 2016, Lindner College of Business
February 16, 2017 Tangeman University Center
May 20, 2016, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Sharonville Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH
This year the Summit will feature two recognized leaders in the field of analytics.
In addition to the speakers there will be all-day industry tracks focusing on retail analytics, healthcare analytics, supply chain analytics, and finance analytics. Each track will have three presenters from industry.
Thornton May began his career as an anthropologist, studying tribal behavior in the modern Japanese corporation. Fascinated with the Japanese ability to observe, orient, decide and act (i.e., move data) faster than competitors, he returned to the U.S. and earned his masters of science with a concentration in cognitive science at Carnegie Mellon University. He apprenticed with über-futurist Alvin Toffler, assisting in creating the national digital strategies for Singapore, Korea and Mexico. In each national plan, high-speed data analysis figured prominently.
In his most recent book, “The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics” he analyzes what organizations know; how they come to know; and how they act upon that information — or lack thereof. May delivered the inaugural keynote at the first ever Data Science Summit. He designed and delivered the first Big Data webinar in Russia in association with the Skolkovo School of Management.
His writings, reviewed as having “Jeffersonian acoustic power,” have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Computerworld, India Today and the South China Morning Post.
With an extensive background in technology and marketing, Stuart Aitken is a firm believer in the power of the customer and the subjective concept of loyalty. Previously Aitken served as CEO of dunnhumbyUSA, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for arts-and-crafts retailer Michael’s Stores. For nearly a decade, he managed loyalty marketing, data analytics, innovation, and category management at North American grocery retailer Safeway.
As dunnhumbyUSA CEO Aitken led the company’s growth as a leader in personalization, helping clients such as The Kroger Co., Macy’s, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Procter & Gamble find success by rewarding and retaining their best customers.
Aitken holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Information Management and also worked as a software industry consultant and as a technology professor.
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Retail and Consumer Analytics: Track Chair Dan Whitacre, Senior Director of Enterprise Data Strategy, Kroger
Healthcare Analytics: Track Chair: Denise White, Director QI Analytics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Supply Chain Analytics: Track Chair: Diana McHenry, Strategic Account Manager, Supply Chain Solutions, Llamasoft
Finance and Insurance Analytics: Track Chair: Steve Slezak, Director Carl H Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
"Bonus" Analytics Track: Track Chair: Glenn Wegryn, Executive Director, UC Center for Business Analytics
Featuring predictive analytics at Disney, a roadmap to predictive analytics from SAS, and what's hot in sports analytics. A lunch panel discussion will cover analytics at Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and the UC Bearcats
The day will kickoff with a networking breakfast where attendees will get to meet fellow analytics professionals as well as master's students from the University of Cincinnati programs in Information Systems and Business Analytics.
Three speakers will present in the AM session and the PM will be hands on demonstrations from forecasting and analytics software comnpanies.
Topics and Speakers
Lunch Sports Analytics Panel Moderated by Dave Schrader
Turotials and Solutions
All meals and parking are included in the registration fee
This event was held on Thursday October 15, 2015 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The 12th annual Business Intelligence Symposium will again feature four thought leaders in the areas of business intelligence and business analytics. Each presenter will discuss their real-world experiences in implementing and applying big-data analytics. After the presentations there will be a panel discussion from 12 - 1. This event will include opportunities for networking with other leading business analytics professional. Attendees will receive a continental, box lunch and free parking.
Immediately following the Business Intelligence Symposium, there will be a Tableau Users Group meeting in the same room at 1:30PM. All BI attendees are welcome at this meeting. Click for further information about the Tableau Users Group.
The Symposium and User group are sponsored by Tableau
Presentations will be given by the following leaders in the use of big data and analytics:
Sarah Denman Vice-President, Insights and Jillian Payne, Director, Analytical Development Program at 84.51o
"An Organization's Journey to Build Analytic Expertise"
Andy Kriebel: Head Coach at The Information Lab's Data School
"Good to Great - Tips for Helping to Become Great with Data"
Rex Daisey, Data Scientist at E. W. Scripps
"Beyond Technical Skills – Build Your Domain Knowledge"
Jeff Goldman, Associate Director, Enterprise Data Science at Procter and Gamble
"Developing Exceptional Analytic Talent"
Dr. John Elder leads America’s largest and most experienced data mining consultancy and his company has solved projects in a huge variety of areas by mining data in tables, text, and links. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 books, has created data mining tools, and was a discoverer of ensemble methods.
Stephen Few has over 20 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence (a.k.a. data warehousing and decision support) and information design. He focuses on the effective analysis and presentation of quantitative business information. Stephen is recognized as a world leader in the field of data visualization.
In addition to the speakers there will be four afternoon breakout sessions focusing on Descriptive Analytics, Prescriptive Analytics, Predictive Analytics, and "Building Your Analytics Team".
This event was held FEB 11 2015 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The morning session featured three speakers on the topics of risk analytics, fraud detection, and simulation. The afternoon sessions were hands on risk analytics and simulation software demonstrations and training.
Mark Nigrini: West Virginia University; PhD Accounting University of Cincinnati; Author of Forensic Analytics (Wiley, 2011) presented "Benford’s Law as a Risk Analytics Tool". In the 1930s, Frank Benford, a physicist at GE discovered that there were predictable patterns to the digits in lists of numbers. He showed that the ten digits were not expected to occur evenly in tabulated data.
David Kelton:Operations, Business Analytics, Information Systems faculty member, University of Cincinnati ; Author of best-selling simulation texts Simio snd Simulation: Modeling, Analysis, Applications and Simulation with Arena will present "Valid Models and Analysis of Risk in Complex Real-World Settings: Simulation as a Method of Choice". The only thing that’s for sure is that nothing is for sure, so we need to consider uncertainty and risk in models of reality.
This event was held on Thursday, October 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 112 Lindner College of Business
Our 11th Business Intelligence Symposium will again showcase presentations from thought leaders in business analytics. Each presenter will discuss how big-data analytics can be used to give companies a competitive advantage. The event will also include opportunities for networking with other leading analytics professionals. Attendees will receive continental breakfast, box lunch and free parking.
Business Intelligence Speakers and Titles
Speaker: Andy Kriebel: Data Visualization Guru, Facebook
Title: "From Insights to Actions - Using Big Data to Drive Market Changing Decisions"
Speaker: Jude Schramm: Chief Information Officer, Digital: GE Aviation
Title: "The Industrial Internet: How GE is Optimizing Assets and Operations with Big Data and Analytics"
Speaker: Steven Pino, National Vice President of Business Analytics Services North America SAP
Title: "Reimagining Sports and Business with Big Data"
Speaker: Jeff Ficke: Senior Vice President, Payments Strategy & Innovation, Fifth Third Bancorp
Title: "Real-Time Cash Management in Financial Services"
This event was held May 23, 2014
Keynote presentations by Eric Siegel (founder, Predictive Analytics World and author, Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die) and Jack Levis (Director of Process Management at UPS).
In addition to our excellent keynote presentations, we offered full-day tracks on different areas of analytics: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive, as well as a special track focused on implementing analytics methods through social and mobile media. Speakers in these tracks included representatives from such companies as Macy's, Disney, Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, and many others.
Analytics Summit 2014 was held at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati.
Selected Comments from the Analytics Summit 2014
This event was held February 12, 2014
Speakers: John Elder, PhD (CEO, Elder Research, Inc), Nick Street, PhD (Professor and Department Executive Officer of Management Sciences Department, University of Iowa), Randy Collica (Sr. Solutions Architect, SAS)
Data Mining Day continued the tradition of highly successful events offered by the Center for Business Analytics. The day began with a networking breakfast where attendees networked with fellow analytics professionals as well as master's students from the University of Cincinnati programs in Information Systems and Business Analytics. The keynote presentation was give by John Elder, PhD, of Elder Research, Inc. Dr. Elder gave a exceptional talk on the exciting possibilities offered by data mining methods in many different areas as well as some common pitfalls. Preseenter Nick Street, PhD, from the University of Iowa, discussed data mining applications in healthcare. Randy Collica, Sr. Solutions Architect at SAS, presented on using text analytics to determine customers' future monetary values and future risk. Afternoon breakout sessions given by leading data mining software companies, SAS Enterprise Miner, RapidMiner and Frontline System's XLMiner, where attendees were able to learn about the relative benefits of using each of these packages for data mining analytics.
This event was held December 3, 2013
Speakers: Carman Allison (Vice President of Consumer Insights, The Nielsen Company), Chris Cole (CEO and Founder, Intelligrated, Inc.), Janine Eldredge-Panos (Associate Director of Business Intelligence, P&G), Juan Huerta (Senior Data Scientist, PlaceIQ)
Our 2013 Business Intelligence Symposium will again showcase presentations from thought leaders in business analytics. Each presenter will discuss how analytics can be used to give companies a competitive advantage. The event will also include opportunities for networking with other leading analytics professionals. Attendees will receive continental breakfast, box lunch and free parking.
This event was held May 31, 2013
Keynote Speaker Tom Davenport
The 2013 Summit featured a keynote presentation by Tom Davenport and day-long tracks in the specialized areas of Consumer/Retail Analytics, Finance and Insurance Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, HR Analytics and Supply Chain and Logistics Analytics.
Each specialized full-day track featured industry professionals and their use of analytics to improve operations, generate additional revenues and gain competitive advantage. Track speakers included representatives from Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Kroger Co. and Mercer.
This event was held January 24, 2013
Keynote Speaker Stephen Few
During this intensive one-day seminar, members and guests heard from leading experts and UC faculty on one of the hottest topics in business analytics. The event also featured hands-on demos of leading visualization packages.
Keynote speaker Stephen Few lectures and teaches worldwide on the presentation of quantitative data and information design and has authored several books on the topic. His consultancy, Perceptual Edge, counts Apple, Microsoft, eBay, Fidelity Investments, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Stanford University amongst its clients.
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This event was held October 24, 2012
The inaugural event from the Center of Business Analytics was the continuation of the series of Business Inteligence Symposia which seek to provide thought leadership in the area of analytics by bringing together business and IT professionals from various industries. As in years past, the BI Symposium was sponsored by LUCRUM.
This event featured a talk highlighting the success and future potential of IBM Watson in applying natural language processing to a variety of business problems. In sports, we learned about the usefulness of conjoint-based pricing in improving the fan experience. Finally, we heard from Glenn Wegryn who discussed trends in the field of analytics and their implications over the next 3-5 years.