Founder and President, Elder Research, Inc.
John Elder leads America's largest and most experienced data mining consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research (www.datamininglab.com) has offices in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, DC, and has solved projects in a huge variety of areas by mining data in tables, text and links. Elder co-wrote three books (on practical data mining, ensembles and text mining), two of which won "book of the year" awards in mathematics or computer science. Elder has created data mining tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. He earned engineering degrees from Rice University and University of Virginia and is an adjunct professor of systems engineering at UVA. He was honored to be named by President Bush to serve five years on a panel to guide technology for national security.
The Power (and Peril) of Predictive Analytics
Learning from data is extremely powerful, and its use is transforming business decision making in multiple industries at an accelerating pace, saving money and even lives. It's an exciting time to be a data miner! To be excellent at the work, we need to listen well to transform a real-world challenge into a close, but solvable, problem. We need to be experts in key technological methods, and we need to be keenly aware of our weaknesses in making judgments - including cognitive biases (for us humans) and lack of any sense (for our computer allies). I will share stories of warning and of encouragement from a life in the field.
DiSanto Visiting Chair of Applied Business and Finance, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the DiSanto Visiting Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. His previous positions include: professorships at Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and George Washington University; the first knowledge management officer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; and chair of artificial intelligence at the US Army War College.
Dr. Liebowitz is the founding editor-in-chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal and current editor-in-chief of Procedia-CS. He has published over 40 books and myriad journal articles on knowledge management, intelligent systems and IT management, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Analytics + Intuition = Success!
This presentation will discuss the interplay between analytics and intuition in terms of executive decision making. Vignettes, applications, trends, research issues and challenges will be discussed as related to the complementary roles that analytics and intuition play in decision making. The talent shortage in this area will also be highlighted, along with examples from educational data mining and enterprise intelligence strategy.
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Director of Higher Education Consulting and Global Certification, SAS
Jerry L. Oglesby is the Director of Higher Education Consulting and Global Certification within the Education Division at SAS. His department supports SAS in the university community primarily by introducing SAS training materials and software into university curricula. Prior to starting this group, Oglesby was Director of Analytical Consulting within the Professional Services Division. In that role, he grew the division from its formation to approximately 40 modelers and business analysts. This group was largely responsible for supporting the successful launch of SAS' award-winning data mining solution, SAS Enterprise Miner.
Oglesby holds a PhD in statistics from Texas A&M University, a master's in mathematics from Lamar University and a bachelor's in mathematics from the University of Mississippi. Before joining SAS in 1996, Oglesby worked at Monsanto Chemical Company and he was CEO and founding President of SCI Data Systems. Following completion of his doctorate at Texas A&M in 1971, he was a Professor of Statistics at the University of West Florida where he established the Institute for Statistical and Mathematical Modeling.
Oglesby serves on numerous advisory boards in support of statistics and data mining.
Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
Michael Rappa is the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute, he leads the nation's first and largest Master of Science in Analytics degree program, now in its eighth year. Dr. Rappa has 25 years of experience as a professor working across academic disciplines at the intersection of management and computing. An accomplished researcher and instructor, his passion is to bring an entrepreneurial and forward-thinking mindset to innovation in higher learning. His current role is to prepare a new generation of data savvy professionals for leadership in a digital world. Before joining NC State, for nine years he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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