SAS Analytics Day

Bring the Analytics Economy and AI in Action


Thursday March 22nd

08:30 – 9:00Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:10Opening Speech
Nikos Peppas, Regional Director Greece & Eastern Europe, SAS
9:10 – 09:50The Renaissance of our Species
Neil Harbisson, Cyborg Artist
This talk will explore how taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option. Becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, opens up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. By merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception; and we can increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?
09:50-10:10Opportunities and Challenges  in a World Powered by AI, Blockchains and IoT
Professor George Giaglis, Director of Institute of the Future, University of Nicosia
10:10-10:25Paradise Found with Machine Learning: Find Your Best City to live
Konstantinos Mpahas, Presales Manager Greece & Eastern Europe, SAS
10:25-10:50Accelerating Your Path to Value with an Open Analytics Platform
Asif Abbasi, Chief Architect in the Global Technology Practice
Analytics Session / Company Stories & The Academic View

SAS Analytics Platform at the core of Interamerican's New Business Model
Nikos Maroulianakis, Head of Enterprise Data Management & Infrastructure, INTERAMERICAN

SciSports Netherlands: Redefining Football fundamentals
Giels Brouwer, founder and CEO of SciSports*

With football (that's soccer in the U.S) contracts being signed at upwards of 50 million US dollars, it is important that agents and clubs understand as much about a player as possible. SciSports, based in the Netherlands, advises and builds solutions to determine the influence of individual players on team results, track player development, determine potential market value for a player, and predict game results. Through the SAS and SciSports development partnership, the companies intend to use SAS Viya products capabilities and SciSport's BallJames camera system with the goal of using object detection to access player movements through 3D images. With cameras capturing footage in real-time, SAS AI capabilities can model player movements and that data can then be used to identify rising stars or undervalued players, by benchmarking their performance against others in a given league. To achieve this variety of analysis and insights the SciSports research requires significant data, deep learning and human expertise..

Taking decisions in an uncertain environment: what can analytics offer?
Nikolaos Kourentzes, Associate Professor, Dept. Management Science, Lancaster University 

Creating Analytics Driven Strategies in Enerjisa (among the biggest Energy companies in Turkey)
Ozcan Cavus, PMO, Architecture and Business Intelligence Group Manager, Enerjisa
Turkey Energy Company Serving 9 mio customers with its generation, distribution, wholesale, trading and retail activities are giving insights on how analytics contribute to their growth strategy

The Power of Analytics for the Board/Finance
Gerasimos Ntouskas, Principal, Management Consulting, KPMG Cyprus


Panel Discussion – The next Big Think in the business World - The Executive View

Moderator: Lambros Tsolkas, Managing Director, Accenture

  • Nikos Christodoulou, Group COO, National Bank of Greece*
  • Haris Broumidis, CEO, Vodafone Greece*
  • Konstantinos Macheras, President, Institute of Retail Consumer Goods
  • Xenophon Liapakis, President, Hellenic CIO Forum
  • Professor George Doukidis, Athens University of Economics & Business
  • Professor George Giaglis, Director, Institute for the Future (IFF)
  • Ass. Professor Nikolaos Kourentzes, Lancaster University
14:00Buffet Lunch | Demo Experience Hall
1-to-1 Meeting Sessions with Speakers & SAS Experts

All  speakers with * are invited