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UAlbany Convenes Business, Government and Academic Leaders to Explore the Future of Advanced Data Analytics, May 5

The Inaugural President’s Forum on Data will assess how new technological tools are expanding ways to serve society, explore new opportunities for beneficial partnerships, and discuss new curricula that will enhance job opportunities for college grads.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 23, 2014) – With data and data analytics being utilized in unprecedented ways to solve problems and generate better global understanding, the University at Albany will convene industry and government experts to speak to these trends and the opportunities they represent. The “Inaugural President’s Forum on Data” will share leading practices within multi-sector partnerships integral to advanced data analytics, and how best to prepare a new generation of college graduates to fill the fast-growing data scientist job market.

The Monday, May 5, forum will be held in the D’Ambra Auditorium in UAlbany’s Uptown Campus Life Sciences Research Building from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“New technologies, tools, and techniques for capturing, managing, and using data are making it possible to push the edges of what is known and serve society in new and innovative ways,” said UAlbany President Robert Jones. “This requires innovative partnerships across disciplines and sectors, and new skill sets for graduates to fill the future job market. In conjunction with our schools and colleges, and government and industry partners, the University at Albany is poised to seize these opportunities.”

A set of invited talks and panels will be used to highlight exemplars in advanced data analytics, explore models for creating multi-sector partnerships, and discuss new university-level curricula required for meeting the advanced data analytics needs of 21st Century organizations.

The forum agenda will feature industry and government experts, including: 

  • Magda Balazinska, Ph.D. – eScience Institute, University of Washington 
  • Eric Cadora – Director, Justice Mapping Center
  • Jeanne H. Holm – Distinguished Instructor, UCLA, and Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium, Government Community
  • Thomas H. Mattox – Commissioner, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Konstantin Mertsalov, Ph.D. – Director of European Software Development for Rational Retention
  • David Teece, Ph.D. – Chairman and Principal Executive Officer, Berkeley Research Group LLC
  • John Traylor – Executive Deputy Comptroller for Operations, Office of State Comptroller, New York State Government
  • Wendy Wigen – Technical Coordinator, Big Data Senior Steering Group (SSG) and Wireless Spectrum Research and Development SSG, Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program
  • Abu Islam -- Director, Marking Elements and Integration Lab, and Manager, Intelligent Sensing for Transportation Project, Xerox Research Center in Webster, N.Y.  

Register online to attend by May 1.

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