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Four presenters — Pradeep Atrey, Cheryl Frye, Gina Volyinsky and Hyunok Choi — will speak at the first ADA Lighting Talks Series.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 3, 2016) — A 10-minute presentation is enough time to test out an idea with colleagues, and maybe even to find a research or grant collaborator.

That’s the point of the Advanced Data Analytics Lightning Talks Series, sponsored by the Advanced Data Analytics Network. The talks, two each semester, offer a forum for University members to share their Advanced Data Analytics (ADA) related work, interests and questions with colleagues.

Lightning talks can be used for many purposes: to test ideas, seek partners and resources, offer skills and capability, to discuss curricular design questions, and to explore possibilities for external grants, among others. UAlbany faculty, staff, and others participate as speakers.

The first talk is set for 3:30-5 Oct. 13 at 200 Milne Hall, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, on the downtown campus.

The talks follow a specific format. Each session begins with a 15 minute open discussion and quick reports on ADA-related activities and developments. Each speaker gives a 10-minute presentation on their topics, followed by five minutes for discussion.

Each session ends with 30 minutes of open discussion on the talks and related ideas, including brainstorming topics for future programs, collaborations and research proposals. And then, a networking reception.

The kickoff program on Oct. 13 features:

Pradeep K. Atrey, Computer Science
Topic: Secure Multimedia Data Analytics

Gina Volynsky, Center for International Development
Topic: Using Advanced Data Analytics to Fight Poverty

Hyunok Choi, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Topic: Environmental Systems Biology of Childhood Asthma

Cheryl Frye, Department of Psychology
Topic: Neurobiology of Neurodevelopment, Neuropsychiatric or Neurodegenerative Disorders

The next talk will be on Dec. 8, and the speakers will be Kevin Knuth, Department of Physics and Informatics; Maria Pidgeon, Innovation Hot Spot, Office of the Vice President for Research; Matthew Szydagis, Department of Physics; and Jan Woodcock, Blackstone LaunchPad.

Each program provides an opportunity to learn about the advanced data analytic work being done by fellow members of the University community. The Lightning Talks Series will help participants test ideas, brainstorm, seek partners and resources, offer skills and capability, explore possibilities for external grants, and more.

All sessions are free, but require advance registration. To register for the Oct. 13 program, click here.

For more information about the ADA Lightning Talks Series, call 518-956-8170 or email

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