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Fast Talkers

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2016) — The Advanced Data Analytics Network is gearing up for its second in the series of Lightning Talks — quick topical presentations designed to provoke conversation and the exchange of ideas.

The program will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at 200 Milne Hall on the Downtown Campus.


Jan Woodcock, left, and Kevin Knuth are two of the speakers in the December Lighting Talks. 

Each Lightning Talks program provides an opportunity to learn about the advanced data analytic work being done by fellow members of the UAlbany community. Thursday’s program will begin with a 15-minute open discussion and quick reports on ADA-related activities, followed by a series of speakers who each give 10-minute presentations with five minutes for questions and discussion.

After that comes a moderated discussion about all of the talks and about ways to advance, expand and support Advanced Data Analytics at UAlbany.

The format is designed to allow participants to test ideas, brainstorm, seek partners and resources, offer skills and capability and explore possibilities for external grants.

Presenters on Dec. 8 are:

  • Kim Boyer, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Welcome and Introduction
  • Theresa Pardo, director of the Center for Technology in Government
    Overview of ADA Network History
  • Jan Woodcock, executive director of Blackstone LaunchPad
    Topic: Analytics as a critical component of the digitization of our economy
  • Kevin Knuth, associate professor, Departments of Physics and Informatics
    Topic: EXONEST: The Exoplanetary Explorer
  • Matthew Szydagis, assistant professor, Department of Physics
    Topic: The Riddle of the Invisible Universe
  • Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government
    Summary of Talks

The Advanced Data Analytics Lightning Talks are free and open to the public but advance registration is preferred. You can register here.

The next two Lightning Talk programs are scheduled for Feb. 16 and April 20, 2017. For further information about the Lightning Talks Series, call 518-956-8170 or email

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