Background on the
3rd Annual President’s Forum on Data

Transforming Emergency Management and Homeland Security
with Data Analytics

University at Albany, State University of New York

Thursday, February 25, 2015
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Through a series of interactive and dynamic conversations, the President’s Forum on Data each year brings together national leaders and scholars in advance data analytics with UAlbany’s ADA network and partners. This year’s Forum will provide a platform for a national dialogue to explore how advanced data analytics is transforming homeland security and emergency management with a particular focus in three areas: i) emergency preparedness and public security, ii) extreme weather resiliency, and iii) public health readiness and response.

The Forum will not only explore new and emerging frontiers in data analytics, but will serve as a catalyst to develop future collaborations with partners across business, industry, government and academia. Lessons learned will help enable the University at Albany, together with its public and private sector partners, to further our innovation, research and discovery efforts; to foster new educational and learning paradigms; and to address many of today’s most complex and difficult-to-solve societal challenges.

As a national public research university, UAlbany has more than 23,000 students, faculty and staff, and a research portfolio exceeding $200 million per year. Part of its NYSUNY 2020 plan approved by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, UAlbany is growing its faculty by approximately 200 full-time positions and constructing a $165 million high-tech research and development facility. One of the main pillars of the University’s NYSUNY 2020 plan is the creation of an interdisciplinary center of excellence in advanced data analytics dedicated to solving complex problems that are of high priority to society. Just this past year, Governor Cuomo named the University at Albany as home to the nation’s first College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. UAlbany received this landmark designation because of its leading education and research strengths in emergency management, homeland security, public health preparedness, cybersecurity, and extreme weather prediction.

The 2016 President’s Forum on Data will serve to deliver an exciting and important discussion on the interdisciplinary significance and impact of data analytics on homeland security and emergency preparedness and response. We invite you to join us for this exciting journey as we explore data as a resource in the development of new knowledge and discovery, new approaches for policy making and problem solving, and new tools and solutions to safeguard the public.