Carpe Datum! Seize the Opportunities Emerging from New Frontiers in Analytics

Web-GraphicBig Data and Analytics technologies are creating tremendous new opportunities. That is certainly the case in Rochester, NY. Join us Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa as leaders from local universities, Excellus BCBS and IBM share their visions and talk about the latest innovations and challenges in the world of analytics.

With these new opportunities come new roles and responsibilities for Enterprise Information Technology. We’re being asked to probe the “unknown unknowns” hidden in Big Data to uncover and identify insights. And IT must then enable the appropriate business processes to consume the products of our new understanding. The business applications and benefits extend into many areas: to deepen customer engagement, optimize operations, prevent threat and fraud, and capitalize on new sources of revenue. This symposium will help you anticipate how these trends will impact you and the way you do business. Click here to register for the event.

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8:00 – 8:30 – Registration, Continental breakfast, Networking

8:30 – 9:00 – Jim Cantin, President, Leveraging Technology
Review Agenda, Logistics, Introductions, Opening Comments

9:00 – 9:50 – Henry Kautz, Director of Institute of Data Sciences, Chair of Computer Sciences Dept., University of Rochester.
The Institute of Data Sciences at the University of Rochester
Ten-minute Q&A follows

10:00 -10:15 – Break

10:15 – 10:45 – John Walsh, Chief Architect, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Commercial application of emerging data technologies and analytics
Ten-minute Q&A follows

10:55 – 11:25 – Bob Kremens, Research Professor at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
Forest fire research: Capturing and analyzing remote sensor data
Ten-minute Q&A follows

11:35-12:05 – Stewart Hanna, IBM Big Data Group
Big Blue on Big Data: IBM’s Vision & Strategy and its platform’s innovative technologies and business applications
Ten-minute Q&A follows

12:15 – 12:30 – Wrap-up and closing

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch and continued discussion

Click here to download a printable version of the agenda.

Speaker Bios
Henry Kautz, University of Rochester
Dr. Kautz is Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester and Director of the University’s Institute for Data Sciences. Dr. Kautz and the Institute focus on healthcare, cognitive systems, knowledge representation, machine learning, pervasive computing, and assistive technology to meet the challenges of Big Data. His Computer Sciences Dept. is doing groundbreaking work in such areas as human computer interaction and the mining of social networking sites such as Twitter as a means of tracking and predicting disease outbreaks. The university has partnered with IBM to leverage Watson and Blue Gene supercomputers. The Institute is working with local companies, including Wegmans, to use their massive amounts of Big Data to understand and utilize consumer behavior data.

Dr. Kautz’ academic degrees include an A.B. in mathematics from Cornell University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester. He was a researcher and department head at Bell Labs and AT&T Laboratories until becoming a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Washington in 2000. He joined University of Rochester in 2006. He was President (2010-2012) of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and is a Fellow of the AAAI, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award.

John Walsh, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Mr. Walsh directs the delivery of Enterprise Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Information Management and Business Intelligence services. He is a highly experienced, hands-on, visionary leader with expertise in the Healthcare Payer, Financial Services, Telecommunications and General Consulting industries. As a trusted advisor to executive leadership, he is passionate about delivering results and value and enjoys applying innovative uses of technology to help enterprises realize their goals and objectives.

His specialties include:
– Information Management & Analytics
– Business, Enterprise, Solution & Data Architecture
– Web & Mobile Strategy and Development
– Application Development and Delivery
– Integration (B2B, HIPAA, HL7 EDI, SOA, BPM, REST, ETL, APIs)
– Data Management (MDM, EDW, ODS, Hadoop)

Bob Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Kremens is a physicist by training but a generalist by choice. He has worked in the private sector as an electronics engineer and consultant, as a physicist for the US Army, as a physicist at the University of Rochester Lab for Laser Energetics, and now leads a research program investigating combustion processes for wildland fires. This physics-based research into the combustion of wildland fuel materials integrates ground based, airborne and satellite observations of wildland fires from meter scale to landscape scale.
Education: B.S. Physics, the Cooper Union; M.S., Ph.D. Physics, New York University; M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Rochester

Stewart Hanna, Worldwide Big Data Expert, IBM
In his current role, Mr. Hanna specializes in helping clients address the challenges of Big Data and to turn them into opportunities that deliver real business value.

Mr. Hanna has over 15 years of experience promoting enterprise data integration and data management, including Technical Sales leadership in Australia / New Zealand, Worldwide Product Management, and a focus on Integration, Governance and Big Data. He has a deep understanding of the value IBM’s Solutions deliver to clients and enjoys engaging with clients and helping them understand the value of Big Data and effective Information Management.

Jim Cantin, President, Leveraging Technology
Company Co-Founder Jim Cantin has led Leveraging Technology through 16 years of diversification and growth. Based on previous corporate experience at Bausch & Lomb and Eastman Kodak, Jim developed a foundational vision for the Company of how the integration of disparate software systems into coherent architectures would create a variety of potential business benefits. His interest in unlocking new value from technology innovation continues today, taking Leveraging Technology into deeper knowledge and expanding strategies for adding value to clients’ businesses.
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