2015 Science Symposium

New Power for a New World

March 25-26, 2015



All evening sessions will be held in the Meyer Science Center Lecture Hall (room 145)

Wednesday, March 25 

10:35- 11:15 a.m.                      

Chapel Message
Dr. Thomas VanDrunen
(Edman Memorial Chapel)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

  Film: The Age of Big Data
      Panel Discussion
     Dr. Darcie Delzell (Math/CS)
     Dr. Richard Gibson (English)
     Dr. A.J. Poelanrends (Physics)

Thursday, March 26 

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.    Big Data for the Common Good: Being a Dataologist
Dr. Nitesh Chawla
University of Notre Dame 
8:15 – 9:15 p.m.    "I know the answer's in there somewhere!":
Big Data meets Predictive Analytics

Mr. Thomas Sensabaugh


Session Speakers

Dr. ChawlaDr. Nitesh Chawla is the Frank Freimann Collegiate Chair of Engineering and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He is the director of the Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science (iCeNSA), which is at the frontier of network and data science (Big Data) with a strong multidisciplinary focus. Dr. Chawla has received numerous awards for research, scholarship and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award, the IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012, and the IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award in 2013. He received the National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship. In recognition of the societal and community driven impact of his research, he received the Rodney Ganey Award in 2014 and Michiana 40 Under 40 in 2013. Dr. Chawla has also received and has been nominated for a number of best paper awards. He serves on editorial boards of a number of journals and organization/program committees of top-tier conferences.

Dr. SensabaughMr. Thomas Sensabaugh works at IBM managing a team of technical specialists working with Big Data, Analytics, and a variety of Data Integration technologies. His speciality is Big Data applied to fraud detection and relationship awareness. Prior to IBM, he worked at Bell Labs designing databases for telephony switches and holds several patents related to telephone number portability. Mr. Sensabaugh has an MS in Computer Science and an MBA in Entrepreneurship, both from DePaul University in Chicago. Tom and his wife Laura live in Naperville with Hund the Dachshund and Harry the Sheltie and celebrate their 3 children scattered between Japan, Italy, and Chicago.


Talk Abstracts        

Title: Big Data for the Common Good: Being a Dataologist

In this talk, I will discuss our research in leveraging data for the common good. I will provide an overview of different research initiatives in my research program that address big societal challenges, but focus on our research initiative in patient-centered outcomes and population health management. Faced with unsustainable costs and enormous amounts of under-utilized data, health care needs more efficient practices, research, and tools to harness the full benefits of personal health and healthcare-related data. To that end, I will discuss a patient-centered population health management framework that can help us move from insufficient to abundant healthcare . I will also review our pilots that are in play at various partner healthcare organizations and schools.

Title: “I know the answer’s in there somewhere!”: Big Data meets Predictive Analytics

How do you find the needle in the haystack when the haystack is growing at exponential speeds and size? Better yet, how valuable is it for you to know that while the needle is not in the haystack today, you can be confident that it will be there tomorrow? We will explore what happens when we add the words “Big” and "Predictive” to the long established friendship between “Data and Analytics”. As hardware efficiency and software complexity leapfrog each other and this paradigm is applied to the converging worlds of Big Data and Predictive Analytics, we are able to borrow a phrase from Aristotle, “The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts”. Once we have peered through the Looking Glass into this rapidly evolving set of synergistic technologies, we will spend a few minutes discussing why the new glamour job of this decade is that of the Data Scientist.



The Age of Big Data

In Los Angeles, a remarkable experiment is underway; the police are trying to predict crime before it even happens. At the heart of the city of London, one trader believes that he has found the secret of making billions with maths. In South Africa, astronomers are attempting to catalogue the entire cosmos. These very different worlds are united by one thing - an extraordinary explosion in data.

BBC Horizon meets the people at the forefront of the data revolution, and reveals the possibilities and the promise of the age of big data.