2018 Big Data Summit

Registration is now closed for the 2018 Big Data Summit.
If you are interested in being placed on the wait list, please email Cathy McArthur, mcarthur@illinois.edu

Thursday, November 8
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First Street, Champaign

Join us for the University of Illinois Research Park's sixth annual Big Data Summit. This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. 

This event is FREE, thanks to our sponsors.

Gold: John Deere

Bronze: Axis Capital

Bronze: Denodo

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Join it HERE: https://illinois.edu/gm/subscribe/56110

For more information about speaking opportunities, sponsorship opportunities, and other ways to collaborate, please contact Laura Bleill, Associate Director of Research Park, at lwbleill@illinois.edu.

Big Data Summit Career Networking Event
4:30 - 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity for companies to connect with a niche talent pool in the field of Data science and analytics.

No registration is required for job seekers.

Employer Registration is now closed. If your company is interested in recruiting at this event, please email Jenny Kim, Assistant Director for Talent, at jskim3@illinois.edu
Participation in this event is FREE for Research Park tenants. Non-Research Park tenants must pay a fee to partcipate.


2018 BIG DATA SUMMIT AGENDA

8:00 am | Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am | Welcome + Opening Remarks | Illinois Ballroom 

  • Laura Frerichs - University of Illinois Research Park
  • Robert Brunner - University of Illinois Gies College of Business

8:50 am | Morning Keynote Illinois Ballroom

  • Verity Winship - Professor, University of Illinois College of Law

9:30 am | Morning Large Group Panel: IoT/Edge ComputingIllinois Ballroom

  • Moderator: Ken Taylor - Granular
  • Panelists:
    • Karthik Kandamuri - AbbVie
    • Kenton McHenry - NCSA
    • Mark Moran - John Deere
    • Kyle Rupnow - Inspirit IoT

10:30 am | Break

10:45 am | Morning Breakout Panels

  • Startup PitchesLincoln Room
    • Moderator: Howard Gerwin - Technology Entrepreneur Center
      • Startup companies will present
  • Natural Language ProcessingAlma Mater Room
    • Moderator: Tatyana Deryugina - University of Illinois Gies College of Business
    • Panelists: Loretta Auvil - National Center for Supercomputing Applications
      • William Bryce - AbbVie Innovation Center
      • Jana Diesner - University of Illinois School of Information Sciences
      • Dale Gawley - AXIS Capital
      • Paul Miller - Nutrien (Agrible)

11:45 am | Lunch

12:15 pm | Lunch Keynote Illinois Ballroom

  • Catherine Singer - Oath

12:50 pm | Break

1:00 pm | Afternoon Large Group Panel: Analytics & TalentIllinois Ballroom

  • Moderator: Brooke Elliott - University of Illinois Gies College of Business
  • Panelists:
    • Michael Fry - Ameren
    • Darren Glosemeyer - University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Beth Ladd - Caterpillar Champaign Innovation Center
    • Kyle Payne - Google
    • Rafael Pinterich - Anheuser-Busch InBev 

2:00 pm | Break

2:15 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panel 1

  • Marketing Analytics Lincoln Room
    • Moderator: Joe Yun - University of Illinois Technology Services
    • Panelists:
      • Adrian Rantilla - John Deere
      • Scott Dixon - Jimmy John's
      • Ross Bundy - Amobee
      • Andy Lofgreen - Synchrony
  • Data Governance and Responsible ComputingAlma Mater Room
    • Moderator: Jana Diesner - University of Illinois School of Information Sciences
    • Panelists:
      • Motahhare Eslami - University of Illinois College of Engineering
      • Heidi Imker - University Library
      • Guilherme Maia - Ameren Innovation Center
      • Jeremy McClane - University of Illinois College of Law
      • Matt Powers - Maven Wave

3:15 pm | Break

3:30 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panel 2

  • Financial Analytics | Lincoln Room 
    • Moderator: Alexandra Chronopoulou - University of Illinois College of Engineering
    • Panelists:
      • Justin Sirignano - University of Illinois College of Engineering
      • Gus Theofanis - State Farm
  • Deep Learning | Alma Mater Room
    • Moderator: Matt Ahrens - Oath
    • Panelists:
      • Naira Hovakimyan - IntellinAir
      • Alex Schwing - University of Illinois College of Engineering
      • Dillon Tracy - Oath
      • Lav Varshney - University of Illinois College of Engineering

4:30 pm | Career Networking Reception | Illinois Ballroom 

  • John Deere Technology Innovation Center
  • AXIS Capital
  • AbbVie Innovation Center
  • Ameren Innovation Center
  • Amobee
  • Caterpillar Champaign Innovation Center
  • Granular
  • Industrial Heat
  • Inspirit IoT
  • State Farm

 

Highlights from Big Data 2017:

Thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia came together for the fifth annual Big Data Summit on November 9, 2017 to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. 

Our morning keynote speaker was Christiaan Burner, CEO of Quicket Solutions.

Our lunch keynote speaker was Joe Jablonski, CTO of Ocient.

In addition to the engaging topics, we concluded the Summit with a Big Data Career Networking Event where companies set up booths to showcase the jobs and internships available in the realm of Big Data. 

More than 450 people register for the 2017 Big Data Summits, including 70 different companies and 20 University of Illinois departments representing six different colleges. In addition to students from our home university, the Summit drew students from the University of Illinois at Springfield; UIC; and University of Chicago