Big Data Summit 2018 | Opening Remarks with Laura Frerichs and Robert Brunner

Laura Frerichs is the University of Illinois Research Park Director and Director of Economic Development for the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus. She is responsible for managing startup company services at the EnterpriseWorks technology incubator, marketing the Research Park, and support programs as well as has attracted many new companies who are interested in engaging with the University of Illinois. Her board position includes Illinois Technology Association and the Association of University Research Parks. 
Robert J. Brunner is a professor in the Department of Accountancy in the Gies College of Business and is the Director of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. He has affiliate appointments in the multiple departments, and is also the Data Science Expert in Residence at the Research Park at the University of Illinois. His primary research goal focuses on the application of statistical and machine learning to a variety of real-world problems, and in making these efforts easier, faster, and more precise.