SAS Global Forum 2014

SAS Global ForumThe Institute had a big presence this week at SAS Global Forum (SGF). In addition to the Institute’s exhibition booth alongside a large contingent of universities, several members of the faculty participated in various aspects of the annual conference. Dr. Aric LaBarr delivered a presentation on Volatility Estimation with ARCH and GARCH Modeling, where he talked about how the financial world uses different modeling techniques to forecast the volatility of financial markets. Dr. David Dickey gave a presentation entitled Got Randomness? SAS for Mixed and Generalized Linear Mixed Models. Dr. Dickey was also honored as recipient of the 2014 SAS Distinguished Professor award, which recognizes a professor using SAS in teaching and/or research and supporting successful student use of SAS. Andrea Villanes received a travel scholarship to attend SGF and presented a poster of her research An Analytical Approach for Bot Cheating Detection in a Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game.

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, participated in a panel discussion on “Managing Your Analytical Talent,” as part of the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference held conjunction with SGF. Joining Dr. Rappa were Alfredo Cateriano, Vice President of Global Analytics and Chief Analytics Officer, Ford Motor Credit Company, and Aiman Zeid, Head of Organizational Transformation Services for Global Business, Consulting, SAS.

Dr. Aric LaBarr with George Washington at SGF 2014

Dr. Aric LaBarr (right) in the SGF exhibition hall.