Guest Speakers Round Out Fall Semester

The Institute thanks the numerous guest lecturers and employers who visited this semester to meet with members of the MSA Class of 2014. We are very grateful for the time they spent sharing information about their work on the front lines of the analytics profession. Visiting lecturers covered a wide range of contemporary topics, from the analytics of software security to the emerging industrial internet, and represented nearly a dozen industries, including aerospace, apparel, banking, consulting, consumer product goods, health care, hospitality, and insurance, among others. Continue reading “Guest Speakers Round Out Fall Semester”

Andrea Villanes

Villanes Speaks on WiCS Panel

Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and NCSU Libraries co-hosted a screening of the documentary She++, which explores the issues around girls, code and computing, followed by a panel discussion with the Institute’s research associate, Andrea Villanes. The panel was moderated by Dr. Lina Battestilli, WiCS faculty advisor, and also included NCSU computer science professors Tiffany Barnes and Sarah Heckman, and Google software engineer Melanie Donny-Clark. In the past decade the number of first-year female undergraduates who expressed interest in a computer science major declined 79%. Continue reading “Villanes Speaks on WiCS Panel”

Aric LaBarr

LaBarr, Rappa Speak at DSI Meeting

The Institute’s Dr. Aric LaBarr and Dr. Michael Rappa were in Baltimore this week to talk in separate sessions at the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting. Dr. LaBarr participated in a panel with Satish Nargundkar (Georgia State), Bob McQuaid (Pepperdine), and Kirk Karwan (Furman), which focused on experiences and advice on how to include analytics in university curriculum. The session discussed software Continue reading “LaBarr, Rappa Speak at DSI Meeting”

MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Director Speaks at MIT Big Data Gathering

What if social networks were smart enough to “forget” friends who were mere acquaintances? What if search engines could “forget” obscure images and webpages crawled years ago? Or perhaps make them more difficult to remember. Imagining a future where technologies possess human qualities (like forgetfulness) was the focus of a wide-ranging discussion led by the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa and MIT’s Continue reading “Director Speaks at MIT Big Data Gathering”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at Digital Media Conference

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today at the Internet Summit, the Southeast’s largest gathering of people and companies focused on digital media, which is held in Raleigh each year at the Convention Center. Dr. Rappa led a session on “Big Insights from Big Data,” with a talk on the emerging role of data scientists. The session included Brian d’Alessandro (VP of Data Science, Dstillery), Julie Lockner (VP, Information LMS, Informatica), and Srinidhi Kondaji (Software Engineer, Data Science, Eventbrite).

The White House

Director Participates in Big Data Summit

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Washington, DC, today to participate in a White House sponsored meeting to explore public-private partnerships in Big Data. Called Data-to-Knowledge-to-Action, the high-level summit brought together government, industry, and university leaders to discuss collaborations in education and R&D. Continue reading “Director Participates in Big Data Summit”

Michael Rappa

Director Honored at UNC-Charlotte

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today with faculty and students at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, as part of the Belk College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Rappa spoke about the Institute’s innovative formula for success in addressing employer demand for analytics talent. UNC-Charlotte has proposed the creation of a Master of Science in Data Science and Business Continue reading “Director Honored at UNC-Charlotte”

SUNY Big Data Conference

Director Speaks at SUNY Big Data Conference

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to Manhattan this week to participate in a plenary panel discussion on data scientists at Building a Smarter University: Big Data, Innovation and Ingenuity, hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) and its Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher. The event was the third installment in the SUNY Critical Issues in Higher Education conference series. In a wide ranging and sometimes Continue reading “Director Speaks at SUNY Big Data Conference”