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Florida Business Analytics Forum Draws Renowned Experts From Across the Nation

By Keith Morelli

Florida Business Analytics Forum

TAMPA (March 13, 2019) -- Experts in the fields of mobile analytics, artificial intelligence and dark web cybersecurity are coming from as far away as Massachusetts, Arizona and California to take part in the third-annual Florida Business Analytics Conference, hosted by the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business in May.

The field of academic specialists will deliver keynote speeches as well as participate in panel discussions on cutting-edge topics that range from cybersecurity and threats to computational policy to analytics as it relates to fake news and health care.

Several hundred are expected to attend the SunTrust Foundation co-sponsored event, which has become a signature event of the Muma College of Business’ Center for Analytics and Creativity. The event will take place in the ballroom of the USF Marshall Student Center. To register for the event, click here.

The keynote speakers are:

Hari Balakrishnan

Hari Balakrishnan, a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who conducts research into networked computer systems. He will deliver a keynote speech on mobile analytics in insurance. In 2010, he co-founded Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a company that develops mobile sensing, inferencing and data analytics to change driver behavior and to make roads safer around the world. Earlier this year, the startup received a $500 million investment from Softbank, making it one of Boston’s newest “unicorns,” or billion dollar startups. His current interests are in networking, data management and sensing for a world of “truly mobile” devices connected to cloud services running in large data centers. He will deliver a keynote speech on mobile analytics in insurance. He is an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, an ACM dissertation award winner and he has received several best paper awards including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Bennett Prize and the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communications’ Test of Time Award. He is a National Academy Member.

Hsinchun Chen

Hsinchun Chen, the director of the University of Arizona’s Artificial Intelligence Lab who has amassed 33,000 citations on Google Scholar. He will give a keynote speech on cybersecurity analytics and the dark web. He is the founder of Knowledge Computing Corporation, a market leader in law enforcement and intelligence information sharing and data mining systems, and Caduceus Intelligence Corporation, a web-based system for health care informatics and patient support. He has received over $40 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health and other agencies. He is the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society 2006 Technical Achievement Award and the 2010 MIS Quarterly Best Paper Award. His COPLINK system, which has been called a national model for public safety information sharing and analysis, has been adopted by more than 3,500 law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He is a University of Arizona Regents’ Professor and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology and the director of the University of Arizona Cyber Security Initiatives.

Alex Chohlas-Wood

Alex Chohlas-Wood, the deputy director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab at Stanford University, who will talk about analytics for policy and social good. He is the former director of analytics for the New York Police Department, where he spearheaded new data science and analytics efforts to improve operations and inform decisions. He has led the development of data-driven tools at Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies and has worked in both the private and public sectors. He earned a master’s degree from New York University, a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and graduated with honors from Tom Sachs Studio in New York City. Chohlas-Wood once directed a documentary on New York City’s internet infrastructure. He currently is a researcher, scientist and engineer in Stanford’s Management Science and Engineering Department.

The forum will also feature two panel discussions, the first addressing analytics and fake news. The panelists include Eduardo Hauser, managing director of Discovery in Miami, and Josie Hollingsworth, audience engagement fellow at Politifact in St. Petersburg.

The second panel will discuss health care analytics and features Paul Kuo, head of surgery at Tampa General Hospital and Kedar Kulkarni, director of data science at Florida Blue.

The wrap-up program features two citizen data science presentations by Muma College of Business undergraduate students and a short talk by a Tableau representative.

The event, attended by more than 400 in each of the past two years, is expected to sell out and reservations are a must. Lunch and introductions will start the forum at 11:45 a.m. with the first keynote address set for 12:30 p.m.