Leveraging Big Data and Analytics For Creating a Smarter and Better World
The phenomenal growth of social media, mobile applications, sensor based technologies and the Internet of Things is generating a flood of “Big Data” and disrupting our world in many ways. In this talk I will examine the paradigm shift caused by Big data and discuss how Analytics and Data science can be used to to harness its power and create a smarter world. Using examples from health care, smart cities, education, and business in general, I will highlight challenges and opportunities for extracting value from Big Data to develop an enterprise of the future.
Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of MIS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment. She is the director of the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ram received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. Her research is in the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Business Intelligence, Large Scale Networks and Big Data Analytics. Her work uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies and conceptual modeling. Dr. Ram has published more than 200 research articles in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters.
She has received more than $60 million in research funding from organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, SAP, Ford, Raytheon Missile Systems, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA, and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Dr. Ram served as the senior editor for Information Systems Research, and is currently a senior editor of Journal of AIS and on the editorial board for many leading Information Systems journals. She is also a co-editor in chief of the Journal on Data Semantics and the Journal of Business Analytics. She is a cofounder of the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) and serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER). Dr. Ram has published articles in such journals as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly.
Dr. Ram serves as a consultant to several global companies on Business Intelligence, Enterprise Data management and Big Data Analytics. She received the IBM faculty Development Award and UA Leading Edge Innovator in Research Award in 2007 and 2012. Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including UANEWS, Arizona Alumni Magazine, International Journalism Festival, NPR news, and New York Times. She was a speaker for a TEDx talk in December 2013 on “Creating a Smarter World with Big Data”.
For more information as well as her latest research, please visit her on LinkedIn, Twitter, The University of Arizona or the INSITE research center.