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Tuesday, June 5
 

8:00am

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Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

Modern Big Data in the era of cloud, Docker and Kubernetes
Speakers
avatar for Slim Baltagi

Slim Baltagi

Practice Director Data Science, HEXstream


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

Search and AI-Driven Analytics: How Collegis Revolutionized the Way They Use Data
Attend this session to learn...
  • Top 3 ways Search and AI-Driven Analytics will revolutionize your business
  • How to deliver search-driven analytics to your team
  • Best practices for the BI team on implementing analytics

Speakers
avatar for Dan Antonson

Dan Antonson

Sr. Marketing Technology Manager, Collegis Education
www.linkedin.com/in/danantonson


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

The Road Ahead – Journey to Operational Analytics
Data Analytics is the foundation for Digital Transformation. Analytics needs to become pervasive but it is very difficult to get to that point. There are many potholes and roadblocks on the journey to delivering analytics in production. Great science fair projects don’t make for operational business outcomes. We will discuss key challenges that must be addressed to be successful, and what Teradata is doing to remove roadblocks and ease the journey.

Speakers
avatar for Victor Lund

Victor Lund

President and Chief Executive Officer, Teradata
Victor L. Lund has served on Teradata’s Board of Directors since 2007, and has served as chair of its Audit Committee. Previously, Lund was the non-executive chairman of the board of DemandTec, Inc., a publicly-held, on-demand applications company, from December 2006 until February... Read More →
avatar for Todd Walter

Todd Walter

Chief Technologist, Teradata
Todd Walter is the Chief Technologist for Teradata. With substantive expertise in big data, database engineering and systems architecture, he works closely with Teradata customers, colleagues, and alliance partners to implement data strategy and analytics. As a pragmatic visionary... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

Transforming Medical Device Quality with Graph Data, Hadoop and Operationalized Analytics
A medical device at BSCI can consist of dozens of components, each of which contain many more sub-components. When a medical device fails its final inspection, how do we know which component was responsible for the failure? Until recently, engineers had to manually query relational data and build unwieldy pivot tables to identify problems.

In this talk, Eric Wespi will talk about building a solution from the ground up to save Boston Scientific millions of dollars, and enable Boston Scientific to manufacture better quality devices, faster.

In the first half, we will talk about graph databases in general and how we used neo4j, a graph database to build probability models for faster and better failure analysis. In the second half, we will talk about how we operationalized our analytics pipeline to enable a continuous value creation process. All too often, data science projects fail to operationalize their projects, thereby failing to obtain real value from their analysis. Boston Scientific and phData, however, marched towards a deployable solution and ultimately built a reliable data pipeline using Cloudera Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, and Streamsets

Speakers
avatar for Nipun Parasrampuria

Nipun Parasrampuria

Senior Data Engineer, PhData
avatar for Eric Wespi

Eric Wespi

Data Scientist, Boston Scientific


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

A Day in the Life of a Marketing Team (BI / Campaign Mashup)
One of biggest challenges of any marketing team is customizing digital marketing campaigns to target the right audience with the right message.  Marketing wants to build campaigns based on real client interactions and not just transactions.  As a result, Customer Data Platforms (CDP) are all the rage these days.  Marketing teams are now adding a CDP to their solution stack.  It is all about getting the biggest ROI for your marketing campaign buck.

You may not know it but your ‘data lake’ already has most of the data marketing needs.  There is just one component missing:  The Modern Business Intelligence Platform.  In this session I am going to show you how to use ‘Visual Behavioral Analytics’ and diverse datasets to perform ‘Customer360’ analysis to discover the right audience for the right campaign.  

Come and watch John Thuma provide an end to end solution and launch a campaign from a single tool using customer data in a real-life example.

Speakers
avatar for John Thuma

John Thuma

Dir Business Intelligence Design, Arcadia Data


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

Big Data Strategy
C-suite executives are sometimes interested in how Big Data can be used from a strategic perspective instead of the technical aspects of Big Data like how deep learning models work. This presentation summarizes research findings and provides practical guidelines for how Big Data activities can potentially (1) accelerate strategic planning, (2) enhance quality management systems, (3) drive improvement and innovation projects, and (4) create new value for customers.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Liedtke, Ph.D.

Charles Liedtke, Ph.D.

President, Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC
Charles A. Liedtke, Ph.D. is the President of Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC, a management consulting company. Charles conducts research, consults, and provides customized training on Strategy, Quality, Analytics, Improvement, and Innovation. He has worked with organizations worldwide... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

AI-Enabled Design
Artificial intelligence can aid in the design of physical objects and processes. This is in contrast to the
common use of AI for classification, autonomous vehicles, machine vision, or NLP. In design though, we
still have big data problems and still need deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, and other
analytic tools.

In all design tasks, there is a large multidimensional space where each dimension represents a range of
choices and each point is a possible design. Each design has an estimated utility, and we want to search
for the most useful design. In simple cases, we can use commonly available optimization tools. In
complex cases, like designing an aircraft engine, we need humans or AI.

Joel David Martin will introduce work designing photonic components, quantum devices, and chemical processes.

Speakers
avatar for Joel David Martin

Joel David Martin

Director, R&D, National Research Council Canada


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:00am

Startup Showcase
The Startup Showcase features a lineup of promising startups related to data and tech. Each startup gets 5 minutes to pitch, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Session Chair: Graeme Thickins (graeme@minneanalytics.org)

Startups will pitch in alphabetical order

Speakers
avatar for Aba El Haddi

Aba El Haddi

CTO & Founder, EnduraData
avatar for Nathan Hayes

Nathan Hayes

Founder & President, Modal Technology Corp.
avatar for Daren Klum

Daren Klum

CEO/Cofounder, Secured2
avatar for PG Narayanan

PG Narayanan

Founder & CEO, SmiForce
avatar for April Seifert

April Seifert

Data Scientist, SprocketCX
avatar for Parag Shah

Parag Shah

Director, Vemos
avatar for Mike Vetter

Mike Vetter

Founder & CEO, Flywheel

Startups
avatar for EnduraData

EnduraData

Pitch by Aba El Haddi, CTO & Founder
avatar for Flywheel

Flywheel

Sioux Falls, SDPitch by Mike Vetter, Founder & CEO
avatar for Modal_Technology_Corp.

Modal_Technology_Corp.

Pitch by Nathan Hayes, Founder & President
avatar for Secured²

Secured²

Pitch by Daren Klum, CEO/Cofounder
avatar for SmiForce

SmiForce

Pitch by PG Narayanan, Founder & CEO
avatar for SprocketCX

SprocketCX

Pitch by April Seifert, Data Scientist 
avatar for Vēmos

Vēmos

Pitch by Parag Shah, Director


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

9:45am

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Best of Cloud, On-Prem, and People Growing Analytics to ML
An ecosystem of best in class tools from Cloud and On-Prem, as well as trends in what people are learning and doing, makes for a complex landscape. Learn how our customers, from aggressive to careful, successfully integrate commercial and open source offerings with teams and practices, and prepare themselves for growth and change.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Whitmore

Bryan Whitmore

Chief Field Technologist, Vertica
Bryan credits smart customers, who challenge vendors and tackle tough applications, with driving innovation. Bryan leverages 6+ years’ experience with Vertica’s most innovative and technically demanding customers, and 20+ years of Presales and Product Management experience gained... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Startup Showcase (continued)
The Startup Showcase features a lineup of promising startups related to data and tech. Each startup gets 5 minutes to pitch, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Session Chair: Graeme Thickins ( graeme@minneanalytics.org)

Startups will pitch in alphabetical order

Speakers
avatar for Aba El Haddi

Aba El Haddi

CTO & Founder, EnduraData
avatar for Nathan Hayes

Nathan Hayes

Founder & President, Modal Technology Corp.
avatar for Daren Klum

Daren Klum

CEO/Cofounder, Secured2
avatar for PG Narayanan

PG Narayanan

Founder & CEO, SmiForce
avatar for April Seifert

April Seifert

Data Scientist, SprocketCX
avatar for Parag Shah

Parag Shah

Director, Vemos
avatar for Mike Vetter

Mike Vetter

Founder & CEO, Flywheel

Startups
avatar for EnduraData

EnduraData

Pitch by Aba El Haddi, CTO & Founder
avatar for Flywheel

Flywheel

Sioux Falls, SDPitch by Mike Vetter, Founder & CEO
avatar for Modal_Technology_Corp.

Modal_Technology_Corp.

Pitch by Nathan Hayes, Founder & President
avatar for Secured²

Secured²

Pitch by Daren Klum, CEO/Cofounder
avatar for SmiForce

SmiForce

Pitch by PG Narayanan, Founder & CEO
avatar for SprocketCX

SprocketCX

Pitch by April Seifert, Data Scientist 
avatar for Vēmos

Vēmos

Pitch by Parag Shah, Director


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

From Analyst to Data Scientist: Making the Leap to Data Scientist Mid-career
Map out the data science market and breadth of skills required. During this session, I will share the path I took from a BA in Anthropology to a Data Scientist at a Silicon Valley professional services technology company. Dive into resources leveraged to help build out skill sets and how my varied experiences have provided a leg up.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Data Scientist, Intapp


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Deep Learning on Pricing Dynamics of the Municipal Market Using Tensorflow
In this talk, I will share part of my research work on exploring and characterizing the pricing dynamics and risk characteristics of municipal market. One of the research objectives is to provide the community with a cost-effective analytics framework, which helps public easily gain insights on the underlying economic drivers of municipal market, by taking advantages of the cutting-edge analytics techniques and the tremendous community resources.

A brief description will be on the model settings combining Tensowflow and Keras. More attention will be on usefulness assessment of a few neural networks, how to improve their predicting power and what potential insights the models can provide for understanding the complicated economic drivers of the municipal market. Additionally, I will discuss the limitations of current models and the obstacles in expanding and applying the analytics frame for better public financing.

Speakers
avatar for Shuxia Zhang, PhD, MBA

Shuxia Zhang, PhD, MBA

Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Tools and Techniques for Influencing Others with Machine Learning
Influencing others in the workplace can determine whether a machine learning project is ultimately successful. I'll walk through some tools and techniques, both simple and more advanced, that can help machine learning results gain traction across an organization.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Fischer

Daniel Fischer

Consumer Insights Data Scientist, General Mills


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Optimizing Pandas for Beginners
The Pandas library for Python has gained a lot of traction in recent years as a powerful alternative to R for analytics and data science needs. However, it continues to have something of a reputation for being ""slow"" - an issue that, most of the time, is a result of insufficient thought being put into optimizing the code appropriately. This talk will review some of the most common beginner pitfalls that can cause otherwise perfectly good Pandas code to grind to a screeching halt, and walk through a set of tips and tricks to avoid them. Using a series of examples, we will review the process for identifying the elements of the code that may be causing a slowdown, and discuss a series of optimizations: avoiding inefficient iterations, vectorizing functions on Pandas dataframes, and taking advantage of speed-ups offered by Cython.

This talk is aimed at beginner and intermediate Pandas users who have some experience with basic Pandas functionality, but have an interest in making their data analysis scripts cleaner and faster. The audience should expect to walk away from the talk with a set of practical tips, tricks, and examples for writing highly efficient code for Pandas dataframes.

Speakers
avatar for Sofia Heisler

Sofia Heisler

Data Scientist, Mapbox
Sofia is a Data Scientist at Mapbox, where she helps develop algorithms for the company's navigation product. Before Mapbox, Sofia was a Lead Data Scientist at Upside Travel, where she built systems for optimizing inventory presentation and pricing, worked on predicting demand for... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Real-time Event Streaming Into Apache Kudu
Apache Kudu is a distributed storage/database engine for fast analytics on fast data. In this talk, Mac Noland (Solutions Architect for phData) and Justin Kaiser (Data Engineer for phData) will discuss how to capture events and stream them near-real time into Apache Kudu. Mac and Justin will discuss, in detail and with code examples, how events can be available immediately for BI reporting (e.g. Tableau). Something that formerly was difficult to do in the Hadoop ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Kaiser

Justin Kaiser

Data Engineer, phData, Inc.
Justin Kaiser is a Data Engineer for phData. Justin works on a variety of projects within the medical device community that involve near real-time streaming into Hadoop.
avatar for Mac Noland

Mac Noland

Co-founder and Chief Data Officer, PhData, Inc.
Mac Noland is a Principal Solution Architect for phData, a Twin Cities services firm, focused on Hadoop.  Mac has spent the last 20 years working as a software engineer and architect for a variety of projects in the legal, accounting, risk and most recently, medical device indus... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:00am

Speeding up R with Multiple Cores and Clusters
"There are many workloads in R that can be accelerated with the use of additional computing power. Some — like group-by analyses, simulations, and cross-validation of models — are ""embarrassingly parallel"", and lend themselves easily to the simultaneous use of multiple cores or machines in a cluster. Others, like statistical modeling and machine learning routines, require the use of specialized algorithms designed for distributed systems.

In this talk, I'll describe packages available in R to accelerate workloads with the use of multiple cores and clusters. In particular, I'll discuss the use of the ""foreach"" package for embarrassingly parallel problems, and the ""sparklyr"" package for more complex problems with large data sets stored in Spark."

Speakers
avatar for David M Smith

David M Smith

Developer Advocate, Microsoft
David is Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft, specializing in the topics of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Since 2009 he has been the editor of the Revolutions blog  where he writes regularly about applications of data science with a focus on the programming language "R", and is also a founding member of the R Consortium. Follow David on Twitter as @revodavid... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:30am

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

AI and Data Visualization: the Beauty and the Brains
Visualizing data helps us explore data structure and relationships and provides a basis for communicating information. Machine Learning can be used to systematically comb through data and quantitatively identify patterns. Combining Al and ML with visual analytics can be especially powerful. Starting with ML, we can reduce dimensional data to important variables for visualization. Starting with visualizations and visual analytics, it’s possible to identify patterns that can subsequently be tested with rigorous ML methods. Further, AI can be used inside a visual analytics environment to suggest data shaping, variables to explore, and patterns in the underlying data. This presentation, including case studies and examples, explores this combination of AI and visual analytics methods with reference to TIBCO Spotfire®, TIBCO Spotfire Data Science, TIBCO Statistica™ and data science environments such as R and Python.

Speakers
avatar for Michael O'Connell

Michael O'Connell

Chief Analytics Officer, TIBCO Software Inc.
Michael O'Connell is the Chief Analytics Officer at TIBCO Software, developing analytic solutions across a number of industries including Financial Services, Energy, Life Sciences, Consumer Goods & Retail, and Telco, Media & Networks. He has been working on statistical software applications... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

The Future of ETL (isn't what it used to be)
Gwen Shapira will share design and architecture patterns that are used to modernize data engineering. We will see how Apache Kafka, microservices and event streams are used by modern engineering organizations to efficiently build data pipelines that are scalable, reliable and built to evolve.

We'll start the presentation with a discussion of how software engineering changed in the last 20 years - focusing on microservices, stream processing, cloud and the proliferation of data stores. These changes represent both a challenge and opportunity for data engineers.

Then we'll present 3 core patterns of modern data engineering:

  • Building data pipelines from decoupled microservices
  • Agile evolution of these pipelines using schemas as a contract for microservices
  • Enriching data by joining streams of events

We'll give examples of how these patterns were used by different organizations to move faster, not break things and scale their data pipelines. We'll also show how these can be implemented with Apache Kafka.

Speakers
avatar for Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira

Principal Data Architect, Confluent
Gwen is a principal data architect at Confluent helping customers achieve success with their Apache Kafka implementation. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. She currently... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

Canada's AI Corridor and How You Can Benefit
Speakers
avatar for Jean-Francois Houle

Jean-Francois Houle

General Manager, Medical Devices Portfolio, National Research Council Canada


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

Hiring and Retaining Analytics Talent in the Age of the Big Data Craze
Known as an industry leader in fast-paced world of data science and analytics recruiting, Linda Burtch, Managing Director of Burtch Works, will be sharing her considerable expertise on today’s dynamic hiring market, including unique data on why quantitative professionals change jobs, salary trends that influence hiring, and insights on how employers can adapt to today’s candidate-driven market.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Burtch

Linda Burtch

Managing Director, Burtch Works
The Founder & Managing Director of Burtch Works, Linda Burtch has over 30 years’ experience recruiting quantitative professionals, and has dedicated her career to becoming an industry leader in analytics and data science recruiting.Linda is a frequent speaker on Big Data career... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

Going Deep: Building and Deploying Deep Learning Solutions
Deep learning, a class of machine learning algorithms, has been attributed to the recent success of many applications of artificial intelligence, including image recognition and speech recognition. This presentation provides an overview of deep learning models and their strengths and weaknesses. It discusses the applications and challenges of deep learning models in various use cases, especially image recognition.

Speakers
avatar for Rajeev	Bukralia

Rajeev Bukralia

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State, Mankato
Dr. Rajeev Bukralia is assistant professor and graduate research faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research focuses on data science, big data, machine learning, and IT strategies. Dr. Bukralia is especially interested in applying data science to solve biomedical... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

Natural Language Processing for Social Good: Contrasting Approaches to Text Classification
Interested in using your data skills to give back? Delta Analytics, a Bay Area non-profit, is community of 90+ data scientists, economists, analysts, and software engineers seeking to leverage their data skills to bring about positive change for social good. Delta fellows working with two grant recipients, Open Media Foundation (OMF) and Career Village, utilize natural language processing to solve a similar problem in text classification, however, employing different techniques due to labeled/unlabeled data.

In this talk, we will contrast the approaches used for our work with OMF and Career Village, discuss the Delta Analytics fellowship and partnership process, and describe our newest venture, free machine learning education to build technical capacity in communities around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Bethke

Anna Bethke

Deep Learning Data Scientist, Intel
Anna is a deep learning data scientist at Intel within the artificial intelligence product group where she the head of their AI4Good efforts and is researching deep learning algorithms for natural language processing. This includes investigating problems such as text summarization... Read More →
avatar for Sean McPherson, PhD

Sean McPherson, PhD

Data Scientist, Delta Analytics
Sean is passionate about using data science to provide meaningful insights towards positive social change. As a Data Science Fellow and now project lead with Delta Analytics, he is working with the non-profit Career Village to provide career advice for underprivileged youth. Sean's... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

Fighting Disinformation Using NLP
A presentation on how NLP was used to uncover 1.3 million likely fake comments in the public record on net neutrality. This project on public disinformation was cited in publications such as the Washington Post, Fortune and engadget and on the radio programs Science Friday.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kao

Jeff Kao

Researcher, Data for Democracy
Jeff is a Researcher at Data for Democracy. He has a JD from Columbia Law School where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. He also has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo with a minor in Cognitive Science... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

10:45am

A.I.: Sorting Through the Hype, the Hope, the Reality (Startup Panel)
Moderator
avatar for Rick Brimacomb

Rick Brimacomb

Founder, Brimacomb & Associates

Speakers
avatar for Scott Litman

Scott Litman

Managing Partner, Equals 3
avatar for Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy

Managing Partner, Loup Ventures
avatar for Matt Versaggi

Matt Versaggi

Senior Director, AI & ML, Optum
Matthew Versaggi is currently the Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Optum Technology (UHG) in the Advanced Technology Division.  Previously he was an Artificial Intelligence Engineer for a military contractor, a CEO of his own company for nearly... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:15am

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Analyzing the Opioid Crisis
Over the past decade the opioid epidemic has become a major issue in both Canadian and American life. In this session, we will look at how MicroStrategy can be used to bring together and analyze publicly available data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the CDC, and country health records to identify major takeaways and help us better understand the crisis. Attend this session to learn more about:
  • What data can tell us about the opioid crisis
  • How MicroStrategy and R can be used to analyze big data
  • What sets MicroStrategy apart from other analytics vendors
  • How you can get started with the MicroStrategy platform

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Bley

Matthew Bley

Sales Engineer, MicroStrategy
Matthew is a MicroStrategy Sales Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of business intelligence and business analytics software. He is currently focused on accounts in the central region of the US and enjoys working with customers focused on solving unique business... Read More →
avatar for David Knox

David Knox

SVP, Sales Engineering, MicroStrategy
David Knox is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Engineering at MicroStrategy. He brings over 20 years of IT sales experience to his work at MicroStrategy, where he leads worldwide sales engineering efforts, drives technical sales-readiness, and promotes best practices... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Discoveries When Big Data, AI and HPC Converge
This talk is about the convergence of high performance computing (HPC) technologies for Big Data problems and artificial intelligence workflows. The convergence achieved with the combination of the HPC interconnect, the application of HPC best practices and communication collectives: (i) enables the ability to process 1000x bigger graph datasets up to 100x faster than competing tools on commodity hardware (i.e. GraphX) (ii) provides a 2-26x speed-up on matrix factorization workloads compared to cloud-friendly Apache Spark (iii) promises >90% scaling efficiency on deep learning workloads (i.e. potential reduction in training time from days to hours). These benchmark results when assembled into data science workflows enable creative applications for discovery of domain-specific insights.

We will demonstrate the convergence  of HPC and AI for Big Data that is capable of : (i) speeding-up ad-hoc searches (e.g. a query-able semantic database) and graph-theoretic mining (e.g. graph-theoretic algorithms) (ii) scaling unsupervised machine learning to massive data sizes and (iii) providing efficiency with end-to-end production-ready deep learning workflows. When made to work seamlessly, we will show examples of (i) “explainable” artificial intelligence platform that augments clinical/medical researchers;  (ii) a hypothesis generation tool that discovered the relationship between beta-blocker treatment and diabetic retinopathy; (iii) knowledge browser that revealed xylene as an environmental cancer-causing carcinogen (iv) pathway analysis toward discovery of genes as synergistic prediction markers and potential targets with MAPK/ERK inhibitors for the treatment of melanoma.

Speakers
avatar for Rangan Sukumar

Rangan Sukumar

Senior Analytics Architect in the CTO’s office, Cray Inc.
Rangan Sukumar is a Senior Analytics Architect in the CTO’s office at Cray Inc. His role is three-fold: (i) Analytics evangelist - Demonstrating what Big Data and HPC can do for data-centric organizations,  (ii) Technology visionary -  Designing the roadmap for analytic products... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Pervasive Analytics on the Edge – Smart Manufacturing
The number of internet enabled devices to continue to increase at an astonishing rate.  With the growth in connected devices it is becoming more important to process data closer to the source. With corporations looking to further optimize and provide near instantaneous feedback.  Edge processing enables accelerated immediate real-time analytics.

This talk is targeted for technical and non-technical individuals that would like to learn more how edge computing is shaping the industry. We will provide an overview of edge analytics and future of smart equipment for advanced medical device manufacturing and beyond.

Powered by Streamsets built on edge and data collector.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Prom

Michael Prom

Data Management Engineering Supervisor, Boston Scientific


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Predicting Heart Failure with 125 dimensions and 1.7M Patients Leveraging Hadoop, Spark and R
Cloudera’s Data Science Workbench (CDSW) allows data scientists to explore and analyze multi-terabyte data with tools in R and Python. In this session, we will summarize our experience and key findings with CDSW and R libraries in developing multivariate informatics applications against structured healthcare data, including some benchmarks against more traditional analytic environments. Technologies tested include Impala, Spark, dplyr, implyr, sparklyr, and other CRAN packages.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Manrodt

Chris Manrodt

Evidence Innovation Engineer, Medtronic


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Cost-effective Chatbots Enable Artificial Intelligence to Create Real Business Value
Speakers
avatar for Jake Laws

Jake Laws

IT TAP Associate, Land O'Lakes
avatar for Cort Lunke

Cort Lunke

Big Data Architect, Land O'Lakes


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Quantum Computing in Practice
Quantum computing is a revolutionary technology that is now being commercialized. Rigetti Computing is a startup that builds cloud-deployed quantum computers and is on a mission to build the world's most powerful computing platform. In this presentation I will provide an introduction to Rigetti and the emerging industry within which we exist, and I'll share our view of the landscape of applications that we expect to be relevant in the near term. I'll demonstrate our Software Development Kit running on our compute backends and, being a physicist, won't be able to resist sharing some details about how the computer works on the inside.

Speakers
avatar for Shane	Caldwell

Shane Caldwell

Quantum Engineer, Rigetti Quantum Computing


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

11:30am

Swim, Bike, Run – The Essence of Data Science!
For many business and IT professionals, data science or machine learning can be a mixture of goals that leave people feeling unsure where to start, what to do next, and perhaps even confident in their ability to attempt something themselves that nearly everyone is saying they need to do.  As champions of data science in your environment, there are many ways to approach opportunities and many details to consider or ignore as you journey through.  As problem solvers by nature, we love the way things are solved and naturally gravitate there.

Sprint, Olympic, ½ Ironman, Ironman, wetsuits, goggles, bike, helmets, wheels, watt meters, transition bags, nutrition, bricks…. Triathlon is immersive and has many facets to preparing and performing.  At it’s core are 3 simple activities: swim, bike, run.  Explore ideas on how to keep data science projects simple.

Get Data, Explore Data, Talk about what is discovered!

Speakers
avatar for John Young

John Young

Director, Data Science + Machine Learning, Capax Global
John is a high-energy leader who likes to wrangle data, build predictive models, and work with business clients at all levels of analytical maturity. With over 25 years of experience in data and technology, John leads the data science practice for Capax Global. He has led small and... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

12:15pm

Lunch
Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

(want: Recommendations) -[:WITHOUT] - (:FalsePositives)
It takes a graph to build a community from data.  Identifying communities and their traits is the critical to building effective recommendation engines.  And recommendation engines come in many forms, including chatbots, fraud detection, failure impact analysis, network analysis, genomic research, and an almost endless list of other applicable use cases. The application of community detection algorithms requires a graph database technology that can model the complexity of the real world and execute those algorithms at scale. Traditional technologies for community detection are often simplistic, hard to model a query path for, and in the worst case, error prone (e.g. false positives).

This session will cover:

  1. The core capabilities of a graph database and how it differentiates from other data stores, such as RDBMS’s.
  2. An example of how knowledge and inference can be represented and leveraged using a graph technology.
  3. Using graph algorithms to detect communities in the graph to drive applications, such as recommendation engines.

The session will use the Cypher query language, originally developed by Neo4j, for any examples shown. You've already been exposed to Cypher if you've read this far.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Sr. System Engineer, Neo4j
Dan is a Chicago based pre-sales engineer with an extensive experience in all things data. Over the last 10+ years, Dan has worked with clients to envision and successfully implement solutions in the Hadoop, NoSQL, Machine Learning, and Massively Parallel Database technology realms... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Calculating Genetic Diversity for a Registry of More Than 8 Million Bone Marrow Donor Volunteers
Be The Match, based here in the Twin Cities, is the largest Donor Registry in the US for people willing and able to donate their stem cells to people facing life- threatening illnesses like leukemia and lymphoma.  We have been collecting genetic information on these volunteer donors for thirty years.

Before Next-Generation (DNA) Sequencing, large numbers of marrow donor volunteers were genetically typed using techniques that did not resolve ambiguities for the highly variable region of our genome called HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen). This is the region of our genome that governs the body’s immune response to disease and affects marrow transplant outcomes.

In order to estimate genetic match probabilities between volunteers and patients under these conditions, an elaborate process of estimating HLA genetic diversity frequencies and imputing potential genetic combinations was necessary for each volunteer and patient.  This was an almost intractable problem which has been easily overcome using cloud computation technology.

We experimented with various tools to set up a Hadoop ecosystem and trained our existing staff in tools such as Spark.  Our presentation focuses on determining the amount of genetic diversity we have in the Registry, and the sometimes-meandering path we took to get there.  Our presentation would be for anyone interested in our experience of developing internal staff in Big Data techniques.  

Speakers
avatar for Pradeep Bashyal

Pradeep Bashyal

Bioinformatics Software Architect, Be The Match (Operating the National Marrow Donor Program)
avatar for Debra Turner

Debra Turner

Data Analyst, Be The Match (Operating the National Marrow Donor Program)
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Be The Match (Operating the National Marrow Donor Program)


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Feeding the World One Byte at a Time: Cargill's Analytics Initiative to Transform the Shrimp Aquaculture Industry
By 2050, 9.5 billion people will call Earth home. In order to sustainably nourish this population, increases in sources of protein are required. With a gaze set at the future, Cargill has created iQuatic to drive analytics change in the aquaculture industry today.

In this session we will cover the steps of creating a data science, growth-modeling solution alongside the farmers it will help and in effect aiding in feeding our growing world.

Speakers
avatar for William Eerdmans

William Eerdmans

Data Scientist, Cargill
William is passionate about tackling the grand challenges facing our world. Currently, he is working on the challenge of sustainable food production required to feed our planet’s growing population. As a data scientist at Cargill,  William focuses on developing solutions in the... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Bayesian Inference in Education
Student learning, course effectiveness, and teacher grading difficulty are examples of critical educational factors that cannot be directly observed and must be inferred.  In this talk, I will show how to use Bayesian inference in the educational domain to estimate these quantities, and discuss how we can use state space models to update our estimates as the underlying properties change over time.  In the process, I will introduce Stan, a probabilistic programming framework, and discuss best practices in model evaluation and model comparison.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Christie

Thomas Christie

Data Scientist, Infinite Campus
Thomas Christie is a data scientist at Infinite Campus, a student information system for 8 million students across the United States.  At Infinite Campus, Thomas applies state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to solve problems in education.  Thomas is also graduate student... Read More →
avatar for Taavi Taijala

Taavi Taijala

PhD Student, University of Minnesota


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Big Graph: Turning Data Lakes Into Connected Knowledge Graphs
In this presentation we will show how graph technologies are being used to convert low-level numeric data into meaningful connected concepts.  We will show how ontologies encode knowledge of data extraction and transformation and how they can be used to dramatically lower the cost of importing and understanding raw data.  We will look at the key patterns including Ontology Based Data Access (ODBA), classification and metadata inference.  We will discuss how graph databases and graph query languages are.

Speakers
avatar for Arun Batchu

Arun Batchu

VP Engineering, Optum Advanced Technology Collaborative
avatar for Dan McCreary

Dan McCreary

Distinguished Engineer in AI and Graphs, Optum


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Experiential Analytics: When to Walk Inside Your Data
The technical barriers to immersion are all but gone today, but the question remains — is it a good idea to immersive yourself in data?  I mean quite literally, does it ever actually make sense to stand inside a large-scale virtual (or physical) data visualization and walk through your data?   In this short talk, I'll reflect on several recent immersive visualization projects by my group and our collaborators, some immersive virtual reality data visualizations as well as two large-scale public art installations.  In each case, the special ingredient that makes each work as an example of immersive analytics is the need to not only analyze the data but also to experience it via a first-person perspective.  Thus, I wonder if we should be calling immersive analytics something more like experiential analytics.  How do we understand and design for this experience?  How do we quantify it?  When is it essential and for whom?  Are there counter examples where it is unnecessary and slows down the analytical process?  I hope this talk will inspire reflection and discussion on these topics and the exciting future of immersive analytics, as clearly evidenced by this year's workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Keefe, PhD

Dan Keefe, PhD

Associate Professor, CSE, University of Minnesota
Dan Keefe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  His research centers on scientific data visualization and interactive computer graphics.  Keefe’s recent awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Three Billion Points Underwater
Hurricane Harvey's devastating effect on the city of Houston has led the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to seek new ways of approaching rapid responses to flooding. As part of this initiative; RESPEC has developed a proof of concept open source utility for quickly calculating and visualizing areas of flooding by leveraging the LiDAR point data cloud service encompassing the city of Houston. A similar LiDAR point cloud service is available for Minnesota.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Wickman

Paul Wickman

Technology Director, RESPEC
Paul heads up the Innovation Lab at RESPEC; tasked with developing and supporting creative, open source solutions in the areas of environmental modeling and applied business intelligence. Originally from Sheboygan, WI (where water fountains are correctly called bubblers) Paul spent... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Scalable Automatic Machine Learning with Open Source H2O
In this presentation, Erin LeDell (Chief Machine Learning Scientist, H2O.ai), will provide an overview of the field of "Automatic Machine Learning" and introduce the new AutoML functionality in H2O. H2O's AutoML provides an easy-to-use interface which automates the process of training a large, comprehensive selection of candidate models and a stacked ensemble model which, in most cases, will be the top performing model in the AutoML Leaderboard.

H2O AutoML (http://docs.h2o.ai/h2o/latest-stable/h2o-docs/automl.html) is available in all the H2O interfaces including the h2o R package, Python module and the Flow web GUI. Erin will also provide simple code examples to get you started using AutoML.

Speakers
avatar for Erin LeDell

Erin LeDell

Chief Machine Learning Scientist, H2O.ai
Erin LeDell is the Chief Machine Learning Scientist at H2O.ai, the company that produces the open source machine learning platform, H2O. Erin received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. Before joining H2O.ai... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

1:15pm

Jupyter Notebook Introduction Lab: Learn How to Program with Notebooks
Speakers
avatar for Jean-Marie Bertoncelli

Jean-Marie Bertoncelli

Data Scientist, Voya


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:15pm - 3:00pm
P1804 (Computer Lab) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:00pm

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Agile Data Engineering: Eliminate the Complexity of Big Data Through Automation
According to Gartner, “only 15 percent of businesses reported deploying their big data project to production” while the rest waste away in limbo. The projects that do manage to deploy to production still take months and are extremely inefficient — 80 percent of time is spent preparing data instead of analysis.

  • What are the challenges and pitfalls you want to look out for?
  • Why is big data often a case of “death by 1000 paper cuts”?
  • How do you address the wide variety of use case requirements?

Automation can pull organizations out of big data limbo and empower them to derive true value from big data deployments on premise or in the cloud(s). This session will illustrate case studies of real companies and how they overcame the major pitfalls and stumbling blocks of big data with automation.  The discussion will look at the entire data engineering lifecycle including:

  • Ingesting data into the cluster
  • Transforming data and creating data pipelines
  • Generating in-memory models and cubes for sub-second queries
  • Operationally running and scaling your data pipelines end to end on an ongoing basis

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Menon

Ramesh Menon

Vice President of Products, Infoworks
Ramesh led Products and Solutions at YarcData (Gartner Cool vendor 2013, built largest shared memory analytics appliance). He also led MDM Products go-to-market at Informatica (Gartner MQ Leader in MDM)


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium (Fine Arts F1265) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Leveraging Machine Learning with 2.7 million Patients to Identify Top Risk Factors of Acute Respiratory Failure and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
Among the six most expensive principle procedures reported by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Medtronic MITG HEOR team, Respiratory Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation were the top two procedures with highest aggregate cost and with the most costly growth trend line. This study aims to understand factors that contribute to patients with Acute Respiratory Failure progressing to Invasive Mechanical Ventilation. We will utilize both supervised and unsupervised Machine learning approaches to identify top risk factors as well as combined characteristics. Generalized estimating equation and generalized linear model will also be conducted to compare the machine learning results. SAS and R will be used for the analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Hung-Lun Chien

Hung-Lun Chien

Director, Innovative Data Solutions, Medtronic


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Preserving Privacy in Publicly Available Datasets
Speakers
avatar for Sona Maniyan

Sona Maniyan

Sr BI Analyst, Target
avatar for Jeff Van Voorst, PhD

Jeff Van Voorst, PhD

Principal Software Engineer, Veritas


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Your Key to Delivering on Big Data, Machine Learning and IoT Promises
Creating a data democracy where data scientists and analysts have access to the data they need when they need it requires delivering reusable data pipelines to easily on-board, blend and prepare any data from any source moving at any speed – without much IT involvement.  With a key focus on real customer use cases and best practices, this presentation will showcase use cases that deliver real outcomes from big data, machine learning and IoT initiatives in today’s heterogenous IT and complex data worlds.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Ford

Jeanne Ford

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Pentaho
Jeanne Ford has worked in product marketing for a number of enterprise software companies and is passionate about helping organizations ease their business problems with technology. At Hitachi Vantara, she is responsible for market research, sales team training, and product launches... Read More →
avatar for Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

Solutions Engineer: Data Integration, IoT and Big Data, Hitachi Vantara
Dave Nelson has over 15 years’ experience in the data integration and analytics space focused on using data to create optimal business outcomes by transforming all varieties of data into intelligent information.  Currently, he is working with Hitachi Vantara focused on helping... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Quantum Computing in the AI Umbrella
A technical deep-dive into Quantum Computing from the perspective of Artifical Intelligence. Cutting through the hype, technical demos, and Quantum’s current and future value will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Versaggi

Matt Versaggi

Senior Director, AI & ML, Optum
Matthew Versaggi is currently the Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Optum Technology (UHG) in the Advanced Technology Division.  Previously he was an Artificial Intelligence Engineer for a military contractor, a CEO of his own company for nearly... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Scalable Feature Engineering with Dask & Event-based Count Data
One of the biggest challenges in the creation of high-performance machine learning models continues to be the process of feature extraction and feature engineering.  The hurdles to building features that are informative for modeling become particularly significant when the incoming data includes event counts that are of high cardinality, and/or when the data changes over time.  These scenarios occur widely in real-world statistical learning problems.  Inspiration for strategies to create features that represent the underlying problems to be solved can be drawn from the PPC advertising industry, and extended to related challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hayes

Greg Hayes

Director Data Science, Ecolab
Greg is currently a Director of Data Science at Ecolab collaborating with strategic business partners and external stakeholders to unlock value from data, and to define an architecture under which developed models may be deployed to production in a cloud computing environment. Previous... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
P1838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

Your Attention, Please! Building Intuition Around Attention-based Text Classification Models
While neural networks are now established as state-of-the-art tools in nearly every NLP task, they are also complex. Interpretability of NN predictions remains elusive. In applications involving text data, this is can be problematic, especially if stakeholders prioritize transparency in machine learning. In this talk, we review a NN architecture, called the Hierarchical Attention Network (Yang et al. 2015) that takes a step in the direction of interpretability. We develop intuition for the model architecture and present its relative strengths and weaknesses. By learning to pay attention to the most important parts of a document--in a data-driven way--we can understand explicitly which text drives a particular prediction.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Kreek

Andy Kreek

Data Scientist, Allstate


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

2:15pm

AWS Glue & SageMaker Tutorial
While we often think about model development on a single machine or notebook, these models are often deployed in the context of a larger application or processing pipeline.  This talk covers model development and deployment using a micro-service architecture.  To demonstrate a micro-service architecture in action, we’ll walk thought a tutorial building a Neural Topic Model with AWS Glue and SageMaker.

Speakers
avatar for John Hudzina

John Hudzina

Lead Research Engineer, Thomson Reuters
John Hudzina is a researcher in Thomson Reuters' Center for Cognitive Computing.  John specializes in cloud-based and micro-service architectures with a focus on machine learning. He received his Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University where he researched cost estimation tools... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
K1450 (Fireside Room) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:00pm

Break
Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:15pm

Deciphering the Code of Media Measurement
As consumers, we enjoy the convenience of connected experiences across channels, devices and locations. As businesses, we are challenged with organizing our marketing team's efforts to meet consumers where they are and we want to understand how the media investments we’re making impact the path to purchase.

Measuring media investments comes with several challenges. Whether it’s finding the best-suited measurement solution, unifying data from multiple sources, defining key performance indicators or deciding which insights should be acted upon. Each of these challenges come with their own unique set of problems to solve.

A challenge oftentimes overlooked is making sure the data and insights we gather are interpreted and communicated in a meaningful way to stakeholders. When done right, we’re able to make better decisions about where we should be investing and why.

During this session, Brandon will emphasize the importance of a stakeholder-led approach to measurement and how it’s unlocked newly-found insights for businesses. He’ll follow this up by talking about how these insights inspired action and results for a varying level of stakeholders at large organizations. Brandon will wrap up his presentation by personally escorting everyone to happy hour.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Wishnow

Brandon Wishnow

EVP, Omni-Channel Measurement, Ovative / group
Brandon heads up the Omni-channel Measurement and product teams at Ovative/group, tasked with building and wielding marketing measurement solutions that maximize enterprise value. He brings 12+ years of marketing, BI, and analytics experience from his time at Accenture, Gap Inc... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
P0838 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:15pm

The Three Lies of AI: 3 Secrets to Avoiding AI Project Failures
The Three Lies of AI - These are exciting times for Artificial Intelligence. Gartner forecasts global artificial intelligence business value to reach $1.2T in 2018, an increase of 70 percent since 2017.

In this session we will NOT discuss all the exciting things you can potentially do with Artificial Intelligence. Instead, we will discuss three things that can make an AI project fail. If you take these three issues to heart, you can guide the planning and executing of AI projects that add value in production settings.

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Cheifetz

Isaac Cheifetz

Managing Principal, Catalytic1 Executive Search
Isaac Cheifetz has over twenty years experience helping companies hire senior executives who have demonstrated their ability to leverage technology to build profitable businesses.Isaac has strong change agent skills, as well as depth of understanding at the intersection of data management... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Holub

Bonnie Holub

Principal Data Scientist, Think Big Analytics – Teradata


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Garden Room (Kopp A-B-C) Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:15pm

Containerization: Containing the Data Beast
Learn about containers and how they can get you further with your big data and analytics journey. Find out how General Mills has been using containers in their data environment and their future plans, as well as where the industry is heading.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Nelson

Ashley Nelson

Linux Platform Engineer, General Mills
avatar for Reshu Yadav

Reshu Yadav

Big Data Solutions Architect, General Mills


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
P0808 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:15pm

End-to-end Development with RStudio
Few users take advantage of all that RStudio's IDE have to offer.  We will give some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of RStudio's project framework, built-in version control, database connections, package development, and visualization with Shiny to provide you a toolset for end-to-end development in R.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Weinbeck

Dan Weinbeck

Data Science Team Manager, 3M
MBA with a specialization in Analytics from the University of Iowa with a passion for data science and data visualization


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
P0806 A&B Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:15pm

Model Management with Stream 1st Architecture
Description: 90% of the effort in successful machine learning isn’t in the training or model dev… it’s the logistics.  So, lets talk about the logistics of managing machine learning models in a Production Environment using Streaming & Container Technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Bradley Hoskins

Bradley Hoskins

Solutions Engineer, MapR


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
P1808 Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431

3:45pm

Networking Social
Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:45pm - 5:30pm
TBA Normandale Partnership Center, 9700 France Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431