University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Announces Inaugural BIG DATA Symposium in Chicago - Powerhouse Speakers

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In the shadows of downtown Chicago’s biggest buildings, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM) is launching the groundbreaking 2015 CRIM Symposium: BIG DATA Analytic Insights, on March 17, 2015.

UIC’s Business Analytics Program and CRIM are bringing together national thought leaders to showcase analytics innovations in this increasingly competitive business environment. “Big data analytics is not just the latest buzz-word in business,” said Kyle Cheek, Ph.D., Director of CRIM, “rather, it is now providing the overarching competitive strategy that allows savvy businesses to wring every last drop of value out of their business processes.”

The lead off speaker will be Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata and author of Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave and The Analytics Revolution followed by:

-Shawndra Hill, Ph.D., Operations and Information Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City

-Andre’ de Waal, Ph.D., Analytical Consultant, SAS

-Sudha Ram, Ph.D., Anheuser-Busch Professor of MIS, University of Arizona

-Dr. Bruce McCullough, Ph.D., Professor, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

-Kunpeng Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, UIC

The event will also feature a panel discussion on emerging capabilities, social network and visual analytics, the CRIM applied analytics competition, and networking with experts and business leaders

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“For the first time, UIC and CRIM are bringing analytics academics and industry together. We are thrilled to be a major player in the future of Chicago as a hub for big data breakthroughs and their contributions to worldwide business,” Cheek said.

UIC Business transforms student potential into real-world success. Home to the Liautaud Graduate School of Business, we prepare more than 2,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students for career success in the global economy. Find out more about us at

The Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM) supports practical research collaboration between UIC and business and government partners. CRIM’s applied research focus is on the use of emerging data analytic capabilities to support organizational decision-making and process improvement, as well as innovations in the effective management of enterprise information assets.


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