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April 23rd 25thApril 2012 23rd - 25th, 2012 Edmonton, W W W . B E S t o F A n A l Y t i C S . C o m
Contents Greetings from the Chair
Greetings from the Government of Canada
Greetings from the City of Edmonton
Alberta’s Party Leader Viewpoints
Steering & Organizing Committee
Getting Around - Event Layout
Schedule – Time of Events
Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions
Conference Panel Streams & Schedule
Industry Panel Descriptions
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The Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem From Discovery to Delivery The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading academic institution, lies at the forefront of international science - from biotechnology and computer science to astrophysics and cancer research, from microbiology to solar energy and genetic engineering. The Hebrew University conducts over 1/3 of all academic research in Israel and is home to some 100 subject-related and interdisciplinary laboratories and research centres. 43% of Israel’s biotechnology research is carried out at the Hebrew University. With over four decades of experience commercializing the scientific discoveries emanating from the Hebrew University, Yissum ranks among the top technology transfer companies in the world. Through its work with the Hebrew University’s rich range of intellectual property – extending to biotechnology, nanotechnology, water and environmental technologies, medicine and pharmaceuticals, agriculture and nutrition, computer science, homeland security and beyond - Yissum has granted over 530 technology licenses and is responsible for commercializing a wide array of successful products that generate over $2 billion in worldwide sales every year. Moreover, the technology transfer company has produced over 72 spin-off companies, among them Mobileye, Briefcam, Collplant, Nasvax, and Novagali – each of which is a success story in its respective field.
A study in numbers Over $ 2 Billion annual sales of products originating from the Hebrew University 530 licensed technologies 72 spin-off companies 2,005 patent families 1,000 researchers 3,500 ongoing research projects 5 campuses & 5 affiliated hospitals 6 Nobel Laureates 1 fertile ground for mindshare, discovery & innovation For more information about Yissum, please contact:
Dear Conference Delegates, Welcome to Canada’s 1st “Analytics, Big Data, and The Cloud” Conference co-hosted by the Alberta Council of Technologies, Athabasca University, and the University of Alberta’s School of Business. The Conference follows our 2010 Conference, an exploration of artificial intelligence, “Off-loading intelligence. When machines decide!” This year’s Conference opens on Alberta’s election day, a day of civil, democratic renewal, a day when we each vote, reshaping our future through government - the democratic equivalent to revolution. Election Day is a fitting point to open a discussion on the power and the promise of Analytics and open data. Healthy democratic processes contrast with closed data mines and closed minds. Closed societies are brittle, perpetually afraid and patronizing. The same applies for service success; “He who knows his customer best, has no competition.” Analytics heralds a transition of the ICT industry from technology to service – just ask our Conference Sponsors; Analytics - the business of developing and commercializing data-derived applications for aiding and automating decision making. The analytics market is comprised of those who “want to know”: voters and surfers, entrepreneurs and innovators, clients cum consumers. As the Analytics industry matures, the opportunities and implications are profound. Analytics promises to speed up the transition to and THROUGH the knowledge-based economy! A power shift from knowing to relating. Get engaged and discover for yourself, Analytics - “thinking ahead!” The show we have assembled is meant to inspire and provoke, connect you and convince you: 1) that knowledge without relationships has no value and 2) that Alberta has an Analytics industry, an industry emerging out of Alberta’s mature ICT industry and on the foundation of a contemporary information highway. Each day of the Conference is designed with a goal in mind. Day One with several unique Workshops, is themed “Global Reach” and has attracted Keynotes from the USA, India and Israel - nations adapting to a new awakening, that “to know” is within everyone’s reach. Day Two, themed “Connecting Community” features Keynotes and concurrent industry panels profiling current and anticipated analytics applications and the implications for business and industry, professions and governments. A Recruiters Reception wraps up Day Two, featuring an evening of diversity and creativity: networking among delegates introducing an entrepreneurs hackathon and student innovations. But be alert, for there are “others” among you. Day Three is themed “Discovering”, as we dare venture into what “might be” and what we may have overlooked. In addition to inspiring Keynotes, additional industry panels, and a repeat of the 5 Best Panels, the Conference will wrap-up with a debate on a series of Resolutions for advancing Alberta’s Analytics industry. Not to be missed! So enjoy. Reach. Connect. Discover! Thank you, Perry Kinkaide Conference Chair - 2012 “Analytics, Big Data, and The Cloud”
I would like to officially welcome delegates to the Analytics, Big Data, and the Cloud Conference with the top analytics practitioners in Alberta, business leaders, professionals, researchers, and policy analysts to discuss on the relevance of open data as an economic opportunity for promoting innovation and increased productivity in Canada.
Hon. Laurie Hawn, PC, CD Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
The Government of Canada is committed to fostering open government by offering Canadians greater opportunities to learn about and participate in government, in the economy and in our democratic process. Thatâ€™s why, in March 2011, we launched the Open Government initiative - with its three streams of Open Information, Open Data and Open Dialogue - to provide Canadians with easier access to government information, enhancing government transparency and accountability. In September 2011, the Government of Canada signed a letter of intent to join the Open Government Partnership with other governments and civil organizations to share knowledge of transparency, citizen participation, accountability, and technology and innovation. This initiative was launched on the margins of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Canada will begin preparations to deliver an open government action plan for the partnershipâ€™s meeting in March 2012. Our Open Government activities are detailed at www.open.gc.ca where we continue to identify and track our actions to strengthen open data, open information and open dialogue. As you celebrate the first Analytics, Big Data, and the Cloud Conference, take with you the vision, the knowledge, and the experience gained at the conference into the future with eager anticipation. Sincerely,
Hon. Laurie Hawn, PC, CD, MP Edmonton Centre LH/oz
Stephen Mandel Mayor City of Edmonton
On behalf of City Council and the people of Edmonton, Alberta’s Capital City, it’s my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to participants of the Big Data and the Cloud conference. Thank you to Best of Analytics for organizing this exceptional conference. Attending this conference, participants will have the opportunity to join top analytics practitioners, business leaders and professionals as they discuss tools, techniques and applications that will help grow and shape Alberta’s analytics industry. By providing resources and opportunities that help build a strong network of people, you’re creating continuous growth and success for all Albertans. Edmonton is a city of business, innovation and economic growth and we are honoured to host this conference.
Best wishes for an enjoyable conference! Yours truly,
Stephen Mandel Mayor
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ALBERTA’S PARTY LEADERS VIEWPOINTS MEASURES FOR SUCCESS Honourable Alison Redford, PC Alberta Party Danielle Smith, Leader, Wildrose Alliance Party Glenn Taylor, Leader, Alberta Party Dr. Raj Sherman, Alberta Liberal Party Brian Mason, Leader, Alberta ND Party
April 4, 2012
Alberta’s business services, innovations infrastructure and entrepreneurs “working together” hold the promise of helping sustain the Province’s prosperity while diversifying its economy. Please may we have your comments regarding the following four measures. We are asking each of Alberta’s Party Leaders to share their views, that we will in turn share unedited with our 11,000 pan-Alberta subscribers. Thank you, President, Alberta Council of Technologies Chair, “Analytics, Big Data, and The Cloud” Conference
M1. Diversifying Alberta’s economy - promoting innovation, applications research and development of global networks of advanced technologies in: personalized medicine - cell therapies, alternative energy - fusion, artificial intelligence - analytics.
M2. Improving the business environment for commercializing emerging technologies through introducing, for example: an investor’s technology tax credit program such as has BC, purchasing and “data access” policies sympathetic to Alberta enterprise, and ensuring rural communications as an essential utility.
M3. Measures for ensuring employment of Alberta’s student graduates.
M4. The merit of an association to serve as the “voice of technology”, for representing the special interests comprising Alberta’s technology industry.
Comments received have been circulated, posted at www.ABCtech.ca and are available to Conference delegates.
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Steering Committee As Chair of the Conference Steering Committee, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all those who have contributed their enthusiasm and hard work, inspiration and innovation to the design and organizing of this yearâ€™s Conference. Thank you all, Perry S. Kinkaide, Conference Chair - 2012
Chair, Administration Athabasca University
Chair, Sponsorships Tapestry Systems Inc.
Chair, Marketing IBM and CIPS Alberta
Chair, Recruiters Reception Darkhorse Analytics and UofA: School of Business
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Volunteer Coordinator Andotech Ltd.
Conference Concierge Quercus Solutions
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UofA: Computing Science
UofA: School of Business
Canadian Cloud Council
Knowledge Management Network
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Keynotes David Steier Director for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s U.S. Technology Practice in the Deloitte’s Analytics Institute & Deloitte’s Technology Black Belt for Unstructured Analytics
Dr. Gautam Shroff Vice President - Tata Consultancy Services Head, TCS Technology Innovation Lab, Member, TCS Corporate Technology Board
Michal Levy Director of Business Development - Agri-Tech & Veterinary for Yissum Inc., the tech transfer agency for Hebrew University
David leads the Deloitte Analytics Solutions Group, whose goal is to build tools that accelerate the sales and delivery of business analytics engagements. Using advanced analytic and visualization techniques, David’s team of specialists help clients across a variety of industries to solve some of their most complex technical problems. David specializes in applications of artificial intelligence, especially in data mining, software engineering, and knowledge management. David especially enjoys working with teams that cross disciplinary boundaries and encouraging innovation to solve client problems. David has authored or co-authored numerous publications and presentations in these areas, including two books, a dozen journal papers, and a dozen conference papers and workshop presentations. David holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon (where he served on the research faculty for three years after getting his doctorate) and a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Dr. Shroff heads TCS’ Innovation Lab in Delhi that conducts applied research in software architecture, search, information mining, multimedia, and virtual reality. Prior to joining TCS in 1998, Dr. Shroff had been on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA and thereafter of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. He has also held visiting positions at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and at Argonne National Labs in Chicago. In 1994 he was conferred the ‘Young Scientist Award’ from the Department of Atomic Energy. Dr. Shroff has published over 25 research papers in the areas of computational mathematics, parallel computation, distributed systems, software architecture and software engineering. He has also written a book “Enterprise Cloud Computing” published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. Dr. Shroff graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1985 and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA, in 1990.
Dr. Levy joined Yissum in 2011 and focuses on licensing agriculture and veterinary technologies. She brings strong scientific background along with experience is large scale projects from the municipal field. Dr. Levy holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, M.Sc in Biotechnology and B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Food Sciences - all earned at the Hebrew University. She spent 3.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Scholl of Medicine at UC Davis, CA, USA and another 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Biological Chemistry Department, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Currently Dr. Levy serves as the Deputy Mayor of Oranit (voluntarily). She is also a board member of the Oranit Municipal Financial Corporation.
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Marshall Presser Field Chief Technology Officer for Greenplum, a division of EMC & is based in McLean VA where he leads Greenplumâ€™s Hadoop Virtual Team
Bill Wong has over 20+ years experience working with business analytics and data warehousing technology and has written 7 books and numerous articles on these subjects. He has met with C-level and government executives in over 30+ countries and consulted on how to leverage their data infrastructure as a competitive asset and democratize analytical-based solutions by enabling all users in the organization. He has an extensive background in cloud computing and provisioning technologies and served as a technical consultant on one of the worldâ€™s largest cloud computing projects. Prior to joining Microsoft, he held various positions at IBM focused on analytics and data warehousing appliances. He has a BSc in Pure Mathematics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary.
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As Vice President, Smart + Connected Communities, Rick Huijbregts leads the development of Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice including Smart + Connected Real Estate. Huijbregts is responsible for accelerating the growth of this industry in Canada. In his previous role at Cisco, Huijbregts served as Vice President of Vertical Sales where he led a national team focused on developing sales practices and building solutions for industryspecific markets. Prior to this he was responsible for business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets regions. He started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team. Prior to joining Cisco, Huijbregts was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also cofounder and CEO of Edificium Inc. and consulted for international clients AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.
As the IBM Research lead for Smarter Cities Jurij is responsible for aligning the 10 Research Laboratories around these opportunities emerging around the globe. Over the last 3 years, Jurij has managed significant projects with over 20 cities ranging from the prediction of how work crews can better address pipe leakage to the optimization of energy management in over 1200 buildings in large cities to the engagement of citizenry in the optimal management of cities. Jurij co-founded the Urban Systems Collaborative , a group of academics, companies and government leaders who are focusing on the integration of the city, from planning, architecture, engineering, operations and development in a quantitative, verifiable and structured manner. Previously Jurij was Chief Technology Officer of the IBM Venture Capital group and also Director of Technology for the IBM Research Emerging Business Group, where he was responsible for identifying and harvesting all sources of innovation for IBM’s solutions and products from a the global Venture community and the Research Division, In this role Jurij helped IBM establish deeper relationships with the venture community, integrated startups in IBM’s sales opportunities, identified startup acquisitions for IBM and created new approaches to venturing. Jurij has over 55 publications in various areas of telecommunications, technology and systems and over 18 patents. He obtained his PhD and BSc from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Vice President, Smart + Connected Communities, Cisco Canada
Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions & the leader of the Global Research Smarter Cities program focusing on helping cities manage the complex set of demands placed on their infrastructure by their constituents and on the optimization of flows of energy, people, water and other resources through this infrastructure
Chris Moore CIO – City of Edmonton
Recognized by Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people and a founding member of the WeGo (World E-government) Executive Committee. In his role as CIO Chris provides vision and leadership over the City’s information and technology direction. Chris has fulfillment and freedom in his work and as a leader desires to see those around him attain fulfillment and freedom as well. Chris has been described as transformational, innovative, disruptive and refreshing. He is an advocate of an Open Ecosystem, Open Gov and Open Data, and desires to see his team embrace innovation, pursuing the possible and building the future together.
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Beverly Hills Ballroom (Rooms C & D)
Room A: Hands-on Cloud Building an OpenStack CloudÂ Room B: Singularity, Technology & The Future Medeira (7): Introduction to Big Data & Analytics/The Cloud & Analytics Piesporter (5): Orientations & Resolutions Bordeaux (9): Cloud Transformation & Enablement
Beverly Hills Ballroom (Rooms C & D)
Conference Panel Sessions
Room A: Research & Innovation Room B: Industry & Productivity Medeira (7): Marketing & Management Piesporter (5): Community & Security Bordeaux (9): Health & Recreation
Schedule - Time of Events Monday – April 23rd, Pre-Conference Workshops
Tuesday – April 24th,
Theme – Global Reach Host: Athabasca University
8:45 a.m. Host Welcome/Keynote
David Steier, Deloitte “Big Data Goes to Work.”
Bill Wong, Microsoft Canad “Business Analytics - Trend
Five Concurrent Workshops including an Orientation and Resolutions Workshop for the Keynotes & Facilitators
Panel Sessions - 5 Concurren
Gautam Shroff, Tata Consultancy – India “Beyond Big-Data: Web-Scale Artificial Intelligence & Applications” 1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops – cont’d Optional – Resolutions Workshop – cont’d
Marshall Presser, EMC “Beyond SQL: Hybrid Techn 1:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Host Thank you/Closing Remarks
~ CONFERENCE OPENNING ~
5:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Plated Dinner
7:00 p.m. Host Welcome/Keynote
Michal Levy, Yissum Inc. – Israel “Leading Innovation in Agriculture – The Story of Israel and Hebrew University” 7:50 p.m.
Host Thank You/Closing Remarks Good night!
Panel Sessions - 5 Concurren
Theme – Connecting Comm Host: UofA - School of Busi
Panel Sessions - 5 Concurren
Panel Sessions - 5 Concurren
Reception featuring: Bistro Stations, Music, Cash Corporate Meet-N-Greet Pede Entrepreneurs Hackathon Students Innovations Poster
, Conference Panels
Wednesday – April 25th, Conference Panels Theme – Discovering Host: Alberta Council of Technologies 7:30 a.m.
da ds and Directions”
Rick Huijbregts, CISCO “Value Creation in Connected Communities with Data and Analytics” 9:00 a.m.
Panel Sessions - 5 Concurrent
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Panel Sessions - 5 Concurrent
12:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon
1:00 p.m. Host Welcome/Keynote
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Jurji Paraszaak, IBM “The Beauty of Data Models Managing Smarter Cities” 1:45 p.m.
The Best Panels - 5 Concurrent
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote & Panel Debate
ers Reception ~
Bar estals Session
Chris Moore, CIO Edmonton "Big Data and its Role in Transforming Organizations” 4:00 p.m.
Resolutions Panel Debate - "Discovering Alberta's Analytics Industry”
4:50 p.m. Host Thank You/Closing Remarks
5:00 p.m. Until Next Year!
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Pre-Conference Workshops Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Room: Bordeaux (9)
Morning: CLOUD TRANSFORMATION AND ENABLEMENT – BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED
Morning: SINGULARITY, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE FUTURE
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Canadian Cloud Council
Featuring Kim Solez with Thomas Mueller re Geonomics and Osmar Zaiane re Artificial Intelligence. Insights into the implications of rapid advances in technology and 9:30 - Opening Remarks, Tony Flath, VP Member-ship, Canadian Cloud Council their convergence. 10:00 - Cloud PaaS Best Practices using Force.com - Douglas Harrison, Strategic Account Executive - Salesforce.com Afternoon (Repeat of Morning): SINGULARITY, TECHNOLOGY, Scott Billows, President – Belmar Consulting Group AND THE FUTURE 11:00 - The Unified Communications Cloud - Ken Glazebrook, Systems Engineer, Mitel
Afternoon: CLOUD ENABLEMENT - Continued
Canadian Cloud Council
www.canadiancloudcouncil.ca 1:45 - Social Collaboration in the Cloud Paul Bellows, Director – Yellow Pencil 2:30 - Spectrum Cloud Computing, Mark Kadela 3:15 - Cloud IaaS Best Practices using Redhat - Michael Subasic, Sales Executive, Redhat
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence www.singinst.org
Featuring Kim Solez with Thomas Mueller re Geonomics and Osmar Zaiane re Artificial Intelligence. Insights into the implications of rapid advances in technology and their convergence.
Room: Medeira (7)
Morning: INTRODUCTION TO BIG DATA & ANALYTICS
Morning: HANDS-ON CLOUD Building an OpenStack Cloud
George Siemens, Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute John Shillington and Cybera’s Senior Developers: Everett Toews and Barton (TEKRI). Introducing the development of business intelligence and big data and Satchwill. Max. 12 participants per session. Internet wi-fi signal and power the implications for organizational decision making. outlets are supplied. Bring your laptop.
Afternoon: THE CLOUD AND ANALYTICS
www.canada.emc.com Marshall Presser, CTO – Greenplum: EMC. Understand the Greenplum Database Architecture. Learn to create tables and load data. Understand query process in Greenplum. Delve into some common scenarios in Big Data.
Afternoon (Repeat of Morning): HANDS-ON CLOUD Building an OpenStack Cloud
www.cybera.ca John Shillington and Cybera’s Senior Developers: Everett Toews and Barton Satchwill. Max. 12 participants per session. Internet wi-fi signal and power outlets are supplied. Bring your laptop
Room: Piesporter (5) Morning: ORIENTATION & RESOLUTIONS
Afternoon: RESOLUTIONS – extended if necessary
Orientation for Keynotes and Facilitators plus a facilitated Workshop - for deriving Resolutions for advancing Alberta’s Analytics industry.
The Resolutions are to be the subject of the Keynotes Panel Debate concluding the Conference on April 25th
Recruiters Reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 24 Beverley Ballroom, Fantasyland Conference Centre
DRAW and ANALYTICS HACKATHON Prizes • Cash Bar • Beer supplied by Ambers Brewing Bistro Stations • Dedicated Corporate Pedestals • Staged Fun!
$25@ - Sponsor Members:
Free - Participants: Free - Analytics Conference:
Start-up Edmonton ABCampus University of Alberta: School of Business University of Alberta: Computing Science ANALYTICS Hackathon Student Innovations Poster Session Keynotes and Corporate Sponsors Delegates and Volunteers
ANALYTICS Hackathon Contest Finalists – Big Prizes
Data Sources: City of Edmonton Alberta Healthcare Edmonton Oilers Yahoo Alberta Weather Alberta Water Alberta Electric Systems Operator
Student Innovations Poster Session: University of Alberta: Computing Sciences University of Alberta: School of Business NAIT Concordia University
Panel Streams & Schedules Tuesday April 24 & Wednesday April 25th, 2012
RESEARCH & INNOVATION
INDUSTRY & PRODUCTIVITY
MARKETING & MANAGMENT
COMMUNITY & SECURITY
HEALTH & RECREATION
Oil & Gas
Big Data Issues & Implications
Whatâ€™s Driving the Analytics Market
Foresight in Community Development
Data, Policy & Economics
Human Resource Management
Searching for Meaning
Land Use Management
Recruiting & Planning
Traffic Flow & Fleet Management
Diagnostics & Therapy
Quality of Life
Advanced Analytics & Machine Learning
Knowing the Customer Best
Big Sky Science (SKA)
Supply Chain Transitions
Monitoring, Measuring & Marketing
Remote Asset Surveillance
Healthcare & Medicine
Innovating Industrial Applications
High-speed Automated Trading
Smart Homes / Intelligent Communities
Team Building for Success
Vision & Values
Ethics, Privacy & Quality Assurance
Open Learning & Knowledge Management
When Machines Decide
Ever-changing Citizen Expectations
Speedy Stats for Fast Fans
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A. RESEARCH & INNOVATION A1. COMPUTING SCIENCE - Big Data Issues & Implications (8:45 a.m. April 24th)
Analysis of large data sets is yielding extraordinary information, contributing to organizational change and a focus on innovation, productivity and solutions. No institution, no profession, no business or industry can afford to ignore the implications for customer/client relations and sustainability. Facilitator: Everett Toews, Senior Developer - Cybera • “Introduction to Big Data and Analytics in Business, Government, and Education.” Michael Hendin, President CatchMyData Inc. • “Search Appliances for Big Data.” Davood Rafiei, Associate Professor, Computing Science – University of Alberta • “Big Data - Life Cycle Management & Challenges.” Irving Graham, President – Storage Clarity A2. THE CLOUD – Searching for Meaning (10:30 a.m. April 24th)
Big data sets sleuthed by analytic tools have become the subject of enormous interest, with great promise. What are the prerequisites and what can be expected as more sophisticated search engines and data sets become available. Facilitator: Monica Sawchyn, CAS Executive Director - IBM • “Finding Relevant Data in the Cloud for Actionable Decisions.” Andres Dorado, Sr. Technical Consultant and BI Solutions Architect – CGI Inc. • “Is Your Cloud Ready?” Dale Oldford, Executive Consultant and BI Practice Lead – CGI Inc. • “Migrating to the Hadoop Ecosystem: An Experience Report.” Eleni Stroulia, Professor, Computing Science - University Alberta A3. RESEARCH - Advanced Analytics & Machine Learning (1:45pm April 24th)
The Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning is world renown for developing extraordinary talent and advanced analytics applications in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics. Learn of some of their more advanced research and who is showing interest in these extraordinary findings. Facilitator: Cameron Schuler, CEO, Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) - University of Alberta • “Yield Management As A Process Governed by Data Mining in the Auto Industry.” Ayman Ammoura, Chief Information Officer – Driving Force • “Offer Targeting in Financial Services: Leveraging A Big Data Clustering Strategy.” Tom Peters, Partner – Deloitte, Toronto • “Automating Collusion Detection.” Michael Bowling, Principal Investigator AICML and Associate Professor - University of Alberta A4. THE UNIVERSE - Big Sky Science (SKA) (3:30pm April 24th)
As scientists peer deeper and deeper into space and time, they are unraveling secrets of the origins of the universe. To succeed, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) must establish global partnerships and with the data sets envisioned, will require processing power and analytics far beyond what we know today. Facilitator: Bob Este, Business Development Officer of Institute for Space Imaging Science - University of Calgary • “Big Data and the Square Kilometre Array.” Russ Taylor, Director of Institute for Space Imaging Science - University of Calgary • “CyberSKA: A Cyberinfrastructure Platform for Data Intensive Radio Astronomy.” Rob Simmonds, Research Director of Grid Research Centre - University of Calgary • “Enabling Remote Visualization of Big Data with PureWeb.” Cameron Kiddle, Senior Technical Product Manager - Calgary Scientific
A5. ANALYTICS CENTRES – Innovating Industrial Applications (9:00 a.m. April 25th)
Alberta and British Columbia are assessing options for advancing the development of analytics applications and the commercialization of advanced research, industrial and regional innovation. Non-profit Centres have been proposed for attracting talent and triggering analytics innovation for increasing productivity. The necessary components for such centres include local research expertise, education programs that produce knowledgeable graduates, and a receptor capacity within local industry to both provide employment for knowledgeable graduates, and to bolster their business models with analytics capabilities. Come make your input! Facilitator: Randy Goebel, VP - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures • “Advancing the Commercialization of Analytics Applications.” Srinivas (Vasu) Netrakanti, President and CEO – Optessa • “Towards an Alberta Center for Analytics Products.” Stuart Lomas, President – Alberta Council of Technologies • “The Application of Interactive Data Exploration and Visualization.” Fred Popowich, Director of Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics and Professor, Computing Science - Simon Fraser University A6. VISION & VALUES - Ethics, Privacy & Quality Assurance (10:45 a.m. April 25th)
Data has no soul; it is neutral and subject to analytics and interpretation. Should analysts be subject to professional regulation? What capabilities should a certified business analyst have? Is “privacy” disappearing? What is “public” and what’s the future for “public” programs when personalized service is possible? What are the ethics of knowing so much and who will regulate violations of personal privacy? Facilitator: Don MacPherson, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Services - Deloitte • “Should Analytics Professionals Be Certified?” Armann Ingolfsson, Professor, School of Business - University of Alberta • “The Rapidly Evolving Role of the Business Analyst.” Dune Nguyen, Vice-Present, Edmonton Chapter - International Institute of Business Analysis • “The Analytics Edge, at What Price?” Darryl Humphrey, Principal Consultant - DG Humphrey and Associates Ltd.
B. INDUSTRY & PRODUCTIVITY B1. Oil & Gas - Increasing Productivity (8:45 a.m. April 24th)
Analytics applications are leveraging huge data sets throughout Alberta’s oil and gas industry. He who knows his data best, has no competition. “Data” - better than gold? Facilitator: Cheryl Dereniwski - Deloitte, Senior Manager – Deloitte, Calgary • “Analytics in the Oil & Gas industry.” Dean Wallace, President – Wallace Consulting • “Leveraging Alberta’s Oil & Gas advantage to support the Green Economy.” Mike Kennedy, President and CEO - Green Analytics • “Analytics and Software for Managing Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Relation to Cumulative Effects Outcomes.” Marian Weber, Environmental Planning and Economics Program - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
Industry Panels - continued B2. FORESTRY – Land Use Management (10:30 a.m. April 24th)
Land use is a fundamental consideration in forestry and agriculture with huge data sets and contemporary analytics playing a part in every aspect of these industries. When global competition is fierce and land assets are exposed to multiple uses, the selection of options for development of the asset is a prime consideration. Facilitator: Stephen Murgatroyd, President - Murgatroyd Communications and Consulting Inc. • “DART– Advanced Analytics in Land Reclamation.” Tim Vinge, Provincial Landscape Ecology Specialist - Alberta Sustainable Resource Development • “A Forest Industry Perspective.” Gordon Whitmore, Superintendent, Land Management - Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. • “Eco Systems Services and the Challenge for Science and Analytics.” Carol Bettac, Executive Director, Industry Challenges and Emerging Opportunities - Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions B3. ENVIRONMENT – Monitoring Systems (1:45 p.m. April 24th)
The potential environmental impact of large development projects has generated a great deal of public debate. This has triggered interest in the development of more credible, comprehensive, scientifically-rigorous and, transparent environmental monitoring programmes to support improved decision-making in the management of precious public resources. Such programmes present fascinating challenges for collection and dissemination of data and information. What might be possible or probable? Facilitator: Gregory Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Science - University of Alberta • “Changing the Monitoring Paradigm: Wireless Sensors Networks, The Cloud and the 4th Emerging Paradigm in Science.” Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Associate Dean (International and Graduate Affairs), Earth & Atmospheric Sciences - University of Alberta • “Sustainable Systems Integration for Environmental Monitoring.” Geoff Riggs, Smarter Planet Consultant - IBM • “Environmental Monitoring Data - Current Challenges and the Future.” Ray Keller, Section Head, Data Management Monitoring and Science Division, Alberta Environment and Water B4. AGRICULTURE – Supply Chain Transitions ( 3:30 p.m. April 24th)
The entire food chain, from the plot and the lot to the shopper, is in transition with Analytics central to the transition. Production starts with the genome – subject to analytic manipulation. But “product without market has no value.” What role is data playing in the transition? And what are the barriers to success? Facilitator: Brian Rhiness, President & CEO – The Rhiness Group • “The Role of the End Consumer in the Development of Agricultural and Food Technologies.” Meghan Dear, Founder – The Localize Food Project • “Extracting Information from a Genome Per Day.” Graham Plastow, Professor and CEO, Livestock Gentec, Department of AFNS - University of Alberta
B5. CONSTRUCTION - Improving Productivity ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)
The Construction Industry is drowning in data and starving for knowledge. Building Information Modeling (BIM) will bring together owners, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and construction companies to produce less expensive, higher quality, and more sustainable buildings. Facilitator: Darlene La Trace, COO - Edmonton Construction Association • Mohamed Al-Hussein, Professor, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of the building Construction – University of Alberta • Klaas Rodenburg, CEO - Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modeling • Allan Partridge, Partner - Integrated Practice B6. EDUCATION – Open Learning & Knowledge Management (10:45 a.m. April 25th)
Global reach, free curriculum, information at the speed of light and the capacity of machines armed with algorithms to find what we want to know – why learn? A sober assessment of the future of education and the role of analytics instruments in learning in real time and simulated settings. Facilitator: Haley Simons, President – Creative Alberta • George Siemens, Knowledge Research Institute – Athabasca University • Dwayne Harapniuk, VP Academic – Concordia University • Knowledge Management--from the University Libraries to the Library of Trantor.” Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Director, School of Library and Information Studies - University of Alberta
C. MARKETING & MANAGEMENT C1. MARKETING – What is Driving the Analytics Market? ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)
Are Analytics and Big Data just the latest hype? Are these just buzz words to sell you something? ...or is the automation of decision-making real, and a monumental game changer? Come hear three different perspectives and decide for yourself. Facilitator: Darryl Humphrey, Principal Consultant at DG Humphrey and Associates, Ltd • “A Global Perspective: What Is Driving Demand and the Constraints.” Qaizar Bamboat, Manager Business Analytics & Intelligence – MNP Technology Consulting • “The Three R’s Are Old School - Now It Is All About Volume, Velocity & Variety.” Peter Guest, Client Technical Advisor - IBM • “’Give Me My Data!’ A Not So Patient Perspective.” Don Juzwishin, Director Health Technology Assessment and Innovation – Alberta Health Services C2. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Recruiting & Planning (10:30 a.m. April 24th)
Technology is driving extraordinary changes in the workforce and workplace. Analytics, in turn, has emerged, playing an ever-increasing role in resolving associated complexities in HRM by aiding and automating the search for, the placement, compensation and training of the workforce. These tools are essential for nations, organizations and professions to acquire and maintain a flexible and mobile, productive and competitive, learning and innovative workforce. Facilitator: Pamela Walters, School of Business - University of Alberta and Director, RW & PW Holdings • “Building Analytics Capacity in the HR Community.” Mike Annett, Manager, HR Community Development at Corporate Human Resources, – Government of Alberta • “Projecting the Education Workforce.” Mark Bevan, Director of Workforce Planning Education – Alberta Education • “Analytics - Reshaping HR Strategy.” Scott Brattly - Capital Power
Industry Panels - continued C3. RETAIL – Knowing the Customer Best (1:45 p.m. April 24th)
“He who knows the customer best, has no competition!” Data-based relationships are very personal and insightful. The data amassed has value, but only if it can be analyzed. Facilitator: Paul McElhone, Executive Director, School of Retailing – University of Alberta • “Using Analytics to Improve Customer Experience.” John Putters, CEO – VisionState • “Managing a Mountain of Data.” Richard Hannah, CIO – The Brick • “Getting Managers to Consume Data.” Mark Ryski, Author and CEO – HeadCount C4. MEDIA – Monitoring, Measuring & Marketing (3:30 p.m. April 24th)
Media in all forms is more than eyes and ears - it is data intensive and VERY relational. BUT where’s the money? Facilitator: David Dodge, Host and Producer - Green Energy Futures • “Video – Analytics As a Marketing Aide.” Jim Barr, CEO – Seekers Media • “News - Why Do We Need Analytics?” Gary Slywchuk, Editor - Troy Media • “TV - Addressable Advertising for Television.” David Ballantyne, Staff Scientist - Invidi Technologies Corporation C5. INVESTING – High-speed Automated Trading ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)
When algorithms take over the market who benefits? Can the market be beaten and what are the prospects for the future? Facilitator: Cameron Schuler, CEO - Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) - University of Alberta • “Capitalizing on Volatility.” Mike Kouritzin, Department of Mathematics - University of Alberta and Founder – Random Knowledge • “New Media Killed the Stock-picking Star.” John Coulter, President & CEO - Titan Trading • “Approaching Real-time Business Intelligence – Trading at the Speed of Light.” Sean McClure, Practice Partner Excellerate C6. MANUFACTURING - When Machines Decide (10:45 p.m. April 25th)
Incorporating robotics onto assembly lines advanced manufacturing and increased the speed, precision and productivity of industry. Today, analytics has taken the promise of automation to an entirely new level, where machines automate, learn and decide! What are the prospects for Alberta? Facilitator: Chris Lumb, CEO - TEC Edmonton • “Alberta-based . Establishing the Global Infrastructure for Data Manufacturing.” D’arcy Vane, VP Business Development - Silent-Aire Manufacturing Inc. • “Improving Manufacturing Productivity with Data Analytics.” Srinivas (Vasu) Netrakanti, President & CEO - Optessa • “Preparing for Analytics: Extracting Meaningful Data from Physical Processes.” Mark Hamblin, President - Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions
D. COMMUNITY & SECURITY D1. PLANNING – Foresight in Community Development ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)
Border busting is rampant as data-flows redefine who knows what, when and where. Analytics as an aide, or for automating, community planning and operations, home and business functions, has arrived. What are the implications for community design and the associated professions and developers? Facilitator: Beth Sanders, President - Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) • “Enabled, Community Values for Sustainability.” – Ron Murch, Haskayne School of Business - University of Calgary • “Changing Lifestyles. Changing Expectations. The Value of Realtors in Community Design.” Stephen Lau, Founder Edmonton Home Pros Real Estate Group at RE/MAX Excellence • “The Smart Grid Vision in the Wind Walk Development.” Jim Floyd, President - PowerOn Ltd. D2. TRANSIT – Traffic Flow & Fleet Management (10:30 a.m. April 24th)
Vehicles today are armed with sensors on land, rail and in the air that allow extraordinary feats, improving traffic flow and vehicle performance, driver monitoring / training, reducing accidents, lowering maintenance costs, and rapid turnaround and service response. Facilitator: Nathan Armstrong, Founder and President, Motive Industries • “Traffic Data Integration for Safer, Smarter Cities.” Chris Neuman, Sr. Traffic Safety Analyst Coordinator, Transportation Services – City of Edmonton • “Driving Surveillance - Fleet Maintenance.” Chris De Marchi, CTO - Latium Fleet Management • Aircraft Fleet Management & Flight Safety - A Data and Information Perspective.” Steven Gentles, CEO - Awarebase D3. SECURITY – Contemporary Policing ( 1:45 p.m. April 24th)
Policing is core to community safety and security, but with arrival of the age of data, how are the police coping, what are the challenges and what’s ahead? Facilitator: Carrie Kuypers, Crime Analysis Unit, Specialized Investigations Division, Edmonton Police Headquarters Presenters: Edmonton Police Service, Criminal Intelligence Analysts: • “The Integration of Crime Analysis into the EPS.” Janine Czernick, Crime Analysis Unit • “Analyzing Organized Crime.” Jared Cutting, PROBE Team • “Intelligence Analysis that Supports City Initiatives.” John Phillips, Priority Prolific Offenders D4. INSURANCE - Remote Asset Surveillance ( 3:30 p.m. April 24th)
Advances in sensitive sensors and their deployment are transforming all aspects of how we manage what we value: pipelines and pump jacks, energy and environment. Learn how this field is expected to grow. Facilitator: Brent Grisdale, CEO – Rigstar Communications • “Visual Data Analytics - Bridging the Gap between Qualitative and Quantitative Data.” Michael Von Hauff - Osprey Informatics • “Big Data in Oil and Gas Field Surveillance.” James Freeman, Chief Marketing Officer - Zedi Inc. • “Capturing the Long Tail of the World-Wide Sensor Web.” Steve Liang, Assistant Professor/AITF-Microsoft Scholar in Open Sensor Web, Schulich School of Engineering - University of Calgary
Industry Panels - continued D5. SERVICES - Smart Homes / Intelligent Communities ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)
Homes and entire communities are being designed that will generate huge amounts of data that can be analyzed to aide or automate decision making for increasing their operation as safe efficient places to live, learn and work; shop, save and play. Facilitator: Thomas Keenan, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design - University of Calgary • “Community Design for the Environment, the Economy, and Multi-purpose Homes.” David Bromley - Rampart-Avenir • “SmartGrid Applications – Introducing Change in a Conservative Industry.” Rick Cowburn, Principal - Vidya Knowledge Systems • “The Fundamentals of Smart - Turning Data into Insight.” John Longbottom, National Program Executive, Smarter Cities - IBM D6. DEMOCRACY – Ever-changing Citizen Expectations (10:45 a.m. April 25th)
Municipalities have a close personal data-based relationship with residents, businesses, developers, staff, councilors, and voters. Analytics, data, and the cloud are transforming municipal services. Threat? Promise? Learn more. Facilitator: Beth Sanders, President - Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) • “Analytics and Innovation in Municipal Government.” Corey Wentzell, Executive Director - Department of Extension University of Alberta • “Citizens new Role after Arab Spring.” Chris Moore, CIO - City of Edmonton • “From Ambulances to Ward Boundaries: Using Analytics to Bring Social Good to Municipalities.” Dan Haight, CEO Darkhorse Analytics and Managing Director - University of Alberta Centre for Excellence in Operations
E. HEALTH & RECREATION E1. HEALTHCARE – Data, Policy & Economics ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)
Increasing costs and expectations, rapidly emerging technologies and continuing questions about sustainability and the quality of healthcare continue to complicate the shaping of public policy. Privacy issues impede access to data and measures for exploring solutions. Is access to private/personalized data a threat or opportunity? Facilitator: Ken Boutilier, CEO - Innovotech • “Health Data System Dilemmas.” Randy Duguay, Director – Market & Business Development – TELUS Health Solutions • “Drowning in Data - Thirsty for Information: Analytics to Support Health Care Decision-making.” Anderson Chuck, Director, Decision Analytic Modelling Unit - Institute of Health Economics • “Analytics for Planning and Monitoring Health Services.” Sherry Thompson, Senior Transition Lead - Research & Analytics – Alberta Health Services and Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine – University of Alberta Health Services E2. PERSONALIZED MEDICINE - Diagnostics & Therapy (10:30 a.m. April 24th)
New technologies are transforming personalized diagnostics in healthcare – generating huge data sets and employing data-based analysis: decreasing risk and increasing customized solutions in a field formerly dominated by “expertise.” Facilitator: Jason Pincock, CEO - DynaLifeDX • “The Role of Analytics in Personalizing Medicine.” Osmar Zaiane, Professor, Computer Science and Director AICML University of Alberta • “Analytics and Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare.” Paul Natland, COO - NetworksMD • “Engineered Cells and Tissues.” Locksley McGann, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Alberta
E3. QUALITY OF LIFE - Independent Living ( 1:45 p.m. April 24th)
Living as normal a life in as normal a setting as long as possible is the mantra of people wanting to restore and sustain their independence. Data and data processing can help – increasing mobility, safety and access to help when needed. Facilitator: Martin Ferguson-Pell, Dean - Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Alberta • “Rehabilitation Prosthetics.” Gary Faulkner, Director Research and Technology Development - Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital • “Always Connected. Safe and Secure.” Bob Aloisio, VP Business Development - Safetracks GPS Solutions • “Technologies to Support Home Care Services and Community Living.” Lili Liu, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - University of Alberta E4. THE FUTURE - Healthcare & Medicine (3:30 p.m. April 24th)
Numerous factors are forcing a rethink of the healthcare system – rising costs, issues of service quality and rising expectations. And patients/clients continue to show and expect “consumer-like” behavior, empowered by their advanced education and access to health-related information. What are the implications for medicine and the future of health care delivery? Facilitator: Alex McPherson, Professor Emeritus - University of Alberta; former: Director, Dept. of Medicine - CCI; Deputy Minister - Alberta Health; President and CEO - Biomira Inc.; President - AMA and CMA • “The Future of Medicine.” Kim Solez, Professor, Anatomical Pathology, Department of Medicine - University of Alberta • “Health Laboratory Analytics.” Jason Pincock, CEO - DynaLifeDX • “Liberating Data for Public Health Impact.” Salim Samanani, Health Sector Lead - Okaki E5. SPORTS – Team Building for Success ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)
Sports has always been a numbers game, but today coaches and general managers who want to compete are increasingly reliant on analytics to build a competitive team. Learn what Moneyball didn’t tell you! Facilitator: David Staples, Edmonton Journal • “Sports Analytics for General Managers.” Rick Olczyk, Assistant General Manager - Edmonton Oilers • “How Player Agents Use Analytics to Find Talent.” Gerry Johannson, TSC Agents - SPORTS Corporation • “The Value of A Draft Pick.” Dan Haight, CEO - Darkhorse Analytics and Managing Director - University of Alberta Centre for Excellence in Operations E6. SPORTS - Speedy Stats for Fast Fans (10:45 a.m. April 25th)
Hyped on statistics? Fans just don’t watch sports, they get engaged as analysts. They want stats, objectivity and they want it now to support conversation, gaming and their competitive spirit. Learn what numbers can tell you! Facilitator: Corey Wentzell, Executive Director, Department of Extension - University of Alberta • “Real-time Statistics Reporting for Fox Sports.” Niels Hansen - Quercus Solutions • “The 7 Sins Every NHL GM Shouldn’t Commit: What Analytics Tells Us.” Marc Appleby, CEO and co-Founder PowerScout Hockey • “Advanced Sports Stats Versus Traditional.” Bruce McCurdy, “Cult of Hockey”.blog – Edmonton Journal
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