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Big Data Conference + Workshop Rescheduled for December 4-5

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    Owing to Hurricane Irma, the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science (CCS) has rescheduled the 2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference and Business Applications of Data Science Workshop for Monday, December 4 and Tuesday December 5. Originally scheduled to take place this week, the two-day event will still feature speaker Daniel Cohen, MasterCard’s senior vice president for  emerging payments for Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Cohen is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

    Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and internet-of-things technologies. Artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data, and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors.

    DAY ONE: To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, CCS invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and participate in a free panel discussion, from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a networking reception, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    DAY TWO is a paid workshop ($200 per person). Visit the conference website for full conference details at

    Both events will take place in the UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.


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