APU Hosts Southern California Big Data Discovery Summit 2017

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The Southern California Big Data Discovery Summit, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, provides researchers and analysts from a variety of disciplines opportunities to share information and research findings on big data analytics, including database and data warehousing, data mining, text mining, business intelligence, machine learning, pattern recognition, and data visualization. The event runs November 4, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Duke Academic Complex on West Campus, located at 701 East Foothill Blvd,in Azusa.

Keynote speakers Julian Parris, Ph.D., JMP academic ambassador for the SAS Institute and James Harroun, senior analytical training consultant for the SAS Global Academic Program, will discuss strategic data exploration and innovative data investigation techniques.

As a technical advocate for the use of JMP software in academic settings, Parris supports professors and instructors who use JMP for teaching and research. Before joining JMP, he was a teaching professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from UCSD.

Harroun has worked in data management and analytics for more than 20 years as a database modeler, ETL programmer, data analyst, data integration specialist, and certified SAS programmer for private businesses and higher education institutions. In his current role, he helps higher education institutions use SAS effectively. Harroun holds a master's degree in information science and bioinformatics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Featured speakers also include John Rome, deputy chief information officer at Arizona State University, and Scott Nestler, Ph.D., from the Department of IT, Analytics, and Operations at the University of Notre Dame.

Data sciences play an increasingly important role in business, technology, government, healthcare, and education industries. As the amount of raw data continues to multiply, companies need individuals who can interpret and utilize data structures. Industries use such information about consumer behavior, business transactions, and service models to improve their products and services. As noted by Forbes, IBM predicts that by 2020 job openings for data scientists will solar 28 percent to 2.7 million.

This inclusive conference welcomes participants from academics, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to explore cutting-edge methodologies in big data analytics and various real-world applications.

Additional paper proposals may be submitted through September 30.

The summit provides early bird, regular, and on site pricings, including a student discount. Register online.

For more information, visit the APU event page, or contact staff directly at bigdatarus@apu.edu

APU offers a Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analytics, which prepares students with the skills to adapt research across multiple occupations and industries. For more information, contact a program representative at researchpsych@apu.edu, or call (626) 857-2230.

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