College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

First Annual Conference on Big Data*

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Kirkhof Center

We invite you to attend Grand Valley State University’s First Annual Conference on Big Data* on April 26th, 2013 from 8:30-1:30 PM, in the Kirkhof Center in Allendale.  If you are interested in data analytics in research or curriculum – this conference is for you!  The organizing committee has assembled speakers throughout the university with expertise in data collection, storage, protection, and analytics to share their work and interest in Big Data.

Tentative Schedule


8:30-9:00                     Registration, Light Breakfast, and Strolling Poster Session

9:00-9:15                     Welcome & Video Presentation

9:15-10:30                   15-minute Presentations

10:30-10:45                 Break with Refreshments

10:45-12:30                 15-Minute Presentations Continued
12:30-1:00                   Lunch & “Lighting Round” Presentations (3-minute presentations of research- or curriculum-in-process)
1:00-1:30                     Birds of a Feather – Roundtable Discussions

*"Big Data" refers to the sharp increase of the size, arrival rate and complexity of data that is being generated and collected by business, government and other organizations.  In the coming years it will affect many people across most disciplines.  The rapid increase in data will also bring a variety of challenges including data storage, data management and data preservation. “Data Analytics” is the name of the academic area that studies “Big Data.” 

To register for the conference – go to www.gvsu.edu/seminar.  Search for “Big Data” under CSCE.
Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to participate!  There is no conference fee. Questions?  Contact Ed Aboufadel (aboufade@gvsu.edu)