Big Data Conference set

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Grand Valley will host the second Big Data Conference on Friday, April 25, in the Kirkhof Center.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, the conference will begin with poster presentations at 8:30 a.m., with presentations at 9 a.m. Registration is free and lunch will be included; visit www.gvsu.edu/bigdata to register or for more information.

Ed Aboufadel, professor of mathematics, said presentations will be in a variety of formats: 15-minute talks, poster, or breakout session.

Big data affects people in most disciplines, Aboufadel said. It refers to the complexity, arrival rate and size of data being generated and collected by business, government and nonprofit organizations.

Two keynote speakers are scheduled. Barbara O’Brien, from the Michigan State University College of Law. O’Brien will discuss data sources for death penalty research. Jonathan White, professor of interdisciplinary studies, will discuss the challenges of big data in terms of protecting individual rights.