Wayne State to host fifth annual Big Data Symposium March 22 & 23

Wayne State University will host its fifth annual Big Data and Business Analytics Symposium March 22 and 23 at its Student Center Building. More than 100 leading companies in healthcare, finance, information technology, energy, automotive, manufacturing, supply chain management and other fields will unite to discuss how big data strategies can drive business success.

The conference agenda is anchored by case studies from top practitioners and industry leaders. It will include keynote addresses from big data and analytics experts as well as tutorials, networking receptions, panel discussions and a startup expo.

“While data is exploding all around us, the ability of businesses to leverage data from across the enterprise through advanced analytics for actionable insights is going to be the key to survival of firms within most of our legacy industries,” said Ratna Babu Chinnam, professor and co-director for the Big Data and Business Analytics Group at Wayne State University. “This symposium show us the path for digital transformation.”

The symposium has grown substantially since its inception in 2014. Last year, over 500 registrants and 175 companies gathered to share best practices and new ideas to traverse the rapidly expanding big data space. Wayne State University devotes significant resources to develop innovative solutions to big data challenges — as evidenced not only by the success of the symposium, but also by the establishment of the new master of science program in data science and business analytics, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

This year’s conference will be preceded by a special event on March 21. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson will present “Data Explosion” as part of a six-part symposia series featuring topics that reflect the institution's rich legacy of excellence in academics and research. The symposia are held in honor of Wayne State's Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Learn more about the event at bigdataevents.wayne.edu. Business students may register for the symposium at a discounted student rate of $40/day at this link; choose student registration when prompted.

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