2018 Big Data Summit

Join us for the University of Illinois Reseach Park's sixth annual Big Data Summit. This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. 

2018 Big Data Summit

Thursday, November 8
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First Street, Champaign

This event is FREE; thank you to our sponsors, including CME Group, John Deere and Synchrony Financial.

Registration for the 2018 Big Data Summit will open soon.

For more information, please contact Laura Bleill at lwbleill@illinois.edu.


8:00 am | Check-in & Continental Breakfast begins

8:30 am | Welcome + Opening Remarks - Illinois Ballroom

  • Laura Frerichs, Director of The Research Park
  • David Gresky, Senior Director Market Sales at CME Group

8:55 am | Morning Keynote - Illinois Ballroom

  • Christiaan Burner, Co-founder and CEO,  Quicket Solutions

9:30 am | Morning Large Group Panel: The Value of Visualization Panel - Illinois Ballroom

  • Moderator: Matt Turk, University of Illinois
    • Dan Sherman, Graybar Electric
    • Chris Sinclair, AbbVie
    • Jakub Slomcynski, Oath
    • Adam Weiss, AGCO/GSI

10:30am | Break

10:40 am | Morning Breakout Panels

  • Internet of Things Panel (IoT) Panel - Alma Mater Room
    Laura Bleill, Research Park
    • David Gresky, CME Group
    • Tim Kuehlhorn, Agrible
    • Mark Moran, John Deere
    • Shub Rakshit, Synchrony Financial
  • Cloud Computing Panel - Lincoln Room
    Moderator: Katy Huff, University of Illinois
    • Hazem Elmeleegy, Amobee Inc.
    • Robert Evans, Oath
    • Emmanuel Rodriguez, CME Group 

11:40 am | Lunch - Illinois Ballroom

12:10 pm | Lunch Keynote - Illinois Ballroom

  • Joe Jablonski, Co-founder & CTO, Ocient 

12:50 pm | Break

1:00 pm | Afternoon Large Group Panel: Industry Challenges Related to Big Data Panel - Illinois Ballroom

  • Moderator: Laura Frerichs, Research Park
    • Owen Doyle, Ameren Innovation Center
    • Todd Hart, Graybar Innovation Lab
    • Beth Ladd, Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab
    • Brandon Dohman, Syngenta Digital Innovation Lab

2:00 pm | Break

2:15 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panels Round 1

  • Filling the Analytics Gap Panel - Alma Mater Room
    Brooke Elliott, University of Illinois
    • Scott Busse, PwC
    • Patrick MacKay, Capital One
    • Michael Roper, State Farm
    • Brian Schmidt, State Farm
    • Matthew Bahr, Deloitte
  • Natural Language and Text Processing Panel - Lincoln Room
    Joseph Yun, University of Illinois
    • Ryan Chandler, Caterpillar
    • Jana Diesner, University of Illinois
    • Paul Miller, Agrible

3:20 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panels Round 2

  • Startup Pitch Panel - Alma Mater Room
    Jed Taylor, Technology Entrepreneur Center
    Several startups will be presenting
  • Deep Learning Panel - Lincoln Room
    Robert Brunner, University of Illinois
    • Fangyu Wu, Syngenta
    • Phani Chavali, Monsanto
    • Inderdeep Singh, CME Group 

4:20-6:00 pm | Career Networking & Reception - Illinois Ballroom

Highlights from Big Data 2016:

Thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia came together for the fourth annual Big Data Summit on November 10, 2016 to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. 

Our morning keynote speaker was Adam Hecktman, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago, Microsoft Corporation.

Our lunch keynote speaker was Jaime Adams,Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture. 

Click here for the Big Data 2016 Agenda.

In addition to the engaging topics, we concluded the Summit with a Big Data Career Networking Event where companies set up booths to showcase the jobs and internships available in the realm of Big Data. 

More than 350 people attended the 2015 and 2016 Big Data Summits, including 70 different companies and 20 University of Illinois departments representing six different colleges. In addition to students from our home university, the Summit drew students from the University of Illinois at Springfield; UIC; and University of Chicago.

View the various slide decks from some of our 2016 presentations:

Civic Data
Data Analytics & Visualizations
eep Learning
Natural Language Processing
ersonal Data