2018 Big Data Summit

Registration is now open for the 2018 Big Data Summit.
Space is limited, so please register early.

Register here: go.researchpark.illinois.edu/BigDataSummit

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

Join us for the University of Illinois Research 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. 

This event is FREE, thanks to our sponsors.

Gold: John Deere

Bronze: Axis Capital

Bronze: Denodo

Other sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2018 event.

Want to be on our Big Data Summit Email List? Get updates on registration, speakers and more. 
Join it HERE: https://illinois.edu/gm/subscribe/56110

For more information about speaking opportunities, sponsorship opportunities, and other ways to collaborate, please contact Laura Bleill, Associate Director of Research Park, at lwbleill@illinois.edu.

Big Data Summit Career Networking Event
4:30 - 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity for companies to connect with a niche talent pool in the field of Big Data and Data Analytics.

Participation in this event is FREE for Research Park tenants. Non-Research Park tenants must be a Bronze-level sponsor at a minimum to partcipate.

Employer Registration: go.researchpark.illinois.edu/BigDataCareer_Employer

No registration is required for job seekers.

For more information, please contact, Jenny Kim, Assistant Director for Talent, at jskim3@illinois.edu.



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

8:30 am | Welcome + Opening Remarks

  • Laura Frerichs - Director, Research Park

8:50 am | Morning Keynote

  • Verity Winship - Professor, College of Law

9:30 am | Morning Large Group Panel: IoT/Edge Computing

  • Moderator: Robin Kravets - Professor, College of Engineering
  • Panelists: Kenton McHenry - NCSA, Mark Moran - John Deere, Karthik Kandamuri - AbbVie, Ken Taylor - Granular

10:30am | Break

10:45 am | Morning Breakout Panels

  • Startup Pitches
    • Moderator: Jed Taylor - Executive Director of TEC
  • Natural Language Processing
    • Moderator: Tatyana Deryugina - Assistant Professor, Gies College of Business
    • Panelists: Ryan Chandler - Caterpillar, Dale Gawley - AXIS CIO, Rajiv Shah - DataRobot

11:45 am | Lunch

12:15 pm | Lunch Keynote

  • Cathy Singer - Oath

12:50 pm | Break

1:00 pm | Afternoon Large Group Panel: Analytics & Talent

  • Moderator: Brooke Elliott - Professor, Gies College of Business
  • Panelists: Beth Ladd - Caterpillar, Felipe Aragao - ABI, Michael Fry - Ameren, Darren Glosemeyer - Professor, College of LAS

2:00 pm | Break

2:15 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panel 1

  • Marketing Analytics
    • Moderator: Joe Yun - PhD, Informatics
    • Panelists: Adrian Rantilla - John Deere, Scott Dixon - Jimmy John's, Ross Bundy - Amobee, Andy Lofgreen - Synchrony
  • Data Governance and Responsible Computing
    • Moderator: Jana Diesner - Associate Professor, iSchool
    • Panelists: Matt Powers - Maven Wave, Heidi Imker - Associate Professor, iSchool, Jeremy McClane - Associate Professor, College of Law, Guilherme Maia - Ameren, Paul Miller - Nutrien

3:15 pm | Break

3:30 pm | Afternoon Breakout Panel 2

  • Financial Analytics
    • Moderator: Alexandra Chronopolou - Associate Professor, College of Engineering
    • Panelists: Justin Sirignano - Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Gus Theofanis - State Farm
  • Deep Learning
    • Moderator: Matt Ahrens - Oath
    • Panelists: Alex Schwing - Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Lav Varshney - Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Naira Hovakimyan - IntellinAir, Dillon Tracy - Oath

4:30 pm | Career Networking & Reception

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