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Big Data Future

March 19-21, 2014
A Symposium Hosted By I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Moritz College of Law, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State College of Engineering, and Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy With the Support of Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs, IBM and Elsevier


Keynote Talk: Joel Gurin, Founder,


Welcome (Peter Shane, Caroline Walker, Dean Michaels)

Panel 1: The Gathering and Analysis of Big Data

Betsy Barry, Advising Member, Illocution, Inc.
Harvey J. Miller, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science, The Ohio State University
Angela Shen-Hsieh, Chief of Product Design, IBM Business Analytics

Panel 2: Data-Driven Understandings of Society

Eytan Adar, Assistant Professor, School of Information, Computer Science, and Engineering, University of Michigan
Pankaj Gupta, Team Lead, Personalization and Recommender Systems, Twitter
Tara Paider, AVP, IT Architecture, Nationwide Insurance

Featured Talk: Beyond Positivism: The Secret Histories (and Futures) of Big Data

Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

Lunch and PechaKucha Session on Big Data Projects at OSU Sponsored by Elsevier

2 -3:15p.m.
Panel 3: The Policy Infrastructure for Big Data: Privacy, Security, Investment

Farnam Jahanian, Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of EECS, University of Michigan, and head, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorates at the National Science Foundation
Michael R. Nelson, Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft Corporation and Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies CCT Program, Georgetown University
Rahul Telang, Professor of Information Systems and PhD Program Chair, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Panel 4:  The Governance of Big Data

Brian Cameron, Executive Director, Center for Enterprise Architecture, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology
Barbara Cohn, Chief Data Officer, State of New York
Ashit Talukder, Chief, Information Access Division, National Institute for Standards and Technology

Reception for Conferees Sponsored By IBM

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Panel 5: The Economic Impacts of Big Data

Johan Bollen, Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
Angela Byers, Director of Product Planning and Strategy, Apps, Media, Publishing Group, Microsoft
Ray Harishankar, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Technology & Innovation

Panel 6: Big Data and Government Accountability

Gary Bass, Executive Director, Bauman Foundation
Scott Klein, Editor, News Applications, ProPublica
Laurenellen McCann, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

Lunch and Small Group Conversation

Panel 7: Big Data and the Social Good: Health, Education and Welfare

Scott C. Burris, Professor of Law and Public Health, Temple University, and Director, National Program Office, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Research Program
Michael Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston
Nicholas Mader, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Panel 8: Big Data and the Future of Cities

Nader Afzalan, Lecturer, University of Colorado and Vice-Chair, American Planning Association Technology Division
Sarah Williams, Assistant Professor and Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT

Featured Talk: Urban Analytics and Big Data: Is Big Data Big Enough for Effective City Simulation?

Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London