Register Now for 2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference 12/4-5/17

2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference

and Business Applications of Data Science Workshop
Monday & Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017


Daniel Cohen, Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments for MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean, Keynote Speaker for University of Miami Center for Computational Science 2017 Big Data ConferenceCCS is pleased to announce Daniel Cohen, Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean will offer the keynote address. Mr. Cohen is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors.

DAY 1   To address the challenges and opportunities these changes spawn, UM Center for Computational Science invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators and researchers, and hear panel discussions on Big Data.

DAY 2   The Big Data Conference dives deeper into the topics explored in Day 1, specifically on building data science competence at your organization. This will be an interactive workshop with examples of the possible compositions of data scientist teams, driven by the types of problems that you are looking to solve, an examination on the processes that the data need to go through from database to insight, an examination of the infrastructure needs both in terms of storage and computing power, caveats and limitations of data analyses, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to bring in their own problem as a test case, and apply the concepts discussed in the workshop by designing a pipeline for analysis to address it. Given the interactive nature of the workshop, participation is limited, so register early!



UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146


DAY 1  MONDAY 12/4 | Free  Register here
1:00-2:00 PM Registration
2:00-5:00 PM Panel Discussions

The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence and Business
MODERATOR   Joseph Johnson

Implementation of Big Data and Analytics in Your Organization
MODERATOR   Pete Martinez

5:00 – 7:00 PM Networking Reception


DAY 2  TUESDAY 12/5  | $200  Register here   American Express credit card logo   Discover credit card logo  MasterCard credit card logo   visa credit card logo
8:00-9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Business Applications of Data Science Workshops


  • Data Strategy  | Connecting Data to your Business Strategy
  • Data Engineering  | Getting the Right Data to the Right Place at the Right Time
  • Data in Action: Data Science  | Different Types of Analytical Approaches to Solve Different Business Problems
  • Are we There Yet?  | Getting Your Firm Ready for Exploiting the Power of Data Science

Hard copies of the materials will be provided, and electronic copies will be distributed to workshop attendees after the Conference.

Refund Policy  All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by close of business on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  To cancel an order and request a refund, send an email to providing the following information:  (1) Purchaser’s name, email address, and contact number;  (2) Event name;  (3) Refund amount.

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George Bezzera

George BezzeraSenior Manager of Data Science  |   TripAdvisorlinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Mr. Bezzera manages a team of data scientists on applying machine learning to a wide variety of industry problems, such as recommender systems, fraud detection, revenue optimization, online advertising, and user personalization.

Tomas Helou University of Miami Center for Computational Science Big Data Conference panelist 2017

Tomás “Tom” Helou, Senior Vice President for Analytics and Insights  |  SAP Software Solutionslinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Tom Helou is the Senior VP for Analytics and Insights for SAP in Latin America. On that role, he leads the relationship with the biggest Customers in the Region and participates on large scale deployments around Analytics, IOT, and Big Data. Mr. Helou has over 25 years of experience leading B2B large scale projects. He held International Managerial positions working for Companies like BEA Systems, Business Objects, PeopleSoft, and MRO Software among others. He holds a Degree in Marketing, and is also an Agronomical Engineering with Postgraduate studies in Social Media and Community Management. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

 Jeff Hutchins

Jeff Hutchins, Senior Program Manager  |  CCBSS Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services Company, LLClinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Jeff Hutchins has over 30 years of experience with The Coca-Cola system in a variety of roles starting as a FoodService reporting analyst with The Coca-Cola Company to his current role as Sr. Program Manager, Strategic Services supporting Data Services and leading the Alteryx implementation program at Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services, LLC (CCBSS). Jeff has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and has certifications as a Project Management Professional(PMP), Certified Change Management Professional and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Arthur Kordon

Arthur Kordon, Senior Vice President for Analytics and Insights  |  Kordon Consultinglinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Dr. Arthur Kordon is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in applying advanced analytics and computational intelligence in industry. In his previous position as Advanced Analytics Leader at Dow Chemical, Dr. Kordon successfully applied advanced analytics solutions in forecasting, business cycles analysis, price elasticity analysis, and fraud detection in auditing. He also successfully introduced several novel technologies for improved manufacturing, and new product design, based on computational intelligence (such as: robust inferential sensors, process optimization based on empirical emulators, automated operating discipline, and accelerated fundamental model building). He was granted a US patent and has published more than 70 papers and 13 book chapters in the area of applied computational intelligence and advanced analytics. Recently, he published Applying Computational Intelligence and is co-author of the book Applied Data Mining for Forecasting. He spoke on analytics and forecasting at Chevron and several SAS conferences, and was the keynote speaker at the Business Forecasting Summit.

Linton Ward

 Linton WardBig Data Analytics, Power Systems  |   IBMlinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Dr. Linton Ward is an IBM Distinguished Engineer currently focusing on leadership open workloads on OpenPower systems. He has designed and optimized many hardware-software stack solutions and led hardware design teams for numerous integrated offerings, including Data Warehouse and Hadoop offerings. As a systems and solutions architect, Linton brings a unique combination of deep understanding of software needs, client experience and hardware capability. He regularly meets with clients to help them understand the solution space and their next steps.

Panel Moderators

Joseph Johnson

 Joseph Johnson, PhD   |  Associate Professor, Marketing,  UM School of Business Administrationlinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Prof. Johnson teaches Marketing Analytics, New Product Development, Strategic Brand Management, and a PhD Seminar entitled “Quantitative Methods for Marketing Strategy”. His research focuses on the use of data and analytics as a decision aid for managers. He has developed and collaborated on a host of analytical models. His research on financial markets has been featured in Financial Times of IndiaMSNBC, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He appeared on the Nightly Business Report to discuss how consumer decision making leads to financial bubbles. Dr. Johnson has over a decade of global industry experience through his work at Hindustan Petroleum, Tata Steel, and SSB, Oman, where he developed pricing and promotion response models for Toyota’s auto line up. In the US, he has worked on projects with AffinovaMiami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory BoardDellEli-LillyeMpulseHope FoundationHoly Rosary ChurchOcean Reef ClubProton Data SecuritySASUM Health20th Century Fox Studios, and CheapOAir.

Pete Martinez

 Pete Martinez   | CEO,   Game Changer Tec, LLClinkedin-icon-Team-Members

Pete Martinez serves as Chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec, LLC and SIVOTEC Analytics; high innovation enterprises at the intersection of Sports, Health, Technology, and Big Data Analytics. An international entrepreneur, he has led numerous high impact initiatives in the areas of high technology, business consulting, healthcare, and education. Previously, during his 32 year tenure with IBM, Martinez, Vice President of Global Business Services and the Senior Location Executive for IBM South Florida, led a 1,700-person organization composed of consultants, hardware and software developers, industry specialists and sales leaders. He led projects in the areas of advanced research, supercomputing, and information based medicine. In 2003, Martinez led the formation of IBM’s largest Business Transformation Multi-client Center that has opened a multi-billion dollar outsourcing business.  Read more

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