UMass Amherst Hosts Data Science Research Symposium on April 24

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UMass Amherst Hosts Data Science Research Symposium on April 24

 Industry representatives from 50 companies including Amazon to attend

Date:
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time:
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What:   Data Science Research Symposium
Where: UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way

UMass Amherst’s Center for Data Science will hold its fourth annual Data Science Research Symposium to support collaboration with industry partners and drive economic development in the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The event connects faculty members, researchers, and students with industry and public sector leaders to explore practical applications of data science and the potential of its research.

More than 250 participants are expected, including industry researchers from over 50 companies including Amazon, Bloomberg, Bose, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Fitbit, GE Healthcare, IBM, MassMutual, Microsoft, Optum, Oracle, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Stanley Black and Decker, State Street, Voya Financial, and Wayfair, together with UMass Amherst and Five College faculty and students.

Speakers will describe recent advances in autonomous vehicles, disease trajectory modeling, pandemic disease forecasting, computer vision, natural language processing, and virtual reality/augmented reality, and also share perspectives on future university-grade data science research challenges.

Andrew McCallum, director of the center and distinguished professor of computer science in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, says this year’s symposium will showcase the center’s growing portfolio of industry-sponsored data science research, and examine technical trends and future opportunities in this rapidly-growing field.

“We’re excited by the high level of interest the Symposium has attracted, each year bigger than the last. This year, we’ll bring together top data science research talent in industry and academia to share new ideas, new results, and new directions, emphasizing practical applications and opportunities for public-private collaborations. The conversations and connections made this year will be the foundation for transformational new partnerships in the years to come.”

More: https://ds.cs.umass.edu/event/data-science-research-symposium-2019