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A1.COMPUTING SCIENCE – Big Data Issues & Implications (8:45 a.m. April 24th)

Analysis of large data sets is yielding extraordinary information, contributing to organizational change and a focus on innovation, productivity and solutions. No institution, no profession, no business, and no industry can afford to ignore the implications for customer/client relations and sustainability.
Facilitator: Everett Toews, Senior Developer – Cybera

A2. THE CLOUD – Searching for Meaning (10:30 a.m. April 24th)

Big data sets sleuthed by analytic tools have become the subject of enormous interest, with great promise. What are the prerequisites, and what can be expected as more sophisticated search engines and data sets become available?
Facilitator: Monica Sawchyn, CAS Executive Director – IBM

A3. RESEARCH – Advanced Analytics & Machine Learning (1:45pm April 24th)

The Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning is world renowned for developing extraordinary talent and advanced analytics applications in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics. Learn of some of their more advanced research and who is showing interest in these extraordinary findings.
Facilitator: Cameron Schuler, CEO, Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) – University of Alberta

A4. THE UNIVERSE – Big Sky Science (SKA) (3:30pm April 24th)

As scientists peer deeper and deeper into space and time, they are unraveling secrets of the origins of the universe. To succeed, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) must establish global partnerships and, with the data sets envisioned, will require processing power and analytics far beyond what we know today.
Facilitator: Bob Este, Business Development Officer of Institute for Space Imaging Science – University of Calgary

A5. ANALYTICS CENTRES – Innovating Industrial Applications (9:00 a.m. April 25th)

Alberta and British Columbia are assessing options for advancing the development of analytics applications and the commercialization of advanced research, industrial and regional innovation. Non-profit centres have been proposed for attracting talent and triggering analytics innovation for increased productivity. The necessary components for such centres include local research expertise, education programs that produce knowledgeable graduates, and a receptor capacity within the local industry to both provide employment for knowledgeable graduates, and to bolster their business models with analytics capabilities. Come offer your input!
Facilitator: Randy Goebel, VP – Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

A6. VISION & VALUES – Ethics, Privacy & Quality Assurance (10:45 a.m. April 25th)

Data has no soul; it is neutral and subject to analytics and interpretation. Should analysts be subject to professional regulation? What capabilities should a certified business analyst have? Is “privacy” disappearing? What is “public” and what’s the future for “public” programs when personalized service is possible? What are the ethics of knowing so much, and who will regulate violations of personal privacy?
Facilitator: Don MacPherson, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Services – Deloitte

  • “Should Analytics Professionals Be Certified?” Armann Ingolfsson, Professor, School of Business – University of Alberta
  • “The Rapidly Evolving Role of the Business Analyst.” Dune Nguyen, Vice-Present, Edmonton Chapter – International Institute of Business Analysis
  • “The Analytics Edge, at What Price?” Darryl Humphrey, Principal Consultant – DG Humphrey and Associates Ltd.

B1. Oil & Gas – Increasing Productivity (8:45 a.m. April 24th)

Analytics applications are leveraging huge data sets throughout Alberta’s oil and gas industry. He who knows his data best, has no competition. Is “Data” becoming better than gold?
Facilitator: Cheryl Dereniwski – Deloitte, Senior Manager – Deloitte, Calgary

B2. FORESTRY – Land Use Management (10:30 a.m. April 24th)

Land use is a fundamental consideration in forestry and agriculture, with huge data sets and contemporary analytics playing a part in every aspect of these industries. When global competition is fierce and land assets are exposed to multiple uses, the selection of options for development of the asset is a prime consideration.
Facilitator: Stephen Murgatroyd, President – Murgatroyd Communications and Consulting Inc.

B3. ENVIRONMENT – Monitoring Systems (1:45 p.m. April 24th)

The potential environmental impact of large development projects has generated a great deal of public debate. This has triggered interest in the development of more credible, comprehensive, scientifically-rigorous, and transparent environmental monitoring programmes to support improved decision-making in the management of precious public resources. Such programmes present fascinating challenges for collection and dissemination of data and information.
What might be possible or, in some cases, probable?
Facilitator: Gregory Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Science – University of Alberta

  • “Changing the Monitoring Paradigm: Wireless Sensors Networks, The Cloud and the 4th Emerging Paradigm in Science.” Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Associate Dean (International and Graduate Affairs), Earth & Atmospheric Sciences – University of Alberta
  • “Sustainable Systems Integration for Environmental Monitoring.” Geoff Riggs, Smarter Planet Consultant – IBM
  • Environmental Monitoring Data – Current Challenges and the Future.” Ray Keller, Section Head, Data Management Monitoring and Science Division, Alberta Environment and Water

B4. AGRICULTURE – Supply Chain Transitions ( 3:30 p.m. April 24th)

The entire food chain, from the plot and the lot to the shopper, is in transition with analytics central to the transition. Production starts with the genome, which is subject to analytic manipulation. But “product without market has no value.” What role is data playing in the transition? And what are the barriers to success?
Facilitator: Brian Rhiness, President & CEO – The Rhiness Group

  • “The Role of the End Consumer in the Development of Agricultural and Food Technologies.” Meghan Dear, Founder – The Localize Food Project
  • “Extracting Information from a Genome Per Day.” Graham Plastow, Professor and CEO, Livestock Gentec, Department of AFNS – University of Alberta

B5. CONSTRUCTION – Improving Productivity ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)

The construction industry is drowning in data and starving for knowledge. Building Information Modeling (BIM) will bring together owners, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and construction companies to produce less expensive, higher quality, and more sustainable buildings.
Facilitator: Darlene La Trace, COO – Edmonton Construction Association

  • Mohamed Al-Hussein, Professor, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of the building Construction – University of Alberta
  • Klaas Rodenburg, CEO – Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modeling
  • Allan Partridge, Partner – Integrated Practice

B6. EDUCATION – Open Learning & Knowledge Management (10:45 a.m. April 25th)

Global reach, free curriculum, information at the speed of light, and the capacity of machines armed with algorithms to find what we want to know – why learn? A sober assessment of the future of education and the role of analytics instruments in learning in real time and simulated settings.
Facilitator: Haley Simons, President – Creative Alberta

  • George Siemens, Knowledge Research Institute – Athabasca University
  • Dwayne Harapniuk, VP Academic – Concordia University
  • Knowledge Management–from the University Libraries to the Library of Trantor.” Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Director, School of Library and Information Studies – University of Alberta

C1. MARKETING – What is Driving the Analytics Market? ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)

Are Analytics and Big Data just the latest hype? Are these just buzz words to sell you something? Or is the automation of decision-making a real, monumental game changer? Come hear three different perspectives and decide for yourself.
Facilitator: Darryl Humphrey, Principal Consultant at DG Humphrey and Associates, Ltd

C2. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Recruiting & Planning (10:30 a.m. April 24th)

Technology is driving extraordinary changes in the workforce and workplace. Analytics, in turn, has emerged, and is playing an ever-increasing role in resolving associated complexities in HRM by aiding and automating the search for, placement, compensation, and training of the workforce. These tools are essential for nations, organizations and professions to acquire and maintain a flexible and mobile, productive and competitive, learning, and innovative workforce.
Facilitator: Pamela Walters, School of Business – University of Alberta and Director, RW & PW Holdings

C3. RETAIL – Knowing the Customer Best (1:45 p.m. April 24th)

“He who knows the customer best, has no competition!” Data-based relationships are very personal and insightful. The data amassed has value, but only if it can be analyzed.
Facilitator: Paul McElhone, Executive Director, School of Retailing – University of Alberta

  • Using Analytics to Improve Customer Experience.” John Putters, CEO – VisionState
  • “Managing a Mountain of Data.” Richard Hannah, CIO – The Brick
  • “Getting Managers to Consume Data.” Mark Ryski, Author and CEO – HeadCount

C4. MEDIA – Monitoring, Measuring & Marketing (3:30 p.m. April 24th)

Media in all forms is more than eyes and ears – it is data intensive and VERY relational. But where’s the money?
Facilitator: David Dodge, Host and Producer – Green Energy Futures

  • Video – Analytics As a Marketing Aide.” Jim Barr, CEO – Seekers Media
  • “News – Why Do We Need Analytics?” Gary Slywchuk, Editor – Troy Media
  • “TV – Addressable Advertising for Television.” David Ballantyne, Staff Scientist – Invidi Technologies Corporation

C5. INVESTING – High-speed Automated Trading ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)

When algorithms take over the market, who benefits? Can the market be beaten, and what are the prospects for the future?
Facilitator: Cameron Schuler, CEO – Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) – University of Alberta

C6. MANUFACTURING – When Machines Decide (10:45 p.m. April 25th)

Incorporating robotics onto assembly lines advances manufacturing and increases the speed, precision, and productivity of industry. Today, analytics has taken the promise of automation to an entirely new level, where machines automate, learn and decide! What are the prospects for Alberta?
Facilitator: Chris Lumb, CEO – TEC Edmonton

D1. PLANNING – Foresight in Community Development ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)

Border busting is rampant as data-flows redefine who knows what, when, and where: analytics as an aid for automating community planning, operations, home, and business functions has arrived. What are the implications for
community design and the associated professions and developers?
Facilitator: Beth Sanders, President – Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)

D2. TRANSIT – Traffic Flow & Fleet Management (10:30 a.m. April 24th)

Vehicles today are armed with sensors on land, rail and in the air that allow extraordinary feats, improving traffic flow and vehicle performance, driver monitoring / training, reducing accidents, lowering maintenance costs, and rapid turnaround and service response.
Facilitator: Nathan Armstrong, Founder and President, Motive Industries

D3. SECURITY – Contemporary Policing ( 1:45 p.m. April 24th)

Policing is core to community safety and security, but with arrival of the age of data, how are the police coping, and what are the challenges ahead?
Facilitator: Carrie Kuypers, Crime Analysis Unit, Specialized Investigations Division, Edmonton Police Headquarters
Presenters: Edmonton Police Service, Criminal Intelligence Analysts:

  • “The Integration of Crime Analysis into the EPS.” Janine Czernick, Crime Analysis Unit
  • “Analyzing Organized Crime.” Jared Cutting, PROBE Team
  • “Intelligence Analysis that Supports City Initiatives.” John Phillips, Priority Prolific Offenders

D4. INSURANCE – Remote Asset Surveillance ( 3:30 p.m. April 24th)

Advances in the sensitivity of sensors and their deployment are transforming all aspects of how we manage what we value: pipelines and pump jacks, energy and environment. Learn how this field is expected to grow.
Facilitator: Brent Grisdale, CEO – Rigstar Communications

  • “Visual Data Analytics – Bridging the Gap between Qualitative and Quantitative Data.” Michael Von Hauff – Osprey Informatics
  • Big Data in Oil and Gas Field Surveillance.” James Freeman, Chief Marketing Officer – Zedi Inc.
  • “Capturing the Long Tail of the World-Wide Sensor Web.” Steve Liang, Assistant Professor/AITF-Microsoft Scholar in Open Sensor Web, Schulich School of Engineering – University of Calgary

D5. SERVICES – Smart Homes / Intelilgent Communities ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)

Homes and entire communities are being designed that will generate huge amounts of data that can be analyzed to aid or automate decision making for increasing their operation as safe efficient places to live, learn, work, shop, save and play.
Facilitator: Thomas Keenan, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design – University of Calgary

D6. DEMOCRACY – Ever-changing Citizen Expectations (10:45 a.m. April 25th)

Municipalities have a close personal data-based relationship with residents, businesses, developers, staff, councilors, and voters. Analytics, data, and the cloud are transforming municipal services. Is this a threat or a promise?
Learn more.
Facilitator: Beth Sanders, President – Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)

E1. HEALTHCARE – Data, Policy & Economics ( 8:45 a.m. April 24th)

Increasing costs and expectations, rapidly emerging technologies and continuing questions about sustainability and the quality of healthcare continue to complicate the shaping of public policy. Privacy issues impede access to data and measures for exploring solutions. Is access to private/personalized data a threat or opportunity?
Facilitator: Ken Boutilier, CEO – Innovotech

  • Health Data System Dilemmas.” Randy Duguay, Director – Market & Business Development – TELUS Health Solutions
  • “Drowning in Data – Thirsty for Information: Analytics to Support Health Care Decision-making.” Anderson Chuck, Director, Decision Analytic Modelling Unit – Institute of Health Economics
  • “Analytics for Planning and Monitoring Health Services.” Sherry Thompson, Senior Transition Lead – Research & Analytics – Alberta Health Services and Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine – University of Alberta Health Services

E2. PERSONALIZED MEDICINE – Diagnostics & Therapy (10:30 a.m. April 24th)

New technologies are transforming personalized diagnostics in healthcare – generating huge data sets and employing data-based analysis; decreasing risk and increasing customized solutions in a field formerly dominated by “expertise.”
Facilitator: Jason Pincock, CEO – DynaLifeDX

  • “The Role of Analytics in Personalizing Medicine.” Osmar Zaiane, Professor, Computer Science and Director AICML – University of Alberta
  • “Analytics and Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare.” Paul Natland, COO – NetworksMD
  • Engineered Cells and Tissues.” Locksley McGann, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology -University of Alberta

E3. QUALITY OF LIFE – Independent Living ( 1:45 p.m. April 24th)

Living as normal a life in as normal a setting as long as possible is the mantra of people wanting to restore and sustain their independence. Data and data processing can help – increasing mobility and safety, and providing access to help when needed.
Facilitator: Martin Ferguson-Pell, Dean – Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Alberta

E4. THE FUTURE – Healthcare & Medicine (3:30 p.m. April 24th)

Numerous factors are forcing a rethink of the healthcare system – rising costs, issues of service quality and rising expectations. And patients/clients continue to show and expect “consumer-like” behavior, empowered by their advanced education and access to health-related information. What are the implications for medicine and the future of health care delivery?
Facilitator: Alex McPherson, Professor Emeritus – University of Alberta; former: Director, Dept. of Medicine – CCI;
Deputy Minister – Alberta Health; President and CEO – Biomira Inc.; President – AMA and CMA

  • The Future of Medicine.” Kim Solez, Professor, Anatomical Pathology, Department of Medicine – University of Alberta
  • “Health Laboratory Analytics.” Jason Pincock, CEO – DynaLifeDX
  • “Liberating Data for Public Health Impact.” Salim Samanani, Health Sector Lead – Okaki

E5. SPORTS – Team Building for Success ( 9:00 a.m. April 25th)

Sports has always been a numbers game, but today coaches and general managers who want to compete are increasingly reliant on analytics to build a competitive team. Learn what Moneyball didn’t tell you!
Facilitator: David Staples, Edmonton Journal

  • “Sports Analytics for General Managers.” Rick Olczyk, Assistant General Manager – Edmonton Oilers
  • “How Player Agents Use Analytics to Find Talent.” Gerry Johannson, TSC Agents – SPORTS Corporation
  • The Value of A Draft Pick.” Dan Haight, CEO – Darkhorse Analytics and Managing Director – University of Alberta Centre for Excellence in Operations

E6. SPORTS – Speedy Stats for Fast Fans (10:45 a.m. April 25th)

Hyped on statistics? Fans just don’t watch sports, they get engaged as analysts. They want stats, objectivity and they want it now: to support conversation, gaming, and their competitive spirit. Learn what the numbers can tell you!
Facilitator: Corey Wentzell, Executive Director, Department of Extension – University of Alberta