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big data

Photo of Gasson Hall on a fall day with students walking in the foreground

March 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Heights Room
Corcoran Commons, Boston College

Big Data

This event will feature a keynote address by Boston College alumnus Marvin Chow '95, Senior Director of Global Marketing, Google, Inc.; panel discussions by Boston College faculty; and highlights of work done by both undergraduate and graduate students across the University.


Event schedule


10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Keynote
Marvin Chow, Class of ‘95
Senior Director of Global Marketing, Google, Inc.


10:45 a.m. Keynote Q&A

11:00 a.m.

Faculty Presentation Session I

Secrets in the Age of Data
Sam Ransbotham, Associate Professor, Information Systems, Carroll School of Management

Touching the Lives of Millions: Research at the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center
Ina V. S. Mullis, Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center and Professor of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Lynch School of Education

Tunneling Through the Text
Joseph Nugent, Associate Professor of the Practice, English


11:45 a.m.

Faculty Q&A
Moderator: Thomas Chiles, DeLuca Professor of Biology, Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning


12:00 p.m.

Lunch & Student Demo Session


1:30 p.m.

Faculty Presentation Session II

Making Sense of Big Data: Machine Learning and Data Analytics
Sergio Alvarez, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Big Data on the Mind: Neuroimaging of Brain Networks
Elizabeth Kensinger, Professor, Psychology

More than a Forecast: Combining Economic Models with Big Data
Julie Holland Mortimer, Associate Professor, Economics


2:15 p.m.

Faculty Q&A
Moderator: James Mahalik, Professor of Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology and Associate Dean, Lynch School of Education


2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.


Ethics Panel Discussion
Moderator: Donald Cox, Professor, Economics

David Johnson, Class of ‘75, The Blackstone Group
James Keenan, S.J.,
Canisius Professor, Theology; Director of the Jesuit Institute; Director of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program
Neal H. Patel, Head of Human/Social Dynamics, Google, Inc.

3:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
Stefan Hoderlein, Associate Professor, Economics
4:00 p.m.
Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation
William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College
4:30 p.m. Reception