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Data Science Symposium & Colloquia


AI in Industry Symposium, March 4/5

The Data Science Institute’s AI in Industry Symposium will be a two-day event, beginning with virtual workshops on March 4th.

Topics will include AI in the C-Suite, developing a competitive edge with AI, upskilling your workforce, cybersecurity, AI and entrepreneurship, AI agents, AI tool use, leveraging AI with private data, multimodal models, AI throughout the enterprise, training employees on AI, building and deploying AI solutions, software product development with AI, and accelerated/upgraded analytics with AI.

Virtual Workshop Topics:

  • Generative AI Fundamentals – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The in-person symposium on October 17th will be held at the SLC Ballroom, featuring a combination of invited and submitted talks and panels.


Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the SLC Ballroom:

  • 7:30-8:30 am – Executive Breakfast, Board of Trust (BOT) Room
  • 8:00 am – Conference Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – Welcome

Morning Session:

  • 9:00-9:50 am – Talks Session 1
  • 9:50-10:00 am – Mid-morning coffee
  • 10:00-10:50 am – Panel: Revolutions in Industry
  • 11:00-11:50 am – Talks Session 2

Lunch Session:

  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:10-1:00 pm – Panel: Journey to AI in Industry (moderated by Jesse Spencer-Smith)

Afternoon Session:

  • 1:00-1:50 pm – Talks Session 3
  • 2:00-2:50 pm – Panel: AI and New Ventures (moderated by David Owens*)
  • 2:50-3:00 pm – Coffee/snacks
  • 3:00-3:50 pm – Talks Session 4


  • 4:00 pm – Reception


To register, please use this form.


AI Revolutions Symposium, March 27/28

The Data Science Institute’s AI Revolutions Symposium will be a two-day event, beginning with the virtual workshops on March 27th. These virtual workshops include:

  • Understanding AI Models, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Making ChatGPT Work for Your Research, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • ChatGPT Prompt Engineering Clinic, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The in-person sessions on March 28th, including featured speakers, will last all day. The event will be held at the Wyatt Rotunda on Peabody’s campus. Speakers include:

  • Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, MPH, MS
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics
    Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • John Yang, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Gregor Neuert, PhD
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Pharmacology
  • Hassane S. Mchaourab, PhD
    Louise B. McGavock Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Professor, Physics
    Professor, Chemistry
    Professor, Structural Biology
  • Alex Christensen, MA, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Psychology and Human Development
    Department of Psychology and Human Development
  • Michael Bess, PhD
    Chancellor’s Professor of History
    Professor, Communication of Science and Technology Professor,  European Studies
  • Ole Molvig, PhD
    Assistant Professor, History
    Assistant Professor, Communications of Science and Technology
    Assistant Professor, Physics;
    Founder, emergent technology lab at the Wond’ry
    Curator, Garland Historical Scientific Instruments Collection
  • Frank Tong, PhD
    Centennial Professor, Psychology
    Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Doug Schmidt, PhD
    Associate Provost, Research Development and Technologies
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Engineering
    Professor, Computer Science
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Co-Director, Data Science Institute
  • Jules White, PhD
    Associate Dean, Strategic Learning Programs
    Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Jesse Spencer-Smith, PhD
    Chief Data Scientist, Data Science Institute
    Interim Director, Data Science Institute
    Professor of Practice, Computer Science

A happy hour will follow.


To register, please use this form.


Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our 2020 symposium. We look forward to welcoming you back to our next event in 2021.


If you attended our 2019 symposium, thanks! If you were unable to make it, we are sorry to have missed you. Below are the recordings to all of the sessions.

Program Agenda

8:30am – 9:45am: Registration

8:30am: Graduate Student Poster Session & Breakfast

9:45am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Video Recording

10:00am: Short Talks
Video Recording

11:00am: Faculty Lightning Talks
Video Recording

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
12:15pm – 12:20pm:
Graduate Student Poster Award
Video Recording

12:20pm – 1:00pm: Panel Discussion
Video Recording

1:00pm: Key Note Talk

“Terra Cognita: The Silicon Age of Earth Exploration”
Dr. Ian Howat, Ph.D.
Professor, The Ohio State University
Video Recording

2:00pm: Coffee Break

2:30pm: Short Talks
Video Recording

3:30pm: Live Deep Learning Demo
Video Recording


8:00-9:45am – Student Poster Session & Breakfast  (lobby outside Flynn auditorium)

  • 9:45-10:00am – Welcome Remarks – Andreas Berlind, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy – Video Recording
  • 10:00-11:00am – Short Talks – (chair: Douglas Schmidt) – Video Recording
    • Analyzing Thousands of Genomes to Map Human Evolution and Disease
      Tony Capra, Assistant Professor of Biological Science
    • Data Analytics and Decision Support for Public Safety
      Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    • Using Big Data for Population Health Services and Policy Research
      Stacie Dusetzina, Associate Professor of Health Policy
    • Affluence and Congruence: Unequal Representation Around the World
      Noam Lupu, Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Power of Simulation (Even if You Have ‘Big’ Data)
      Leena Choi, Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Sara van Driest, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • 11:00-12:00am – Lighting Talk Session – (chair: Yu Shyr)
    • Research IT Working Group Progress Report
      Douglas Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering – Video Recording
    • 15 2-minute talksVideo Recording
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Panel Discussion & LunchVideo Recording
    • Panel Discussion: Ethics of Data
      Moderator: Jonathan Gilligan, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
      Panelists: Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History, Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Eugene Vorobeychik, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • 1:00-2:00pm – Short Talks (chair: Kelly Holley-Bockelmann) – Video Recording
    • AI for Law and Law for AI – A Typology of Themes
      J. B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law
    • Statistical Thinking for Data Science
      Chris Fonnesbeck, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
    • Genetic Discovery at Scale through Phenome Phishing
      Nancy Cox, Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics
    • Using Spatial Analysis to Understand Access to Higher Education
      William Doyle, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
    • Data Science at HCA
      Jesse Spencer-Smith, Director of Data Science at HCA Healthcare
  • 2:00-2:30pm – Coffee Break
  • 2:30-3:30pm – Keynote Talk: Digital Echoes: Understanding Patterns of Mass Violence with Data and Statistics
    Patrick Ball, Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group – Video Recording
  • 3:30-4:00pm – Student Poster AwardsVideo Recording
    • Winner: Andrew Summers
    • Runners-up: Victor Calderon, Linda Zhang

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