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Big Opportunities with Big Data

In this current era of big data, scientists who can manipulate and analyze large data sets are in high demand. Big data impacts most industries in Oregon and beyond. Generating, managing and analyzing big data as rapidly as possible provides companies with competitive advantages. This includes industries related to software and hardware, Internet and information technology, gaming (video and web), and healthcare.

On Aug. 8, the University of Oregon Graduate School and the Office for Research & Innovation will be hosting a meeting to bring together industry experts in big data and members of the University of Oregon and other state universities to discuss big data challenges and opportunities. The four sessions of the meeting will be:

  1. Big Data, the Internet and Social Media.
  2. Medical Informatics
  3. Big Data Challenges for Industry
  4. Big Data and Biology

This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and private industry partners to create new connections in this exciting scientific arena. Pre-registration is required.

Visit the conference website for more information about the event.

When: August 8, 2014Google Data Center/Image by Google

Where: Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E. 13th Ave., Eugene


Tentative Schedule (As of May 2014)

Session 1: Big Data, the Internet and Social Media — 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Session 2: Medical Informatics — 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Session 3: Big Data Challenges for Industry — 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

Session 4: Big Data and Biology — 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


Additional Events

*Reception and poster session setup at Hilton Eugene & Conference Center, 66 E. Sixth Ave., Eugene — 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*Keynote speaker at 7:30 pm – Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard)

* Joint poster session 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


*Crossover events with the Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology: Modeling Our Microbial Selves


Additional Session Details

Big Data, the Internet and Social Media

Chair – Reza Rejaie (UO CIS)


  1. Ken Kato (UO InfoGraphics Lab)
  2. Eimar Boesjes (Moonshadow Mobile)
  3. Sanjay Srivastava (UO Psychology)


Medical Informatics

Chair – Dejing Dou (UO CIS)


  1. Brigitte Piniewski (PeaceHealth)
  2. Paea LePendu (Stanford)
  3. Yunyao Li (IBM)


Big Data Challenges for Industry

Chair – Cale Bruckner  (Vice President at Concentric Sky)


  1. Evangelos Simoudis (Trident Capital)
  2. Jason Stark (Salem Heath)
  3. Semyon Kruglyak (Illumina)
  4. Chris Brooks (WebMD)


Big Data and Biology

Chair – Andy Berglund (Interim Dean of the UO Graduate School)


  1. Adam Margolin (OHSU)
  2. Julian Catchen (UO and Univ. of Illinois Genome Center)
  3. Jason Boone (Floragenex)