Analytics & Insights Forum

Analytics & Insights Forum

It's been said that it's not the transmission of data that is the primary issue, but what to do with the data once it arrives at its designated landing point. Given the data arrives in a variety of methods and sizes, it can be hard to process or manage. So both technology and non-technology companies are being challenged with the management of information. What to do with the information, how to govern it, and how to analyze it to make the everyday decision making process more strategic and critically successful are driving the needs for industry experts to share their stories and solutions.

The Analytics & Insights Forum will bring together functional and technical experts to advance the knowledge and understanding of how data is used, identify solutions and use cases, and encourage the growth of the business intelligence and analytics community in North Texas.

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Next event:

Friday, April 12, 11:30 am - 1 pm
6300 Legacy Dr., Plano 75024

Managing bias in data sets

Moderator: Daniel Engels, professor of practice, SMU dept. of computer science and engineering
Panelists:  Pradyot Prasoon, director of emerging technologies & technology strategies, American Heart Assoc.
                Hettie Tabor, director of masters of science in business analytics, SMU
                Dwayne Paschell, data scientist - machine learning and AI, IDEXX
                Kalyana Chakravarthy Bedhu, head of AI and data innovation, Ericsson Group Analytics
                Brooks Fitzsimmons, AVP of data insights, AT&T

The significant challenge of bias in data sets and particularly data sets used to train AI is no secret.  We know that AI, machine learning and deep learning can produce not only inaccurate but potentially disastrous results if training sets are left unchecked.  Bias isn't just a bad data set but can also be the algorithm itself.  Optimizing the AI algorithm and constructing data sets to avoid bias go hand in hand.  AI holds significant power to improve the way we live and work, but only if AI systems are developed and trained responsibly, and produce outcomes we can trust.  In this session we will discuss:

  • Understanding how bias (implicit and unconscious) often makes it into data sets
  • How to identify bias in a data set
  • Strategies to address and extrapolate bias in data sets
  • Bias in data sets vs bias in the training sets and algorithms themselves
  • How to avoid perpetuating biases



The Analytics & Insights Steering Committee meets every 2nd Friday of the month
11:30 am - 1 pm
Tech Titans board room
411 Belle Grove Dr. Richardson 75080
Tech Titans members only

2018 Events:

  • Scaling data science without hiring an army of data scientists - Tips from the trenchesSurnjani Djoko, principal data scientist,Wells Fargo, Nutan Ranoliya, solutions architect, AT&T, K C Tung, principal data scientist, AT&T Xandr, Joe Dorsey, assistant VP chief data office, AT&T, Mayur Ranoliya, service delivery director, Ericsson North America Region Customer Support
  • Using predictive analytics in sports - Edward Egros, Weekend Sports Anchor, Fox 4
  • Communicating complex product and company information:  Pitfalls and best practices - Michael Guillory, Worldwide Brand Communications, Texas Instruments, and Randy Krum, CEO, InfoNewt
  • Customer experience (CX) analytics and data driven customer experience - Diane Magers, CEO, Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), Jaime Chambron, VP of Customer Engagement, NTT DATA, Vamsee Reddy, Director of Analytics & Research, Intuit, Sheilon King, Director of Data Insights Customer Touchpoints, AT&T, and Tommy Nicholson, Senior Manager of Business Planning and Analytics, Citi
  • Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to create personalized messaging and customer experience - Sherif Mityas, SVP of Strategy and Brand Initiatives and CIO, TGI FRIDAYS

2017 Events:

  • Best practices in communicating data and insights - Seemit Sheth, Head of Data Science, Capital One, Jeff Rosenfeld, VP Customer Insight and Analytics, The Neiman Marcus Group, Abhishek Goel, SVP Data Solutions, Citi, Adam Gaspar, AVP Data Insights, AT&T, Rob Schneider, Creative Director, Dallas Business Journal
  • What's your social media worth? - Stan Woodward, CEO, MVPindex
  • Diagnosis=Terminal:  Why IT won't survive this round and our journey to change the future with platforms and data - James Altendorf, Director, Enterprise Performance, Intelligence, Content, and Knowledge Solutions, Sabre
  • Big Data:  Profits and pitfalls - Brian Kenjarski, MD, MBA, FACEP, VP, Chief Medical Information Officer, Methodist Health System, Eric Swayne, Sr., Director of Fan Engagement, Funimation, Marc Michels, VP, Software Solution Sales, Acuity Brands, and Robert W. Kantner, Partner, Jones Day
  • Predictive analytics top optimize the top and bottom line - Steve Roemerman, Chairman & CEO, Lone-Star Analysis
  • The smart building revolution - Greg Fasullo, CEO, ENTOUCH, and Neal Sivie, VP Smart Buildings Solutions IFM Americas, Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Invisible and effective BI in retail banking - Julie Hamrick, Founder & CEO, and Thom Suhy, Manager of Client Engagement, Ignite Sales, Inc.

2016 Events:

  • How business intelligence & analytics is used by Texas Instruments to optimize its manufacturing process - Vishal Mehra, Chief IT Architect, Texas Instruments
  • Beyond the customer - enabling new journeys via analytics - Bryce Engelbrecht, Senior Vice President of the Data Solutions and Analytics Group, iQor
  • Adapting marketing to the new customer journey - Damian Fernandez-Lamela, Senior Director Global Marketing Analytics, Fossil Group
  • Just what the doctor ordered:  Innovation-enabled sales effectiveness - Scott Albright, Vice President IT, Commercial & Latin America Beverages, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

2015 Events:

  • Business intelligence symposium/ Tech Industry Luncheon - Paul Ingram, Principal Data Scientist, HugeData; Urmil Shah, Senior Software Engineer, Texas Instruments, Bryce Engelbrecht, SVP, iQor, Matt Dugan, Director of Data Insights, AT&T, Allison Cerra, Vice President, Marketing, EG Americas, Hewlett-Packard
  • Business intelligence squared:  Build vs. buy for data visualization, where do you start, data or tool? - Bob Bloem, Business Analytics Practice Area Lead, Slalom Consulting; Asif Masood, Consultant, Anji Technologies; Dan Hooper, Principal, ISI; Jeff Dillenburg, AIM, National Solution Director; Moderator- Robert Bell, Delivery Consultant, Hitachi Consulting
  • Analysis of big vs. rich healthcare data - Richard Gilder, MR RN-BC, Nursing Analysis Champion, Office of Patient Safety, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Big data's big value:  What, why, how - Dan Hooper, Principal, ISI

For Tech Titans Analytics & Insights Forum leadership or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paul Bendel, SVP programs or call 972-792-2854.

For Tech Titans membership, please contact Drew Snow, VP member services or call 972-792-2855.