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  • Boston Big Data Conference

    The MIT Center for Digital Business hosted a one-day conference on “Big Data: The Management Revolution” on December 12, 2012. They examined how Big Data is different from what came before; how leading companies in many industries are using it to achieve better predictions, decisions, and performance; and how it is changing the art and science of management. Speakers and panelists will include faculty from MIT and other schools, leading practitioners, and innovators who are bringing Big Data tools and processes to market.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    MIT Media Lab
    20 Ames Street, E14-6th Floor
    Cambridge, MA

  • 8:00 a.m.

    Registration and Breakfast

    8:45 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Dean David Schmittlein (MIT Sloan), Erik Brynjolfsson, and Andrew McAfee (MIT Center for Digital Business)

    9:00 a.m.

    9:30 a.m.

    Presentation 1: Data Driven Decision Making in More Profitable Companies
    Roger Roberts (McKinsey)

    9:50 a.m.


    10:15 a.m.

    Panel 1: So You Want to be a Data Scientist?
    Moderator - Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT)
    Panelists - Tom Davenport (HBS), Claudia Perlich (m6d), Rachel Schutt (Google)

    11:15 p.m.

    Research Briefs:
    Catherine Tucker (MIT) – Social Advertising
    Roberto Rigobon (MIT) – The Billion Prices Project
    Sinan Aral (NYU Stern, MIT) – Influence in Social Media Networks

    12:00 p.m.


    1:00 p.m.

    Panel 2: The New Technology Landscape
    Moderator: Sam Madden (MIT CSAIL)
    Panelists: Michael Stonebraker (MIT), Martin Fleming (IBM), Mike Olson (Cloudera), Sanjay Poonen (SAP)

    2:00 p.m.

    2:30 p.m.


    3:00 p.m.

    Building a Data-Driven Enterprise: Andrew McAfee (MIT) in conversation with Gary Loveman (Caesars Entertainment)

    3:45 p.m.

    Presentation 3: Human Dynamics
    Sandy Pentland (MIT Media Lab)

    4:05 p.m.

    Closing Keynote: The Decade’s Sexy Discipline
    Hal Varian (Google)

    4:30 p.m.

    Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT Sloan)

    4:45 p.m.


    • Stewart Myers
      Stewart C. Myers

      Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • David Schmittlein
      David Schmittlein

      John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Robert C. Merton
      Robert C. Merton

      School of Management Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Heidi V. Pickett
      Heidi V. Pickett

      Director of the MIT Sloan Master of Finance program, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Antoinette Schoar
      Antoinette Schoar

      Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Andrew W. Lo
      Andrew W. Lo

      Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Ricardo J. Caballero
      Ricardo J. Caballero

      Ford International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Bennett Golub
      Bennett Golub

      SB ’78, SM ’82, Chief Risk Officer, Black Rock, Inc.

    • Deborah J. Lucas
      Deborah J. Lucas

      Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    • Stephen A. Ross
      Stephen A. Ross

      Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Andrei Kirilenko
      Andrei Kirilenko

      Professor of the Practice of Finance