Big Data Conference – May 23, 2013

UAB Alumni Society House

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7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr. Tony Skjellum, Chair for UAB Computer and Information Sciences
Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research

8:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Jean-Luc Chatelain, EVP Strategy & Technology for DataDirect Networks Inc.
Jean-Luc Chatelain joined DDN in February 2011 with several decades of experience as a technology industry leader. Most recently, Chatelain was as a distinguished Hewlett-Packard Fellow responsible for successfully leading HP’s Information Optimization strategy, steering the entry of HP into the ILM space. Chatelain also founded Persist Technologies Inc., a leader in reference information storage software which was acquired by HP. Prior to that, Chatelain co-invented the SmartCell™, the world’s first application-centric enterprise storage technology, and created a breakthrough medical imaging workflow technology for Cemax-Icon, which experienced significant growth as a result of this innovation before being acquired by Imation/Eastman Kodak.

9:15 a.m. BREAK

9:30 a.m. Elliot Lefkowitz – Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data: Trying to survive in the trenches

Associate Professor in Microbiology at UAB

10:15 a.m. Dr. Andrew Lumsdaine

Director for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies at Indiana University

11:00 a.m. Lunch

Center Video

12:00 p.m. Jose Alvarez

Global Director for Life Sciences at DataDirect Networks

12:45 p.m. Dr. Carlos Sosa

Chemistry and Life Sciences Section Manager at Cray, Inc.

1:30 p.m. Dr. Eta Berner – Big Data Challenges in Sharing and Utilizing Clinical Data

Professor in Health Informatics at UAB

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Joe Popinski – Splunk

3:15 p.m. Dr. Puri Bangalore – Infrastructure to support Big Data

Associate Professor in Computer and Information Sciences at UAB

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – All Guest Speakers

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks, Dr. Tony Skjellum

5:00 p.m. End of Event

Cocktail reception and networking opportunity



Thank you to this year’s sponsors




UAB National Alumni Society

1301 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4555




We did not set up room blocks but you should ask for the UAB rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Birmingham
808 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown
820 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

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