MIT SDM Sponsors Conference on Big Data and Systems Thinking

Alchemist By Lois Slavin, MIT SDM Communications Director September 19, 2013

On October 10, 2013, experts from industry and MIT will meet in MIT’s Wong Auditorium for the annual MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges. This year’s focus is "Systems Thinking and Big Data: Going Beyond the Numbers."

Sponsored by the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program, the event will highlight best practices for using systems thinking and big data to strategically deploy a company’s technical and managerial resources.

SDM Executive Director Pat Hale will open the day by framing the challenges and the competitive imperative of using systems thinking in conjunction with big data. A "back to the classroom" session on systems dynamics will follow, led by SDM faculty member J. Bradley Morrison, Ph.D.

Speakers will include several SDM alumni who have risen to the top of the big data arena in their industries. They include:

  • Troy Hamilton, SDM ’97, CIO, NYSE Technologies, Infrastructure Solutions, NYSE Euronext
  • Brian J. Ippolito, SDM ’98, President and CEO, Orbis Technologies
  • John Baker, SDM ’07, Founding Member, The Data Sciences Group
  • Sandro Catanzaro, SDM ’04, Cofounder and Senior Vice President of Analytics and Innovation, DataXu

A panel discussion on "Leveraging Big Data for Business Value" will be moderated by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., Vice President Emeritus, IBM, and Visiting Lecturer, Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, MIT. Panelists include:

  • Mona Vernon, SDM ’09, Senior Director, Emerging Technologies, Thomson Reuters
  • David Deitrich, Advisory Technical Education Consultant, Global Education Services, EMC
  • Puneet Batra, Former Chief Data Scientist, Kyruus

SDM Industry Codirector Joan Rubin will conclude the day with an overview of insights and next steps.

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Jaume Plensa’s Alchemist sits across Massachusetts Avenue facing MIT’s main entrance. Comprised of stainless steel symbols and mathematical equations, this modern-day alchemist has been interpreted by some to represent the need to internalize knowledge so that it can then be used to address contemporary challenges and transform today’s world.
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