Published 11/04/16

SAS, Bryant team up for third annual data analytics symposium

The Bryant University Advanced Applied Analytics Center is hosting “Analytics Using SAS” on Nov. 9, a day-long symposium focusing on the most recent developments in “big data.” Speakers from the SAS Institute, the American multinational developer of analytics software, the private sector and academia will discuss analytic topics in the health sciences, retail marketing, predictive modeling, and visualization.

According to SAS, the event is "one of the bigger analytics symposiums held at a university nationwide,” says Alan Olinsky, Ph.D., professor of Computer Information Systems and co-director of the Advanced Applied Analytics Center. “SAS provides us with a diverse set of speakers who demonstrate that analytics is utilized in almost every field.”

“Analytics is so important to the workforce, and we at Bryant are committing ourselves to this sort of pursuit," said Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M., Provost and Chief Academic Officer. "I feel that data sciences will soon become an important part of common vernacular.”

“It has been great to watch Bryant grow its analytics program,” said SAS Institute Chief Health Analytics Strategist Mark Wolff, Ph.D. “These are exciting times in terms of the needs of various industries, and the timing of Bryant continuing to expand their program could not be any better.”

Wolff delivered the keynote presentation, "Alert Fatigue and the Challenge of Connected Patients and Environments," which examined how the healthcare industry is a driving force behind the explosive growth in big data.

Other guest speakers:

  • George Habek, senior analytical training consultant at the SAS Institute, lead a discussion about business visualization and modeling in the healthcare industry. Habek focused on the analytical methods that determine whether a hospital patient should be admitted or discharged.
  • Jeff Thomas, principal industry consultant of retail and CPG practice at the SAS Institute, spoke about how the retail environment is being reformed by technology and analytics and outlined the implications for  retailers and associated industries.
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems Kevin Mentzer, Ph.D., led a discussion about the importance of understanding social media populations and how to extract key insights through the noise produced by “trolls” and “fanboys.” Mentzer focused on the role that the term “troll” played in the 2016 election.