Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering Symposium

Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering (IDSE)
Inaugural Symposium
April 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Watch the event live on webcast

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Registration and Coffee

 Low Memorial Library, Faculty Room

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Program Overview
Kathy McKeown, Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering
G. Michael Purdy, Executive Vice President for Research, Columbia University

 Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Introduction of Keynote 1: Eric Horvitz
George Hripcsak, Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

10:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Eric Horvitz
Distinguished Scientist and Co-Director, Microsoft Research--Redmond

 Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


Low Memorial Library

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Industry Panel
Kyle Kimball, Executive Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Panel Moderator
Shawn Edwards
, Chief Technology Officer of Bloomberg LP
Jennifer Tour Chayes
, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, Managing Director of Microsoft Research NYC
Justin Moore
, Engineer at Facebook
Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer at Google   

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

One Minute Madness and Poster Session Introduction
Patricia Culligan
Associate Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering
Noemie Elhadad, Health Analytics Center Chair
Mark Hansen,
New Media Center Chair
Tony Jebara,
Foundations of Data Science Center Chair
Tal Malkin, Cybersecurity Center Chair
Andrew Smyth,
Smart Cities Center Chair
David Yao, Financial Analytics Center Chair
Chris Wiggins, Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship Committee, featuring Columbia former students

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda and Faculty Room

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Poster Session and Lunch 

Low Memorial Library, Faculty Room

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Data Visualization Panel
Steve Lohr
, Technology Reporter, Business and Financial News at The New York Times, Panel Moderator
Mark Hansen, Professor of Journalism and Director of the David & Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media and Innovation, Chair of the IDSE New Media Center
Shih-Fu Chang,
Richard Dicker Professor of Telecommunications and Professor of Computer Science, Senior Vice Dean for Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Lisa Strausfeld, Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg LP

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

3:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote 2: Lawrence D. Burns
Andrew Smyth, Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Chair of the IDSE Smart Cities Center

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lawrence D. Burns
Director of Program on Sustainable Mobility, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Professor of Engineering Practice, College of Engineering,  University of Michigan. Former General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning/Strategic Planning

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Donald Goldfarb, Interim Dean for the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Low Memorial Library, Rotunda

4:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Reception and Poster Session

Low Memorial Library, Faculty Room

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Lawrence D. Burns is Director of Program on Sustainable Mobility, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Professor of Engineering Practice, College of Engineering, University of Michigan. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Hess Corporation, a consultant to Google Inc, and an advisor to several investment firms. From 1998-2009, he served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning/Strategic Planning. At GM he was a member of corporate decision boards for global operations and products and was responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning. Burns has long served as a major voice for the “reinvention of the automobile” and the diversification of transportation energy. He has championed vehicle electrification, “connected & driverless” vehicles, fuel cells, advanced batteries, bio-fuels, and innovative concept vehicles. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has made over 500 keynote, conference and media presentations since 1998.  Burns is co-author of "Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century" (MIT Press, January, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Engineering / Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

Jennifer Tour Chayes is Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she co-founded in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City, which she co-founded in 2012. Chayes was Research Area Manager for Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Cryptography at Microsoft Research Redmond until 2008. Chayes joined Microsoft Research in 1997, when she co-founded the Theory Group.  Before that, she was for many years Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. Chayes is the author of about 125 academic papers and the inventor of over 25 patents. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, and algorithmic game theory. Chayes received her B.A. in biology and physics at Wesleyan University, where she graduated first in her class, and her Ph.D. in mathematical physics at Princeton. She did her postdoctoral work in the mathematics and physics departments at Harvard and Cornell. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Chayes has recently been the recipient of the Leadership Award of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology, the Leading Women Award of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, the Women to Watch Award of the Boston Business Journal, and the Women of Leadership Vision Award of the Anita Borg Institute.

Shawn Edwards is Bloomberg's Chief Technology Officer. Based in New York, he oversees the development and implementation of Bloomberg's global technology strategy, including functional enhancements to the company's core business, the Bloomberg Professional service. Mr. Edwards and his team were instrumental in the development of Bloomberg's leading market data products, including its Desktop and Server API market data distribution products. He also furthered the company's ongoing commitment to market transparency by leading Bloomberg's Open Market Data Initiative (OMDI), which brought Bloomberg's Open Symbology (BSYM) catalog and market data interface into the public domain. Previously, Mr. Edwards ran Bloomberg's Research and Development group where he helped streamline the product development process, bolster the Bloomberg network's technical infrastructure and create a user-experience design team, which now influences product development company-wide. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2003, Mr. Edwards worked for Bear Stearns & Co where he was a managing director in the company's fixed income trading group. He has also held positions at Mentor Graphics and IBM. Mr. Edwards received a bachelor's of science and a master's degree from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Ben Fried is Google's Chief Information Officer, overseeing the company's global technology systems. His extensive hands-on experience in technology includes stints as a dBASE II programmer, front-line support manager, Macintosh developer, Windows 1.0 programmer, and Unix systems programmer. Prior to joining Google, he spent more than thirteen years in Morgan Stanley's technology department, where he rose to the level of Managing Director. During his time there, he led teams responsible for software development technology, web and electronic commerce technologies and operations, and technologies for knowledge workers. Ben is a graduate of Columbia University.



Eric Horvitz is a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, where  he co-directs the Microsoft Research-Redmond lab.  His interests span theoretical and practical challenges with developing systems that perceive, learn, and reason, with a focus on inference and decision making under uncertainty and limited resources.  His contributions include advances in machine learning and inference, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, biomedical informatics, and e-commerce, and innovations with multiple fielded products and services.  He has been elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering, and has been inducted into the CHI Academy.  He has served as president of AAAI and is now chair of the AAAS Section on Information, Computing, and Communication.  Other activities include service on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee, Computing Community Consortium (CCC), DARPA ISAT Study Group, and the Naval Research Advisory Committee. He received PhD and MD degrees at Stanford University. More information about his research, publications, and collaborations can be found at:

Kyle Kimball is Executive Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Kyle first joined NYCEDC in 2008, overseeing the Real Estate Transaction Services Group, where he was responsible for negotiating real estate deals on behalf of the City. He later served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Kyle worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Vice President and at J.P. Morgan, also as a Vice President. Kyle is a graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in Government. He received his Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.



Steve Lohr has been a technology reporter at The New York Times since 1992. Mr. Lohr joined The Times as a reporter of financial news in December 1979. He became a foreign correspondent in Tokyo in August 1981 and bureau chief in Manila in May 1984. In September 1985, he became a correspondent in the London bureau, where he remained until 1990 when he returned to New York as the deputy editor of The Times's business news department. Later he served as the Sunday business editor before returning to reporting in 1992. Mr. Lohr was a member of a team of reporters and editors who won a Polk Award for The Times in 1997 for the paper's series of articles, "The Downsizing of America." Before joining The Times, Mr. Lohr was a department editor at Business Week. He worked as a business and financial reporter for The Binghamton (N.Y.) Press and the Gannett News Service. Mr. Lohr is the author of "Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts - The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution" (Basic Books, 2001). He is also the co-author, with Joel Brinkley, of "US vs. Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Case" (McGraw-Hill, 2000). He has written freelance articles that have appeared in many publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Readers Digest and The Washington Post.

Justin Moore is a member of the Entities team at Facebook where he helps curate and build from their rich structured object and social graphs, with a focus on location data. Before joining Facebook, Justin lead the Data team at foursquare, a team that consisted of Engineers and Data Scientists solving large scale data problems as foursquare's dataset grew from half a million check-ins to over 1.5 billion and built the core data-driven products Explore and Radar. Prior to that, Justin worked at a couple of financial companies as a quantitative analyst, building custom portfolios and doing modeling and risk analysis, specializing in high-frequency, derivatives, and commodities trading. Justin holds a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Rochester and has studied graduate-level Math and Computer Science at Columbia University. He is constantly chasing the biggest and most interesting datasets and trying to make amazing things happen with them.

Lisa Strausfeld joined Bloomberg LP in January 2012 as its first Global Head of Data Visualization and is the CEO of Major League Politics (MLP), which she founded in April of 2011. Prior to founding MLP, Lisa was a partner at Pentagram from 2002 to March 2011. She and her team specialized in digital information projects including the design of large-scale media installations, software prototypes and user interfaces, signage and websites. Her clients included One Laptop per Child, GE, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Bloomberg LP, MIT and the New York Times. Lisa received the 2010 National Design Award for Interaction Design and was a finalist for the award in 2009, the year the Interaction Design category was created. She was named one of BusinessWeek’s “Cutting Edge Designers” in 2007, and her work has been featured in two MOMA design exhibitions. She has received six International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Lisa's first startup was Perspecta, an information-architecture software company, which was later sold to Excite @Home. Lisa joined another startup, Quokka, to lead the development of its real-time data visualization products. She later left to start her own studio InformationArt. In 2006 she was named to the Senior Scientist program at the Gallup Organization. She has taught interactive design at the Yale School of Art and at NYU’s ITP program. Lisa has a BA from Brown in art history and computer science, an M Arch in architecture from Harvard and an MS from MIT’s Media Lab.

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