Introduction to Lean Data Analytics

December 4, 2014 (3:00 pm)

Who: Dr. Danny Silver - Director, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics & Wes Booth - Communications & Events Coordinator, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics

Where: KCIC Auditorium - Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

When: December 4, 2014, 3:00PM-4:00PM


Title: Introduction to Lean Data Analytics

Abstract: We hear a lot about Data Analytics, Big Data and Data Mining in the news.  But how does this this apply to new start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  In session Danny will clarify these terms and provide a sense of the Data Mining process for SMEs who may be considering data analytic projects.  He will cover the basics about Data Collection, Data Preparation, and Data Visualization and provide an overview of how Data Mining methods work to develop predictive models. Wes will be talking about lean methodology, more specifically how data analytics has played an important role in growing startup businesses today and how this can translate into more traditional businesses.


Danny is a Professor in and a former Director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. His areas of research and development are machine learning, data mining, user modeling and adaptive systems. He has published over 60 scientific papers, edited special journal editions, and has been part of the organizing or program committee for a number of national and international conferences, seminars and workshops.  Most recently he was awarded a Harrison McCain Foundation Award for research into advance machine learning methods. Since 1993, he has worked on machine learning and data mining projects in the private and public sector providing situation analysis and problem definition, project management and guidance, and predictive analytic services.  In 2011, he received the Science Champion Award from the Nova Scotia Discovery Center for his work on youth robotics and the advancement of STEM education.

Wes is a graduate of Acadia University F.C. Manning School of Business where he majored in the discipline of Marketing. Wes hails from Wolfville and has worked with various local businesses in the Annapolis Valley, specifically in the areas of market research, social media and business development. Recently, Wes has joined the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics to grow awareness of the organization and to coordinate the events it hosts. Wes’ growing interest for data oriented startups and passion to grow businesses here in the Annapolis Valley has led him to his new position. In his spare time Wes remains very active in the local entrepreneurial space and recently co-founded the Acadia Entrepreneurs' Association.


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