SAS team leading ‘Big Data’ workshops at UWGB in May 2016

GREEN BAY – It will be a big data and analytics couple of days when the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) team from the SAS world headquarters in Cary, N.C., and several major Green Bay corporations, community organizations and federal agencies — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), come together to discuss analytics, and offer SAS analytics workshops at UW-Green Bay in May.

The event is Thursday, May 5 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday, May 6 (7:30 a.m. to noon). SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics and business intelligence, and is used at more than 75,000 sites worldwide including 93 of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies.

The event hosts speakers presenting topics pertaining to analytics — Big Brother Analytics (Security v. Privacy), Political Science Analytics (Text Mining of GOP Presidential Debates), Human Resources (HR) analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, Health Analytics, Insurance Analytics, Media analytics (Data driven Investigative journalism), Community Analytics, and Crime Analytics among others. The companies represented include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, Achieve Brown County, Bellin Health, Gannett / USA Today Network, Schneider National and SAS.

The public is invited to register for the analytics presentations and privacy and security discussions. Hands-on workshops on data mining and text mining using SAS will be reserved for academics — students, faculty and staff (UWGB or from other colleges and universities). Cost for the SAS Day is $40 for an industry/community member; $20 for individuals with faculty/academic staff status (UWGB or from other colleges and universities) and $5 for students (UWGB or other colleges and universities). The cost covers refreshments and lunch. Workshop attendees will be provided with lunch on both days.

The event is presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business’ student association — the Society for Information Systems Management and Business Analytics SISMBA (www.uwgb.edu/sismba).

Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business, and academic director of UWGB’s newly launched online collaborative Master of Science in Data Science program (www.uwgb.edu/data-science), and faculty adviser of SISMBA, is behind the effort as local host. Bansal says the hands-on labs require basically no prior programming experience and will be a great opportunity for our faculty and students in particular, and others, to get a feel for big data and advanced data analytics. The workshop will be of interest to anyone who wants to see first-hand how analytics can be used to enhance envisioning and strategic decision-making — across disciplines and across industries.

SAS, Secura Insurance Companies, National Nicolet Bank, UW-Green Bay College of Professional Studies, Office of Graduate Studies at UWGB, and Office of Research and Grants at UWGB are the primary sponsors.  The two-day schedule and a list of speakers, workshops and registration information are available at www.uwgb.edu/sas-day/.

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