Evolving Panorama of Data

Grand Ballroom - Salon A/B

Data is accumulating rapidly. Our approaches to capturing and analyzing data, as well as in making connections between and drawing conclusions from this data are evolving as well. In this talk, we'll review some of the changes in how data is used and analyzed, including new technology approaches. We then highlight several examples of the power of data analysis outside of the usual suspects: customer needs, production dashboards, etc. We'll look at how data is used to track election violence, movement of people after a natural disaster, and attempts to predict famine and other humanitarian crises before they happen.

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Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks' Chief Technology Officer. She has more than 30 years' experience in leading the creation of large-scale distributed and services based applications, and the integration of disparate systems. Before coming to ThoughtWorks she worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida, after completing a Director's Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her interests includes parallel and distributed computation, programming languages, domain specific languages, evolutionary architecture, genetic algorithms, computational biology and non-linear dynamical systems. Rebecca received a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, and both an MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.