9:15am Room A - Keynote by Dr. Sudha Ram

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to create Value

The phenomenal growth of social media, mobile applications, sensor based technologies and the Internet of Things is generating a flood of “Big Data” and disrupting our world in many ways. Simultaneously, we are seeing many interesting developments in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and methods. In this talk I will examine the paradigm shift caused by recent developments in AI and Big Data and ways to harness their power to create a smarter world. Using examples from health care, smart cities, education, and businesses in general, I will highlight challenges and research opportunities for developing organizations of the future.


Dr. Sudha Ram

  • Professor, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona
  • Professor, Computer Science, University of Arizona
  • Professor, Remote Sensing / Spatial Analysis - GIDP, University of Arizona
  • Professor, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
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    Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of MIS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment. She is the director of the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ram received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985 and a PGDM from IIM Calcutta in 1981. Her research is in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Large Scale Network Science. She is internationally acclaimed for her research that develops and uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies and conceptual modeling. Dr. Ram has published more than 250 research articles in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters. Most notable among these is her co-authored research paper on “Design Science” which has helped create a new sub discipline in MIS and also been cited more than 12,000 times by researchers beyond the Information Systems field.

    She has received more than $70 million in research funding from both corporate sources and government agencies including organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, SAP, Ford, Raytheon Missile Systems, US ARMY, NIST, National Science Foundation, NASA, and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Dr. Ram served as the senior editor for Information Systems Research, and is currently a senior editor of Journal of AIS and on the editorial board for many leading Information Systems journals. She is also a co-editor in chief of the Journal on Data Semantics and a founding editor for Journal of Business Analytics. In 1991, she started the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS). This workshop now serves as the premier outlet for MIS publications on Business Analytics. She also serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER). Dr. Ram has published articles in many of the top journals in the MIS and Management disciplines, including such Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly, and Journal of MIS.

    She is an AIS fellow and a recipient of several IBM faculty Development Awards, Accenture Professor of the Year Award, and UA Leading Edge Innovator in Research Award as well as awards for Graduate and Professional Student Mentoring from the University of Arizona. Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including UANEWS, Arizona Alumni Magazine, International Journalism Festival, NPR news, and New York Times. She was a speaker for a TEDx talk in December 2013 on “Creating a Smarter World with Big Data”.

    As a part of her academic career she has served as advisor for more than 30 Doctoral students who are now employed at various top universities across the United States as well as Europe and Asia. She has also supervised more than 150 Undergraduate and Masters’ thesis for students. These students are employed in various capacities in organizations including the Fortune 500 companies, non profits and government agencies. For more information please visit her The University of Arizona or the INSITE research center.