Data Analytics Summit

March 19-20, 2018 | Tempe, Arizona, USA


Michelle-CheongMichelle Cheong, Singapore Management University

Michelle Cheong is the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Professional Education and Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice) at the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University. She provides data analytics training and consultancy services for insurance, banking, logistics and transportation companies. She launched the Master of IT in Business (Analytics) programme in SIS and designed and delivered the Operations Analytics & Applications course. Michelle has won several awards including the Most Promising Teacher, Best Associate Professor of Practice, and the inaugural Teradata University Network (TUN) Teaching Innovation Award 2013, which recognizes excellence in the teaching of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics at the undergraduate, graduate and/or executive education levels.


Paul-CronanPaul Cronan, University of Arkansas

Paul Cronan is Professor of Information Systems and holds the M. D. Matthews Chair in Information Systems. Paul received the doctorate degree from Louisiana Tech University and is currently Director of the Master of Information Systems degree program and Co-Director of the Sam M. Walton, Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium at the University of Arkansas. He currently teaches business analytics, data mining, and project management.  His research focuses on professional ethics, academic integrity, performance analysis and effectiveness, and end-user computing.


David-DouglasDavid Douglas, University of Arkansas

Dr. David Douglas is University Professor and Walton Professorship, Information Systems, the Co-Director for the Institute for Advanced Data Analytics and Director of Enterprise Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He teaches in a wide variety of information systems areas with emphasis on data analytics, data mining, business intelligence, enterprise systems, and global IT. He has taught in several countries and presents workshops world-wide. In addition, Douglas serves on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Research Institute as well as serving on the Teradata University Network Board, the SAP University Alliances Board and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Communications. His work with industry partners’ results in hardware/software gifts valued at more than $20 million dollars annually.


Michael-GoulMichael Goul, Arizona State University

Michael Goul serves as Associate Dean for Research at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He works with the Schools portfolio of research centers, coordinates the Schools PhD Program, and he represents the School on University research initiatives such as those associated with advanced analytics. For the six years prior, he served as chair of the schools department of information systems. Goul spearheaded the development of the nine-month Master of Science in Business Analytics program, and he administered the launch of the School’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Data Analytics degree. Michael also administered the launch of the online version of Careys highly successful Master’s of Science in Information Management program.


Erika-LegaraErika Fille T. Legara, Asian Institute of Management

Erika Fille T. Legara, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. She is the Academic Program Director of the Institute’s MS in Data Science, the first data science graduate program in the Philippines. Erika specializes in data-driven analytics and modeling, computational social science, network science, and agent-based modelling. Dr. Legara obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, garnering the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Edgardo Gomez Excellence in Dissertation Award in 2011. Prior to joining AIM, Erika was a scientist at the innovation think tank A*STAR, Singapore. At A*STAR, she was involved as principal investigator and/or research scientist in multiple projects with various government agencies, industries, including multinational companies.


Christopher-MonterolaChristopher Monterola, Asian Institute of Management

Christopher P. Monterola, PhD is a Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. He heads the Institute’s School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and is also the Executive Managing Director of the Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems (ACCeSs) Laboratory at AIM. Chris is an expert in computational and statistical physics, complexity science, and predictive analytics (artificial intelligence – machine learning and neural networks). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Computational Social Science, among others. Chris has also led and managed multi-million dollar research projects in both the public and private sectors in the Philippines and abroad.

Dr. Monterola obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, garnering the Edgardo Gomez Excellence in Dissertation Award in 2002. He also received the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award that year. Prior to joining AIM, Chris was a Senior Scientist and the Capability Group Manager of Complex Systems at the Computing Science Department of the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore. He was simultaneously Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Complexity Institute, NTU, Singapore.


Linda-OldhamLinda Oldham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

As Executive Director of the Virginia Tech’s Center for Business Intelligence & Analytics in the Pamplin College of Business, Linda leads the Center’s mission to connect, coordinate and create collaborative relationships with students, faculty and corporate leaders to advance the best practices in business analytics research and education. She was instrumental in Virginia Tech’s launch of a Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics in 2016. Before joining Virginia Tech, Linda founded Georgia Tech’s elite Denning Technology & Management Program by submitting a proposal to create a program that cross-trained top students in Engineering, Business, and Computing. She served as the Program’s Executive Director and helped secure a $15 million dollars gifts to launch and endow the Program. She played a major role in recruiting 12 corporations to serve as corporate affiliates and contribute over $400K per year in program support. She also taught the Program’s Capstone class and helped students begin their corporate sponsored project and develop their leadership, teamwork, and project management skills. Linda was instrumental in expanding the program’s capstone projects internationally and developed a project with the Caterpillar plant in Tianjin, China. Linda was born in Wichita, Kansas and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Education from Emporia State University, a Master’s degree in Foods and Nutrition from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Continuing Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Arne-StraussArne K Strauss, Warwick Business School

Dr Arne K. Strauss is Associate Professor of Operational Research at Warwick Business School. In his role as Academic Director of the MSc Business Analytics program (ranked 7th globally in QS University ranking 2018) since 2011, he redesigned the curriculum and formed new strategic partnerships with IBM and SAS. He serves as external examiner of the MSc Business Analytics program at Imperial College London and at the University of Southampton. Jointly with two colleagues from Computer Science and Social Sciences at the University of Warwick, he recently won a highly competitive IBM Faculty Award of $20k. His main research area is pricing and revenue optimization involving models of customer choice; an interest that he continues to pursue with various projects, including industrial collaborations with Lufthansa Systems, Ocado or Sainsbury’s. He received the doctoral prize of the British Operational Research Society for the best PhD dissertation 2009, the Goodeve Medal for the best paper in the Journal of the Operational Research Society in 2012, and various other awards.


Todd-WalterTodd Walter, Teradata Corporation

Todd Walter is the Chief Technologist for Teradata. With substantive expertise in big data, database engineering and systems architecture, he works closely with Teradata customers, colleagues, and alliance partners to implement data strategy and analytics. As a pragmatic visionary, Walter helps business leaders, analysts and technologists better understand all of the astonishing possibilities of big data and analytics in view of emerging and existing capabilities of information infrastructures. Todd works with organizations of all sizes and levels of experience - from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies - at the leading edge of adopting big data, data warehouse and analytics technologies. Walter is a sought-after speaker and educator on analytics strategy, big data architecture and helping audiences better understand the virtually limitless technological and business opportunities that can be realized by architecting with the most advanced analytic intelligence platforms and solutions. Walter has been with Teradata for more than 30 years, contributing significantly to Teradata’s unique design features and functionality. He holds more than a dozen Teradata patents and is a Teradata Fellow in recognition of his long record of technical innovation and contribution to the company. Todd served for more than ten years as Chief Technical Officer of Teradata Labs, responsible for vision, strategy and technical leadership of the Teradata product. In his current role he consults with customers and partners across industries to enhance business results from big data, analytics and data warehouse technologies.