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University's Edina Location to Host Oct. 26-27 Colloquium on Analytics, Data Science and Computing

More than 140 students, educators and industry professionals are registered to attend event.

2018-10-17
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-17-2018

Mankato, Minn. – More than 140 students, educators and industry professionals are registered to attend an Oct. 26-27 Colloquium on Analytics, Data Science and Computing at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Edina location (7700 France Ave.).

Presentation topics at the event include big data applications; business management and strategy; emerging technology; data analytics; data ethics; data infrastructure and computing; data management; machine learning and artificial intelligence; and security.

The Oct. 26-27 colloquium, a first-of-its-kind event of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis) Professional Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence.

The event’s purpose is to create a venue where those involved in research and development on established and emerging data science and computing topics can come to learn and collaborate, said Wilson Garland, executive director of the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence.

“There are a lot of industry events with data science and analytics as their focus, but Minnesota has not had a place where researchers, faculty, students, and industry can come together to discuss and explore the latest research going on here in Minnesota related to data science and computing,” said Garland. “This is the first year, but as this grows, we hope that it becomes the premier academic event in this exploding field within the Upper Midwest.”

The conference opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 with an industry panel presentation and networking dinner (concluding at 8 p.m.). Saturday, Oct. 27 events are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and include research keynote presentations and paper presentations.

The event is not open to the public, but media members are welcome to attend and cover the event. For more information, contact Rajeev Bukralia, faculty member in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Computer Information Science and vice chair of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis) Professional Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, by phone at 507-389-1437 or by email at rajeev.bukralia@mnsu.edu.

“Data science is a high-demand field as organizations are looking to leverage data to foment innovation and solve complex problems,” said Bukralia. “This conference is a great opportunity to connect the academic community with industry to respond to data science needs and share trends in the field.”

Firasat Khan, faculty member at Metropolitan State University, serves as chair of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis) Professional Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, which was launched by faculty and professionals in Minnesota to benefit dissemination of original research and insights into computing disciplines throughout the area and Upper Midwest region.

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence is part of the Minnesota State college and university system. Its mission is to engage employers, students and educators to build a more robust information technology workforce in Minnesota. The IT Center, located in St. Paul, Minn., is hosted by Metropolitan State University but works to support all Minnesota State institutions and their information technology-related programs.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Computer Information Science is part of the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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