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USD to Host Symposium on Data Harnessing

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences and the POET Center for Business Analytics in the Beacom School of Business will host a data harnessing symposium Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

The symposium explores opportunities for better analysis, modeling and prediction using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and supercomputing.

“Attendants will learn how to make sense of big data with the use of AI and ML tools and techniques in the supercomputing setup,” said Santosh KC, Ph.D., symposium co-chair, assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the computer science department.

Subject matter experts in the fields of computer science, mathematics and business analytics will discuss how to intelligently harness and analyze data across many fields including chemistry, physics, biology, bioinformatics, health sciences, energy and business.

“In today’s world, big data and analytics are everywhere. Our symposium will help attendees understand how to extract insights from data in different fields and see those insights translated into problem solutions,” said Thomas Tiahrt, Ph.D., symposium co-chair, assistant professor and program coordinator for the POET Center for business analytics in Beacom.

The symposium speakers include Steve Lewis, vice president of technology and innovation at POET; Olaf Storaasli, Ph.D., NASA’s finite-element machine developer; Murat Sincan, Ph.D., director of computational medical informatics for Sanford Imagenetics; and Justin Smith, Ph.D., enterprise director of data and analytics for Sanford Health.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the symposium, visit the USD website.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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