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Archive: March 2015 (Analytics Network)

Saturday, 14 Mar 2015
Michael Mortenson

18th September 2015 10.00am – 4.00pm 
School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University


The growth of big data has meant demand for specialist talent in quantitative analysis, information management and business decision making has never been greater. But what skills and experience is required in the 21st Century jobs market? What are the challenges businesses are facing in building the teams capable of managing these new opportunities? How well are we preparing our graduates to meet these challenges?

To help answer these questions and explore these issues further, we are pleased to present a one-day event, bought to you by the OR Society, featuring the latest research in this area. With talks focusing on operational research, analytics, data science and information systems, this one-day event is designed to give employers, educators and specialists cutting edge insights into the skills needed for 21st Century business.

We are pleased to announce the following talks for the conference:

Is Operational Research in UK Universities ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ for the Growing Field of Analytics?
Loughborough University, Speaker: Michael Mortenson

Training to Practice or Training to Research? – An Assessment of Postgraduate OR Education
The University of Portsmouth, Speaker: Dr Jana Reis

Investigating Information Systems (IS) Graduate Skills in the UK
The University of South Wales, Speaker: Dr Angelos Stefanidis

Creating Business Value from Big Data Analytics
The University of Hull, Speaker: Professor Richard Vigden

Full details of the timetable will be released closer to the date. Full details of the location and travel options are available here.

Registration is open now, but tickets are strictly limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. The cost of the event is £20 per person + VAT, to cover lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments. To book, please visit the event's webpage and for further information or special requests please email


Friday, 6 Mar 2015
Nigel Phillips

Big data is enabling companies to gain new insights into areas ranging from customer behaviour to how their businesses function. These data-driven findings can have profound results on the bottom line. As we enter a new period of cognitive computing history, what role can artificial intelligence play in analysing data to help business make better decisions?

The School of Business and the Data Scientists from the School of Engineering at London South Bank University are getting together to address the growing need for digital skills throughout the workforce. To get us started down this road we have organised a social get-together with two engaging speakers from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Join us for a glass of wine and some fresh Venezuelan arepas to hear Robert Pratt lead data scientist from Ipsos MORI explain how big data analytics is changing the way business works and Paul Fryer of IBM will introduce Watson there stunning new technology that is putting advanced analytics abilities at every managers fingertips.

 Keynote speakers: Robert Pratt: Data Science Lead (Ipsos MORI)

 Ipsos MORI is one of the UK’s leading market research companies in the UK and Ireland specialising in advertising, loyalty, marketing, media and technology. With a focus on data science and big data analytics, Robert helps Ipsos’ clients take advantage of new technology. Find out how data science and big data can be crucial to the an organisation’s marketing plan, what is required to build Data Science teams and learn from live showcase demonstrations.

Paul Fryer: Academic Initiative Leader, Cloud ecosystem (IBM Europe) You will hear about the latest developments of IBM's natural language system 'Watson'. Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence and learning as it goes. Paul will explain some of the initial applications of this exciting technology and how could it change entire industries and professions.

 Please register here to ensure your seat - we have a generous but finite number of places available.



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