UALR: Analytics Center to Help Business Sift 'Big Data'

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 10:34 am  

Mary Good, who will lead the new UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center, speaks at a news conference on Monday. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)

Other technology allows researchers to virtually "touch" and manipulate data and video collabortation tools that include robotic "telepresence" equipment. 

UALR said the $5 million grant will fund a full-time, post-doctoral staff member working in data science, two specialized graduate students, and technical and operational support personnel.

Also Monday, Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, introduced the center's new Data Science Advisory Board. The board is comprised of regional and national leaders from academia, industry and government working to provide ongoing input for the center.

Good said the center would be available for use by private companies, and a fee schedule for such use was being determined.

Named to the EAC Data Science Advisory Board were an array of national business leaders and researchers. Board members include Good as chair and:

  • Michael Armistead, U.S. Sales Manager, Public Sector Enterprise Group for HP in Conway
  • Nick Brown, president of Southwest Power Pool in Little Rock
  • Christopher Clover, CEO of Mechdyne
  • Carolina Cruz-Neira, William Hansen Hall BOR Superchair in Telecommunications, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and co-inventor of the Computer Automatic Virtual Environment
  • Mike Hodapp, director of e-commerce and digital marketing for Dillard's
  • Debbie Gracio, Director for the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division in National Security for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a Department of Energy facility in Richland, Wash.
  • David Hollenbach, president and CEO of DSoft Technology of Colorado Springs
  • Charlie Lambert, preident of SkySentry of Falcon, Col. and the former commander of the 314th Support Group and vice commander of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base
  • Melinda Montgomery, transmission planning, Entergy Arkansas
  • Phil Mui, chief product and engineering officer for Acxiom
  • Glenn Pait, director of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS, director of the UAMS Center for the Athletic and Aging Spine and professor in the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery
  • William Raduchel, a strategic advisor to DMGT and Naspers Ltd., a director at Silicon Image, ePals, LiveIntent and Virident, and an instructor of corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • William Slikker, director of the Food & Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research at Jefferson
  • AEDC director Grant Tennille
  • Henry Tufo, director of the Computational Science Center at the University of Colorado, a fill professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC, and a faculty member at the school's Department of Applied Mathematics.



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