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(Eventbrite Registration) - Unlocking Value with Text Analytics

The focus for this event will be on text analytics with three talks scheduled and an expert panel. 

Public Health Surveillance - John Brownstein, Director Computational Epidemiology Group | Center for Biomedical Informatics, Boston Children’s Hospital

Retaining Customers with Predictive Analytics - Ingo Mierswa, Chief Executive Officer | RapidMiner

Listening to the Customer - Benson Margulies, Chief Technical Officer |  Basis Technology

Additionally we will have panel title "Industry Experts on Real-World Analytics" and experts include:

Jeffrey Hill - Director, Language Processing | Humedica

Amit Bohensky - Founder and CEO |

Michael Nelson - EVP, Managing Director East Coast Region | Advanced Discovery

Andrew McKay - CTO, Co-Founder | Kona DataSearch

Full Speaker Bios and Talk Abstracts

Public Health Surveillance - John Brownstein
Director Computational Epidemiology Group | Center for Biomedical Informatics, Boston Children’s Hospital

Can we improve the health of our population with text analytics? This seems like a curious proposition, as it obviously avoids the cornerstones of healthy living, i.e. diet and exercise. However, this idea is the cornerstone of our research – can we mine large volumes of text data to observe the current health of our population, discover adverse drug interactions before they have broad health impacts, monitor outbreaks of serious diseases, and even predict the emergence of the next infectious disease in order to prevent it from spreading?

In this talk, I’ll be outlining the work we’ve done with, a system for monitoring disease outbreak and providing real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats, used by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. And I’ll also discuss, a mobile app for tracking and reporting side effects of drugs, vaccines and medical devices.

Retaining Customers with Predictive Analytics - Ingo Mierswa , Chief Executive Officer | RapidMiner

Ingo Mierswa will share real world scenarios explaining how businesses unlock hidden patterns from vast amounts of data to and use those to predict the near future. Furthermore, today’s businesses are in unique position to turn those predictive insights into immediate, revenue generating action. Recent technology advances now allow to mesh-up structured with unstructured data so that organizations can read the voice of the customer in addition to the mere analysis of recent transactions. Text analysis became a key technology for reducing churn, improving products and services, and facilitating customer feedback.

Listening to the Customer - Benson Margulies
Chief Technical Officer |  Basis Technology

As the old saying goes, “The customer is always right.” But how do we know what customers are saying when they aren’t talking to us directly and there may be millions of them? And how can we decide when something a single customer is saying has implications for the way we do business with all of our customers?

Extracting value from the content of independent reviews, online discussions, service tickets and transcribed support calls requires a systematic approach based on structuring that text content and extracting the key pieces of information. In this talk, we’ll delve into how to apply text analysis to this problem in order to obtain a clearer picture of the ways in which we should take action.

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    September 10, 2014

  • whitney

    Excellent way to spend an evening. Is there a video available?

    July 25, 2014

  • Nees

    Already paid but won't be able to attend.

    July 17, 2014

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