Symposium 2019

Symposium on Big Data, Human Health and Statistics

July 25, 2019

Professional Development Workshop for Undergrads

July 26, 2019


The Big Data Summer Institute's Concluding Symposium and Workshop serves as a CAPSTONE event for the six-week-long program. The Symposium is open to the public. The registration fee is $25 for students and $50 for non-students. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Those interested in applying for graduate school are encouraged to attend the professional development workshop on July 26.


Thursday, July 25 - Symposium

Rackham Graduate School
Fourth Floor
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Time Activity
Welcome by Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee
Opening Remarks by Dr. John Meeker
Title: Big Data + Models of Human Choice: Seeking a Mate via Online Dating
Fred Feinberg, PhD - Joseph Handleman Professor and Chair of Marketing; Professor of Statistics, University of Michigan
Title: Using Existing Sources of Data to Test Developmental Theories
Pamela Davis-Kean, PhD - Professor of Psychology; Research Professor at ISR; Associate Director of MIDAS, University of Michigan
Coffee Break
Title: Data Science and Mobile Health
Zhenke Wu, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biostatistics; Research Assistant Professor of MIDAS, University of Michigan
Title: Data Science in Space Weather Predictions
Yang Chen, PhD - Assistant Professor of Statistics; Research Assistant Professor of MIDAS, University of Michigan
Title: Music in the Data Sciences
Somangshu Mukherji, PhD - Assistant Professor of Music Theory; Research Assistant Professor of MIDAS, University of Michigan
Undergraduate Poster Session
Tea Break
Undergraduate Lightning Talks
Title: Statistical Significance and the Dichotomization of Evidence
Keynote Speaker, Blake McShane, PhD - Associate Professor of Marketing, Northwestern University
Conference Dinner (by invitation only)

Friday, July 26 - Professional Development Workshop

University of Michigan School of Public Health
Rooms 1680 and 1690
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Time Activity 
8:30am  Breakfast
9:00am SPH Admissions Talk
Biostatistics Admissions Talk,
Nicole Fenech
9:45am  Preparation for Graduate School Workshop Conducted by Princeton Review
11:15am  Biostatistics Department Admissions Panel
12:15pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Statistics Admissions Panel
2:00pm Presentation by Brian Segal, PhD - Quantitative Scientist, Flatiron Health; UM Biostat Alum
3:00pm  Evaluations
3:30pm  Journey Lecture by Bhramar Mukherjee, PhD and Concluding Ceremony (BDSI cohort only)