Free virtual business analytics conference explores artificial intelligence


After more than ten years of working with big data, business analytics, and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), companies continue to focus on operational changes needed to stay on top of today’s evolving technology. The University of Akron’s (UA) Center for Information Technologies and Analytics (CITA) will virtually host its fourth-annual Business Analytics Innovation Summit on Sept. 23-24 to focus on analytics in action.

More than half of senior executives in a 2020 Deloitte survey thought that AI would transform their industries within at least 1-3 years, and three-quarters within 3-5 years. This year’s agenda is filled with speakers to help companies who are preparing for these impending changes. Speakers will present case studies with real examples of organizations that are effectively leveraging analytics and AI tools to bring about changes in business processes and achieve data-driven benefits.

Presenters include:

  • Chris Deniziak, Data Strategist/ Data Architect, Clear Process Solutions

Step Back to Step Forward: The Journey to Data Informed Decision Making

  • Chris McPherson, Venture Builder, Data Science Strategy, 1848 Ventures

Digital Exhaust – The Sludge Holding Back Your Analytics Engine

  • Pat Thontirawong, Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Data Revenue GmbH

MLOps: Automate your Machine Learning Pipeline without a Headache

  • Mark Wells, Vice President for Customer Innovation and Value, Optiyol
    Ozan Gozbasi, Co-Founder and CEO, Optiyol

A Pandemic Lesson for Normal Operations: Combining Optimization and Machine Learning Algorithms to Improve Delivery Performance at Lower Cost

  • Allison Rajakumar, Sr. Manager, Statistics & Data Analytics, Lubrizol

A Data Analytics Journey in Specialty Chemicals at Lubrizol

Registration for the virtual summit is free and open to business professionals, University faculty, staff and students. Registration information and a full schedule of the event can be found on the Business Analytics Innovation Summit website. Participants will be sent specific log-in instructions, including what platform to use to attend the Summit, via email in advance of the event.

UA graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to attend. Students who register and attend the Summit will be included in a drawing for two Dell laptops. 

To register for the event, visit

Corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Cynthia Sheeks at

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