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Top Minds in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Fields Converge in Pasadena This Week

Published on Monday, December 2, 2019 | 6:33 am

Some of the most famous names in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence will be in Pasadena this weekend, when a leading community-centered data science research organization based locally hosts a two-day summit at the Pasadena Convention Center, where experts will share in-depth insights into the AI and Big Data fields.

A schedule on the event website shows panels throughout the two-day IM DATA Global Annual Conference, on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, will include practitioners and professors who will discuss topics such as the innovative discovery in recent AI and Big Data research, raising capital for data start-ups, and applications in media and entertainment.

The event is organized by the RDMS in Pasadena, which stands for Research Methods and Data Science.

Keynote speakers are experts from prestigious universities like Caltech, USC, UCLA and big companies like Google, Disney, and ObEN who will talk about their recent research, and how their projects directly benefit the community. Moreover, there are numerous forums scheduled for practitioners and professors to discuss the most interesting topics in AI, like the ethical use of AI and how AI will impact healthcare and education. The career paths to work in data science will also be included in the panel.

From December 5, a workshop tailored towards students and professionals across industries to prepare them in the age of digital transformation will be held starting at about 2 p.m. The workshop clarifies the data science and technology components utilized by corporations to solve their daily business problems.

A networking reception will take place on the evening of December 6. The organizers say this is a great opportunity for professionals to recognize, create, or act upon new business relationships and career opportunities.

Among the experienced speakers who will be at the conference are George Djorgovski, Director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery at Caltech; Alex Liu, CEO of the RDMS Lab in Pasadena, who’s also a former IBM chief data scientist; Richard Fox, VP of Analytics and Data Science at Apex Parks Group; and Danny Brooke, Program Manager of Product Development at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS).

The numerous forums for practitioners and professors will focus on the most interesting topics in AI, including the ethical use of AI and how AI will impact healthcare and education. The career paths towards work in data science will also be included in the panel.

Philip Leclair, the City of Pasadena’s Chief Information Office, will deliver the opening remarks on the first day, and a number of other scientists from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will also be with different panels throughout the conference.

Registration costs are from $150 to $200 and covers two days of entry into the conference on December 6 and 7, access to all exhibitor activations, lunch, and giveaways. A combo ticket is required to attend the Networking Reception on December 6 or the RMDS Workshop on December 5.

RDMS was established in Pasadena in 2009. Since then, it has become one of the largest data science communities in California with over 33,000 data professionals and researchers.

For tickets and more information about RDMS and the IM DATA Global Conference, visit

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