Evolution of Data Science Conference

Fri/Sat, September 8-9, 2023

Georgetown University MS Data Science Conference 'Evolution of Data Science'

Mark your calendars and join us for this 2-day event as we explore the ever-evolving landscape of data science and discuss its far-reaching impacts across sectors and fields. Please use (and feel free to share with your colleagues) the code GUFriends to receive 20% off your ticket.

* Engage in broad-ranging discussions with department heads from esteemed institutions & local data science programs, including ODU, AU, VCU, UVA, GWU, GMU, and VT, as they share perspectives on integrating data science in academia.
* Explore the practical applications of Data Science in Industry with experts from leading companies like AWS, Salesforce, AstraZeneca, and Microsoft, gaining a unique perspective on real-world implementation.
* Delve into the Past, Present, and Future of AI with illuminating insights from NIST, Capital One, Stormforge, and Choice Hotels International, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the journey of artificial intelligence.
* Uncover the transformative potential of Blockchain Technology, its impact on societal advancement, and its role as a transformative force in industries ranging from finance to healthcare with experts from Johns Hopkins AI-X Foundry, Impact Plus.io, and Polygon Labs.

Join us to connect, learn, and shape the future of these vital intersections in the worlds of technology, education, industry, and social impact.

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Explore the big questions that surround big data. How we got here & how we can innovate the future. Join us for a dynamic conference that delves into the ever-evolving landscape of Data Science in Education. Engage in broad-ranging discussions with department heads from esteemed institutions/local Data Science Programs, including American University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth, and Virginia Tech, as they share insights on integrating data science in academia.




Friday, September 8, 2023

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 10:25 AM

Keynote: Dr. Keegan Hines – AI & Security Research at Microsoft

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel discussion: Academics and the Evolution of Data Science

This conversation focuses on how universities can modify their Data Science curricula to adapt to the continuous evolution of the field. Chair/Moderator: Dr. Purna Gamage (Director of the Data Science Program at Georgetown) Panelists: Dr. Kenneth Kahn (ODU) – Dean and Professor, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University. Dr. Jeff Gill (AU) – Distinguished Professor, Departments of Government, Mathematics & Statistics. Dr. Judy Wang (GWU) – Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, George Washington University Dr. Stephen Custer (VCU) – Director, Decision Analytics Weekend Program, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Philip E. Bourne (UVA) – Stephenson Founding Dean of the School of Data Science, Professor of Data Science, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Jiyang Sun (GMU) – Professor, Chair, and Bernard Dunn Eminent Scholar, Department of Statistics, George Mason University.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:05 PM - 1:40 PM

Talk: “Evolution of Data Science

Dr. Rafael Alvarado, Associate Professor, Academic General Faculty Program Director, Residential master’s degree, The School of Data Science at UVA

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel Discussion – Emerging Technology – Future of AI

Chair/Moderator: Dr. James Hickman Panelists: Mr. Bright Small, Sr. Director, Data Science & Location Intelligence at Choice Hotels International Dr. Chris Larson (GU) – Lead Machine Learning Engineer at StormForge, Adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. Mr. Bayan Bruss (GU) – VP, Applied AI Research at Capital One, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University. Dr. William Ratcliff – Physicist at NIST

2:50 PM - 3:05 PM


3:10 PM - 4:25 PM

Panel discussion – Industry View of the Evolution of Data Science

Chair: Daniel Zielaski – Vice President, Data Science (Salesforce, San Francisco) Panelists: Lorraine Knerr – Chief Data Architect (AWS) Benjamin Robinson – Manager, Data Science (Universal Services Administrative Company [USAC] within US Federal Communications Commission [FCC], Washington, DC) Sandeep Maddineni – Principal Data Engineer (Salesforce, Washington, DC) Mr. Marck Vaisman (GU) – Sr. Cloud Solutions Architect fr Azure Data/AI at Microsoft, Adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. Amit Arora (GU) - Principal SA AI/ML @ AWS, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University, Author: "Blueberries In My Salad: My Forever Journey Towards Fitness & Strength". Atma Iyer – Seasoned Executive, ex-McKinsey, ex-Capital One; Board member, Mentor; Adjunct Faculty at VCU Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta (GU) – Data Science Associate Director at AstraZeneca, Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Poster Session and Social Hour


Saturday, September 9, 2023

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Welcome from Dr. Purna Gamage

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

The Importance of Social Impact for Blockchain Cara LaPointe

Blockchain’s potential in societal advancement brings enhanced transparency, empowerment, and inclusivity. As this technology continues to evolve and integrate into various sectors, its influence becomes more profound. However, with its ascent come significant ethical challenges. It’s crucial to understand and address these concerns to ensure responsible adoption. This talk seeks to navigate the intricate balance between blockchain innovation and its ethical ramifications.

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Blockchain Beyond CryptoEduard Peris

This talk will explore how blockchain technology has transformed from its beginnings as a decentralized ledger for cryptocurrency transactions to its current role as a transformative force in industries ranging from finance to healthcare. Through a historical lens, we will examine the key milestones, challenges, and innovations that have propelled the evolution of blockchain and discuss the implications for the future of technology and society at large.

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Real World CasesKatja Gilman

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Helena Rong

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Nakul Padalkar Panelists: Polygon Representative: Katja Gilman/Aragon International Development Organization Representative from Heifer Start-up representative: Colin Gounden Impact Plus representative: Eduard Peris. Potential discussion topics include: How can blockchain technology be leveraged to improve transparency and accountability in social impact initiatives? What are the ethical considerations surrounding the use of blockchain in social impact, particularly regarding privacy and data ownership? How can blockchain be used to incentivize and reward socially responsible behavior, and what are the challenges in implementing such systems?

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Closing Remarks

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Mixer


Event Type


Georgetown University


The Washington Statitistical Society
National Institute of Statistical Sciences


$50 – $95


Georgetown University
Copley Formal Lounge
3700 O Street, NW
District of Columbia
United States