Big Data… Big Impacts Forum Hosted by National Science Foundation Center for Visual and Decision Informatics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Abdalla Hall Auditorium

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


CVDI Poster Reception to follow 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Register to attend HERE


The NSF Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites you to explore select areas of data science and understand how the center works directly with industry to solve some of the most challenging data science problems.

Contrary to most analyst reports, the big data and visual analytics revolution is not coming…it is already here. In 2017, companies will spend $187 billion on data science initiatives. The challenge is how can companies leverage this transformation to organize, operate and most importantly, create unique value in this space. In summary, how do you keep your competitive edge and differentiation by harnessing this analytics movement?

Keynote Speaker  




Matti Vakkuri, Head of Technology, Internet of Things, Tieto – Finland

Mr. Vakkuri works with new technologies with enormous impact on the customers’ businesses to assure cross-organizational collaboration and networking. He advocates Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data’s possibilities internally and externally in business operations, research and product development. Since 2015, he has been a chairman of Finnish Big Data Forum and U.S. National Science Foundation Center for Visual and Decision Informatics Industry Advisory Board Vice Chair.

Special Guests

CVDI is pleased to announce the newly appointed Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Bruce Greenstein and Mona Siddiqui, M.D., M.P.H., Director for Strategic Initiatives for HHS will be participating in this event.

 The public is invited to attend. Please feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact:

Matthew E Delcambre
Innovation Managing Director
Center for Visual and Decision Informatics
337.967.0170 (mobile)


A NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center


CVDI partners with industry and government to conduct research in data science to develop solutions that unleash the transformative potential of Big Data. Established in 2012, the center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) that taps university researchers and students from UL Lafayette, Drexel University, Tampere University of Technology (Finland), Stony Brook University and University of Virginia to team up with 22 industry partners to solve Big Data challenges. CVDI is the only NSF IUCRC in the state of Louisiana and is the only center with a primary focus on the theme of data science, big data analytics and visual analytics.