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Big Data and the Future of Physics

Big Data is a buzz word used by companies employing analytical methods to gain new insights through the mining of large and varied data sets. However, various fields of Physics also accumulate voluminous data sets that need to be filtered, managed and analyzed. For an increasingly large number of researchers, a growing challenge is how to approach such data. In this seminar-style session, over a light brunch, we will hear different perspectives from leading researchers regarding the handling and exploring of vast quantities of data, and the opportunities Big Data has to offer the future of Physics.

Presented in collaboration with Elsevier and the Annals of Physics.

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John RennieScience Writer

John Rennie is a deputy editor at Quanta Magazine, overseeing its coverage of biology topics. Previously, he was the editor in chief of Scientific American for 15 years and the editorial director of McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience.

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Kirk BorneData Scientist, Astrophysicist

Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist in the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz-Allen Hamilton since 2015. He was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University (GMU) School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences during 2003-2015

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Anita de WaardPhysicist

Anita de Waard has a degree in low-temperature physics from Leiden University and worked in Moscow before joining Elsevier as a physics publisher in 1988. Since 1997, she has worked on bridging the gap between science publishing and computational and information technologies, collaborating with groups in Europe and the United States.

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Michael HildrethPhysicist

Michael Hildreth is Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. Next to working on the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, Hildreth is also the PI for the NSF-sponsored DASPOS project, a collective effort to explore the realization of a viable data, software, and computation preservation architecture for high-energy physics.

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Michael TutsPhysicist

Michael Tuts is experimental particle physicist whose early research focused on the spectroscopy of the b-bbar bound states (the Upsilons) using the CUSB detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR). Presently, his research is on the D0 experiment at Fermilab and the ATLAS experiment at the LHC located at CERN.

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