Big Data and Big Promises 4/16

You’re cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, April 16, noon to 1:00 p.m., for a talk titled “Big Data and Big Promises,” followed by a question-and-answer session.

In this talk, Dr. Sastry G. Pantula, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at CSUSB, will survey some of the applications and important issues in making use of Big Data.

Big Data are omnipresent and are finding applications in science, education, business, security, and healthcare, among others.

Big Data, Big Business, Big Brother… are you concerned? 

Converting data to useful knowledge and information requires a team effort from mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and domain experts.  It provides career opportunities for our students.

Dr. Pantula is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in statistical sciences.  Most recently, he served as Director of Data Analytics programs at Oregon State University (OSU).  He also served as Dean of the College of Science at OSU from August 2013 to August 2017, after a three-year term as Director for the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF.  Pantula spent more than 30 years as a statistics professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he began his academic career in 1982.  At NCSU, he also served as Director of Graduate Programs (1994-2002) and Head of the Department of Statistics (2002-2010).

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association (ASA).  He served as ASA president in 2010 and received the ASA Founders Award in 2014.  Pantula is a member of the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and Mu Sigma Rho.  He is also a member of the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Pantula received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University.

The program, which will take place in PL-5005 (Library Multimedia Center), is free and open to the public.

Sign-in sheets will be available to faculty who wish to offer students extra credit.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at or (909) 537-5104.

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