A Multi-topic International Conference
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11th HONET-PfE
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
December 15 - 17, 2014 
Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic
Director, Complex Systems Institute,
College of Computing and Informatics,
UNC Charlotte, NC,USA                  
Email: ndietz@gsu.edu

Big Data and UNC Charlotte


  UNC Charlotte's Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) initiative is a university-industry-state partnership, designed to broaden and deepen North Carolina's business analytics talent pool and stimulate innovation and strategic economic development. It is focused on four business sectors that are both highly concentrated in the greater Charlotte region and constitute a significant portion of the North Carolina economy: 1) financial services; 2) healthcare; 3) retail sales and distribution; and 4) energy services and distribution. This university-wide initiative is led by the College of Computing and Informatics, the Belk College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services. DSBA is focused on establishing academic programs that fuel the DSBA talent pipeline, developing executive education and training programs that give North Carolina's businesses a competitive advantage, and creating an industry-university-government consortium that integrates university research with business innovation. This talk will provide an overview of both Big Data technologies and the DSBA initiative at UNC Charlotte.

Short Biography:

   Mirsad has over thirty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments. Dr. Hadzikadic joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to publishing his scholarship, he has made presentations at national and international conferences, leading information technology firms, and universities. His research/scholarship activities have been primarily focused on: data mining, cognitive science, medical informatics, and complex adaptive systems. From 1991 to 1997, Mirsad served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System. In 1998, he joined Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group as Manager in the Health Systems Integration Service Line. He returned full time to the University in January 1999 to assume the chair position in Computer Science and serve as Associate Director of the School of Information Technology. Mirsad helped to shepherd the transition from a school in the College of Engineering into an independent College of Computing and Informatics, and served as its Founding Dean. Mirsad is currently serving as the Founding Director of the Complex Systems Institute at UNC Charlotte, Faculty Director of the Health Informatics Professional Science Masters Program, and Director of the Data Science and Business Analytics Professional Science Masters Program. His current research interests include critical aspects of creativity/innovation, foundational aspects of the complexity theory, and the systems view of policies in financial services, economics, defense, healthcare, and political science.

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