Hosted by the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University in Houston, TX
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Event Details

Date: October 15, 2015 from 8:30am to 3:00 p.m. CST

Location: Houston, TX - CityCentre Three, Suite 200 (Texas A&M University-Mays Business School facility)

Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

SAS Day at Texas A&M

An event hosted by the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University and led by Dr. Simon Sheather, Professor and Academic Director MS(Analytics) & MS(Statistics) online at Texas A&M University’s Department of Statistics.

This event will highlight speakers from the SAS Institute, Inc. and industry experts that will discuss topics including analytics and data mining to make better business decisions. A panel of experts from industry will discuss how their companies are using big data and analytics, and how they are fostering a fact-based decision making culture in their companies. The number of participants is limited.

Participants will hear how big data and analytics are being used in companies in:

  • Cyber Security
  • "Analytics of Things"
  • Economics and Forecasting

Participants also gain insight into:
  • The benefits from using big data and analytics in your business
  • Common obstacles to big data and analytics
  • How companies build a culture of using big data for better decision making
  • The types of data, software and statistical methods used in analytical decision making

Reserve your seat any time before October 15th. Dress is business casual. Continental breakfast and light lunch will be available free of charge.

Tentative Agenda

Breakfast     8:30am    
Welcome     9:00am    
Plenary Session     9:10am    
Breakout Session I     10:00am    
Breakout Session II     11:05am    
Lunch with Keynote Speaker     12:15pm    
Mix, Mingle, and Learn     1:30pm    

Keynote Speakers

Ken Sanford
Principal Research Statistician in Advanced Analytics
SAS Research & Development

Kenneth Sanford is a Principal Research Statistician in Advanced Analytics R&D and an econometric evangelist at SAS. He is responsible for helping to integrate the advanced analytical procedures being created by the development team into SAS' business solutions. Sanford joined SAS after working for a large private consulting firm and holding faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State University. His work on optimal pricing has been published in the Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Sports Economics. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky.

Philippe Flichy
Senior Digital Oil Field Advisor
Baker Hughes

Philippe Flichy is Senior Digital Oil Field Advisor at Baker Hughes. He oversees Digital Oil Field technology projects and implementations. He has over a dozen years of experience in this field which he joined from the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics where he was in charge of the Info system delivering all the games results internally and to the official web site. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he sits on many committees. Philippe graduated from Boston University in Management Information System. Philippe is a Board Member of TiE Houston, the Houston chapter of a worldwide entrepreneurial network strong of 61 chapters in 18 countries.

Other Featured Speakers

Paul Bachteal
Senior Director, Global Technology Practice

Extract: We have entered a new era of analytics. We have access to immense processing power and easy, rapid access to cloud computing. The data we analyze continues to grow – from vast amounts of data coming from the internet of things: sensors, web logs, etc., to new unstructured data sources like Twitter and Facebook. The analytical software industry has changed, with open source projects like Hadoop. Even the workforce has changed, with the millennial generation coming onboard, challenging the status quo with fresh perspectives and bringing new approaches to traditional problems.

We at SAS have been responding to these changes to address this new way of thinking. New software that bring you results orders of magnitude faster than before – even on larger and more complex data. SAS delivers on the promise of Analytics in Action, meeting today’s demands and creating tomorrow’s expectations.

Anton Gordon
Data Science Lead, Strategy and Corporate Development
Baker Hughes

Anton Gordon is the Data Science Lead for Baker Hughes Strategy and Corporate Development Group and is a winner of the prestigious IHS SPECTRUM Excellence Award for 2015. Anton's work at Baker Hughes predicted impact of price changes on customer spending and on demand for product lines, leveraging 3,500 different factors; enhanced forecasting accuracy in oil rig count model – from 90% to 97.6%; created highly accurate (8.5% error rate) crude oil price model that predicted the deflation in WTI crude oil prices at the end of 2014; and enabled executive teams to make more informed decisions for optimal capital allocation – driving opportunistic investments.

Keith Holdaway
Upstream Domain Expert, Global Oil & Gas

In addition to representing SAS on the Java Community Process Executive board to help drive future global Java technologies, Holdaway is also an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Holdaway is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Dr. Simon Sheather

Dr. Simon Sheather
Academic Director of Online Programs & MS Analytics
Texas A&M University

Simon Sheather is the Academic Director of Online Programs and the MS (Analytics) program at Texas A&M University. From 2005-2014, he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University. Previously he was a faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Louis Fabbi
Senior Data Scientist & Advanced Analytics Expert

Mr. Fabbi is a senior data scientist and advanced analytics expert with over 28 years of extensive experience in several industries including Oil & Gas. He has been employed at the SAS Institute for the last 10 years working with the Americas Energy Overlay Team designing and implementing predictive model solutions in SAGD operations optimization, pipeline forecasting and optimization, and power utility forecasting and risk management.

Shahab D. Mohaghegh
Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Shahab D. Mohaghegh, a pioneer in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining in the Exploration and Production industry, is the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI) and Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. He holds B.S., MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

Paul Brager
Cyber Security Program Manager
Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Paul W. Brager, Jr MS, CISSP, CISM is an executive-level security professional with 20 years of deep technical and business experience in information/cyber security, with more than half coming specifically from within the O&G and Petrochemical industry. Currently he is a Cyber Security Program Manager and Cyber Energy Practice Lead (O&G) with Booz Allen Hamilton, helping energy clients solve cyber security challenges, and helping clients position for 21st century cyber threats. Previously accountable for security architecture, risk assessment and cyber threat intelligence at Marathon Oil Company, Paul’s areas of expertise/interest include digital forensics, cyber threat intelligence and security program design, having worked in both the public and private sector over his 20 year career.

Franklin Witter
Principal Cyber Security Solutions

An Information Security Professional with over 15 years experience helping my customers design, build, and operate high performing information security organizations and programs. Has served as a trusted advisor to some of the largest companies in the world and has helped them protect the information that is vital to their companies’ and their customers’ success.

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