Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4:30pm
This talk begins with a fly-by of five decades of information technology beginning with its use to automate business processes and extending to its current role in consumer self-service and in intermediating social processes. The resulting "data exhaust" together with the availability of low cost computing capacity spawned the age of analytics, the rise of big data and the birth of cognitive computing. The past, current and potential role of analytic methods in these technology waves will be discussed, with focus on the opportunity to use analytics and automation to create new data.
Brenda Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. She holds a BS in Mathematics with highest honors from UNC and an MS and Ph.D. in OR/IE from Cornell. She joined IBM in 1984 and has worked in the area now called analytics and/or data science for her entire career. She, and teams she manages, apply data and computation to business decision processes throughout IBM and for IBM clients. For over a decade she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM Research division where she was responsible for both basic research on computational mathematics and for the development of novel applications of mathematics for both IBM and its clients. She has been the Chief Technology Officer and Strategist for IBM’s Business Analytics group, and led Emerging Technologies in the IBM Watson Group. She is currently in IBM’s Cognitive and Analytics consulting group. In addition to her IBM work, she has been the president of INFORMS, has served on the Board of Trustees of SIAM, and is a member of several university advisory boards. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.