UNH Northeast Big Data Conference

Northeast Big Data Conference

Online conference registration is now closed.  Walk-in registration will be possible between 8:15am - 8:45am on site the morning of the conference.


New Partnerships in Big Data: The Intersection of Education and Industry

In business today, data is everywhere, and it’s a big deal. How your organization collects, analyzes and applies data is what separates you from competitors, allows you to make better decisions, and in the end, pads your bottom line. Yet, most companies don’t have the appropriate processes, procedures or personnel in place to harness the powerful data sitting right at their fingertips.

It’s time to join the data revolution!

Join UNH Analytics & Data Science and Professional Development & Training for a deeper look at developing partnerships in big data and the growing intersection between the analytics industry and higher education.

Conference content will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, a student poster competition, and a networking reception.

In partnership with UNH Analytics & Data Science

Professional Rate: $349
Student Rate: $99 - Those currently enrolled in a degree program are eligible for "Student Rate"  

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What You Will Learn


Northeast Big Data Conference

UNH Northeast Big Data Conference Agenda

8:15am | Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45am | Conference Welcome | Dr. Nancy Targett, Provost, Academic Affairs, UNH

9:00am | The Big Data Landscape: An NSF Perspective | Rene Baston, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University

10:00am | Analytics Market Trends | Bill Franks, CAO, International Institute For Analytics

11:15am | Frontiers in Health Analytics | Fred Rahmanian, Chief Technology Officer, Geneia

12:00pm | Lunch & Networking

1:00pm | Deep Learning | Chris Bouton, CEO, Vyasa

2:00pm | Deploying Analytics | Eric Place, Director of Informatics, Martin’s Point Health Care 

3:00pm | Panel Discussion: Universities as Strategic Partners | Jennifer Priestley, Professor of Analytics and Data Science, Kennesaw State University, Tom Cecere, Chief Technology Officer, Weather Analytics & Eric Place, Director of Informatics, Martin's Point Healthcare

4:15pm | Student Poster Awards and Cocktail Reception 

Travel & Site Information


Northeast Big Data Conference

The UNH Northeast Big Data Conference will be held at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH.  Conveniently located in historic downtown, shops, restaurants, breweries, museums, and recreational sites, are all within walking distance of the hotel.

Sheraton Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 431-2300

Contact the Shearton directly for overnight guest accommodations and enjoy the conference while staying in historic downtown Portsmouth, complete with harbor views and local charm!  From shopping, to dining, breweries, to museums there’s something for everyone. Outstanding service, cozy accommodations, and familiar comfort – Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel has it all.

Instructor Bios


Northeast Big Data Conference

  • Rene Baston

    Rene Baston

    René has over 20 years of experience in innovation strategy, business development, economic development, technology commercialization, and venture startup. He is an instructor of the lean startup methodology for National Science Foundation entrepreneurs via its Innovation Corps program, and is a member of the External Board of Advisors for the Columbia University Center for Advanced Information Management. René has applied lean principles directly as the co-founder of 3 startups – REAL, a B2B cloud-based marketing analytics company transforming marketing and e-commerce at the intersection of recommendation technologies and neuropsychology; HVBio, employing biotechnology and self-assembly methods to enable single-walled carbon nanotube devices, and Medihub, an early Health IT company.

  • Chris Bouton

    Chris Bouton

    Dr. Bouton is the CEO of Vyasa Analytics, applying novel deep learning approaches for enterprise clients. Previously, Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008 that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Prior to his role as the CEO of Entagen, Dr. Bouton worked as a computational biologist at LION Bioscience Research Inc. and Aveo Pharmaceuticals from 2001 and 2004, leading the microarray data analysis functions at both companies. In 2004 he accepted the position of Head of Integrative Data Mining for Pfizer and led a group of Ph.D. level scientists conducting research in the areas of computational biology, systems biology, knowledge engineering, software development, machine learning and large-scale ‘omics data analysis. While at Pfizer, Dr. Bouton conceived of and implemented an organization-wide knowledgebase called Pfizerpedia for which he won the 2007 William E. Upjohn Award in Innovation. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.


  • Tom Cecere

    Tom Cecere

    Tom brings over 25 years of experience in software companies ranging from Network management to on-line Education. As a graduate of MIT and Dartmouth College, he has been an executive officer and board member, and held CTO, COO and CFO roles in both startups and publicly traded companies. Tom’s work passion involves getting great products out to market, and supporting teams from every part of the company to help customers succeed.

  • Bill Franks

    Bill Franks

    Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA), where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics and big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts to improve analytic performance. In his role, he helps guide IIA’s global community of analytics practitioners in determining the best strategy and path forward for their particular analytics journey.   He also serves on the advisory boards of multiple university and professional analytic programs. He has held a range of executive positions in the analytics space in the past, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata.  Bill is also the author of Taming The Big Data Title Wave and The Analytics Revolution.

  • Eric Place

    Eric Place

    Eric has over 15 years of experience in data analytics and leading analytic teams in health care organizations.  Eric feels that team members are just as important as technology and that technology, while important in its own right, enables the talent and intellect of the people who use it.  He is responsible for Analytic Strategy, Data Governance, analytic functions and the oversight of the Data Warehouse at Martin’s Point Health Care. He ensures the delivery of analytic products and services and that those deliverables support the company’s strategic objectives. Motivated by the pursuit of knowledge and insights and how it can be used to improve the health care system, Eric is a member of several boards including the IBM Board of Analytics Excellence and the UNH Health Management & Policy Advisory Board along with being a lecturer for the UNH Graduate Analytics and Data Science Programs.

  • Jennifer Priestley

    Jennifer Priestley

    Jennifer Lewis Priestley is a professor of applied statistics and data science at Kennesaw State, where she is also the director of the center for statistics and analytical services. She was recognized by the SAS Institute as the 2012 distinguished statistics professor of the year and regularly speaks at data and analytics conferences. She has authored many published articles on binary classification, sampling and application of statistical methodologies for problem solving, as well as several textbook manuals for Excel, SPSS, SAS and Minitab. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in statistics, Priestley worked in the financial services industry for 11 years. Her positions included vice president of business development for VISA EU; vice president for business development for MasterCard International; and additional positions with AT&T Universal Card and Andersen Consulting. Priestley received an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Georgia Tech. She also received a certification from the ABA Bankcard School and a certification in Base SAS Programming and a Business Analyst Certification from the SAS Institute.

  • Fred Rahmanian

    Fred Rahmanian

    Fred Rahmanian is Geneia’s Chief Technology Officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a healthcaredata scientist and software architect and a track record of building applications that integrate diverse data sources to solve the most sophisticated problems in healthcare. Most recently, he was principal data scientist at IBM Watson Health. He also held leadership roles at KPMG and Siemens Healthcare. Rahmanian has been awarded patents for his work to improve patient data; two are granted and three are pending. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Maryland University College. He also has a graduate certificate in health informatics from Columbia University. He continues to be a guest lecturer in Columbia’s HIT certificate program, and has served on many governmental and industry expert panels, including the HIMSS Task Force on Healthcare Quality Measure Development.


  • Nancy Targett

    Nancy Targett

    Nancy Targett is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. As the university's provost, she is also the university’s chief academic officer and is responsible to the president for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities for the university and for the allocation of resources that will support those priorities. Targett works closely with the academic deans, department heads, student services professionals, faculty and staff to provide the highest possible quality of educational programs, both within and outside the classroom, for undergraduate and graduate students. An important part of the Targett’s job is also to insure that the university recruits, retains, encourages and supports an outstanding and diverse faculty; each of whom will make positive contributions to the university and to their discipline in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Targett is a nationally recognized expert on ocean issues and has previously served as dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and Acting President of University of Delaware. 

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