Information Quality Conference at UALR to Feature Big Data and Information Visualization

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be hosting the MIT International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ) on November 7-8, 2013.  Held annually since 1995, the conference covers a wide range of topics related to information and data quality such as data governance, master data management, and data integration.  This year the spotlight will be on “Big Data” and “Information Visualization”.  The Friday morning (Nov 8th) keynote will be given by Dr. Scott Schumacher, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist for IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management. Scott will present on Entity Resolution and Data Quality Frameworks for Big Data.  IBM is a world leader in the development of software and systems for big data applications.

The Saturday (Nov 9th) keynote speaker will be Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, the William Hansen Hall Board of Regents Superchair in Telecommunications, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Dr. Cruz-Neira is a co-inventor of the CAVE™ (Computer Automatic Virtual Environment) and received the IEEE Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award in 2007 for her development of the technology.  Her talk titled “Data around Me: Immersive Explorations to turn data into Information” will explore the use immersive technologies integrated with the human domain expert knowledge and intuition to gain insight from large data.  She will discuss questions about Where are the challenges? the research opportunities? and the type of teams that will be successful in this endeavor.

In addition to the keynotes there will more than 25 presentations and panel discussions during the conference.  The UALR Emerging Analytics Center is a conference co-sponsor and will provide tours and demonstrations during the conference. UALR, in partnership with the Mechdyne Corporation, has deployed the world’s first EmergiFLEX™ immersive visualization technology.  Other sponsors include Acxiom Corporation, IBM Corporation, Target Stores, Black Oak Partners, LLC, Mechdyne, Data Profiling, LLC, the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ), The Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin, and the UALR Center for Advanced Research in Entity Resolution and Information Quality.

The ICIQ attracts a broad group of attendees from both academia and industry.  It also has a strong international following including IQ professionals from Canada, Australia, China, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, India, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, as well as, from across the U.S.  UALR will also be hosting the Information and Data Quality (IDQ) Conference during the four days preceding the ICIQ conference (Nov 4th – 7th).  A discounted joint registration is available for anyone wishing to attend both conferences.

The program and registration instructions are available on the conference website  All of the Friday and Thursday events will be held in the Donaghey Engineering and Information Technology Building on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Open parking is available on campus.  Out of town attendees are encouraged to stay at hotels in the newly revived River Market area of downtown Little Rock (  Special conference rates are available at the Capital Hotel.  Bus transportation between the downtown hotels and the UALR campus will be provide on a regular schedule during the conference.  In addition to the points of interest in Little Rock, the resort city of Hot Springs, Arkansas (, is less than an hour drive from Little Rock.

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