JMP and SAS present the Innovators' Summit 2008: The knowledge exchange for analytic excellence. September 24-26, 2008 - Sofitel San Francisco Bay
JMP and SAS present the Innovators' Summit 2008: The knowledge exchange for analytic excellence. September 24-26, 2008 - Sofitel San Francisco Bay


Wednesday, September 24

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m.

Dine with the Experts
Welcome Dinner
Thursday, September 25

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 1 — Extending the Reach of Analytic Excellence

Moderated by author and MIT researcher Michael Schrage, the opening plenary session answers the question: Is there a formula for creating the right environment to foster innovation using analytic visualization? We’ll hear from representatives of the world’s most pioneering organizations.

Self-Sustaining Innovation: Ideas for Creating a Data-Driven Organization

Avinash Kaushik, Analytics Evangelist, Google

Building Consensus: How Analytic Visualization Fosters Successful Innovation

Mike Cramer, Director of Operations Research for Worldwide Restaurant Innovation, McDonald’s

Innovating the Future

Richard Antcliff, Director, Innovation Institute at NASA Langley Research Center

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Trading Performance for Profit

Rob Reul, Founder & Managing Director, Isometric Solutions

Solving Practical Problems from Earth to Mercury

Manuel Uy, Principal Professional Chemist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Statistics in Natural Language Processing

Emmanuel Roche, Vice President of Research and Development, Teragram

How Systematic Innovation Beats The Lone Genius: Breakthroughs in Sales, Marketing, Finance, Health Care

Scott Lasater, Director of Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Institute, TQM Network

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Financial Analysis and Return on Investment Modeling

Tom Little, President of Thomas A. Little Consulting

A Comprehensive Credit Assessment Framework (CCAF) – Merging the Best of Art & Science to Optimize Credit Granting

Clark Abrahams, Chief Financial Architect, SAS

4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions Adjourn

5:00 p.m.

Depart for Baseball Outing:

San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park

Friday, Sept. 26

7:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 2 - The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

“I'll know it if I see it,” so the saying goes. And these guys have seen plenty – the best that analytics has to offer -- and the worst. Join us as our panel of experts describe the good, the bad and the beautiful ways they’ve seen people harness the power of predictive analytics. Michael Schrage of MIT will again serve as moderator.

When Function Trumps Fashion, Data Visualization Takes Center Stage

Stephen Few, Founder, Perceptual Edge

Statistical Story-Telling Through Graphics

John Sall, Executive Vice President and co-founder of SAS

Probability Management: A Cure for the Flaw of Averages

Sam Savage, Consulting Professor, Stanford University,


12:30 pm.


1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

In the Wine Country – Changing Tradition

John Cunningham, R&D Manager, G3 Enterprises

Exploratory Data Modeling: The First Step for Successful Data Mining

Dick De Veaux, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Business Breakthrough using Traditional Six Sigma

Strong S. Huang, Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Worldwide Six Sigma Program Implementation, Beckman Coulter Inc.

Warning for the next earthquake: Rapid data analysis before the ground shakes

Richard M. Allen, Associate Professor, Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley

3:15 p.m.


There will be a break during Thursday and Friday plenary sessions. The agenda is subject to change without notice.


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