Smart State: Big Data for Community Impact
Host: Princeton University
The New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) is an alliance of 17 higher education institutions, as well as industry and government members, that catalyzes collaboration in advanced computing and data analytics research, education and technology.
The NJBDA Annual Symposium brings together academia, government and industry from across the state and beyond, to share information on the latest innovations, research and future directions in Big Data.
Our 2021 event will showcase how our state, cities, and communities use big data to improve equity, sustainability, and prosperity for community members.
The 2021 Symposium will include academic research sessions with presentations on current research in Smart Cities, AI, Machine Learning and Big Data.
For questions, please contact Spencer Reynolds, Princeton University, spencerr [at] princeton.edu.
Day 1, Thursday, April 29
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/njbda-symposium
9:00 am: Welcome
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance Andrea Goldsmith, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey
9:15 am: Keynote – “New Tools and New Frontiers for Community Impact through Data”
Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
While the past year has presented many challenges for cities and communities, new technologies and data innovations have emerged in response to the multiple crises. While challenges remain ahead into 2021, opportunities abound for smarter cities in a post-Covid country.
10:00 am: Panel discussion – “Smart Data for Communities: Vision and Implementation”
Moderator: E. Steven Emanuel, CGI Consulting, Former CIO, State of New Jersey, Former CIO, City of Newark, NJ
Panelists: Bernadette Kucharczuk, Jersey City; Tim Moreland, Chattanooga; Ruthbea Yesner, IDC
Municipalities and states are leveraging data for community impact in myriad ways, often within a vision or framework providing context and priorities. This session will explore several municipal cases, and how the vision of data-enabled government co-evolves with the implementation, to address opportunities and challenges.
11:00 am: Workshops (two concurrent tracks)
Smart Cities practitioners track
Stay in original Zoom link for Track 1: http://bit.ly/njbda-symposium
Big Data Workshop: Using COVID Data Intelligence Programs to make critical decisions in NJ cities and counties
Workshop leaders: George Avirappattu, Kean University; Navin Vembar, Camber; Margaret Piliere, Madhu Chandran Sreekumuran Nair and E. Steven Emanuel, CGI.
This workshop will exemplify academic-industry partnerships. It will focus on the use of data intelligence in providing states, counties, and cities with critical tools during disasters and will be run roughly in two parts. First, demonstrate the use of data intelligence in helping counties and municipalities to model morbidity, mortality, hospitalization and ICU bed rates, transience, vaccinations and school openings/ closings. Second we will look at socioeconomic, structural, and environmental factors that explain the varying impact of COVID-19 to different communities separated by location. We will inspect how these factors have common threads that run across communities and make some more vulnerable than others to various natural disasters including COVID-19.
Student Projects track
Zoom link for Track 2: http://bit.ly/njbda-track2
Experiential Learning thru Capstones: Opportunities and Challenges
Workshop leaders: Rashmi Jain, Montclair State University; Adam Spunberg, AB InBev
The workshop will highlight the partnership between universities and industry necessary to provide experiential opportunities to the students in the form of Capstone courses. Capstone courses are an integral part of the culminating experience of academic programs. These are immensely helpful opportunities for the students to prepare for careers in the industry. Experiential learning is learning by doing. Doing high-impact learning practices requires substantial student participation and effective faculty advising. Employers and hiring managers value college candidates with experiential learning across individual disciplines in real or very like real-world settings. An approach that has worked effectively is to involve the industry stakeholders in defining the problem scope and working closely with them for the accomplishment of the students’ deliverables.
The workshop will cover research on experiential learning and how its unique characteristics lends itself for capstone courses in business. We will share experiences of successful partnerships, what works and what does not, issues and challenges, and lessons learned. The role and responsibilities of the students in deriving the best out of such experiences will also be covered.
Student and Faculty Poster presentations (all day)
More information can be found on the Student Research page and the communication server on Discord. These presentations will be available asynchronously.
12:30 pm: End of Day 1
Day 2, Friday, April 30
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/njbda-symposium
9:00 am: Opening and recap of Day 1
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Big Data Alliance
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
9:15 am: Keynote – “Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology”
Tara Dawson McGuinness, Fellow and Senior Adviser of the New Practice Lab, New America
The events of the past year have demonstrated the important role that data and technology play in everything from understanding the spread of a global pandemic to tracking how well governments are doing at reaching people with services from unemployment insurance and stimulus checks to vaccine appointments. This presentation will build on the ideas in Tara McGuinness and Hana Schank’s new book: Power to the Public: the Promise of Public Interest Technology making the case that governments and nonprofits need new ways and data tools to tackle the complexities of our time and really deliver for the public in an equitable way.
10:00 am: Panel discussion – “Smart Data to Illuminate Community Grand Challenges”
Moderator: Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.
Panelists: Will Payne, Rutgers University; Radha Jagannathan, Rutgers University; Carl Gershenson, Princeton University
What are the grand challenges of urban communities today, and what are the key dynamics within these challenges? This session will explore the innovative ways that university research faculty are using big data to understand these challenges, and point the way to effective and efficient solutions.
11:00 am: Academic Research Tracks (two concurrent tracks)
Smart Cities (Room 1)
Stay in original Zoom link for Room 1: http://bit.ly/njbda-symposium
Moderated by Forough Ghahramani, Associate Vice President, Edge
General AI/ML (Room 2)
Zoom link for Room 2: http://bit.ly/njbda-track2
Moderated by Hieu Nguyen, Professor, Rowan University
Student Poster presentations (all day)
See Abstracts above in Day 1. More information can be found on the Student Research page and the communication server on Discord. These presentations will be available asynchronously.