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NJBDA Research Collaboration Forum

February 16 @ 9:30 am 1:30 pm

The New Jersey Big Data Alliance is convening the NJBDA Research Forum which is open to all research professionals, faculty, research computing professionals, students, and other campus partners interested in shaping the Big Data and AI research collaboration landscape. Please feel free to share with your communities!

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen K. Burley, Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

Forum highlights:

  • Big Data and AI Research Collaborations
  • Communities and Resources for Advancing Collaborations
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Establish Contacts with the New Jersey Big Data & AI Research Community

For additional information, contact research@njedge.net.


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9:30 AMRegistration & Light Refreshments
10:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks (NJBDA and Saint Peter’s University host institution)
  • Forough Ghahramani, Vice President, NJBDA Research Committee; Assistant Vice President, Research & Innovation, NJ Edge
  • Sharath Kumar Jagannathan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor;School of Business & Data Science Institute, Saint Peter’s University
10:05 AMNJBDA Updates: New Jersey Big Data Alliance Annual Symposium and The Journal of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Forough Ghahramani, Assistant Vice President, Research & Innovation, NJ Edge Hieu Nguyen, Ph.D., Professor, College of Science and Mathematics, Rowan University
10:15 AMResources and Communities for Advancing Research Collaborations
  • Judith Sheft, Executive Director, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
  • Forough Ghahramani, Assistant Vice President, Research & Innovation, NJ Edge
10:30 AMKeynote: “Protein Data Bank: From Two Epidemics to the Global Pandemic to mRNA Vaccines and Paxlovid
  • Stephen K. Burley, M.D., D.Phil; University Professor and Henry Rutgers Chair; Founding Director, Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine; Director, RCSB Protein Data Bank; Co-Lead, Cancer Pharmacology Research Program, Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
11:15 AMResearch collaboration opportunities – lightning presentations
  • 11:15-11:25 – “Blueberry Drone AI: Research collaboration between Rowan University and Camden County College” – Hieu Nguyen, PhD, Professor, College of Science and Mathematics, Rowan University
  • 11:25– 11:35 – “Unleashing the Power of Ontologies: From Structuring Knowledge to Ethical AI” – Navya Martin, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 11:35 – 11:45 – “Application of Machine learning and Deep learning to diverse challenges in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology”- Iman Dehzang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 11:45 – 11:55 – “Learning Hyperbolic Brain Network Representations for Healthy Aging Trajectories and Cognitive Decline Prediction” – Mengjia Xu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Data Science, Ying Wu College of Computing, New Jersey Institute of Technology
12:00 PMResearch funding opportunity and tips for writing successful grant proposals
  • Greg Monaco, Ph.D., CEO, Research Advisors
12:30 PMWorking Lunch – Roundtable discussions by broad areas of research
  • AI and Machine/Deep Learning
  • Collaboration between 4-year and 2-year schools
  • Generative AI (ex: ChatGPT)
  • Healthcare/Medicine
  • Cybersecurity, Cyber infrastructure, HPC
  • Physics, Astro physics
  • Smart cities, IoT
  • Sustainability
  • Other areas of interest
1:15 PMRoundtable Session Reports
1:30 PMWorkshop Adjourns and Informal Networking


Parking is available at Armory Lot located at 686 Montgomery Street.

Assistance with directions or have any questions about parking, please contact one of our Team members:

Supreeth Dandu: +1 571 456 9919
Rohith Sanku: +1 551 344 8839

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