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Dursun Delen, Ph.D.


By admin - Posted on 09 October 2014

Dr. Dursun Delen is the holder of William S. Spears and Neal Patterson Endowed Chairs in Business Analytics, Director of Research for the Center for Health Systems Innovation, and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at OSU. Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Professor at OSU in 2001, he worked for a privately-owned research and consultancy company as a research scientist for five years, during which he led a number of decision support, information systems and advanced analytics related research projects funded by federal agencies, such as DoD, NASA, NIST and DOE. Dr. Delen’s research has appeared in major journals including Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, Production Operations Management, among others. He has recently authored six books/textbooks in the broad area of Analytics. He is often invited to national and international conferences for keynote addresses on topics related to Analytics, Data/Text Mining, Business Intelligence, Health/Medical Informatics, and Knowledge Management. He currently serves as associate editor-in-chief, senior editor, associate editor and editorial board member on eleven technical journals. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious research and teaching awards including the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award (2013), the Regents Distinguished Research Award (2012) and the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award (2012).

Presentation: 
Creating Knowledge with Big Data and Analytics

Undoubtedly, analytics is one of the most popular information trends of the recent history, both in business and science. In most general terms, analytics can be defined as the art and science of creating knowledge by using large and feature rich data sets along with sophisticated modeling techniques to support problem solving, better and faster decision making. The sudden surge in the popularity of analytics can largely be attributed to the following factors:

Need – increasing competition coupled with decreasing resources are forcing organizations to do more with less (i.e., be both effective and efficient at what they do).
Technology availability – software/algorithms are becoming more sophisticated while simultaneously the hardware and infrastructure continues to become better, faster and less expensive.
Data availability – data is everywhere! As the saying goes “we are drowning in data but starving for knowledge.” Organizations that are effective in converting data into information and knowledge are those most likely to survive and thrive in these difficult economic conditions.
Cultural shift – the reliance on data driven, fact-based actionable information is becoming more prevalent now than ever before.  The sole reliance on experience and intuition are finally giving way to data and analytics in decision-making processes.

This talk will take a holistic and a historical/longitudinal view to analytics. It will provide a simple taxonomy of analytics and how it may relate to knowledge management. Several application cases, ranging from healthcare/medicine to entertainment, will be used to showcase the recent trends and capabilities of analytics.

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