Past Events

Elder Research sponsors many international conferences and corporate events and members of our team frequently deliver keynotes at major global analytics conferences. Here is a list of some past events we have supported.

2020

John Elder presented “How to Tell if Your Market Timing System Will Work: A New Measure of Model Quality” at the European Financial Evolution: AI, Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis online conference. Hosted by UNICOM, each speaker presented a short talk then gathered for an interactive panel discussion, providing an opportunity for remote delegates to actively participate, communicate through Q&As, and network with peers and panelists.

[November 4, 2020]


Dr. William Goodrum delivered a virtual seminar to the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering titled “Advances in Modeling the Hot Corrosion Ni-Based Superalloy Gas Turbine Engine Components.” The topic was based on work Elder Research performed for NASA.

[November 3, 2020]


Elder Research co-presented a paper on “Strategy and Application of New Technologies for Asset Management and Predictive Maintenance of Hydro Units” with Sira Kvina at the HYDRO 2020 |Strategies for Future Progress conference.

[October 26-28, 2020]


Elder Research Senior Data Scientist Daniel Brannock spoke about “Tyranny of Coincidence; When Spurious Relationships In Data Appear Significant” on a webinar hosted by KNIME. The push for organizations to incorporate analytics can result in rushed analyses with unreliable insights, even when many established best practices have been followed. A common root cause is what we refer to as the Tyranny of Coincidence, where spurious relationships in data appear significant.

In this webinar we discussed some of the techniques we count on to avoid the Tyranny of Coincidence—target shuffling, robust combinations of cross-validation and hold out data, feature engineering, and more—with practical examples in KNIME.

[October 15, 2020]


John Elder presented “Skill, Luck, or Torture? How to Tell if Your Result is Real” at the Data Science Connect conference. Hosted by AWS, the conference included four tracks: Data Scientists, Data Executives, Industry, and Demos and Applications.

[October 8, 2020]


John Elder was invited to participate in the U.S. Comptroller General’s Forum on “Governance and Accountability of Artificial Intelligence”.

[September 9-10, 2020]


Lead Data Scientist Dr. Thomas Shafer presented “Stay at Home, or at Least Tread Lightly: Using County-Level Data to Study the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Policy” at the Data Science Conference on COVID-19 . The conference showcased open source technology and code used to model and analyze the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted best practices in replicable and reproducible science. Presentations explored epidemic models of the virus and the pandemics affect on the economy, transportation, the environment, the society and beyond.

[August 28, 2020]


Gerhard Pilcher shared a summary of the Elder Research COVID-19 briefs and some key takeaways on the Impact of COVID-19 Through Data Analytics at an online event hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

[August 12, 2020]


John Elder joined Prof. Hersh Shefrin, Prof. Gautam Mitra, and Robert Passarella as expert panelists at the Finance Industry Challenge of Covid-19: Defending with Data, Statistics, Analytics and Visualization. Hosted by UNICOM, each speaker presented a short talk then gathered for an interactive panel discussion, providing an opportunity for remote delegates to actively participate, communicate through Q&As, and network with peers and panelists.

[July 2, 2020]


John F. Elder IV, Ph.D. gave a talk on “Even Powerful Science will Fail without Innovative and Honest Culture” at the Army/DSA Innovation Council.

[June 24, 2020]


Lead Data Scientist Wayne Folta was one of the instructors for the “Analyzing and Modeling Coronavirus Data” course offered by Statistics.com. The course covered both epidemiological models and statistical models used to forecast COVID-19 pandemic data.

[June 12, 2020]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Machine Learning Week on “The Deadly Dozen: The Top 12 Analytics Mistakes and the Techniques to Defeat Them” in Las Vegas

[June 4, 2020]


John Elder delivered a special plenary talk “The Top 3 Innovations In Analytics I’ve Seen” at the Predictive Analytics World for Business conference originally scheduled for Las Vegas.

[June 2, 2020]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Machine Learning Week on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” in Las Vegas

[June 1, 2020]


John Elder lectured on “What Data Results are Real?” to the MBA students in Professor Bodily’s class “Hot Topics in Analytics” at the the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. The lecture explored how to know if your discovery is real, or luck, or a result of torturing the data until it confessed.

[April 13, 2020]


Jeff Deal lectured on “Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare” to the nursing students at Clemson University. The lecture explored using big data, machine learning, predictive analytics, and Artificial Intelligence in health care.

[April 2, 2020]


Dr. William Goodrum was a panelist at Debate Night: Data Privacy in a Sensor-filled World hosted by the Science Policy Initiative at the University of Virginia Link Lab.

[February 27, 2020]

2019

Data Scientists Joel Gangora, Christopher Hase, Trent Bradberry, and Samuel Ballerini presented a paper on “Applications of Deep Learning and Domain Adaptation to the Study of Mountain Snow” at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco.

[December 11, 2019]


John Elder spoke to students attending an NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics Employer Information Session about the “Top 3 Innovations I’ve Seen” and Elder Research’s mission, values, and what it looks like to work at Elder Research.

[December 3, 2019]


Daniel Brannock and Mike Thurber taught a workshop on Machine Learning in KNIME at the KNIME Fall Summit in Austin, TX. The workshop explored a collection of critical, yet sometimes rushed or overlooked, machine learning concepts and how they can be implemented in KNIME.

[November 5, 2019]


John Elder delivered a talk “Against All Odds: The Slow, Startling Triumph of Reverend Bayes” at the Data Driven Business  conference in London.

[October 16, 2019]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World for Business on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” in London

[October 15, 2019]


Jeff Deal joined other local data science authors in a panel discussion at the Data Community DC Meetup to discuss what it takes to get published.  The meet-up was part of Data Science Week and was held at The George Washington University.

[October 5, 2019]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop on “Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” at the annual Predict Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

[October 2, 2019]


John Elder spoke on the “Top 3 Things I’ve Learned” at the annual Predict Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Elder’s talk highlighted Ensembles, Target Shuffling, and Cognitive Biases. Predict is Europe’s leading data conference and this years focus was on The Future of Technology Through AI and Data.

[October 1, 2019]


Elder Research sponsored beCamp 2019 Charlottesville hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College. Elder Research Data Engineer Todd Gerdy was emcee for the event. beCamp is a tech conference planned by the attendees.

[September 27-28, 2019]


Dr. Carl Hoover taught a workshop on “Data Science for Managers” at the Data Driven Government conference in Washington, DC. This 1-day workshop provided a high-level overview of modern data science concepts, tools, and techniques from a management perspective.

[September 26, 2019]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at the Data Driven Government conference on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” in Washington, DC.  This workshop covered useful ways to visualize, select, reduce, and engineer features.

[September 24, 2019]


Elder Research Data Scientist Daniel Brannock taught a 1-day workshop on “Fraud Analytics & Anomaly Detection” at the Data Driven Government conference in Washington, DC. This workshop reviewed best practices for fraud analytics constrained by the realities of incomplete data and unrecognized or emerging fraud patterns.

[September 23, 2019]


Robert Han and Larry Koskinen, HUD Chief Risk Officer, spoke at the Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training about Integrating Fraud Risk Management (FRM) and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). The panelists offered insight on the commonalities and differences between FRM and ERM requirements and how to integrate them.

[September 19, 2019]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World for Government on “The Deadly Dozen: The Top 12 Analytics Mistakes and the Techniques to Defeat Them” in Las Vegas, NV.

[June 20, 2019]


Gerhard Pilcher delivered the keynote address “Developing a Data Strategy for Health Care Organizations: Techniques and Tips for Improved Organizational Performance and Better Patient Outcomes” at the Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare conference in Las Vegas.

[June 19, 2019]


John Elder delivered a special plenary talk “Against All Odds: The Slow, Startling Triumph of Reverend Bayes” at the Predictive Analytics World for Business and Industry 4.0 conference in Las Vegas on June 19, 2019.

[June 19, 2019]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at the Predictive Analytics World mega conference on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” in Las Vegas, NV on June 17, 2019.

[June 17, 2019]


Dr. Carl Hoover and Dustin Hux taught a workshop on “Overcoming Challenges With Large Quantities Of Information In Order To Leverage The Future Of Analytics In The IC” at the Intelligence Analytics 2019 Summit in Washington, DC. This workshop focused on researching and developing different strategies for using analytics, new ways to process information, and organizing data across all platforms.

[May 29, 2019]


Gerhard Pilcher spoke to Law Enforcement Senior Executives at the Senior Leader Learning Lab hosted by the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council in Holland, Michigan. This four hour “immersion” course was designed to help C-Suite Leaders and Boards of Directors develop a practical understanding of the business value of data science, data mining, and predictive analytics.

[May 17, 2019]


Gerhard Pilcher  delivered the keynote “Growth and Transformation as a Professional in a Rapidly-changing Industry” at NC State University’s Alumni Weekend.

[April 27, 2019]


Dr. William GoodrumCarlos Blancarte, and UVA student Henry Harris spoke at the Tom Tom Applied Machine Learning  conference on “Automated Time-Series Model Selection at Scale” in Charlottesville, VA. The talk was a walkthrough of the framework that Elder Research implemented in R and Spark for a global logistics company to automate the production of over 35 million forecasts weekly.

[April 11, 2019]


Jeff Deal spoke on “Top 10 Analytics Business Mistakes: Identifying Why Projects Fail” to the James Madison University College of Business. This talk focused on the business pitfalls of managing an analytics engagement and addressed leading organizational and management errors made by the client or the consulting firm and illustrated some with real-world examples.

[April 10, 2019]


On December 7, 2018 John Elder and Jennifer Schaff spoke to students attending an NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics Employer Information Session about Elder Research’s mission, values, and what it looks like to work at Elder Research.

[April 5, 2019]


Data Scientist LeAnna Kent spoke at MLconf on “Using Network Analysis to Detect Kickback Schemes Among Medical Providers” in New York City on March 29, 2019. Her talk covered how Elder Research created a custom formula to highlight the strongest connections in an egonet, and how it allowed us to score and rank the resulting subgraphs for investigation prioritization.

[March 29, 2019]


Dr. Carl Hoover taught a workshop on “Intervention and Prioritization Analytics” for the Air Force Research Lab, Strategic Development, Planning and Execution Office. Dr. Hoover’s session was part of the “Predictive Analytics for Integrated Assessment of Peer Response Workshop” in Dayton, OH. The event aimed to generate concepts to predict the tactical and strategic actions of adversaries, supporting the U.S. Air Force’s ability to uphold the National Defense Strategy.

[March 22, 2019]


Victor Diloreto, Director of Software Products at Elder Research, was a featured speaker on Carahsoft’s Google Cloud webinar “Enhance Data Efficiency: Eliminate Fraud, Waste, and Abuse with Google Cloud”.

[March 19, 2019]


John Elder spoke to the OSF Healthcare leadership team on February 21, 2019.  OSF HealthCare is an integrated health care network serving patients of all ages across Illinois and Michigan.

[February 21, 2019]


John Elder spoke on “Luck, Skill, or Torture? How Target Shuffling Can Tell” to data science students at the University of Virginia Data Science Institute.

[February 13, 2019]


Isaiah Goodall and Dr. Jennifer Schaff spoke at the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance CIO/CMIO Roundtable on January 9, 2019. The event openly discussed problems and solutions related to IT and analytics in healthcare.

[January 9, 2019]

 

2018

On December 7, 2018 John Elder and Jennifer Schaff spoke to students attending an NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics Employer Information Session about Elder Research’s mission, values, and what it looks like to work at Elder Research.

[December 7, 2018]


Elder Research CEO Gerhard Pilcher will speak at the Washington Technology Showcase about Innovative Ideas Elder Research is using to solve hard problems with the latest technology. The event will be hosted by ACG MITRE.

[December 7, 2018]


Robert Han spoke at the Data Driven Insights Conference at George Washington University on December 1, 2018. This Social Networks and Graph Analytics primer covered graph theory, graph storage, graph algorithms, and graph analytics visualizations and solutions for data science, with specific use cases from fraud detection solutions developed by Elder Research.

[December 1, 2018]


Elder Research sponsored Datapalooza 2018, a presentation of data-driven research and initiatives hosted by the University of Virginia on November 9, 2018.

[November 9, 2018]


John Elder will deliver the keynote address “The Greatest Science” at the Predictive Analytics World conference in London.

[October 17, 2018]


John Elder will be teaching a 1-day workshop at PAW London on “The Best and Worst of Predictive Analytics: Predictive Modeling Methods and Common Data Mining Mistakes“.

[October 16, 2018]


Elder Research sponsored Data Transparency 2018, the largest annual open data conference in the United States. The conference examined the challenges, benefits, and solutions around information sharing across the government, compliance, and private sectors. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. on October 10th.

[October 10, 2018]


John Elder will teach a 1-day workshop on “The Best and Worst of Predictive Analytics: Predictive Modeling Methods and Common Data Mining Mistakes” at the annual Predict Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

[October 2, 2018]


Elder Research sponsored beCamp Charlottesville hosted by the University of Virginia on September 28-29, 2018. beCamp is a Charlottesville tech conference planned by the people who show up.

[September 28-29, 2018]


John Elder delivered the keynote address at the Command Control summit in Munich, Germany. The summit was the first interdisciplinary conference covering integrated risk management and cybersecurity topic form the leadership and management point of view supporting enhanced holistic decision-making.

[September 20-22, 2018]


Carl Hoover taught a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World for Government on “Data Science for Managers” in Washington, DC.

[September 21, 2018]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World for Government on “The Deadly Dozen: The Top 12 Analytics Mistakes and the Techniques to Defeat Them” in Washington, DC.

[September 20, 2018]


John Elder delivered the keynote address “The Greatest Science” at the Predictive Analytics World for Government conference in Washington, DC.

[September 19, 2018]


John Elder taught a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World for Government on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” in Washington, DC.

[September 17, 2018]


Elder Research sponsored a suite at Tech Night Takeover 2018 hosted by the University of Virginia Data Science Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 5th, 2018. The event was designed to connect targeted employers with tech talent across UVA.

[September 5, 2018]


Robert Han spoke on “Social network Analysis and Data Science for Fraud Detection” at the ACFE Global Fraud  conference in Las Vegas. This session explored how Elder Research applied data science techniques and graph database technology at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to identify networks of tax preparers working together based on information appearing on tax returns.

[June 19, 2018]


Dustin Hux and Jeff Whittemore will participate in the Commonwealth Conference on National Defense and Intelligence in Charlottesville, VA. This year’s theme is Resilience for National Security.

[June 10-12, 2018]


Elder Research will sponsor the Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare conference in Las Vegas. Come visit us at Booth #800.

[June 3-7, 2018]


John Elder will be teaching a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World Las Vegas on “The Deadly Dozen: The Top 12 Analytics Mistakes and the Techniques to Defeat Them” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

[June 7, 2018]


Elder Research CEO Gerhard Pilcher will speak on “AI Needs HI to Succeed” at the Innovate with Analytics: The Art of Deeper Insights CIO breakfast event in Sydney, Australia.

[June 5, 2018]


John Elder will deliver the keynote address “The Greatest Science” at the Predictive Analytics World for Business conference in Las Vegas.

[June 5, 2018]


John Elder will be teaching a 1-day workshop at Predictive Analytics World Las Vegas on “The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

[June 4, 2018]


John Elder and Jordan Barr will participate in the Alternative Investment Conference hosted by Piedmont Fund Services in Charlottesville, VA.

[May 30-31, 2018]


Gerhard Pilcher will join other thought leaders in a panel discussion on “AI for Data Analysis” at the STEP Workshop on AI Adoption Reshaping the Cyber Domain in McLean, VA.

[May 30, 2018]


John Elder will speak on “What to Optimize? The Heart of Every Analytics Problem” at Analytics Summit 2018 presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics.

[May 16, 2018]


John Elder will be teaching a 2-day Data Mining Workshop at Analytics Summit 2018 presented by the University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics.

[May 14-15, 2018]


Elder Research CEO Gerhard Pilcher will speak at the Manulife 2018 US Analytics conference on “The Gap: Is It Leadership” in Boston.

[May 10, 2018]


Elder Research will sponsor the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2018) at the University of Virginia. The “Systems in Context” theme is inclusive of topics across all aspects of systems and industrial engineering and related fields.

[May 8-9, 2018]


John Elder will speak on “How to Know What is Real” for Professor Bodily’s class “Hot Topics in Analytics” at the the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

[April 17, 2018]


Director and Senior Scientist Dr. Miriam Friedel will be an expert panel member discussing “The Future of Patient Care” in the Medicine & Biotech track at the TomTom Founders Summit in Charlottesville, VA.

[April 12, 2018]


John Elder  will deliver the keynote address on “The Data Science Revolution in Industry” at the Elon University Business Analytics Conference “Analytics in Action: Trends You Need to Know” at the SAS Executive Briefing Center in Cary, NC.

[April 5, 2018]


John Elder will lecture on  “A Day In The Life Of A Data Miner” for Professor Pittges’s Data Warehousing, Mining, and Reporting class at Radford University.

[April 4, 2018]


Fraud is often perpetrated by groups working together. Fraud analytics uses data to detect fraud these rings. In this webinar Robert Han and Ryan McGibony share details on identifying suspicious behavior using network analysis tools such as graph databases. Register for webinar

[March 8, 2018]


Elder Research will exhibit at the RegTech Data Summit which connects agency leaders, Congress, regulated industries, and tech companies to work together to define the future of this emerging policy area. RegTech solutions can enable automation, reduce fraud, and cut compliance costs. [March 7, 2018]

2017

Jeff Deal will deliver a talk on “The Gap: Is it Leadership?” to the James Madison University College of Business.

[December 5, 2017]


John Elder will speak on “The Power of Data Science” at the 11th Dubai International Food Safety Conference.

[November 19, 2017]


Elder Research Lead Data Scientist Mike Thurber will speak on “Causation Matters in Data Science” at the November Data Science Meetup in Charlottesville.

[November 16, 2017]


John Elder will deliver the keynote address “The Top 3 Innovations in Analytics I’ve Seen” at the Farmers Insurance Advanced Analytics Conference. Drawing on three decades of extracting useful information from data the three most important analytic innovations have to do with Ensemble models, Target Shuffling, and Cognitive Biases.

[November 2, 2017]


John Elder will be giving a special plenary talk at PAW Healthcare in New York City on “Thinking Hard and Soft: The Clash of Data Science, AI, and Human Expertise“.

[October 30, 2017]


Elder Research CEO Gerhard Pilcher spoke at the Washington Technology Showcase about Innovative Ideas Elder Research is using to solve hard problems with the latest technology. The event was hosted by ACG MITRE.

[October 25, 2017]


John Elder will join the Center for Open Science to discuss “Why Can’t We Repeat Scientific Results?”. The event is sponsored by HackCville, a platform for experiential education and career development to train students in high-demand skills, accelerate their ideas, and connect them to jobs, opportunities, and a tight-knit community.

[October 24, 2017]


John Elder will deliver the keynote address “What to Optimize? The Heart of Every Analytics Problem” at the Predictive Analytics World conference in London.

[October 11, 2017]


John Elder will be teaching a 1-day workshop at PAW London on The Best and Worst of Predictive Analytics: Predictive Modeling Methods and Common Data Mining Mistakes.

[October 10, 2017]


Data Scientist Dr. William Goodrum will speak at Fall Technical Conference on “Beyond Reliability: Advanced Analytics for Predicting Quality”. The theme of this year’s conference is “Statistics: Powering a Revolution in Quality Improvement.”

[October 5, 2017]


John Elder will join other thought leaders in a panel discussion on “The Singularity” at the annual Predict conference in Dublin, Ireland.

[October 3, 2017]


Director of Commercial Analytics Dr. Miriam Friedel will be an expert panel member discussing “Machine Learning: Revolutionizing Virginia Industries” at the TomTom Fall Forum.

[September 22, 2017]


John Elder will be teaching the 2-day course “Tools for Discovering Patterns in Data: Extracting Value from Tables, Text, and Links” in Charlottesville, VA.

[September 19-20, 2017]


John Elder will discuss “Toxic Analytics: How Good Technology Can Lead to Bad Decisions” on a webinar hosted by Information Management. Register for the webinar.

[August 22, 2017]


Bryan Jones will speak on “Analytics Governance Strategy: Seven Questions to Guide Success” at the Fraud Analytics for Government conference organized by the Financial Research Associates in Washington, DC.

[June 28, 2017]


Elder Research will have a booth at the AFCEA Central Virginia Engagement Day 2017 – Unmasking the Enemy. Come join us and hear from the NGIC CDR, COL Dana Rucinski, MG Franz, USCYBERCOM J3; COL Dave Kim, INSCOM G7; Mr. Joe Saunders; Mr Mo Wright, OSINT Director; COL Mike Kjorness, ARCYBER G2; Cathy Moore Identity Intelligence Lead, NGIC, and Dr. Brigitte Hogan, Data Scientist.

[May 25, 2017]


John Elder will deliver the keynote address “Luck, Skill, or Torture? How Target Shuffling Can Tell” at NASA’s JSC Data Science Day 2.0. The event is designed to share knowledge and provide training on how data analysis and visualization are used in our everyday lives.

April 26, 2017]


Carl Hoover will be a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia’s STAT4995 Statistics Consulting class.

[April 17, 2017]


Dr. Andrew Fast, Chief Scientist, Elder Research speaking at the Tom Tom Founders Festival Machine Learning Conference on “Using Data Science to Ask Why: A Brief introduction to Causal Modeling”.

[April 13, 2017]


John Elder and Bryan Jones will be members of a panel of analytics experts discussing “Why Analytics Matters for Government” on a webinar hosted by GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER LIVE. Register for the webinar here.

[April 12, 2017]