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4th Annual BayesiaLab Conference in Nashville, Tennessee


Main Conference Program

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201 

Day 1 — Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Start End Track A
Board Room
Track B
Green Room
9:00 am 9:30 am Conference Registration
9:30 am 12:00 pm Workshop on innovations in BayesiaLab 6: R2GenOpt Discretization, Function Nodes, Optimization, etc. Artificial Intelligence in Marketing Science: Causal Identification and Estimation with Observational Data
12:00 pm 1:30 pm Luncheon at Merchants on Broadway
1:30 pm 4:00 pm Introduction to knowledge modeling with the Bayesia Expert Knowledge Elicitation Environment (BEKEE). Marketing Mix Modeling and Optimization with Bayesian Networks & BayesiaLab (Continuation of Morning Session)
4:00 pm 6:00 pm Break
6:00 pm 8:00 pm Reception with live music at Tin Roof on Broadway


Day 2 — Thursday, September 29, 2016

Curb Family Music Education Hall

Start End Organization Presenter Topic
7:45 am 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am 8:45 am Bayesia Dr. Lionel Jouffe,
Stefan Conrady
Introductory Remarks
8:45 am 9:15 am Omegawave Dr. Roman Fomin Modelling the Training Process of Olympic and Professional Athletes Using BayesiaLab
9:15 am 9:45 am University of British Columbia Dr. Boris Sobolev Causal Attribution of Mortality to Delays in Heart Surgery
9:45 am 10:15 am NYU Medical School Dr. Azizi Seixas

Lifestyle and Behavioral Determinants of Stroke Differences Between Blacks and Whites in the US
10:15 am 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am 11:00 am Cisco Sri Srikanth,
Corey Sykes
Driving Digital Customer Engagement powered by Bayesian Networks
11:00 am 11:30 am Merkle, Inc. Bob Wood,
Dr. Toshi Yumoto
Using Bayes Nets for Market Share Driver Analyses
11:30 am 12:00 pm VSA Partners Dr. Charles Hammerslough Using Bayes Networks to Estimate Return on Marketing Investment
12:00 pm 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet
1:00 pm 1:30 pm GfK Benoit Hubert Optimization of Real-Time Experience Measurement with Bayesian Networks
1:30 pm 2:00 pm CIEK Solutions Neeraj Kulkarni Demystifying the Consumer Decision Journey
2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Louisiana State University
Dr. Cory Hutchinson
2:30 pm 3:00 pm Standpoint Decisions Dr. Steven Wilson Use of causal modeling with Bayesian networks to inform policy options for sustainable resource management
3:00 pm 3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:15 pm 3:45 pm U.S. Army, Innovative Decisions, Georgetown University David Aebischer, Dr. Amanda Hepler, Dr. Joe Tatman,  Dr. Rochelle Tractenberg Engineering Knowledge for Bayesian Networks
3:45 pm 4:15 pm ArcelorMittal Floyd Demmon Supervised Learning to Understand Root Causes of Steelmaking Slivers Using BayesiaLab
4:15 pm 4:45 pm University of Vermont Dr. Asim Zia Machine learning how human risk perceptions shape behavior
4:45 pm 5:00 pm Bayesia Dr. Lionel Jouffe,
Stefan Conrady
Reveal of the site of the 2017 BayesiaLab Conference Location; Closing Remarks

Conference Registration


For those who will be joining us for the first time, please check out photos, videos, and presentations from the 2015 BayesiaLab Conference in Fairfax, Virgina, and the 2014 BayesiaLab Conference in Los Angeles, California.


Given different budgets and preferences, we have not predetermined a specific hotel for our conference guests. Being in downtown Nashville, there are numerous hotels within easy walking distance of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Feel free to use the Booking.com search box below to find the hotel that best suits your needs. 


Practical Information for Conference Participants

Dress Code

While our conference venue, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, is an impressive neoclassical building, don't be intimidated by its formal appearance. Please feel free to dress comfortably for the entire conference program. Also, for the social elements of the conference, we'll be on Broadway amidst honky tonks, so we encourage you to go with the flow and dress casually. If you have a pair of western boots, this would be the place to wear them!


In general, September is a very nice time of the year to visit Nashville. Temperatures in late September are typically in the 70s during the day and in the 50s overnight. Although Tennessee gets its fair share of rain throughout the year, September is among the driest times of the year.  



There are several parking lots and garages adjacent to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Map of Downtown Nashville