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2018 BayesiaLab Conference

6th Annual BayesiaLab Conference in Chicago

Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile, 198 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611
November 1–2, 2018

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Hilton Magnificent MileAfter a delightful event in Paris last year, the BayesiaLab Conference returns to America in 2018. Please join us in Chicago for one week of events all around Bayesian networks and BayesiaLab! You'll have a chance to connect with fellow scientists and practitioners from leading organizations from across the globe.

Bayesian Networks in Practice

Since Judea Pearl first proposed Bayesian networks in the 1980s, the attractive mathematical and statistical properties of this new paradigm have become well-understood and widely utilized within computer science. However, their enormous potential as a practical research frameworkbeyond computer sciencehas only emerged more recently. Promoting the practical use of Bayesian networks for research, analytics, and reasoning is the conference's principal objective.

This event gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the state of the art in practical applications of Bayesian networks, from architecture to zoology, and everything in between. Many of our regular conference attendees appreciate the cross-disciplinary nature of the program, and you may find that an innovative methodology from medical research could very well apply to a marketing science problem or vice versa.

The BayesiaLab Community

Since our first conference in Orlando, Florida, in 2012, our conference has emerged to be more than your typical business conference. A community of researchers and practitioners from many different fields has grown, often bringing together unlikely collaborators, such as military strategists and market researchers. Also, with Bayesian networks still being a rapidly emerging technology, practically all participants are in learning mode, and only few can claim to be experts. As such, first-time participants will immediately feel comfortable joining this "voyage of discovery."

A Weekend in the Windy City

ChicagoWith the main conference days being scheduled for Thursday and Friday, this will offer an excellent opportunity to combine business with pleasure and spend the weekend in the Windy City. 

Our conference hotel is the Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile, just steps away from the iconic John Hancock Tower, the glamorous boutiques on Michigan Avenue, and the spectacular lakefront. If you have an interest in architecture, our hotel is the perfect place to start exploring Downtown Chicago as the birthplace of the skyscraper. 
You may book your accommodation at the Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile via the BayesiaLab Conference Hotel Reservation Site.

Pre & Post Conference Program

In addition to the main conference program (see below), we offer introductory and advanced BayesiaLab courses before and after the conference respectively. Separate registrations are required for these classes.

Main Conference Program

Day 1 — Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Start End Organization Presenter Topic
8:30 10:00  Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00 10:15 Bayesia Dr. Lionel Jouffe,
Stefan Conrady
Introductory Remarks & Team Introduction
10:15 10:45 Bayesia Dr. Lionel Jouffe Introducing BayesiaLab 8
10:45 11:15 Procter & Gamble Dr. Yong Zhang Sharpen Your Understanding of a Single Product or Consumer Segment Using Impact, Landscape and Profile Analysis
11:15 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 12:00 Dextro Analytics Manmit Shrimali, Ajith Govind Is the science of modeling enough to decode consumer behavior?
12:00 12:30 VSA Partners Dr. Charles Hammerslough, Praveen Singaraju Unsupervised Bayesian Network Learning for Non-Obvious Marketing Insight
12:30 13:00 KewW Corporation, George Mason University Dr. Charles Twardy Crowdsourcing Bayesian Networks with Prediction Markets
13:00 14:00 Lunch Buffet (Avenue Cafe – 2nd Floor)
14:00 14:30 Standpoint Decision Support Dr. Steven Wilson Using Bayesian Networks to characterize habitat use by wildlife with data collected by remote cameras 
14:30 15:00 Riverside Research Dr. Nicholas Scott Bayesian Network Modeling of Imagery Features From Direct Numerically Simulated Turbulent Sediment-Laden Oscillatory Flow: Preliminary Results
15:00 15:30 University of North Carolina Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Children Living with Industrial Hog Operation Workers: Bayesian Network Risk Models
15:30 15:45 Coffee Break  
15:45 16:15 EPA Dr. John Carriger t.b.a.
16:15 16:45 Imperial College London Louis Sharrock An Application of Bayesian Networks to Yield Prediction in Portuguese Viticulture
16:15 17:15 Agricultural Research Corporation Dr. Siraj Omer Application of Bayesian Networks of Genotype by Environment Interaction Evaluation Under Plant Disease, Soil Type and Climate Conditions Using BayesiaLab

 

Day 2 — Friday, November 2, 2018

Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Start End Organization Presenter Topic
8:00 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 9:30 Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University Robert Stoddard Synthesis of Causal Discovery and Machine Learning – Questions Posed
9:30 10:00 Ipsos Benoit Hubert Natural Language Processing and Bayesian Networks Supported by the Power of Universal Sentence Embedding and Universal Topic Modelling
10:00 10:30 Phoenix VII Predictive Analytics Dr. Robert "Mick" McWilliams Bayesian-Neural Network Ensemble Modeling: Results from an Initial Experiment
10:30 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 11:15 CIEK Solutions Neeraj Kulkarni Optimizing Mix of Local Media & Promotional Budgets for a Top-10 US Optical Retailer
11:15 11:45 Course5 Intelligence Brooks Gard Modern Approaches to Causal Modelling in Customer Experience Measurement
11:45 12:15 Singapore University of Technology and Design Zack Xuereb Conti Metamodeling with Bayesian Networks to Facilitate Intelligent Use of Engineering Simulation in Early Stages of Building Design
12:15 13:15 Lunch Buffet (Avenue Cafe – 2nd Floor)
13:15 13:45 Procter & Gamble Dr. Michael Thompson Bayesian Sense-Making in Data Science
13:45 14:15 Northwestern University Dr. Martin Paul Block Using BayesiaLab in the Classroom — Experience Teaching Marketing Mix Models
14:15 14:45 Bayesia USA Clare Gora A Framework for Engaging Non-Technical Stakeholders to Facilitate Bayesian Network Adoption
14:45 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 15:30 Google Ero Carerra t.b.a.
15:30 16:00 Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lunar Medical Dr. David Musson Decision Support in Extreme Environments — Designing a Medical Care Support System for a Mission to Mars
16:00 16:15 Bayesia Dr. Lionel Jouffe, Stefan Conrady Concluding Remarks & Reveal of 2019 Conference Location

Registration for the Main Conference Program

What to Expect

For those who will be joining us for the first time, please check out photos, videos, and presentations from previous conferences:

2017 BayesiaLab Conference in Paris, France

2016 BayesiaLab Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

2015 BayesiaLab Conference in Fairfax, Virginia

2014 BayesiaLab Conference in Los Angeles, California

2013 BayesiaLab Conference in Orlando, Florida

Map of Downtown Chicago