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Sixth annual Data Science and Al Conference coming to Tulsa

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Data Science and AI Conference, hosted by the Spears School of Business, attracts participants from across Oklahoma and the Southwest region of the U.S.

The sixth annual Data Science and Al Conference, sponsored by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, will be held Oct. 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel in Tulsa.

Topics for the conference will include the current trends and emerging technologies in AI, data science, & machine learning, the state of analytics in the business and sports worlds, industry successes in modern cloud analytics, and business intelligence for IoT/Criminal Justice.

Speakers for the conference representing companies from across the nation are:

  • John C. Brocklebank, Executive Vice President & Chief Hosting Officer, Global Hosting and US Professional Services, SAS Institutional Inc., Gary, N.C.
  • Bonnie K. Holub, Practice Lead, Data Science, Americas, Teradata, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Mark Nance, Chief Data Officer, American Fidelity, Oklahoma City
  • Dave Schrader, Business and Sports Analytics Coach, Teradata University Network, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
  • Vadim Omeltchenko, AWS Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services, Tampa, Fla.
  • Brian Bickell, Data Practice Leader, InterWorks, Stillwater, Okla.

A panel discussing the applications of machine learning and AI in business will include Eric Blabac, Director of Decisions Science, Sam’s Club, Bentonville, Ark.; Brandon Brown, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Laredo Petroleum, Tulsa, and Brad Cost, Chief Executive Officer/President, Infinedi and Chief Operating Officer, QVH Systems, LLC, Tulsa.

Also, there is an additional presentation by Jonathan Mildenhall, former chief marketing officer, Airbnb and co-founder and CEO, as a part of the Tulsa Business Forums that will take place prior to the Data Science & Al Conference. The presentation, “A Purposeful Brand: The Power Behind Airbnb” can be added on during the registration process for an additional fee. This presentation includes breakfast.

“We are thrilled to continue the annual Data Science and AI Conference because of the success it brings to the businesses and organizations represented,” Ramesh Sharda, vice dean for the Watson Graduate School of Management and co-faculty coordinator for the conference, said.  “The conference is for business professionals interested in exploring analytics applications and processes for implementing such initiatives.”

Registration is available for individuals or for groups of eight or more. Individual registration is $250 for the Data Science & Al Conference or $335 for the conference inclusive of the Tulsa Business Forums breakfast and presentation. Registration for groups of eight or more is $220 per person for the Data Science & Al Conference or $305 per person for the conference inclusive of the Tulsa Business Forums breakfast and presentation.

Gold sponsor is Matrix Service Company. Silver sponsors for the event include Heartland, ISN, KOSU and the OSU Foundation. 

To register, visit the conference website. For more information about the Data Science and Al Conference, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Lindsey Ray, program coordinator, at or call 405-744-5208.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Tush | Director, Marketing and Communications | 405-744-2703 |

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