Big Data Day LA 2016 Keynote - Tom Horan/ Claremont Graduate University
Big Data Insights for a Better World
Thomas A. Horan, PhD.
Dean, Drucker-Ito School of Management
Director, Information Systems and Technology
Co-Director, Transdisciplinary Studies Program
July 9, 2016
• Claremont Graduate University is one of the
Claremont Colleges (Harvey Mudd, Pomona,
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps, KGI) and
focuses on masters and doctoral degrees.
• Over the past two years, CGU has undertaken a
university-wide Big Data initiative including new
programs, classes, and research projects.
• In keeping with the university’s mission, the
initiative has been deliberately transdisciplinary
and focuses on the societal contribution of Big
• Big Data can provide insights on business
performance, markets, and economies
• We have undertaken projects ranging from
sentiment analysis of car dealerships to how
industry cluster growth affects supply chains.
• These projects and related courses include not
only technical elements but business and
management elements, as both perspectives are
needed to translate insights into action.
• An example of this is a study we did for BNSF in
collaboration with the University of Minnesota.
• Big data provides a means to improve
health care delivery.
• Health care reform is affecting the
ability to supply enough primary care
physicians and match to patient needs.
• IEHP in San Bernardino/Riverside has
swelled to 1M members.
• Analysis underway using transactional
database (3.72TB) and data warehouse
(474 GB) to develop algorithms for
linking patients with providers.
• Big Data can provide insights into global concerns
•One study corroborates refugee accounts by
documenting when villages are burned (Sudan).
•Collaboration with Human Rights Watch / Holocaust
Memorial Museum to monitor human rights
violations using time-series satellite data.
•Another study using a “drone” gathered visual data
across the electromagnetic spectrum (multispectral
imagery) on the southwest coast of Costa Rica.
•The visual data from the drone together with 30
years of historical satellite imagery will enable
researchers to determine the rate at of reforestation.
Insights: Global Concerns
• Big Data requires changes in education.
• New Courses: Big Data Across the Disciplines,
Computational Skills for Industry, Consumer Digital
Marketing and Analytics, Design Thinking and
Research, Data Mining, Machine Learning.
• New Degree Programs: Masters (MSIST, MBA) and
Doctoral (PhD) degrees with specializations in
data science and locational analytics, and dual
IT/IS management degrees.
• Research and Outreach: New data science lab and
new non-degree offerings (e.g. MBA Essentials for
Salesforce) and DTLA Location.
Insights : Educational Changes
Research and Program Information