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2014 Bentley Research Colloquium

Big Data: Applications, Infrastructures, and Implications

Research Colloquium 2014

Bentley University organized a research colloquium that took place on Friday, November 14, 2014 under the title Big Data: Applications,  Infrastructures, and Implications. The colloquium focused on big data and other sociotechnical innovations, with a specific interest in technical, societal, organizational, ethical, and policy implications of big data. It helped to bring together Bentley faculty, staff, and students with key members of external stakeholder groups to highlight Bentley’s research within this important topic area, and to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities, and to develop Bentley’s research agenda related to big data further.

Heikki Topi, Computer Information Systems
Chair, 2014 Bentley Research Colloquium

M. Lynne Markus, Information and Process Management
Chair, Bentley Research Council


Big data has captured the interest of both academic researchers, industry practitioners and users of these new technologies in business, science, government, and non-profits with an accelerating force.  New technological solutions and applications appear to emerge every day, and both demonstrated results and promising new approaches are plentiful. At the same time, particularly scholarly research has started to ask questions about the implications of big data technology infrastructures and their applications.

Researchers representing numerous academic departments within Bentley University do scholarly work related to big data.  The 2014 Bentley Research Colloquium on November 14, 2014 both highlighted this work to internal and external audiences and engaged the participants in a conversation regarding the future direction of big data–related research.

The event accomplished the following:

  • Demonstrated both internally and externally the breadth and the depth of the scholarly work on and related to Big Data that is currently ongoing at Bentley University
  • Created opportunities for Bentley scholars to find synergies and collaboration opportunities between their projects and related initiatives both internally and externally
  • Broadened the scholarly conversation on Big Data at Bentley through perspectives brought by nationally recognized industry and academic experts
  • Developed further the agenda of Bentley’s research related to big data

In addition to multiple sessions featuring Bentley faculty and PhD student speakers, the event brought to the campus two prominent keynote speakers (Mr. Christopher Lynch, MBA ’91, Partner at Atlas Venture and Dr. Theresa Pardo, Director of Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNY). It began with a lunch and opening keynote at noon and ended with a closing keynote at 5:15 p.m. followed by a reception. 

The presentation sessions were structured around three major themes:

  1. The applications of big data and other sociotechnical innovations to complex scientific, business, and societal challenges.
  2. The infrastructures of big data and other sociotechnical innovations, including systems, analytical tools, technology, algorithms, security and privacy, governance, policy, business processes, etc.
  3. The social, ethical, economic, legal, and educational implications of big data and other sociotechnical innovations, including positive and negative unintended consequences.

You can download the 2014 Research Colloquium Program here.

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