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Bangalore Launch of Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and Business Insights (CEDABI)





The Trustees, the Governing board, Faculty, and the Students of MYRA School of Business

cordially invite you to the

Bangalore Launch of Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and Business Insights (CEDABI)


Inauguration by




Chief Guest


 Guest of Honour


Mr. T R Parasuraman 
Deputy Managing Director & Board Member, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt. Ltd. 
 Mr. David J Kasik
Senior Technical Fellow
The Boeing Company
Seattle, Washington
Shri. Manoj Rajan, IFS
Additional Secretary, Government of Karnataka,
Additional Mission Director, Sakala and MD & CEO at ReMSL  
Dr. K R Murali Mohan
Head, Big Data Initiative
Department of Science and Technology
Government of India 


 Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 | 06:30 to 08:00 pm

Venue: Hotel Ritz Carlton, Bangalore

About the Speaker:

Mr. David J Kasik

David J Kasik is the Boeing Company’s Senior Technical Fellow in visualization and interactive techniques. He is pursuing new ways of using visualization for huge amounts of both geometric and non-geometric data. His work with geometric data made David a pioneer in interactive 3D computer graphics. He devoted his first 11 years at Boeing to research and development of computer-aided design software. These projects led to pioneering work in interactive 3D graphics, user interface management systems, and industrial use of non-uniform rational (NURBS) solids and surfaces, which have earned accolades from IEEE and ACM computer Graphics groups.

David is working with Brazilian and Canadian researchers on use of visual analytics in a mobile environment, with Brazilian and U.S. researchers on visualization of dynamic simulations of dense crowds, with Hungarian researchers on multi-sided surface patches, and with Korean researcher on dynamic transparency for complex geometric models.



CEDABI is focused on Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) leading to increased productivity and consequently leading to economic growth.

CEDABI aims to:

1. Be a focal point and centre of expertise in Big Data Analytics in India, particularly in Karnataka

2. Address research challenges arising from Big Data; Identify and foster interdisciplinary research programs/themes and/or initiatives

3. Develop frameworks and tools for deriving Business Insights from Big Data Analytics

4. Develop and Publish Annual Indices of Business Sectors based on Data Analytics

5. Provide Training in Big Data Analytics with a focus on Business Insights

6. Offer Advisory/Consultancy Services to industry and academic organisations

7. Create an International Research Hub of experts in the domain

A unique advanced research and advisory entity—the Centre will develop a number of initiatives in advanced training and technology transfer in collaboration with industry and academia across the world.


 You are cordially invited


        Dr. Shalini Urs

 Founder & Chairperson

MYRA School of Business


          Dr. Michael Shepherd

              CEO and Professor

CEDABI, MYRA School of Business



Seminar on Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

Seminar inaugural


 Mr. Amit Dhar
Global Head - Minacs Command Center & Process Excellence
The Minacs Group




Dr. Michael Shepherd
CEO and Professor
CEDABI, MYRA School of Business
Professor of Computer Science
Dalhousie University, Canada



SheshaShah   Dr.JayantHaritsa
 Dr. Shesha Shah
Co-Founder and Director Le Boom Technologies & eRx Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
 Dr. Jayant R Haritsa

 Senior Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) 


Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA)

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore


Panel Discussion



Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar

Associate Dean and Director of Research,  MYRA School of Business

Former Principal Scientist, GE



 GauravVohra  Debasis-Bal-Fidelity  GauravBhalotia
 Mr. Gaurav Vohra

CEO & Co-founder

Jigsaw Academy

 Mr. Debasis Bal

Senior Director, Data Science

Fidelity Investments

 Mr. Gaurav Bhalotia

Vice President of Engineering







From tracking turtle migration to enabling innovation, Big Data is a big deal — say global experts


The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and Business Insights (CEDABI) — a dedicated centre for research and learning at the MYRA School of Business, was launched in the presence of global experts from Boeing, Indian Institute of Science, Minacs, ReMSL, Toyota and others at Hotel Ritz Carlton, Bangalore on Friday, March 11, 2016.


The launch was preceded by a high-octane and insightful Seminar on Data Analytics and Business Intelligence.  The seminar was inaugurated by Mr. Amit Dhar, Global Head—Minacs Command Center & Process Excellence, The Minacs Group.  Mr. Dhar discussed the industry-responses to the major challenges in business and mentioned that in his organization data analytics is viewed as a horizontal that cuts across different verticals. Professionals in diverse roles across these verticals contribute to the virtual centre of analytics which connects the customer with the enriched experience through analytics.


The vision for CEDABI and its focus at the intersection of data analytics and business insights was outlined by Dr. Michael Shepherd, CEO of CEDABI, MYRA and Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Canada.  He shared his vision of data-driven innovation contributing to economic growth.  Noting that the unemployment rate for data scientists in the US is less than one percent, Dr. Shepherd emphasized the tremendous opportunities in the field of Data Analytics.  The central theme of his keynote was about how analytics helps decision making across scenarios from tracking leatherback turtle migration to market basket analysis in retail.


Position analytics as a bridge between hard data crunching approach and a soft intuitive one reasoned Dr. Shesha Shah, Founder & Director, LeBoom Technologies & eRx Solutions Pvt. Ltd. She said that organizations today have to rise to the occasion and make conscious changes in the processes and hence there is a strong need to evolve from a tactical perspective to a more strategic, holistic approach with their data.


A contrarian view and a sense of realism to the much hyped domain of big data was brought by Dr. Jayant Haritsa, Senior Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC), Chair, Department of Computer Science, Indian Institute of Science. He lamented the fact that ‘testing’ is not given its due in software industry.  His talk “Big Data, Small Testing” focused on the criticality of testing in databases — big or small.  He elaborated on the tool CODD (COnstructing Dataless Databases) developed at his lab which constructs dataless environments to simulate alternative scenarios, automated scaling and mimicking to test big data.  He added that CODD is an ingenious tool to leapfrog the infrastructure demands as it fools the system into believing that it is hosting the data.


The power talks were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Associate Dean and Director of Research, MYRA.  Mr. Santhosh Nair, Founder, Analytic Edge Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Gaurav Bhalotia, VP of Engineering, Flipkart and Mr. Debasis Bal, Senior Director, Data Science, Fidelity Investments were the panelists.   Dr. Sarkar, initiating the panel discussion set the expectation from the panel—to throw light and insights on the issue of balancing the technical versus the business side of the expertise that a typical data analytics professional is expected to have. 


According to Debais Bal, Fidelity Investments, the business side of analytics is of critical importance though he valued the technical expertise of an analytics professional. He added that organizations should have professionals with business acumen and they should then go through more formal business analytics training rather than have statisticians develop business acumen. 


Mr. Santhosh Nair, Analytic Edge Pvt. Ltd., said that today, while leaders face an environment that requires real-time decisions and accurate, reliable and timely data in their oversight, rather than guessing or hoping for the best, leaders have to use data effectively to develop and foster a culture in which all members understand, apply and manage data as a dynamic entity to support the focus and improve outcomes.  He opined that business houses prefer to accommodate slightly imperfect solutions at the right time to deal with the pressures of decision making and that these solutions should be palatable and less complex.   


Mr. Gaurav Bhalotia, Flipkart, opined that data-driven organizations should have a strong data culture and a strong data infrastructure, A strong data culture is one where data-backed decisions, not opinions matter; data drives actions without human interventions, he added.  It has its focus on—measure, monitor and improve factors with data flowing seamlessly across boundaries.  A strong data infrastructure is one where there is strong accountability for every form of data and with an easy access to data in reports and visuals. 


The traditional lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries, marked the formal launch of CEDABI.


David J Kasik, Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington, in his insightful keynote shared that Boeing has hugely varied domains of interest to building its aerospace products —ranging from basic physics, statistics, networking, computing, material science, hydrogeology, natural language analysis and so on. He said the growth of data at Boeing is exponential, from terabytes to zetabytes, to say the least. Boeing has made an impact on computing, computer graphics, visual analytics, user interface management systems, and a host of other technological developments.  His own contribution in redefining visual analytics as a science to rapidly explore large complex datasets to gain new business insights had set the stage for Boeing’s first VA project in 2006, subsequently a 5-year research with Canadian Universities—yielded an exponential growth for analytics.  He said that Data is an asset to any company and therefore we need to pay enormous attention to data.  He deliberated that it is important to develop better understanding using visualization techniques, and there are significant opportunities to expand visualization technology in any industry. 


Two secrets of Toyota were revealed by Mr. T R Parasuraman, Deputy Managing Director and Board Member, Toyota Industries in his inauguration speech. First, adopting the principles of the 5S Model in their factories and offices — a Lean Manufacturing tool designed to improve workplace efficiency and improve productivity, while also reducing costs, complete with visual controls and order.  The name 5S Model originates from 5 Japanese words which when translated stand for Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. Second, the A4 Format—a complete report that fits on an A4 sized paper—containing everything from description of the problem to an overview of possible solutions to a description of the implementation of the solution on a limited scale to those actions that need to be monitored, milestones and last, the description of the successful implementation of the solution, on an A4-sized paper. 


Shri Manoj Rajan, IFS, Additional Secretary (Market Reforms), Government of Karnataka, Additional Mission Director, Sakala and CEO& MD, ReMSL, eloquently highlighted three areas—agricultural marketing; Sakala; electoral data where the Karnataka Government has made enormous stride in adopting analytics. In agricultural marketing analytics is used for a deep-dive into market factors, as it provides a wide range of economic, scientific, statistical, mathematical, and market analytic expertise. In Sakala it has taken giant strides in providing service to more than 20 million citizens  with software that is built to analyze the trends of Receipts, Disposals, Rejections, Complaints, Feedback and other important dimensions that are required for an efficient monitoring mechanism and aid the respective departments to take corrective action. And in electoral data where in intra departmental analytics facilitated elimination of duplicates, age and gender analysis, ghost entries, eligibility criteria analysis and others. 


A highbrow event with eloquent speakers and rich discussions from across different sectors — academic, industry and government marked the launch of CEDABI on March 11, 2016.



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