Data Day November 5, 2021

Heather Krause

Heather Krause, Founder of We All Count, Keynote speaker.

Heather Krause, PStat, is a data scientist with 20+ years in the field. She’s a cross-sector thought leader in data equity issues. She works on government, social sector, education, and corporate data projects. Her first company Datassist Inc. works globally with national governments, trans-national corporations, and the largest players in the NGO space. Her cutting-edge approach to project design, data collection, analysis, reporting and visualization have placed her in high demand as a project lead, a crisis consultant and a speaker on the subject of data equity.


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Dr. Ebony Ruhland

Dr. Ebony Ruhland is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ruhland received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how criminal justice policies and practices impact individuals, families, and communities. Through her research, Dr. Ruhland hopes to find ways to improve criminal justice and corrections policies to reduce mass incarceration, racial disparities, and collateral consequences while at the same time maintaining public safety. 


Dr. Jeffrey Blevins

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Dr. Jeffrey Layne Blevins (Ph.D., Ohio University) is a Professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Political Science and The Cincinnati Project.  His research activities have employed data visualization methodologies to explore social justice and political networks on Twitter, as well as the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Blevins' recent work has been reported in the scholarly journals, New Media & Society and Social Media + Society, as well as other venues. His book (with Dr. James Lee), Social Media, Social Justice and the Political Economy of Online Networks (University of Cincinnati Press) will be released in November 2021.




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Margarita Boenig-Liptsin

Margarita (Margo) Boenig-Liptsin is a Research Fellow at the Paris Institute of Advanced Study. Prior to the Fellowship at the Paris IAS, she was the Director of the Human Contexts and Ethics Program in the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley and Lecturer in the History Department. She teaches about the relationship between technology, power, democracy, and ethics with a foundation in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) to students in both technical and social science/humanities fields. At Berkeley, and in partnership with the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA), Margo has led the development of ethics curriculum that can support engineering professionals in realizing their responsibility in society. Margo is trained in the field of Science, Technology and Society and holds a PhD in History of Science (Harvard University) and in Philosophy (Université Paris-Sorbonne). Her research examines transformations to human identity and citizenship in relation to information technologies across time and cultures. Her current research project at the Paris IAS explores the co-evolution of data and computational techniques used to calculate human worth and the concept of human dignity. 







Anissa Tanweer

Anissa Tanweer is a research scientist at the University of Washington's eScience Institute, a hub for data science training and collaboration. Dr. Tanweer conducts qualitative, ethnographic research on the practice and culture of data science, and brings a sociotechnical lens to bear on the design and implementation of data science programs. Her research appears in journals such as Big Data, the Harvard Data Science Review, and Information, Communication & Society. 

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Deeptankar DeMazumder

Deeptankar DeMazumder is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine Center of Excellence, and PI of the Neurocardiology Research Lab in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at University of Cincinnati, and an Attending Physician in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

Before joining the faculty at University of Cincinnati in 2017, he completed his Ph.D. at SUNY Stony Brook in Synaptic Electrophysiology, M.D. at Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University, Internship at Mount Sinai and Residency at University of Virginia in Internal Medicine, and Clinical Fellowships at Johns Hopkins University in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology, and a Research Fellowship in Neurocardiology at Johns Hopkins University.

His longstanding goals are to transform clinical observations into testable research hypotheses, translate basic research findings into medical advances, and evaluate personalized treatment protocols in rigorous clinical trials, while caring for and improving the quality of life in patients with heart rhythm disorders. His research integrates basic mechanistic studies of stress-induced alterations in heart-brain signaling and complementary translational research using novel machine learning algorithms in multicenter clinical studies, aimed at early diagnosis and treatment of critical illness.

Dr. DeMazumder’s research has been supported by the NIH NHLBI K99, R00, U54 and DP2 New Innovator awards, two Department of Defense awards, an award from the Leducq Foundation, an AHA Transformational Project Award, and four grants on Artificial Intelligence from the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine.


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Nirmalya Thakur 

Nirmalya Thakur is affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and Natural Language Processing. He has authored 32 peer-reviewed publications in a combination of conference papers, journal publications, and invited book chapters. He has delivered 26 presentations in the form of keynote addresses and invited presentations at conferences in United States, Canada, China, France, Denmark, and Indonesia.  

Nirmalya has reviewed more than 360 papers by serving on the reviewer board of 30 conferences and almost as many journals. He has received about $60,000 in research funding in the form of grants and fellowships. Nirmalya Thakur is a globally celebrated scholar in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and its interrelated disciplines and has received multiple awards and honors. Some of the recent ones include the Young Scientist of the Year Award at the 2nd International Business and Academic Excellence Awards, the Excellent Researcher Award at the 2nd International Academic and Research Excellence Awards, and the Research Excellence Award from the Institute of Scholars. He was recently inducted into the elite list of Marquis Top Scientists of the World. In view of his contributions to research and development in the field of Computer Science, he has been featured on Yahoo News, Business Insider, WRDE Coast TV, and in newspapers such as The Arizona Republic and The Chronicle-Journal. He was also a nominee of the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list of Scientists. 



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Chris Collins

Moderator for Good vs. Bad AI Panel

Chris M. Collins founded the UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research at the University of Cincinnati and serves as the Center’s technical lead. Her work focuses on the use of immersive technologies and virtual environments for scientific collaboration, academic research, and higher education in the Office of Research Division of Research Programs & Initiatives. Prior to her current position, Chris worked in the University of Cincinnati Information Technology (IT@UC) department for twenty years in a variety of roles, as a consultant for faculty in the Faculty Technology Resources Center and serving as Business Manager for the Presentation Technology Services Group. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

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