Leveraging Big Data for Planning: Towards Open and Frugal Solutions

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You'll learn about:

  • The state of big data in planning.
  • The technical and social trends that are changing the landscape of large-scale data, analytics, and technical systems.
  • How open and frugal engineering approaches might provide opportunities to conduct data analytics.

This session will provide the audience with an overview of opportunities to leverage big data in various aspects of planning. The focus of the presentation will be on outlining how advances in technology and the democratization of technical knowledge opens up new modes of creating technical solutions. Today it is possible to design open and frugal technical solutions that can be employed for data analytics thereby lowering costs, increasing access, and engaging communities.

About the Speaker

Kevin Desouza
Dr Kevin C. Desouza is an ASU Foundation professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Research for the College of Public Service & Community Solutions from 2012-2016. Kevin holds a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He has published more than 130 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including software engineering, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Government Executive, and Computerworld, among others. Most recently he curated the Ideas to Retire series for the Brookings Institution that examines practices that are stifling technological innovation in the public sector. Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, government intelligence operations, and crisis management. Desouza has received over $1.7 million in research funding from both private and government organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.kevindesouza.net