Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Conference 2015
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
April 24 - 25, 2015

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Welcome to the 2015 Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Use the links on the left-hand side of the page to navigate through the site. This is our 32nd consecutive conference, and we look forward to hosting you on the beautiful Rose-Hulman campus.

The primary vision for the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is to provide a venue to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and work of undergraduate mathematicians and statisticians. The conference is put on largely by undergraduates for undergraduates. The theme for this year's conference is Statistics: From Big Data to Big Decisions.

Key Dates:

  • Registration Opens: February 2
  • Deadline for Best Paper Submission: March 16 at 5:00pm EDT
  • Deadline for Submitting a Talk: April 3 at 5:00pm EDT
  • Online Registration Closes: April 17

Invited Speakers:

Speaker: Nick Lockwood
Title: Marketing with Big Data: The Power of Analytics
Slides From Presentation
Data analytics has unquestionably changed the way we shop and has become increasingly critical for everyday items such as grocery, household, and health and beauty products. Retailers in these industries operate on high volumes and razor-thin pro t margins, so analytics is leveraged to increase sales whenever possible. One of the most powerful data sets a marketing professional can have is that of actual purchase behavior (i.e., shopping transactions). In this session, we will explore a variety of ways in which companies are utilizing analytics with transactional data to drive sales and provide value to retailers, manufacturers, and consumers alike.

Nick Lockwood is currently Senior Director of Brand Marketing Analytics at Catalina Marketing, a personalized digital media company with the largest shopper purchase history database in the world. Nick works with client brand teams to uncover strategic insight from Catalina’s data and identify optimal purchase-based targets for marketing campaigns. He received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before pursuing an MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He then attended Indiana University Bloomington for a PhD in Information Systems and worked as an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology before leaving to work at Catalina. Nick’s diverse background of programming, data infrastructure, statistics, research methodology, business, and teaching experience has served him well in the field of analytics, and he is enthusiastic about sharing this experience with students interested in a business analytics career.

Speaker: Amanda Cox
Title: Data Visualization at the New York Times
Amanda will discuss the lessons she has learned about data visualization from working with news graphics. In particular, she will discuss the importance of looking at the entire distribution instead of only summary measures (like averages), a lot of good songs have back up singers, and that the annotation layer is very important. She will also discuss current challenges in the eld of data visualization including how to represent uncertainty and how to create charts that play well with words.

Amanda Cox is a graphics editor at the New York Times, where she makes charts and maps for the paper and its web site. Before joining the Times in 2005, she earned a master's degree in statistics from the University of Washington. She received the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association in 2012 and was part of a team that won a National Design Award in 2009.


Eric Reyes
Diane Evans
Key Dates

Registration Opens: February 2
Deadline for Distinguished Paper Award: March 16
Deadline for Submitting a Talk: April 3
Online Registration Closes: April 17

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