Kansas Data Science Conference 2024


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April 26, Wichita, KS

KDSCon Program Available Now
Thank you to all who registered
Digital Program

Schedule of Events

April 26, 2024 (10:00 - 4:30)

  Event  Time  Location
  Opening Remarks  10:00 - 10:20  Woolsey Hall 110 A&B
  Power BI Workshop  10:30 - 11:30  Woolsey Hall 110 A
  Data Science Education Panel  10:30 - 11:30  Woolsey Hall 110 B
  Keynote Presentation and Lunch  11:45 - 12:45  Woolsey Hall 110 A&B
  Women in Data Science Video  12:45 - 1:00  Woolsey Hall 110 A&B
  Community Partner Meetings  1:30 - 2:30  Ablah Library
  Industry & Education Connection  1:30 - 2:30  Rhatigan Student Center 301
  Project Poster Session  2:45 - 4:15  Rhatigan Student Center 306
  Closing Remarks  4:15 - 4:30  Rhatigan Student Center 306

Keynote Presentation: Data Science for Big Social Media Data

Social media is a treasure trove of information for researchers in psychology, business, and other human-focused fields. However, advanced data science techniques are required to harvest and analyze such data. Dr. Jeffrey Girard, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kansas and co-director of the Kansas Data Science Consortium, will share his recent adventures in leveraging big social media data to advance marketing and emotion sciences.


Conference Steering Committee

The 2024 Kansas Data Science Conference is made possible through the input and direction of our committee members

Sue Abdinnour
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  • Omer Distinguished Professor in Business, Wichita State University
  • Director, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Wichita State University
  • Director, Business Operations and Analytics Lab, Wichita State University
Sergio Salinas Monroy
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  • Associate Professor, School of Computing, Wichita State University
  • Wichita State University Site Lead, Kansas Data Science Consortium
Fujian Yan
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  • Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Computing, Wichita State University
Rosemary Radich Yeilding
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  • Lecturer, School of Computing, Wichita State University
David Cochran
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  • Power BI workshop instructor
  • Dean of the School of Business, Newman University
Safia Malallah
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  • Education Session Host and Presenter
  • Teaching Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Kansas State University
Jeffrey M. Girard
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  • Keynote Presenter
  • Co-Director, Kansas Data Science Consortium
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas
  • M. Erik Wright Scholar
  • Director, Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science Program, University of Kansas
William Duncan
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  • Co-Director, Kansas Data Science Consortium
  • Assistant Research Professor of Data Science, University of Kansas
Michael Branicky
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  • Co-Director, Kansas Data Science Consortium
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Kansas
  • Former Dean of Engineering
Gryffin Eason
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  • Project Manager, Kansas Data Science Consortium

Event Details

Event Details

All events are scheduled in buildings with accessible entrances, powered doors, and limited-mobility parking. We will utilize the audio-visual technology available in these rooms. Presentations and documents will be in English, translators are available by request. Conference materials will be virtual documents and will be screen-reader compatible. If accommodations would make participation easier, let us know. 

Individuals with accessibility needs are encouraged to participate in events hosted by the Kansas Data Science Consortium. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Gryffin Eason at g.eason@ku.edu. Accommodation requests made less than two weeks prior to the event may not be possible to fulfill in time, we will try our best. Please reach out with any requests or concerns.

We will provide coffee, water, and snacks throughout the day. Individual classrooms may not permit food and beverages. The keynote speech and lunch will be hosted in Woolsey Hall with catering provided by WSU Dining Services. The menu will include vegetarian and gluten-free options. The animal based protiens (chicken and beef) are not certified halal, although other options should meet this requirement. Kosher options available upon request. For questions and requests regarding dietary restrictions and/or allergies please contact Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu).

The 2024 Kansas Data Science Conference is supported by the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) RII Track-1 program Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity (ARISE), award #2148878. Through EPSCoR, NSF builds research capacity and workforce development in areas in the country receiving a lower percentage of federal support.

Conference attendees who are visitors to the Wichita State campus are able to park for free, without a pass, 3 days per semester. If you are going to exceed these 3 days, you will need to purchase a visitor's permit from WSU.

There are a number of parking locations available. For this event we recommend using Lot 13, nearest Woolsey Hall, or Lot 7, nearest Rhatigan Student Center. Additional locations and details are available on the interactive map of WSU's campus.

The Kansas Data Science Conference welcomes participants of all faiths and backgrounds. 

This event is scheduled to take place during Passover, on Friday the 26th. We understand that attendees who observe this holiday may require additional accommodations. Lunch options which are Kosher for Passover can be arranged by emailing Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu)

There will be a break/transition between lunch and afternoon activities from 1:15 to 1:30. Woolsey Hall has several private study rooms which can used for midday prayers, meditation, or reflection. 

We are thrilled to feature presentations from students who have been working on data science projects as part of our community data labs. All students are encouraged to present, and can register for the conference. Student posters must be printed out in advance. Instructions for making and displaying these posters will be shared in class and via email.

Attendance of the full event is not mandatory. Our program is designed so students who are presenting in the afternoon but not attending any other sessions should be able to drive in that morning and drive back after their presentation, if they so choose. We encourage participation in the full event, but understand there may be scheduling conflicts.

Questions can be sent to your instructors or to Will Duncan (williamduncan@ku.edu).

We encourage participants in workshops to bring a laptop or tablet. WSU Guest wifi is available across campus and is open to all attendees who need it.

Conference materials will be published digitally and available online. Print copies will only be made by request. If you need a print copy, please contact Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu)

This conference is scheduled to permit day-of travel, and will not be providing over-night lodging for attendees.

We recommend carpooling with other attendees when possible. Student presenters are encouraged to reach out to their instructors for assistance coordinating ride sharing. 

KU students, faculty, and staff may be eligible for mileage reimbursement, and should contact g.eason@ku.edu. Other attendees are not eligible for reimbursement by the University of Kansas. 

Registration is requested for this event. Registration closed Monday 4/22 to ensure adequate space and materials.

If you are a student presenter who did not register, you are still invited! Please contact your instructor for additional information.