Panel Topics


Big Data

Big Data is a term referring to extremely large quantities of information. In today’s world, data is becoming not only more available, but also more understandable to computers, resulting in a signifiant increase of data scientists who work with Big Data to provide us- able, meaningful, and coherent information for consumers and businesses. CMU’s expertise in statistics, computer science, and artificial intelligence makes it the most suitable place to promote dynamic discussion on Big Data.


The blockchain is an example of computer architecture: an immutable, unhackable distributed database of digital assets. It formalizes trust and consensus with mathematics and smart contracts, protects copyrights and patents with fast identity authentication, and employs big data to build statistical models to monitor transaction behaviors. With CMU’s status as one of the leading institutions in computer science, the upcoming Age of Blockchain is a topic of great interest.

Internet of Things

As the internet plays an increasingly larger role in our daily lives, it is certain that in the future the internet will be in our access anytime and anywhere. In fact, the increase in number of internet-enabled devices is outpacing the increase in number of humans on the planet. This interconnectivity will probably extend to every object in our daily life--from electronics to furnitures--so that these objects could send and receive data as well as intercommunicate. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at such a rapid pace that there is a rising demand for innovators cross-trained in engineering, design, and business.

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