Seminar: Strategy and Data Driven Research

Dr. Ramasamy Uthurusamy
General Motors Corporation (Ret.)

Strategy and Data Driven Research

Department of Computer Science
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Room EN-2022


Strategy-driven solution development and research-and-data-driven strategy formulation are keys to turn research results into useful applications. Based on personal observations, experiences, and assessment of emerging trends in academic and industrial research, this presentation will outline many real world applications of strategy and data driven research that illustrate innovative research and development that identify new opportunities and provide insight into better decision making.

Dr. Uthurusamy was General Director of Emerging Technologies, Information Systems and Services Division of General Motors Corporation. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. Prior to joining GM he was with Exxon Production Research Company where he was involved in applied AI research. Currently his research interests and expertise span four major areas: Knowledge Discovery in Databases and Data Mining (KDD); Artificial Intelligence (AI); Knowledge Management; and Advanced Web Technologies. He is an IEEE Fellow, Senior Member of AAAI, and Member of ACM and Sigma Xi.

For about twenty five years at GM, he was first involved in AI and KDD research and later as a technology management executive. As a technology executive, he provided leadership to Global GM to investigate, select, assess, pilot, and transfer to business, relevant emerging technologies. GM recognized his many contributions with its Charles McCuen Special Achievement Award. He was an elected Director of ACM SIGKDD and a member of the SIGKDD Executive Committee and has chaired numerous conferences in the area of KDD and AI. Most recently, he served as General Co-Chair of the 2013 ACM SIGKDD Conference. ACM SIGKDD recognized his contributions with its Distinguished Service Award. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of IJCAI (International Joint Conferences on AI) from 2002 to 2009 and a member of the Advisory Board of IJCAI-2011 and of IJCAI-2001.