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AIM RSN Policy Center holds Big Data and Analytics forum for better policy and governance

Posted: 2017-07-25
Category: Events

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Program and Speaker Profiles
Advanced Analytics for Policy and Governance (E.Legara)
Big Data Analytics: Policy Development and Governance (M. Ibrahim)
Big Data and Analytics: The Philippine Context (E. Barrios)
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The Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held a forum on Big Data Analytics for Better Policy and Governance on 26 July 2017, at the Discovery Primea, Makati City.

AIM President and Dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang spoke about the emergence of data science as a field of study and the growing demand for professionals who have the skills and curiosity to both ask the right questions and seek answers to them. She also announced AIM's intention to offer a Master of Science in Data Science program next school year.

After AIM RSN PCC Executive Director Dr. Jamil Paolo S. Francisco delivered opening remarks, the four guest panelists gave insightful presentations on the applications of advanced data analytics in different fields, as well as the challenges to the development and effective use of these techniques in the Philippines.

Dr. Erika Fille T. Legara, Associate Professor at AIM and Program Director of the new MS in Data Science program, highlighted some applications of advanced analytics for policy and governance. She presented findings of studies she conducted with a team of data scientists and researchers in Singapore, including simulations of public transport systems in that country.

Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma, Associate Director for Research and Head of the Regional Climate Systems Program of the Manila Observatory, demonstrated how data analysis and modeling techniques can help predict patterns and trends of tropical cyclones in the Philippines.

Monchito Ibrahim, Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), discussed the government’s role in promoting data science as a profession, starting with improved data access and education.

Finally, Dr. Erniel B. Barrios, Professor of Statistics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, rounded out the discussion with updates on recent data analytics initiatives and accomplishments, as well as the potential of private sector data sets to contribute to public policymaking and discussion.

An open forum followed, with inquiries relating to banking sector security, open data sharing, data science expertise development, and the dissemination and understanding of data-related reports to the general public.


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