The 2nd IIFF of the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo: Perspectives on Big Data

The Second International Interdisciplinary Faculty Forum of the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo took place this year on Monday, March 12th at The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

This day-long forum was part of a continuing series of cooperative events scheduled between the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo.  Leading scholars from both universities working in physics, medicine, computer science, the social sciences, and the humanities will present on their recent work as related to the central topic of “Big Data.” Each discussion was opened to all participants to explore the range and possibilities of the topic at hand. The goal of this event was to develop a truly international and interdisciplinary set of conversations which will inspire further research and cooperation.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.  Coffee Reception

8:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks

Daniel DiermeierProvost
The University of Chicago

Sekimura Naoto, Vice President & Deputy Director General, Division of International Affairs
The University of Tokyo

Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Ito Naoki
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

9:00 a.m.  PANEL 1:  BIG DATA AND MACRO SYSTEMS
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Product Turnover and Price Dynamics
Watanabe Tsutomu, Professor, Graduate School of Economics
The University of Tokyo

Big Data Software
Michael Franklin, Liew Family Chair of Computer Science
The University of Chicago

Chair
Nakajima Takahiro, Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The University of Tokyo 

9:55 a.m.  PANEL 2:  BIG DATA AND THE UNIVERSE
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Birth of the Universe   
Murayama Hitoshi, Professor of Physics & Director, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
The University of Tokyo

Fate of the Universe
Michael Turner, Bruce V. & Dinana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Phyics
The University of Chicago

Chair
Tomita Taisuke, Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Tokyo

10:50 a.m.  Break

11:05 a.m.  PANEL 3:  BIG DATA AND HEALING
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Modeling the Long-Term Progression of Alzheimer's Disease Using Clinical Databases             
Tokuda Keita, Researcher, The University of Tokyo Hospital
The University of Tokyo

Big Data from Clinical Trials to Improve the Development and Use of Cancer Drugs                 
Manish Sharma, Assistant Professor of Medicine
The University of Chicago

Chair
Mark Ratain, M.D., Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine
The University of Chicago

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m.  PANEL 4:  BIG DATA AND THE HUMANITIES
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Retrospect and Prospect of Humanities Studies in the Digital Age
Shimoda Masahiro, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
The University of Tokyo

Literature as Data: From Counting to Cultural Analytics
Hoyt Long, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College
The University of Chicago

Chair
James Ketelaar, Professor of Japanese History, East Asian Languages, and the College
The University of Chicago

2:10 p.m.  PANEL 5:  BIG DATA AND POLICY
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Financial Frictions at the Firm Level: Global Perspectives
Ueda Kenichi, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Economics
The University of Tokyo

Policing with Big Data
Jeffrey Grogger, Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy
The University of Chicago

Chair   
Nishimura Akira, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
The University of Tokyo

3:05 p.m.  Break

3:20 p.m.  PANEL 6:  BIG DATA AND BIOMEDICINE         
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Cancer Big Data Analysis with Supercomputers
Miyano Satoru, Professor, Institute of Medical Science
The University of Tokyo                          

How Data Commons are Changing the Way We Analyze, Integrate, and Share Large Biomedical Datasets          
Robert Grossman, Frederick H. Rawson Professor of Medicine
The University of Chicago

Chair
Nakamura Yusuke, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Surgery
The University of Chicago

4:45 p.m.  Concluding Remarks

Kurokawa MineoProfessor, The University of Tokyo Hospital
The University of Tokyo

Kurachi Soichiro, MBA'85 and President
Japan Corn Starch Co., Ltd.

Melina Hale, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
The University of Chicago

5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks

To register, please click here.  Space is limited.

To download a PDF of the program schedule, please click here.

This forum was co-coordinated by Professors James Ketelaar and Mark Ratain, M.D., of the University of Chicago and Professors Zhong Yijiang, Nakajima Takahiro and Kurokawa Mineo of the University of Tokyo.

Generous support by UChicago Global, the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Chicago, and the Division of International Affairs of the University of Tokyo has made this event possible.  A special thanks to Mr. Kurachi Soichiro, President, Japan Corn Starch Co., Ltd., for his many generous contributions to cooperative international studies.