Data to Knowledge to Action

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Webcast at

Following up on last year’s Obama Administration announcement of a “Big Data” initiative, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Science Foundation, and other agencies in the Networking and Information Technology Research & Development program will unveil new, high-impact collaborations among Federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local governments, non-profits, and foundations, that will harness Big Data to enhance economic growth and job creation, education and health, energy and environmental sustainability, public safety, and global development.


1:00 Welcome

John P. Holdren
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Farnam Jahanian
Co‐chair of the Subcommittee for Networking & Information Technology R&D
Assistant Director for the CISE Directorate, National Science Foundation

1:15 Building New Partnerships

Thomas Kalil
Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation
Office of Science and Technology Policy

David Logsdon
Senior Director for Federal Civil, Global Public Sector

2:00 A Bold New Collaboration “Harnessing the Potential of Data Scientists and Big Data for Scientific Discovery”

Chris Mentzel
Program Officer, Data‐Driven Discovery
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Joshua Greenberg
Program Director, Digital Information Technology
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Ed Lazowska
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering
Director of the eScience Institute
University of Washington

Yann LeCun
Silver Professor of Computer Science and Neural Science,
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and
Director of the Center for Data Science
New York University

Saul Perlmutter
Director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2:20 Coffee served in the Pavilion Foyer

2:30 Partnership Panel Discussion “Data Innovation Across Sectors”

Marjorie Censer (Moderator)
Washington Post

Jake Porway
Founder and Executive Director

Annika Jimenez
Global Head of Data Science Services

Michael Flowers
Analytics Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning
City of New York

David McQueeney
Vice President, Technical Strategy & Worldwide
IBM Research

danah boyd
Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research