UNCW Data Science Team Among Eight Teams to Present at SAS Global Forum

Friday, March 02, 2018

UNCW’s data science team will be among data innovators and thought leaders presenting at this year’s SAS Global Forum in Denver.

The team, known as SAS Super FREQs, is one of eight teams participating in the SAS Global Forum Student Symposium April 8-11.

Jim Blum, professor of statistics in the UNCW Department of Mathematics and Statistics, serves as the team’s faculty adviser. “Being selected as one of only eight presenters is a great accomplishment for the students. We hope it will be the first of many, as the program continues forward.”

The SAS Super FREQs team consists of Hillary Melroy, Michelle Page, Brittany Palmer, and Greg Terlecky, all first-year students in the M.S. in Data Science program. The team created a utility for viewing classroom usage for various buildings on the UNCW campus. Students wrote a paper that defined the problem, described the analysis performed and presented the results. This experience was good practice for the forum, where UNCW’s team will present their project during a 20-minute breakout session. The oral presentations will be judged and the top three teams will be announced at the conference.

SAS, which once stood for "statistical analysis system,” is a leader in analytics. The company is based in Cary, N.C. The SAS Global Forum Student Symposium gives students and a faculty adviser an opportunity to showcase their skills and compete against other teams in the application of SAS analytics in big data, choosing their own data sets and performing analyses. The SAS Global Forum attracts a diverse audience of international SAS users, executives and members of academia.

Other teams selected to present are:

  • Analytics Androids (Oklahoma State University)
  • Dream Team (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Number Cruncher (Oklahoma State University)
  • Opiate  Associates (Louisiana State University)
  • Random Forest Gump (Kennesaw State University)
  • The Control Group (Grand Valley State University)
  • XA-OPP (George Brown College)

-- Venita Jenkins


UNCW Data Science Team

UNCW's SAS Super FREQs is one of eight data science teams presenting at the SAS Global Forum Student Symposium April 8-11. Team members are, from left to right, Michelle Page, Hilary Melroy, Brittany Palmer, Greg Terlecky, and professor of statistics and faculty leader Jim Blum.