2017 Winter Conference on Business Analytics

Snowbird, Utah, March 2 - 4

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Welcome to 2017 Winter Conference on Business Analytics (WCBA)

Held annually in Utah, the Winter Conference on Business Analytics (formerly Winter Conference on Business Intelligence) - WCBA provides a unique forum for exchanging high-quality big data or business analytics research via regular paper presentation sessions, posters and breaks for optional winter sports. The conference focuses on the big data challenges and opportunities for creating business strategies.

Conference topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Big data analytics
  • Knowledge discovery in social or complex networks
  • Analysis of user-generated content
  • Data, text, web or process mining methods
  • Big data quality and management
  • Visualization of business or big data analytics
  • Active learning and imbalanced data handling
  • Utility-based data mining
  • Bio-medical, scientific, marketing, healthcare or engineering applications of business analytics
  • Business analysis for mobile, cloud or multimedia applications
  • Information privacy and security
  • Recommendations
  • Personalization
  • Search engine marketing and optimization
  • Customer segmentation or profiling
  • Design strategies or issues for business or big data analytics
  • Economic issues of business or big data analytics
  • Impact, adoption, and diffusion of business or big data analytics

We welcome and showcase papers from a variety of methodologies. The conference does not publish proceedings but provides researchers valuable opportunities to receive detailed feedback and constructive comments for paper revisions and submissions to prestigious research outlets. Participants will have authorized access to soft copies of papers, posters and presentation slides submitted by authors.

Interested presenters need to submit paper summaries in the PDF format via Easy Chair login for WCBA 2017 - https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2017wcba.

A paper summary (up to 1,000 words apart from abstract) should include:
(1) research question(s)
(2) approach
(3) main findings/expected contributions, and
(4) current status of manuscript.

We invite both preliminary and mature works for presentation at the conference.
Note: To complete a submission, the Easy Chair submission system will also require a short separate abstract, three keywords, author info and paper title.

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of paper summary: January 16, 2017
Decision on paper selection: January 24, 2017
Preliminary program available: January 24, 2017
Registration opens: January 24, 2017
Early bird registration ends: 11:59 pm MST, February 19, 2017
Discounted Snowbird guest room rate ($209+$25 Resort fee per night, conference code: UDEBI7 ) valid until: 11:59 pm MST, January 31, 2017 pending availability of rooms blocked for 2017 WCBA. Please book your guest room in "Cliff Lodge" using the conference group code -  UDEBI7 online at https://store.snowbird.com/tickets/ or by calling Snowbird's central reservations – 1-801-947-8220 (local), 1-800-232-9542 (US toll-free) or 00-800-4400-5511 (International toll-free) . In Snowbird online reservation’s shopping cart or via Snowbird’s phone reservation service, you can add a round trip or one-way airport transportation for $72 or $36 per person.

Please reserve your room early!!!

After January 31 or room-block is filled:

  • The discount for the online reservation option will not work. You must call Snowbird’s central reservations and give our conference group code when making your reservation by phone.
  • The discount rate for the conference may apply only if rooms are still available.

Deadline for speakers to upload abstracts or final papers: March 2, 2017

Deadline for uploading poster slam slides: March 1, 2017
Deadline for uploading paper presentation slides for sessions I through VI: March 2, 2017

The conference will be held in the renowned Cliff Lodge and Spa at the Snowbird Ski Resort - http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/theclifflodge/. The location provides breathtaking views, unparalleled snow sports and adventures on "the greatest snow on earth" at Snowbird and Alta mountains, and excellent dining and entertainment options. There will be ski-in ski-out facilities to Snowbird, and easy shuttle-bus access to the slopes of Alta. Conference registration will cover some meals, and provide lunch vouchers on Friday and Saturday for use at the dining facilities at the Lodge. Participants will be responsible for lodging, travel and snow sports costs in addition to conference registration.

Conference Chair: Olivia R. Liu Sheng (Olivia.Sheng@Eccles.Utah.edu, 801.585.9071)
Conference Email: winter@gkmc.utah.edu
Conference Coordinator: Robin Lynch (robin.lynch@eccles.utah.edu, 801.581.8428)
  David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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