COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES AND INFORMATICS – Why an open mind on open data can transform our collective intelligence – Batarseh

February 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Matthias Renz



Feras A. Batarseh
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science
College of Science
George Mason University

Why an open mind on open data can transform our collective intelligence

Monday, February 5,  4:30-5:45
Exploratory Hall, Room 3301

Abstract:  In 1822, the founding father James Madison said: “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both”. Recent technological waves have evidently served Madison’s vision of government transparency. The latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, and Machine Learning can make federal data openness a low hanging fruit. Moreover, the big data and open government initiatives (signed in 2012 and 2013) are major enablers for transforming government into a new era of intelligent and data-driven policy making. However, to be able to use data in reforming the political discussion, public federal data needs to devise the promised openness.

Besides benefiting government, Open Data benefits many other domains and applications of data science, such as healthcare, finance, and academia. For example, Open Data could lead to a general openness in science (i.e. Open Science), clearer experimental research, and begin reshaping the human knowledge in general. These topics and other facets will be discussed in this talk.

Bio:  Feras A. Batarseh is a Research Assistant Professor,Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, College of Science, George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His research spans the areas of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Context-Aware Software Systems. Dr. Batarseh obtained his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2007, 2011), and a Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University (2016). His research work has been published at various prestigious journals and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Batarseh published and edited several book chapters.

Dr. Batarseh has taught data science and software engineering courses at multiple universities including GMU, UCF as well as George Washington University (GWU). Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Batarseh was a Program Manager with the Data Mining and Advanced Analytics team at MicroStrategy, Inc., a global business intelligence corporation based in Tysons Corner, Virginia. During his tenure, he helped several clients make sense of their data and gain insights into improving their operations. For more information on his research, and contact details, please refer to these webpages: