Business Analytics Conference & Competition



An International Conference and Competition on Business Analytics, called BAC@MC will be held on May 19-21 at the campus of Manhattan College, located in Riverdale, New York City.

BAC@MC is being planned as an annual event. BAC@MC 2015, the inaugural meeting will begin on the first day with the two distinguished keynotes by Dr. David Ferruci of Bridgewater Associates (formerly IBM) and Dr. Dave Belanger of Stevens Institute of Technology (formerly AT&T Labs) followed by a panel of distinguished speakers: Dr. Yurdaer Doganata of IBM, Mr. Mike DeAngelo of Cisco, Dr. Winter Mason of Facebook, and Dr. Peter Rutigliano of Sirota Consulting. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Mehmet Ulema of Manhattan College.

MAC@MC 2015 will continue with the competition part, which presents an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students studying Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Big Data (or related fields) to test their knowledge and develop their skills. Competing students will not only engage in the “art & science” of decision-making but also practice their ability to draw business insights through comprehensive analysis of data in creative ways.

The competition is open to student teams of two to four members who are currently juniors and seniors enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited higher education institute that the team represents.

The BAC@MC is a two-phase competition of data analysis and business insights. In Phase1, data and questions around the prescribed theme of the competition will be made available to registered competing teams in January 2015. Student teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor will work with the data to develop solutions and make decisions at their home institution. Each team will prepare a poster summarizing their work and be ready to present it at a poster session on the Manhattan College campus. The poster session will be attended by the judging panel and other conference participants.

In Phase II, after the poster presentations on the first day of the conference, teams will be provided with additional questions and data on the same theme and will be asked to present their solutions to the judging panel on the second day of the conference.

The judging will be provided by the faculty advisors and a panel of practitioners representing various industries and employers who value business analytics. The overall score of a team is a combination of the two scores that the team gets from both phases. The top three teams will be recognized during the award ceremony and will receive monetary awards: Third Place: $500, Second Place: $1,000, First Place: $2,000. The awards will be presented at the award dinner following the competition.

Mr. Gregory Brill, Co-Founder and CEO of Infusion Development will be the speaker at the award ceremony.

MAC@MC 2015 will be held on the Manhattan College Campus in New York City. Non-participating students and faculty as well as professionals are welcome to attend. Please visit for more information.

Mehmet Ulema

Professor of Computer Information Systems

Manhattan College, New York.



Previously, Dr. Ulema held management and technical positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Daewoo Telecom, and Hazeltine. He has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications field as a professor, director, project manager, researcher, systems engineer, network architect, and software developer. Dr. Ulema has been involved in a variety of telecom projects including Software Defined Networks, service overlay networks and architectures, IP based Multimedia Services (IMS), network management, wireless networks, intelligent networking, and multimedia communications.

He has been on the editorial board of a number of journals including IEEE Journal of Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks, ACM/Springer Journal of Wireless Network, and the Springer Journal of Network and Services Management.

He has been an active member of IEEE. Currently he is the Director of Standards Development in IEEE ComSoc. Dr. Mehmet Ulema has been involved in many international conference and workshops. He served as the Technical Program Chair of for the two premier ComSoc conferences: GLOBECOM 2009 and ICC 2006. He also served as the General Co-chair of NOMS in 2008, ISCC 2012, and BlackSeaCom 2014. Currently, he is serving as a General Co-chair of IEEE NOMS 2016.

He received MS & Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, U.S.A. He also received BS & MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.


Mehmet Ulema


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