The Harvard Business Review (October 2012) called data scientist "The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century." The good news is that you can be both an actuary and an expert on big data—a match that can ensure (or perhaps, insure?) your continued market value in a world increasingly dependent upon predictive analytics.
It’s never too soon to arm yourself with critical predictive analytics knowledge or to enhance your expertise in this field. Our 2017 and 2018 attendees gave this notion very enthusiastic feedback. It is a great way to share conceptual knowledge, real-world application ideas and experiences, and connections with kindred spirits in this exciting growth area for actuaries from all specialties. Regardless of your level of expertise in predictive analytics, you will find meaningful sessions to help you along the learning curve, increasing the return on your valuable time investment.
- Beginner/Implementer Tracks (B/I): A hands-on, productive approach to turn a classification into a regression tree or a random forest.
- Manager/Supervisor Tracks (M/S): A non-technical look at how big data can help your company within your specific area of practice.
- Advanced Practitioner Tracks (AP): A look at cutting-edge techniques such as deep learning with tensor flow and advanced distribution choices.
Alternatively, a person strong in one aspect with interest in the breadth and depth of predictive analytics, can mix and match sessions throughout the symposium.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in the field of predictive analytics and/or how it relates to the actuarial profession should attend. A mix of sessions is designed for everyone from the seasoned expert interested in leading techniques to someone just learning all that predictive analytics has to offer.
Ask any of the 250-plus attendees from last September—this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Linda Durnell, PhD, Media Psychologist
Linda Durnell PhD is a media psychologist, researcher and educator specializing in technology-driven health care. Dr. Durnell’s current research is on the Emotional Reactions of Viewing a Crisis in Virtual Reality (VR), which she presented at Stanford’s 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change as well as the VR and Healthcare Symposium at Harvard Medical School. As adjunct faculty, Dr. Durnell teaches graduate students the “Psychology of Technology.” Dr. Durnell has worked at Apple Computer, with social advocacy organizations in Silicon Valley and consults with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Joint Staff.
Pascal Marmier, Head SRI Engagement Americas, Swiss Re Institute
Pascal Marmier is Head of Engagement Americas at Swiss Re Institute. The Institute develops and publishes industry-relevant research from internal experts and external partners and engages with stakeholders by sharing insights, tailored services and products to enable risk-focused decision making and smarter solutions to manage risk. Pascal is responsible for the engagement activities of the Institute in the Americas, which includes client engagement, innovation management support, and business development. The focus is on some of the top topics for Swiss Re, which includes climate change and the digital innovation in the industry. In his previous job at Swiss Re, Pascal was part of the Digital Analytics Catalyst team working on data innovation in fields such as digital health, IoT, insurtech and cybersecurity.
Before joining Swiss Re, Pascal was the CEO and Vice Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai at swissnex China, a private–public partnership dedicated to facilitating collaboration between China and Switzerland in all fields related to science, technology and innovation. Being passionate about helping entrepreneurs and innovators, Pascal developed many programs for startup and corporate executives looking to grow their teams and partnerships abroad. Previously, Pascal helped start and develop swissnex Boston, a unique venture of the Swiss government in the field of science diplomacy aiming at creating a strong community of leading universities and companies.
Pascal holds an LL.M. in Business Law from Boston University. At the start of his career, he worked as an attorney on international transactions with KPMG in Switzerland. He obtained his Masters in Law from University of Lausanne and later graduated from the Sloan Fellows program (MBA) at MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus on global innovation.
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1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Reservations can be made online at SOA Predictive Analytics Symposium Reservations or by calling the hotel reservation line directly at 1-800-228-9290. Make your reservations by August 29, 2019. Reservations made after this deadline are subject to space and rate availability. Please make sure you mention that you are attending the SOA 2019 Predictive Analytics Symposium.
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We realize there are many hotel options available and by staying at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown we offer you the chance to save through the SOA group rate. Staying at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown also provides the best opportunity to network with your peers and maximizes the quality of your meeting experience.
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Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Those arriving early may check their bags with the bell desk in the hotel lobby.
The hotel is located approximately 10 miles North East of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
Taxi fare from Philadelphia International Airport is approximately $30.
Table of Contents
The following members were instrumental in arranging this program:
*All credentials listed with SOA credentials first, then alphabetical order.
Xiaojie (Jane) Wang, FSA, CERA, Symposium Chair
David L. Snell, ASA, ACS, ARA, ChFC, CLU, FALU, FLMI, MAAA, MCP, Symposium Co-Chair
Eileen Sheila Burns, FSA, MAAA
Gershon Henoch Firestone, FSA, MAAA
Wei-En (Emily) Hsu, FSA, ACIA, CERA
Stuart Klugman, FSA, CERA
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Presentations are available on the SOA website prior to and following the symposium. Presentations can be accessed at SOA.org on the agenda pages. All presentations (including late and amended materials) will be posted for general viewing on the SOA website after the symposium.
The SOA is making select session recordings available. The MP4 audio recordings synchronized with presenter slides will be provided complimentary to SOA members and available for a nominal charge for nonmembers. The MP4 downloads provide excellent training, are eligible for fulfillment of your CPD requirement, and allow you to view sessions you may have missed. View the sessions online anytime or download the MP4 files to your mobile device for portable listening. The SOA will notify all meeting registrants when the recordings are available
For those looking for some truly hands-on experience, or those looking to demonstrate their machine learning expertise through a friendly competition, the Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section is hosting a half-day Hack-A-Thon. Attendees who choose to participate in the Hack-A-Thon will compete on teams to build the most accurate model of a real data set. The Hack-A-Thon is open to attendees of all skill levels, and we will ensure that less experienced entrants are teamed up with experts, making this a great learning opportunity. This event will be fast and furious, with four hours to develop a model and submit predictions, so that participants are still able to depart in time to catch a late afternoon flight on Friday.
Contest participants must be registered for the 2019 Predictive Analytics Symposium.
Friday, Sep. 20
- 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Pre-Hack-A-Thon session (discussion of rules, download of data, answer questions from participants, etc.)
- 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Hack-A-Thon Contest
- 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Announcement of winners and recap
Credit: 4.8 SOA CPD/ 4.0 CIA