December 17, 2015 | ATLANTA

Winners Named in Teradata University Network International Big Data Talent Competitions

Teams from Australia, Thailand and the US prove their analytics prowess
Teams from Australia, Thailand and the United States have won the 2015 Teradata University Network Business Analytics and Data Challenge competitions sponsored by Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC  ), the big data analytics and marketing applications company.

A team from Oklahoma State University that analyzed the impact of online hotel reviews on hotel bookings won the top prize for best project in the Business Analytics Competition. Jeerawan Teeraphat, and Chirun Withanwattana, assisted by faculty advisor Jongsawas Chongwatpol, at the National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand, won the top prize for the Cultural Data Project Data Challenge Competition.
The international contest recognizes students with superior analytics education and academic excellence and helps advance the use of analytics in business.  The competition was held October 18 and 19 at the 30th annual Teradata PARTNERS conference.
"It was heartening to learn from industry attendees that the quality of the competitors’ work was as good as other professionals presenting at the conference," said Dr. Ramesh Sharda, academic executive director of Teradata University Network and Vice Dean and a Regents Professor of MSIS at Oklahoma State University.
Katsiaryna Siamionava led the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Spears School of Business team, assisted by faculty advisor Bryan Hammer. Other team members include Kewa (Jeffrey) Mei, a former OSU master’s student, and Jacob Pearson, master’s student in management information systems. The OSU team used text-mining processes and analysis to better understand how reviews from travel sites such as Expedia, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and others influence hotel occupancy rates.

Other winners of the 2015 Business Analytics and Data Challenge competitions are:

  • Best use of Analytics and Visualization Tools, Business Analytics Competition: California State University, Fullerton, Calif., team led by Veneet Shah, with faculty advisor Yuna Kim, for “Sentiment Analysis on Twitter Data.”
  • People’s Choice for Best Presentation, Business Analytics Competition: Loyola University Chicago team led by Ashley Pradham with faculty advisor Svetlozar Nestorov for its presentation, “Visualization as a Tool in Analysis of Employment-Status Data.”  
  • Most Value, Data Challenge Competition: Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide S.A., Australia, team led by student Jiahul Wang.
  • People’s Choice for Best Presentation, Data Challenge Competition: the Loyola University Chicago team led by student Rachel Babbits, with faculty advisor Nenad Jukic.

"Companies looking for new analytics talent want to see how well students can apply what they have learned to real-world problems, and how clearly they can present their findings," said Teradata University Network director Susan Baskin." Jeerawan Teeraphat and Katsiaryna Siamionava, the top winners in each category, distinguished themselves not only by their analysis but through their ability to make their findings relevant to the business attendees."
The 2016 Teradata University Network student competitions has been announced. Teradata University Network is present in 110 countries at more than 2,000 universities and currently works with more than 3,000 faculty and 15,000 students in computer science, information systems, management, and marketing.

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