Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

IoT Workshop

The Center for Wireless Intergrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) at the College of Engineering and the Center for Value chain Innovation (CVCI) at the Ross School of Business are pleased to announce the Fall 2018 IoT Workshop “Exploring IoT​ Technologies in Value Chains of Connected Vehicles”. The event will feature speakers from industry (Ford, IBM, Motus Ventures, and Fleetilla) and academic, followed by a panel discussion.
This workshop will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Lurie Engineering Center in the GM Room, 1221 Beal Ave in Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
1:30 Registration and Coffee
2:00 Talks followed by a panel discussion:
  • Larry Tuttle, Industrial Liaison, WIMS2 Research Center
  • Professor Ravi Anupindi, Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation, Ross School of Business
  • Steve Perun, Offering Management Lead, Automotive and Connected Vehicles -Watson IoT, IBM Corporation
  • Keynote Speaker: James Buczkowski, Director Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Jim DiSanto, Managing Director, Motus Ventures, Venture Capital Fund
  • Pradeep Kumar, President and CEO, Fleetilla Fleet and Asset Management
3:45 Panel Discussion
4:45 Wrap up (Larry Tuttle and Ravi Anupindi)
5:00 Adjourn

Previous Events

APRIL 13, 2018

Michigan Ross Datathon​

The Center for Value Chain Innovation (CVCI) announces its inaugural Datathon, a new type of live competition for business students with strong data science skills. In this day-long event, teams of students collaborate and compete to develop statistical analyses and predictive models around an interesting a social or business problem. The event is being hosted in collaboration with Correlation One, a pioneer in hosting Datathon events.

The event is open to ALL ROSS STUDENTS regardless of field of study. Students selected through a screening test will form teams of four. Teams will be given a problem statement and several datasets at the start of the competition. Teams are expected to pose a creative and relevant question to analyze, and then develop solutions to their question through a variety of Data Science methods, build their solutions including data exploration and transformation, data visualization, building predictive models as necessary and integrating their data analysis with the business context to generate actionable business insights and specific action plans. The competition is purposefully structured to measure both qualitative understanding of Data Science applications and quantitative ability in Data Science methods.

Solutions and presentations by student teams will be judged by an expert panel of faculty and industry leaders. Prizes will be awarded to top three teams. Corporate sponsors will have access to student resume book, screening test performance, as well competition performance.

A networking reception with select corporate sponsors will be held on the evening of April 12, 2018.

January 25, 2018

Sriram Srinivasan Founder/CEO, Skuchain

Blockchains: ushering in a new world of collaborative commerce

The manufacturing and distribution of goods relies on a number of players from buyers, sellers, carriers, banks and others working together. Siloed databases, ERP systems and point to point EDI connectivity have been the workhorses of these transactions. Blockchain technology uses advanced cryptography to allow all parties to securely share and work of the same set of data. This creates an unprecedented opportunity for participants to share sensitive data selectively with each other. This Zero Knowledge Collaboration allows supply chain participants to respond to real-time customer demand signals emanating from their smart phones and reduce their COGS whilst lowering their inventory holding costs.


November 29, 2017

Kevin O’Marah Head of Research, SCM World

Future of Supply Chain: 2020 and Beyond

Supply chain management has experienced more change than any other core function of business over the past generation. Technology, globalization, and accountability for social and environmental impact have transformed the once cost-obsessed support roles of purchasing, production and logistics into the value creating, risk mitigating super-function we see on the horizon. The change vectors of technology, globalization and accountability each mean different things to the work of supply chain, but all demand a new level of strategic thinking. This session will use survey data, case studies and technology research to look ahead at the future of our profession well into the 21st century.

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