Houston, TX
December 17-19, 2018

Plenary Speakers

Invited Sessions

  • Algorithmic Foundation for Big Data, Weiguo Gao
  • New techniques for analyzing high dimensional data, Yichao Wu
  • Subspace Recovery in Big Data, Zhouchen Lin
  • Efficient Algorithms for Large Scale Optimization, Zhouchen Lin
  • From association to causation in genomic, epigenomic and imaging data analysis, Momiao Xiong
  • Emerging Methods for Big Data, Ping Ma
  • Novel Methods in Data Science, Ping Ma
  • Cancer Screening and Outcome Research Using Big Data, Adriana Perez
  • Social Computing and Talent Analytics, Tao Wang
  • Statistical Methods for Large-scale Network Analyses, Xing Qiu
  • Big data inference and prediction, Dongmei Li
  • Genetic big data analysis, Dongmei Li
  • Novel statistical methods for Big Data with biomedical applications, Liang Li
  • Statistical Methodology for Big Data, Jiguo Cao
  • Bioinformatics Big Data, S. Ejaz Ahmed
  • Statistical theories for Big Data, S. Ejaz Ahmed
  • Precision Medicine at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, David Banks
  • Statistical Machine Learning, Genevera Allen
  • Algorithms and Applications in Statistical Machine Learning, Genevera Allen
  • Signal Representation and Predictive Modeling of Physical Activity Data, Ekaterina Smirnova

4th International Conference on Big Data and Information Analytics

Theories, Algorithms and Applications in Data Science

December 17-19, 2018

Purpose: The conference will bring together research scientists from academia, industries, and government agencies to report progress and exchange ideas to address challenges in fundamental research and rapid knowledge translation in collecting, processing, analyzing, integrating, annotating and visualizing Big Data for scientific exploration and business decision-making.

This will be the fourth meeting of the annual conference series previously held in China (1st and 2nd meetings) and Canada (3rd meeting).


Texas Medical Center
BioScience Research Collaborative
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 - USA

Our Objectives:
  • To exchange and stimulate innovative ideas of state-of-art data science approaches and technologies to collect, process, analyze, integrate, annotate and visualize Big Data.
  • To promote interactions and collaborations among all scientists, researchers and practitioners who develop data science theories, algorithms and methods to deal with and analyze Big Data from different perspectives such as computer science, statistics, mathematics and other quantitative/computational sciences as well as domain-specific applications.
  • To present the novel findings and share experience of Big Data application projects and practice from academia, industries and governments.
  • To nurture and cultivate a new generation of interdisciplinary data scientists.
The conference will consist of
  • Plenary sessions
  • Invited sessions
  • Contributed sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • Tutoring and exhibition sessions on Big Data products and tools

  • Fundamental theories for Big Data analytics
    • Statistical theories for Big Data
    • Computer science theories for Big Data
    • Mathematical theories for Big Data
  • Big Data computing: Architecture, database, algorithm, platform, visualization
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Big Data
  • Application areas:
    • EHR and health care Big Data
    • Bioinformatics
    • Imaging data
    • Precision medicine
    • Big Data prediction and decision-support systems
    • Finance and economics
    • Wearable or mobile device data
    • Internet business
Themes & Topics


Key Dates and Venue:
  • May 1-August 31, 2018: Website will be open for registration and abstract submission for all invited sessions, contributed sessions, and poster sessions including the poster award competition registration.
  • September 30, 2018: All official invitation letters are sent out for visa applications (international speakers and attendees).
  • Conference Venue: The BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), Rice University, Texas Medical Center, 6500 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1892
  • Conference dates: December 17-19 (Monday-Wednesday), 2018

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at:


Abstract/Paper Submissions

Poster Award Competition

Publications in Special Issue


  • Plenary Sessions
  • Invited Sessions
  • Contributed Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Please visit IEEE Manuscript Templates for paper preparation requirements.


  • Eligibility: Registered students and postdocs as first or co-first author on the poster
  • Need to submit an abstract before the deadline
  • Cash Award: 1st ($500), 2nd ($300) and 3rd prize ($200)

Accepted papers will be recommended and published in special issues of the following journals if appropriate:


  • Regular registration up to August 31st, 2018: $380 for regular registration and $200 for student.
  • Late registration after August 31st, 2018: $480 for regular registration and $240 for student.

Register Now!


  • Organizing Committee

    General Chair: Prof.Xu, Zongben (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, IEEE SMC member)


    • Fasli, Maria  (University of Essex, UK)
    • Guo, Yike  (Imperial College London, UK)
    • Jermaine, Christopher (Rice University, USA)
    • Ma, Ping (University of Georgia, USA)
    • Ordonez, Carlos (University of Houston, USA)
    • Reid, Nancy  (University of Toronto, Canada)
    • Wu, Hulin Committee Chair (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
    • Wu, Jianhong  (York University, Canada)
    • Xu, Zongben  (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
    • Zhou, Zhi-Hua  (Nanjing University, China)
    • Zou, Lei (Institute of Computer Science & Technology, Peking University, China)
  • Program Committee


    • David Banks (Duke University and Statistical and Applied Mathematics Sciences Institute, USA)
    • Jianhong Wu (York University, Canada, IEEE SMC Member)


    • Ahmed, S. Ejaz Professor of Math & Statistics, Dean, Faculty of Math & Science, Brock University, Canada
    • Allen, Genevera Associate Professor of Statistics, Rice University, USA
    • Cao, Jiguo Canada Research Chair in Data Science, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    • Dai, Dao-Qing Professor of Mathematics, Sun Yat-sen University, China    
    • DeSantis, Stacia M Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
    • Gao, Weiguo Professor, Fudan School of Data Science,  Fudan University, China
    • Gel, Yulia Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
    • Lee, Miryoung Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
    • Li, Dongmei Associate Professor, University of Rochester, USA
    • Li, Liang Associate Professor of Biostatistics, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
    • Lin, Zhouchen Professor of Machine Intelligence, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, China        
    • Ma, Ping Professor of Statistics, University of Georgia, USA
    • Peng, Jiming Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston, USA
    • Qiushi, Fei Wu Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China
    • Thiébaut, Rodolphe Professor and Deputy Director,  the INSERM U897 “Epidemiology & Biostatistics” research centre and professor in Public Health / Biostatistics at the University of Bordeaux, France
    • Xiong, Momiao PhD, Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
    • Xing, Qiu Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, USA.
    • Wang, Qiao Professor, School of Information Science and Engineering,  Southeast University, China
    • Wang, Yu-Ping Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, USA
    • Wu, Yichao Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
    • Zhang, Kai Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
  • Committee for Peer-Reviewed Track


    • Ordonez, Carlos(University of Houston, USA)

    Co Chair:

    • Yaseen, Ashraf (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
  • Local Organizing Committee


    • Yaseen, Ashraf (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
    • Xiong, Momiao(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
  • Award Committee


    • Miao, Hongyu (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
    • Yamal, Jose-Miguel  (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
  • Publication Committee


    • Bao, Weidong IEEE Contact (National University of Defense Technology, China)
    • Meng, Deyu (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China) 
    • Zhu, Xiaomin (National University of Defense Technology)


Gold - $6,000
  • Two 5x2' tables + 4 chairs
  • 8 registration tickets
  • 8 parking validations each day
  • Company banner display
  • Organization's name & logo in print on a shared 7x2 pop up banner
  • Logo on BigDIA Program
  • Logo on BigDIA website
Silver - $4,000
  • One 5' table + 2 chairs
  • 5 registration tickets
  • 5 parking validations each day
  • Company banner display
  • Organization's name (no logo) in print on a shared 7x2 pop up banner
  • Logo on BigDIA Program
  • Logo on BigDIA website
Bronze - $2,000
  • One cocktail style table
  • 3 registration tickets
  • 3 parking validations each day
  • Organization's name in print on a shared 7x2 pop up banner and BigDIA Program
  • Logo on BigDIA website

Travel & Lodging

Conference Venue

BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building,
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX  77030


George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Visitor Parking

Paid visitor parking is located in a parking garage beneath the BRC. All parking can be accessed by credit card. Use the same credit card to exit at the end of the day. All-day parking costs $12. For additional information go to Parking for Visitors.

Lodging Information

Note, this is a busy time of year with several large events being held in Houston. Please make your hotel reservations early!

Several hotels that are close to Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative include:

Houston Marriott – Medical Center
6580 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713 796  0080

Wyndham Houston – Medical Center Hotel and Suites
6800 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030 USA
Phone: 1-713-528-7744

Hotel Zaza
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 USA
Phone: 1-713-526-1991 / 888-880-3244 Fax: 1-713-526-0359

Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030 USA
Phone: 1-713-313-4000 Fax: 1-713-313-4660

Crowne Plaza Medical Center
8686 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054 USA
Phone: 1-713-748-3221 Fax: 1-713-796-9371

Residence Inn, Marriott – West University
2939 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX   77005
Phone: 713 661-4660

Campus Shuttle Service

Shuttle busses pick up and drop off at bus shelters and marked bus stops (red circles on above map) every 10 minutes. For additional details see Campus Bus Routes. Rice shuttles can be tracked on your computer at or on your iPhone (free app at The app allows faster loading of the route map, viewing all the buses on the routes and their locations in real time. The buses are color coded to enable the passengers to identify the buses with colored bus symbols.

Transportation from Hotels

All hotels offer free shuttles that will drop you off at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative. Please arrange shuttle service with the hotel well in advance of when you need it.

Limo and Cab Service

Limo Service

Merlo’s Limousines & Charters
Phone: 866-367-5466

Taxi Service

Yellow Cab 713-236-1111
Fiesta Cab713-225-2666
United Cab 713-699-0000

Uber also operates in Houston.