The Escape Publication Steering Committee is pleased to announce our Call for Papers:


Big data has the potential to disrupt the status quo and transform entire industries. Part exposition, part data boot camp, The Escape: Learning By Doing is a departure from traditional big data conferences. The event provides a stimulating forum where students, faculty, industry experts, and solution providers can dissect and solve big data problems using the latest storage, processing, data mining, visualization, cloud computing, and predictive modeling technologies.

This year, the Publication Steering Committee is inviting original papers for presentation and publication in the conference proceedings which showcase innovative applications of big data technologies like the following:


  • Machine Learning algorithms with Big Data
  • Predictive Analytics Applications
  • Real-time analytics with Big Data Technologies
  • NoSQL technologies – mongoDB, Cassandra
  • Large Scale Big Data implementations
  • Big Data Architecture and Governance
  • Big data application for Social Cause
  • Application of Big Data and Data Science to world of Politics
  • Internet of Things applications
  • Big Data applications in Government
  • Best practices in handling sensitive Big Data
  • Use cases of Columnar Databases
  • Applications of Big Data in Healthcare
  • Big Data Ecosystem with Hadoop
  • Integration of Big Data technologies with traditional technologies


Papers should focus on uses of big data technologies that solve real-world problems for individuals, business, government, or non-profit organizations. Outcomes should be stated in terms of the value or benefits generated, such as improvements to decision-making quality, product innovation, operational efficiency, and risk management. (Note: Submissions may later be expanded upon and used toward master’s thesis work.)

Submission Guidelines

  • Full papers only (Abstracts are not acceptable)
  • Authors must submit their work in Word format via email to
  • Papers must conform to APA 6th Edition style guidelines
  • The paper must include the author’s name
  • All papers will be reviewed by a minimum of two experts and authors must comply with reviewer feedback before final acceptance


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Workshop Themes:

“The increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, the rise of multimedia, social media, and the Internet of Things will fuel exponential growth in data for the foreseeable future” – McKinsey Global Institute


Please email Dr. Faisal Akkawi at with your name, university, and paper if you are interested in presenting at the 2017 Escape.

Join us May 6th, 2017 for the Escape Data Science and Sports Analytics Conference in Chicago, IL where we will "Learn by Doing."


Brought to you by Northwestern University and Robert Morris University.

Contact Info

Northwestern University

Dr. Faisal Akkawi


339 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611

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