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NEWARK, NJ, February 13, 2024 Dr. Forough Ghahramani, Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge, and Committee Vice President, Research Collaboration, the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA), is joining an esteemed group of research professionals, faculty, research computing professionals, students, and other campus partners at interested in shaping the Big Data and AI research collaboration landscape. As VP of Research Collaboration for NJBDA, Forough Ghahramani has organized the event working with the NJBDA Research Committee, and is the event co-host with Dr. Sharath Kumar Jagannathan at Saint Peter’s University.

This year’s forum will be held at Saint Peter’s University – Jersey City Campus on February 16, 2024 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.  The Research Collaboration Forum is a unique opportunity to network, meet colleagues from around the state and establish collaborations. Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen K. Burley, Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, Dr. Burley’s keynote is entitled “Protein Data Bank: From Two Epidemics to the Global Pandemic to mRNA Vaccines and Paxlovid.” 

Additional forum highlights include:

  • Big Data and AI Research Collaborations
  • Communities and Resources for Advancing Collaborations
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Establish Contacts with the New Jersey Big Data & AI Research Community

“As the event host for the New Jersey Big Data Alliance Research Collaboration Forum, our mission is to bring together researchers from various disciplines to share their AI and data-intensive research. We aim to create a platform where experts can exchange knowledge, learn about the resources available to the community, and explore networking opportunities. Our goal is to foster collaboration among researchers, identify potential partnerships, and collectively advance the frontiers of AI and data-intensive research.”

— Dr. Forough Ghahramani
Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge
Committee Vice President, Research Collaboration, NJBDA

Those interested in attending the event may register at To learn more about upcoming NJBDA events, visit

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