StatFest is a great opportunity for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Native Americans) to network and consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. StatFest 2018 will be taking place on Saturday, September 22nd at Amherst College. Be sure to save the date!
The South Big Data Innovation Hub sponsored five graduate students for a panel at the undergraduate conference “StatFest”, which is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Native Americans) to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical and data sciences. These graduate students from various southern institutions were awarded travel fellowships through the South Hub SNAP-DS program, “Stimulating New Activities and Projects in Data Science”. Continue reading
Speakers and Board Members from the Southern Data Conference which featured over 300 attendees. Images Left to Right: South Hub Co-Executive Directors; Renata Rawlings-Goss and conference chair Khalifeh AlJadda Lead Data Scientist for CareerBuilder; Lea Shanley speaking on panel; Renata Rawlings-Goss and conference Hack-a-thon chair Beverly Wright, CAO at Aspirent; SDSC Advisory Board
Acting as a member of the advisory committee, the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub in conjunction with the Southern Data Science Conference welcomed data enthusiasts to Atlanta. On April 13-14, the second Southern Data Science Conference was held at the beautiful Marriott hotel in downtown Atlanta. To no surprise, the sold-out conference included 350+ data science enthusiasts, and top speakers from top companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Uber,… etc. and top research institutions like Georgia-Tech, UGA, UNC,…etc. From responsible AI to ‘fake news’ to emoticons to team management, the Southern Data Science Conference did not disappoint! Continue reading
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference returns for a
third year to
Stanford University on March 5. This one-day, technical conference features world-class speakers discussing a wide array of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence research and applications, from computational finance, to astrophysics, tocybersecurity, and much more. All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.
The 2018 Southern Data Science Conference (SDSC 18) will bring experts and researchers from top companies and research institutes to Atlanta on April 13 and 14 for two days of sharing best practices and discussing the latest issues, challenges, and trends in data science. Continue reading
Negotiating the Digital and Data Divide Workshop builds momentum for the series “Keeping Data Science Broad.”
Participants of the Negotiating the Digital and Data Divide Workshop, in front of the wall of challenges and visions used to collect ideas on the future of data science education.
This month, participants from universities across the nation, community colleges, tribal colleges, minority-serving institutions, nonprofits, and industry joined forces with the South Big Data Hub and Georgia Tech to confront the challenges of building data science capacity through traditional and alternative educational practices. Organized by Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss, a co-executive director of the South Big Data Hub, the two-day workshop, sponsored by multiple directorates within the National Science Foundation, brought together a diverse mix of participants to navigate the complex issues of reforming data science education to prepare for the data-driven workforce of the future.
On August 28, Karl Schmitt, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at Valparaiso University, attended the webinar Data Science Education in Traditional Contexts, hosted by the South Big Data Innovation Hub as part of its Keeping Data Science Broad: Bridging the Data Divide series. The webinar featured five speakers, including Schmitt, who is also the director of data sciences at Valparaiso. Each speaker talked about their own programs and experiences in data science education as well as some of the challenges involved in creating and implementing educational programs in a field that is still very new and in the process of being defined. Continue reading
Digital data is ubiquitous and offers unprecedented opportunities for government, business, science and society. However, data is little more than noise if no one can make sense of it.
Data visualization, or presenting data in visual formats that are more easily comprehended by the human brain, help people make sense of data and tell stories with data. It is a tool that is vital to putting data to use to solve problems and make informed decisions. Continue reading
Business professionals, researchers, and students in the South Big Data Hub community should mark their calendars for the South Hub annual All Hands meeting on June 9, 2017 at Microsoft’s Chevy Chase Pavilion in Chevy Chase, MD. Click here to register for the event.
The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs announce the Transportation Data Challenge, a series of community problem-solving sessions, data faires, hackathons and demonstrations to be held in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Data Science Inc., and a growing community of partners.
We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can use data to mitigate some of her more destructive occurrences, including floods.
That’s the premise behind a hackathon sponsored by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the city of Huntsville, AL. The hackathon, to be held Feb. 25 and 26, will give software developers, policymakers, public safety officials, business leaders, and other creative problem solvers the chance to make a difference in how communities prepare for and respond to dangerous floods. Continue reading