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MAA Introduction to Data Science Workshop for Mathematical Sciences Faculty

Workshop Presenter: Randy Paffenroth, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule sometime in August 2020.

This workshop will introduce basic concepts, methods, and tools used in data science. It is intended for faculty from mathematical sciences departments with little to no background in data science. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the fields of data science, statistical learning, and machine learning. They will get an overview of techniques and software used to solve data science problems. Participants will collaborate in teams on data science projects that will involve learning Python, accessing and cleaning large data sets and analyzing the data using some standard data science methods. The content will be delivered by faculty and industry experts in data science. It will be assumed that participants have the experience and the ability to write computer programs in a scientific language.

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MAA & TRIPODS Advanced Workshop in Data Science for Mathematical Sciences Faculty July 20-24, 2020

Workshop Presenter: Randy Paffenroth, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The MAA & TRIPODS Advanced Workshop in Data Science for Mathematical Sciences Faculty is a 4-day hands-on workshop for mathematical sciences faculty who have had some exposure to and experience with data science but who are not themselves data science experts. The goal of the workshop is to bring together faculty from a range of institutions and expand the knowledge of the participants so that they are better armed to prepare students for the data science workforce.

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Previous Workshops


PIC Math Workshops on Data Science 2017 & 2019

The PIC Math Workshops on Data Science were aimed at mathematics and statistics faculty members with little or no experience in data science. The workshops were held on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from May 29-June 2, 2017 and from June 18- 22, 2019. The workshops were supported by PIC Math which is a program of the MAA.

MathFest 2018 Minicourse: Data Science and the Mathematics Department

Data science and big data are terms that are prevalent today, and this trend is likely to continue with the ever-increasing proliferation of data. Students with background in this area have tremendous opportunities for jobs, and university departments from life science to business are creating data science courses and programs. In this workshop, we discussed how mathematics, math courses, and math departments fit into this situation.