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Data Science Nights

Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Each night will feature refreshments, a talk on data science techniques or applications, and a hacking night with data science projects or learning groups of your choice. Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome! NICO is thrilled to sponsor these monthly events and support this growing community.

For more information, visit data-science-nights.org or watch the promotional video below:

Upcoming Meetings

Data Science Nights - June 2021 Meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Juandalyn Burke, Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education Department, University of Washington: "Using an Ecological Inference Software Tool to Detect Vote Dilution".

AGENDA:

5:15: Welcome to Data Science Nights via Zoom
* Zoom Link: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/99588631168
5:30: Presentation by Juandalyn Burke, University of Washington
6:00: Hacking session via Gather
* Gather link: https://gather.town/app/UCTJAHOgQi2FLx4O/DSN

Past Meetings

Data Science Nights - May 2021 Meeting

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Brian Martin, Research Fellow, Head of AI in R&D Information Research, Abbvie "Knowledge is Power, Data is Oil, Convergence is an Engine".

Data Science Nights - April 2021 Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Subhashini Tripuraneni, Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase, leader of the Machine Learning initiatives "AI and Machine Learning to Drive Customer Experience".

Data Science Nights - March 2021 Meeting

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Matt Satusky, Postdoctoral Fellow, Renaissance Computing Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Leveraging the NHLBI BioData Catalyst Ecosystem to Accelerate Heart, Lung, and Blood Research".

Data Science Nights - February 2021 Meeting

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Aviv Landau, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Data Science Institute, Columbia University "Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Identification of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hospital Settings with Implications for Bias Reduction and Future Interventions".

Data Science Nights - January 2021 Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: Bryan Pardo, Associate Professor, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University. "New directions in deep audio source separation: training without ground truth and automatic model selection"

Data Science Nights - November 2020 Meeting

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:15pm
Online via Zoom and Gather

Speaker: William Miller, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, title: "Distributed High-Frequency Sensing for Assessing Urban Green Infrastructure and Predicting Flooding".

Data Science Nights - February 2020 Meeting

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Speaker: Yian Yin, PhD candidate at the McCormick School of Engineering, titled: "Quantifying the dynamics of failure across science, startups and security" (Nature, 2019). 

Data Science Nights - January 2020 Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Speaker: Joe Germuska, Executive Director of the Knight Lab at Northwestern University, titled: "Understanding and Using Census Data". This was followed by a hacking session, including working groups and an introduction to pandas and matplotlib in Python for newcomers by Nicolay Markov.

Data Science Nights - November 2019 Meeting

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Speaker: Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, titled: "Artificial Intelligence and Law: Creating our Augmented, Automated, Audacious Future".

Data Science Nights - October 2019 Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Speaker: Carlos Gallo from the Feinberg School of Medicine, titled: "Improving suicide prevention services via online chat: a text mining approach".

Data Science Nights - Fall 2019 KICKOFF Meeting

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The 2019 fall kickoff of Data Science Nights took place on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This month featured a talk by IBM Developer Advocate Svetlana Levitan, titled: "Open standards for machine learning model deployment", plus a discussion about topics and working groups for future hacking night sessions.

Data Science Nights - July 2019 Meeting

Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The July Data Science Night took place on July 25, 2019.

Data Science Nights - June 2019 Meeting

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The June Data Science Night took place on June 27, 2019 centered around the theme: "Deep-learning with Kera".

Data Science Nights - May 2019 Meeting

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The May Data Science Night took place on May 30, 2019. "Combining R with Python" was the theme for this meeting.

Data Science Nights - April 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The April 2019 Data Science Night featured a talk titled "Bring Your Dirty Data to Work Day" by the Data Science Night organizers. Attendees learned best practices for handling real world data to save time and reduce headaches.

Data Science Nights - March 2019 Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Speaker: Michael Lucas, Lead Data Scientist at Tempus, and a PhD graduate from the EECS department with a specialization in machine learning and natural language processing.

Data Science Nights - Feb 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The first Data Science Night of the new year kicked off on February 6, 2019 and hosted members of the Sears Deep Learning Center in partnership with Northwestern's Retail Analytics Council.

Data Science Nights - Dec 2018 Meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The December 2018 Data Science Night featured a talk titled "Personality Assessment in the Age of Big Data and Machine Learning" by Andrew Hall, a PhD candidate in Northwestern's Department of Psychology, plus project and learning groups.

Data Science Nights - Nov 2018 Meeting

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The November 2018 Data Science Night featured a talk titled "Introduction to Machine Learning" by Nicholas Wagner and Abhijith Gopakumar from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, plus project and learning groups.

Data Science Nights - FALL 2018 Kickoff Meeting

Monday, October 1, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The October 2018 kickoff meeting included an introduction to data science and an overview of Data Science Nights, plus project and learning groups.

Data Science Nights - July 2018 Meeting

July 30, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The July 2018 meeting featured a talk by Christie Nothelfer, PhD, Northwestern Psychology on “Vision Science in Data Visualization” and also a special breakout session with Prof. Suzan van der Lee, from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, on hacking the sensors that NU researchers have deployed on campus.

Data Science Nights - June 2018 Meeting

June 25, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The June 2018 meeting will feature a talk by Caroline Groth, a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine: "Bayesian Measurement Error and Bayesian Informative Missingness Methods".

Data Science Nights - May 2018 Meeting

May 21, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The May 2018 meeting featured a talk by Pantelis Loupos (PhD candidate at the Kellogg School of Management) on “100 million Venmo transactions: The Power of Social Networks in Predicting Non-Contractual Customer Behavior”.

Data Science Nights - April 2018 Meeting

April 30, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The April 2018 meeting featured a talk by Kat Albrecht (PhD student in the Amaral Lab and NICO) on “Fundamental Data Science to Investigate Social Problems”.

Data Science Nights - February 2018 Meeting

February 26, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The February 2018 meeting had a distinct format compared to previous meetings, with a stronger focus on the breakout sessions. These included: multi-week learning groups, single-evening tutorials, multi-week projects, single-evening projects according to preference of attendees, and the ability to bring your own project or have a code-clinic.

Data Science Nights - January 2018 Meeting

January 22, 2018
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The January 2018 meeting featured a talk by Joe Germuska of the Northwestern University Knight Lab: "Data Journalism: Big and Small".

Data Science Nights - Nov 2017 Kickoff Meeting

November 6, 2017
Chambers Hall, Lower Level

The first Data Science Night featured a talk by Adam Miller (LSSTC Data Science Fellow): "Scikit-learn Soup to Nuts: Developing a Machine-Learning Workflow"
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