Data Therapy Summer 2019

To keep the data science rolling during these hot months, over the next several weeks we’re piloting a new series with the Research Computing Center called Data Therapy. These hour-long gatherings are meant to be a very informal introduction to a new and useful data science tool, led by a UChicago researcher who has used it in their work. The sessions are open to all faculty, students and staff at the University.

If you’re interested in text analysis, spatial data science, collaborative and reproducible code, or just want to hang out with the UChicago data science community, come by the RCC Visualization Lab in the John Crerar Library on the following Thursday afternoons, starting at 3:30 PM:

August 8: Eamon Duede, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and Philosophy

How to use shallow neural network Word Embeddings to capture the context of science, scholarship, and society

August 22: Marynia Kolak, Center for Spatial Data Science

How to extend dimension reduction and multivariate clustering techniques for spatial data in GeoDa, with PostGIS and R connections

September 5: Peter Carbonetto, Research Computing Center

How we use git, GitHub, R Markdown and a new R package, workflowr, to encourage collaboration and develop reproducible research code

Location: The Visualization Lab is located in the Media Arts Data and Design Center on the first floor of the John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis Avenue. We’ll provide refreshments. Hope to see you there!


Center for Data and Computing May 2019 Speaker Series 

In May 2019, we hosted five talks from experts at the intersection of data science and domain research. You can watch a full playlist of those talks here, or individual talks at the links below. Information about our Fall Speaker Series will be posted soon.

May 3: Michael Cafarella, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan — Data-Intensive Systems for the Social Sciences

May 8: Peter Ganong, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy — Consumer Spending During Unemployment: Positive and Normative Implications

May 17: Stefano Allesina, Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Chicago — What’s in a Name? List of Names Reveal Differences in Academic Systems

May 24: Tandy Warnow, Founder Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Theoretical and Empirical Advances in Large-Scale Species Tree Estimation

May 29: Sendhil Mullainathan, Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business — Computational Medicine: Data Science as a Tool for Discovery (Video unavailable at this time)