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NSF Data Science Seminar

posted Jan 29, 2016, 9:34 AM by Jen Mankoff


Hi folks, sorry I didn't post this yesterday! Perhaps the web cast is available online :)

NSF Data Science Seminar- Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science

jordan_smallThe AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their Data Science Seminar Series from Michael I. Jordan onComputational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data ScienceThe talk will be on Thursday, January 28 from 11:00-12:00PM at NSF Stafford I, Room 110. 

Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences, and have focused in recent years on Bayesian nonparametric analysis, probabilistic graphical models, spectral methods, kernel machines and applications to problems in distributed computing systems, natural language processing, signal processing and statistical genetics.


The phenomenon of Big Data is creating a need for research perspectives that blend computational thinking (with its focus on, e.g., abstractions, algorithms and scalability) with inferential thinking (with its focus on, e.g., underlying populations, sampling patterns, error bars and predictions). There are many grand challenges involving in creating such a blend; indeed, there are foundational problems that span computation and inference that are far from being solved. There are also many implications for research, technology, policy and education.

No RSVP is required if you are coming in person. If you are interested in attending but can’t come in person, the talk will be webcast here. Please register for the webcast beforehand.