This Week in Data Science (February 16, 2016)
In this weekly column I’ll keep you posted on what’s going on in the world of Data Science and Big Data.
Obviously, due to the large volume of relevant information being published in our field, this is by no means a complete collection.
Instead, I’ll share noteworthy links and interesting upcoming events. If you find them useful, consider subscribing so as not to miss any.
Interesting Data Science Articles and News
- Video analytics adds needed intelligence to body cameras – Many are now considering using body cameras to improve law enforcement. IBM research in this area is exploring ways to effectively manage this data in order to improve policing.
- Big data at the Super Bowl: Unlocking sports insights and football predictions – Could big data be useful within the sports franchise? Analytics are now being used to enhance the in-stadium experience.
- Visual data analytics make genomics in healthcare possible – Visual genomics can help improve healthcare by predicting chances and detecting anomalies.
- A Unicorn, Data Analytics Firm Mu Sigma, Gets A Woman CEO – “Ambiga Dhiraj, a former Motorola engineer, has taken over as the CEO of Mu Sigma, a data analytics firm that is valued at over a $1 billion.”
- Accelerating digital learning: How to use data from classroom devices – Find out the best ways to use technology in order to improve classroom learning.
- 5 Q’s for Shiva Rajaraman, Vice President of Product at Spotify – Spotify Vice President talks about how they learn users’ tastes and how they may use crowdsourcing to improve their services.
- Donating Your Selfies to Science – Researchers are beginning to use crowdsourced selfies to learn about what’s around you such as pollution and weather.
- US tells Google computers can qualify as drivers – “S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law.“ This is a leap towards having autonomous cars on the roads.
- Open data dusts off the art world – An initiative aiming to build open source interactive software tools that make an artwork’s past available revealed the importance of structuring and normalizing art data.
- Machine-learning robot could streamline drug development – A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University is creating a robotically-driven system that will greatly reduce the number of tests needed to streamline drug development.
- UK sets out open banking API framework – The UK government is calling to create an open banking system that “makes it easy to share and use financial data, arguing that the move would improve choice for customers, promote competition and stimulate innovation.”
- Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria – An Artificial Intelligence microscope, the Autoscope, is more accurate and reliable at diagnosing malaria than previously used methods.
- Five tech projects buried in the budget – The White House released a budget request of billions of dollars’ for the advancement of technology such as self-driving car testing and tailoring medical treatments.
- Visualizing the Flow of Anonymous Data Around the World – “TorFlow illustrates the flow of data between Tor servers around the world on a daily basis.”
- Big Data And The Cloud: Combining Forces – As the amount of big data being used by companies increases, companies consider further using the cloud to keep their competitive edge.
- A. County Uses Data Analytics to Keep Kids Out of Jail – Similar to the way Netflix and Amazon suggest content to its users, the L.A. County is using analytics to screen teenagers and children in order to assess their chances of committing crimes.
Upcoming & Recent Data Science Events
- The Internet of Things at IBM InterConnect 2016 – Industry leaders will gather at the conference on 21–25 February 2016 to discuss the future of IoT. “We’re excited to have over 200 Internet of Things sessions at the conference that include keynotes, demos and workshops.”
- Domain-Driven Data: Matching databases to data problems – On February 18, 2016, Raj R Singh will walk through the development of a customer-facing mobile app. Learn how full-stack developers and data scientists can most efficiently work together.
- R programming/Data Science Methodology Hands On (Washington) – Learn about R programming on March 7, 2016 at the Conference Center in College Park.
- 2016 Spark Summit East – Learn more about Spark from leading production users, on Tuesday, February 16 through Thursday, February 18 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Cool Data Science Videos
- Discover IBM analytics solutions for energy and utilities – IBM explains its solutions for energy in a quick video.