An Engineer's Guide to Data Science: A Data Science Tutorial
Monday, January 27, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Mountain View, CA
Join the IEEE Young Professionals (formerly known as GOLD) in their inaugural event of the year, a tutorial on data science. Get an introduction to data science preceeded by dinner and networking time. The talk is expected to start at 7PM after 30 minutes of networking and dinner.
Big Data and analytics are at the center of a powerful movement. Businesses are using machine learning to parse, reduce, simplify and categorize data. However, it is daunting for the newcomer to get on board and become a part of the movement. Most reference texts on machine learning are aimed at researchers or those who can invest a significant amount of study time, which is difficult to do in today’s busy world.
In this tutorial, participants will easily absorb the ABCs of machine learning concepts, terms and methodology while enjoying an intuitive introduction to the mathematics. They will understand how computers can be taught to detect patterns and make predictions. We will start with simple examples and cover concepts such as Bayesian classifiers, clustering, decision trees and more. Machine learning concepts will be illustrated using live algorithms.
The tutorial will introduce machine learning concepts starting with a question such as "How does a bank implement a marketing strategy using their vast stores of data?" Classifiers will be introduced using simple and intuitive methods. Those with little or no prior exposure to machine learning or statistical pattern recognition have often heard the hand-waving phrase " .. take all this data and analyze it to arrive at ..." The mystery around the word "analyze" will be effectively cleared.
Shashi Sathyanarayana Ph.D is the founder of Numeric Insight, Inc. Shashi is known for his engaging style of communicating complex ideas. He helps the audience make connections between what they already know and what they have set out to learn. He recognizes that learners look for practical applications of study they invest in. Shashi shares his insights in numerical matters by teaching topics such as machine learning, statistics, signal and image processing to a wide variety of audiences. See numericinsight.com for more information.
What is Young Professionals?
IEEE SCV Young Professionals is an affinity group of the IEEE that primarily focuses on helping recent graduates be productive in their careers and to achieve success through networking (social), technical and professional development events. We welcome attendees of all ages to our events and discussions as we feel our events are beneficial to everyone, and having more experienced engineers at our events also provides a chance for our younger individuals to learn from those experienced in the field.
Why Young Professionals?
Young Professionals is a great opportunity and place for you to get involved and meet like-minded people in silicon valley while building your career at the same time. We are a great way to expand your professional network, or if you are new to the area you can meet new people. Not all of our events are technical in nature, we also run quite a few social events which make for a good way to relax after a hard day's work and also meet your fellow engineers.
Why Get Involved on the Committee?
Being a committee member is a great way for you to have your opinions heard and to shape the future of the IEEE and specifically the Young Professionals affinity group. You can plan events to help fellow Engineers build their career, and in doing so build your own career as well. Your involvement in IEEE looks great on a resume, and is also a great way to network with other respected engineers in your field who can help you fulfull your career goals. Young Professionals is a well sought after affinity group which tries to work with other societies and affinity groups which even allows you to make connections with more senior Engineers in industry. Furthermore, leadership positions available on the Young Professionals committee can give you great leadership experience which will provide you with transferrable leadership and management skills.