Intro to Machine Learning

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Intro to Machine Learning

Intro to Machine Learning

By UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute & UC Berkeley D-Lab

When and where

Date and time

Friday, October 18, 2019 · 12 - 5pm PDT


UCSF Mission Bay Campus 550 16th Street Mission Hall Room1406 San Francisco, CA 94158

About this event

The UCSF Bakar Institute is partnering with the UC Berkeley D-Lab to offer an introductory machine learning workshop for UCSF faculty, students, and staff.

In this workshop, D-Lab instructors will review the basics of supervised machine learning and take you through R coding walkthroughs of lasso, decision tree, random forest, and xgboost algorithms, as well as SuperLearner ensemble methods.

Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with R and RStudio. Bring your own laptop in order to participate!

Please note: Intro to Deep Learning will be held at UCSF on Friday, November 1, 2019. Priority access will be given to those who complete this October 18th workshop on Intro to Machine Learning.

By registering to attend, you are agreeing to provide feedback on the workshop to the organizers in follow-up communications.

About the Instructors:

Evan Muzzall earned his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he focused on spatial patterns of skeletal and dental variation in two large necropoles of Iron Age Central Italy (1st millennium BC). His current research focuses on how environmental and cultural influences affect "normal" skeletal and dental developmental trajectories and various machine learning topics. He is the Instructional Services Lead at the D-Lab, teaches several of the R workshop trainings, and helped found the Machine Learning Working Group in Fall 2016.

Chris Kennedy is a PhD student in biostatistics at UC Berkeley, and an independent data science consultant. He is also a D-Lab instructor and consultant, a Berkeley Institute for Data Science Fellow, a Biomedical Big Data Fellow, and a graduate researcher in the Integrative Cancer Research Group. His methodological interests encompass machine learning, randomized trials, targeted causal inference, deep learning, & text analysis. His applications are primarily in precision medicine, public health, genomics, and election campaigns.

About the organizer

The emerging field of precision medicine demands a new approach to research that harnesses the power of data science. This requires biomedical researchers and practicing clinicians with skills in quantitative and computer sciences as well as modern computing and data infrastructure to support relevant research activities and implement findings in clinical practice. The UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute is working to build a foundation of faculty and knowledge assets in computational health sciences and bring together a community of thinkers interested in this emerging field. Our initiatives are focused on enhancing education and infrastructure as well as building community with the goal of advancing computational health sciences in research, practice, and education—in support of precision medicine for all.


The UC Berkeley D-Lab is a highly-popular campus-wide data science hub, providing services, support, and a venue for cutting-edge research design and experimentation in data-intensive social science. D-Lab scientific and technical staff provide training and consultation, and host interdisciplinary working groups on a wide range of data science methods from Python and R fundamentals, to machine learning and text analysis/natural language processing, to data visualization and curation. The D-Lab team also provides access to a rich array of state and federal data resources, supports restricted data services, and advises on technical questions and research design. More at UCSF trainees welcome!