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Data Science Workshops

This series of hands-on workshops, built around real-world examples, introduce Darden students to an assortment of powerful tools, concepts, techniques, and practices that have emerged in recent years within the field of data science.

The workshops aim to achieve the following learning goals:

  • Be a more engaged and effective consumer of data.
  • Be familiar with some popular data science tools that Darden students/graduates can use to good effect in their internships/jobs.
  • Better speak the language of technology and data for more fruitful collaborations with technologists and data scientists.
  • Develop a keener understanding of the business threats and opportunities coming from emergent artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

Details about the first two workshops are below. Additional workshops will be posted soon.

1. The Dos and Don'ts of Visualizing Data
Monday, 7 December 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

WHO IS IT FOR? Darden students who want to create charts that communicate. No coding knowledge is required.

This hands-on workshop will help students practice some simple, time-tested principles of effective data visualization. After a brief overview of the Gestalt theory of visual perception, students will critique a series of charts to sharpen their understanding of what works and what doesn’t while communicating insights from data. Then, to put the lessons into practice, students will create an interactive chart using a free, easy-to-learn, no-code tool (either Datawrapper or Flourish).

2. The Intuition Behind Machine Learning
Monday, 14 December 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

WHO IS IT FOR? Darden students curious about how today’s artificial intelligence works. No coding knowledge is required. Appropriate for those who have no familiarity with machine learning or related concepts. Those who already have some knowledge may also enjoy and learn from the fun exercises.

Students will gain a high-level, intuitive understanding of how machines learn from examples and become intelligent. Using a no-code tool, they’ll try to teach the machine some fun and useful skills (for example, can a machine tell us if she’s wearing a mask or if he’s distracted while driving?). Along the way, they’ll discuss such essential concepts as training vs. test data, labeled data, overfitting, and model accuracy.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Sign up here. (To change plans, simply submit a new form.)

WHERE IS IT? Virtual

QUESTIONS? Asif Mehedi, Senior Data Specialist and Assoc Dir, Research & Faculty Support, Batten Institute

Please note this change: The workshop on “Business Intelligence Using Excel Power Query,” previously scheduled for 8 December 2020, will be rescheduled to spring 2021, exact date TBD.