Data Science : The Future is Here (Dr Eugene Dubossarsky)

  • June 17, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Please arrive at 5:30pm for a 6pm start (the lifts lock at 6pm sharp!) This  allows time for to enjoy networking opportunities  (and eat free pizza and drink free beer) before and after the talk. 

Talk Outline: In this talk Eugene Dubossarsky will discuss what Data Science is, what it isn't, and where it is going. He will be placing Data Science in a business, technological and cultural context, and share with us how Data Science is going to change the way we do… everything

He will discuss current challenges to the field, as well as likely future directions, and his reasons for strong optimism about the field. He will discuss the cultural, communication and management challenges presented by Data Science,  how businesses are currently grappling with the field, and what will happen once businesses get it right.

This will also be an introduction to the group, describing the purpose and  agenda of the group going forward, and calling for active participation from presenters, study group leaders, sponsors and other regular attendees.

About our Speaker: Dr Eugene Dubossarsky is Chief Data Scientist and Advisory Board Member at Emagine International and Senior Advisor, Data Science at Contexti, a premier Big Data Analytics Managed Services, Support and Training company. He runs training courses in Data Science, Predictive Modelling, Machine Learning, R and many other topics in Business Analytics through his company Presciient.

Eugene has a background in pure mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Computing Science, as well as over 20 years of commercial analytics experience. Eugene is an active and recognised leader in the Asia Pacific and global analytics and data science communities having co-founded a number of organisations and professional bodies including Analyst First, Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) and Sydney Users of R Forum.

Previously Eugene has held multiple data science and analytics roles including Director of Predictive Business Intelligence at Ernst & Young, Statistician with Insureware and Senior Research Fellow with the University of Technology Sydney.


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  • Keegan

    Hi all,
    Great to meet some of you last week. This may be of interest to some of you aspiring/current Data Scientists - http://careers.optus.com.au/cw/en/job/354373/data-scientist

    June 24, 2014

  • Richard F.

    A suggested homework exercise after last night's talk: For the next item of analytics output you produce at work, write a sentence describing what the Division Head, CMO, CFO, or even CEO in your organisation might take away from it. P.S. The sentence isn't the objective, reflecting on one's ability to get in the mind of management is. I'm keen to find out what conclusions people come to! :)

    2 · June 18, 2014

    • Pete

      Good idea. Building on your suggestion, would it be useful to get an 'enlightened' C~O in to do a talk about what they see as valuable engagement with the analytics / intelligence function? Perhaps this group is intended to be technical, but I suggest that to be a rounded DS, knowing how to present to senior management in a way they find engaging would be very useful.

      June 18, 2014

    • Richard F.

      I shout "YES!" to this being a "rounded DS" group. DS is more than coding and other technical matters. What does career progression look like for you - being a coder all your life? BTW, finding truly enlightened CXOs is difficult. Plenty talk 'data' (or "big data", yuck!) but have a naive view of it.

      June 24, 2014

  • Norman J.

    Members be interested to know that edX (an organisation similar to Coursera) are staging a re-run of their CalTech Course "Learning From Data"

    http://work.caltech.edu/telecourse.html https://www.edx.org/course/caltechx/caltechx-cs1156x-learning-data-2516# An alternative offering from Stanford, and one that I preferred, was "StatLearning Statistical Learning" presented by Trevor Hastie and Rob Tibsharani, two of the authors of "Elements of Statistical Learning". https://class.stanford.edu/courses/HumanitiesScience/StatLearning/Winter2014/info

    This course has recently finished, but I'd be surprised if there is not a re-run before too long.

    3 · June 21, 2014

  • Lolo F.

    Hi everyone,

    I though maybe some one could be interested on Data Mining with WEKA.
    Here is the link: http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka/mooc/dataminingwithweka/

    I found it very easy to follow, well organised and presented. I recommend it.

    It is the first of two courses and I think there is another starting this Jun 30 which I will be taking too. Perhaps we could open an study group :)

    June 19, 2014

  • Sax C.

    Hi everyone - I'm doing a Coursera on machine learning (https://class.coursera.org/ml-006/). It has just started but first assignment is not due until 6 July. I'm happy to host a study group if anyone is interested in doing it. Let me know!

    2 · June 19, 2014

    • Dimitar B.

      I'm interested Sax

      June 19, 2014

    • Sax C.

      Excellent, Dimitar ... I note that there is a Sydney based study group on the course already (http://www.meetup.com...­), I suggest we join this.

      June 19, 2014

  • Stephen G.

    For further reading .. http://datasciencemasters.org/

    6 · June 18, 2014

    • Richard F.

      Liking this very much, but take exception to the quote "There are little to no Data Scientists with 5 years experience, because the job simply did not exist". It is only the title that has not existed for that long. There are many data analytics professionals over 5 years who are deserving of the title.

      5 · June 18, 2014

    • Nico

      Word up! Econometrics, psychometrics, biotstatistics, actuarial studies etc. have been around for a while and created "data scientists". Same applies to the hype around the "big data" term - e.g., insurances/ banks or retailers (scanner data) have dealt with large amount of data a long time before the expression became popular. Here some interesting overviews: http://www.forbes.com...­ and a nice infographic: http://www.winshuttle...­

      June 18, 2014

  • Syed A.

    Great talk with some really important food for thought ...

    June 18, 2014

  • Lolo F.

    Great talk with very interesting points of view. Great audience.

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Joseph D.

    How do I get up - I just missed the other group?

    June 17, 2014

    • Gethryn G.

      Entry is at the side of the building

      June 17, 2014

    • Gethryn G.

      Entry is at the side of the building

      June 17, 2014

  • Alvin

    Same here. .how to go up?

    June 17, 2014

  • Joseph D.

    Anybody?

    June 17, 2014

  • Joseph D.

    How do I get up - I just missed the other group?

    June 17, 2014

  • Andre A.

    We're locked out downstairs :)

    June 17, 2014

  • Andre A.

    We're locked out downstairs :)

    June 17, 2014

  • Andre A.

    We're locked out downstairs :)

    June 17, 2014

  • Roman

    Hi, thanks for the last minute confirmation (I was on the waiting list), but I only received the email just now (it's 5pm), unfortunately I have made other plans already. Please pass on my spot to someone else who might still be available. Thanks again and have a great event! Roman

    June 17, 2014

  • Tom P.

    Far out, injured my knee. Can't walk.

    June 16, 2014

    • Louise L.

      No good!! Take care and I hope you heal quickly.

      June 16, 2014

    • Eugene D.

      ouch

      June 17, 2014

  • Fabian H.

    Hi all, we are limited to 75 people tomorrow, unfortunately. Therefore only those of you who are RSVPd yes will be able to attend. If you are still on the waitlist by tomorrow, please do NOT just show up. We are still counting on those of you with a YES rsvp who are unable to attend to update their RSVP so that people on the waitlist can take their place. Please help us make the best of this meetup and update your RSVP. The people on the waiting list would appreciate knowing if they will be able to attend as soon as possible.

    June 16, 2014

    • Narbeh Y.

      lol sorry Fabian :)

      June 17, 2014

    • Aliya G.

      Thanks Narbeh and Fabian

      June 17, 2014

  • Fabian H.

    We're nearly there - only four more days to our first meetup. However, the waitlist is long. If you have rsvp'd but are unable to attend anymore, please take the moment to update your status, so that we can let others join in the fun.

    See you Tuesday!

    2 · June 13, 2014

  • Fabian H.

    Wow, this talk is popular!
    We have reached capacity for our first event: Both, the list of attendees and the waitlist are full. We have therefore closed this event for new registrations. If you have rsvp'd yes and can no longer attend the talk, please update your attendance and make your spot available for someone on the waitlist.

    June 4, 2014

  • Manish B.

    A data scientist in making

    May 27, 2014

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