We’re continuing our local user group to foster collaboration and learning in the area of data science. In our first meetup of the year, we'll start by providing an update on community data science efforts locally. Then we'll hear from Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Assistance Professor of Computer Science, who will present classical ideas in data visualization, explore a common statistical dataset unique to Illinois, develop a compelling story to share, and create a visualization to share that story. More info on our presenter is below.
Free to attend and lunch will be provided, so please RSVP at the CU-DSUG Meetup Page.
Data science has nearly unlimited potential but is often only as valuable as the story you are able to tell. This talk/discussion will briefly present classical ideas in data visualization, explore a common statistical dataset unique to Illinois, develop a compelling story to share, and create a visualization to share that story. Additionally, I'll share an overview of some campus-wide efforts underway at The University of Illinois in providing a meaningful data science education to every Illini, regardless of major or background.
Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). With a passion for data, he serves as the lead instructor of CS 225 (Data Structures) and works with students on numerous data visualizations that have accumulated nearly 20,000,000 interactions. In 2016, he was selected as one of the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education scholars; in 2017, he was awarded the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching; and he has been consistently ranked as an excellent instructor by his students for the past ten years.
You can read a recent feature by the News-Gazette on Wade here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/2019-01-20/wired-wade-fagen-ulmschneider.html