UiO: Data Science launch event with invited speaker Christoph Best on Big Data

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This event is a combination launch event for the UiO: Data Science research community, and student project presentation event. We will serve free food and soft drinks, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Invited speaker Christoph Best from Google will give the talk "Big Data, Deep Trends: The Old and New Science of Learning from Data".

The presentations and talks will be from 19 to 21, with one or two short breaks. Food and drink will be served before and after the talks. The socialisation before and after the talks are great opportunities to talk to current and future Master's and PhD students of Data Science.

Title: Big Data, Deep Trends: The Old and New Science of Learning from Data

Abstract: Big Data is different. Getting the data used to be the hardest part in research - especially where any kind of human behavior was concerned, such as when we try to understand our customers and users. But when humans interact with computers, huge amounts of data are produced for free, and the challenge becomes to learn from such unstructured observational data. To understand Big Data, we need to focus on building "high-luminosity" data microscopes, systems can can turn huge quantity of data into new quality and help us uncover patterns that would otherwise be invisible. In this talk, I discuss three principles that make Big Data different from classical data analysis, and how clustering and visualization techniques from unsupervised machine learning, with roots in anthropological research long before computers were used, can become a crucial tool for understanding Big Data.

Speaker: Senior Computational/Data Scientist at Google