Friday, 25 May 2018
SPEAKER: Jeremiah Deng, Department of Information Science
TITLE: Catching the big Data Science fish - Which Way to Angle or ...
VENUE: Room G34, Owheo Building
TIME AND DATE: 1:00 pm, Friday 25 May
"Data Science" is making some big waves worldwide, and many universities have started offering undergraduate degrees in Data Science. Yet the shape of Data Science seems to remain elusive for a clear definition, and the curriculum design varies from uni to uni. Based on my involvement in planning an overseas joint venture, and my experience in teaching Otago's MBusDataSc, I will share my observations of a handful of programmes within and without NZ, and the outcome of mathematical teaching related to some key machine learning algorithms. With a final, slightly controversial twist, I will recommend a very different design as a possible solution for coping with the challenging diversity of Data Science, settling debates around questions like: how much math/stat/programming/IT/... should be covered?