The Center for Data Science is proud to announce that we have relocated to the historic Forbes Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan! To celebrate the change in location, we talked with Maria Lavin, the Senior Project Manager who oversaw the remodeling and construction of the new space. Can you talk about the initial stages … Continue reading Welcome to the New CDS Office Space!
Hurricane season is upon us, and for New Yorkers who remember Hurricane Sandy, this season’s La Nina weather system and warmer sea-surface temperatures are not contributing to a welcome forecast. Hurricane warnings have historically been relayed to the general public through television or radio broadcasts, but advancements in weather tracking, combined with the availability of … Continue reading Is Open-Sourced Data the Solution to Hurricane Warnings?
One of the core tenants of data science is the idea of transparency, both in the sense that data collection methods should be open to scrutiny, and that the results of data collection should be shared with the general public. In 2009, President Obama appointed Vivek Kundra as the United States’ first Federal Chief Information … Continue reading The US Government and Data Transparency
From the proliferation of smartphones with a built-in camera, to the increasing use of security cameras in public spaces, we are all on camera, more than ever before. And with an increase in images comes an increase in poorly-shot photos. Unfortunately, most of us are not professional photographers, and oftentimes, extraneous distractions can get in the … Continue reading Neural Networks for Better Photographs?
In May of this year, The United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service released a paper titled, the “Data Science Ethical Framework.” Although it is not a legally binding document, the paper was designed as a guide for government employees, and is a template for the appropriate and ethical uses of data science. It gives government employees … Continue reading How Should Government Agencies Regulate Data Science?
Professor Afonso Bandeira is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. This fall, he will be teaching a course at the Center for Data Science, titled, “Optimization and Computational Linear Algebra for Data Science.” What did you study in school? I did my Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science … Continue reading Interview with CDS Instructor Afonso Bandeira
America’s contemporary political scene is characterized by an open distrust of elected officials, with the common refrain, on both sides of the isle, being that politicians have forgotten their constituents. While there may be a disconnect between political action and public interaction, in the realm of social media, politicians seem to be heavily influenced by the … Continue reading Can Twitter Track How Politicians Are Affected by Their Constituents?
While the proliferation of data science is most commonly associated with fields such as finance, marketing, and the technology sector, data science has become increasingly important in a variety of disciplines, including health, medicine, and education. Vasant Dhar, a professor at the Center for Data Science, began incorporating data science into his research in the 1990s. … Continue reading Vasant Dhar on Using Data Science to Tackle Educational Problems