The Data Science Faculty Seminar Series is a part of the Moore Sloan Data Science Environment. It features events focused on bringing together faculty, postdocs, and Ph.D. students within NYU’s Data Science initiative to interact. Each event will feature a talk given by one of the Faculty members.
11th Data Science Showcase
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018, 3:30-5:30
Location: Center for Data Science, New York University
60 5th Avenue, Room #150
New York, NY 10011
Title: Neuroscience Showcase
Abstract: The Neuroscience Showcase aims to bring together students and researchers working at the intersection between neuroscience and data science with the goal of facilitating an open exchange of ideas between different communities within NYU. The showcase will feature short research talks by Amy Orsborn (Peseran lab, CNS), Olivier Henaff (Simoncelli lab, CNS) and Neil Bramley (CDS), followed by a panel discussion. Yann LeCun (NYU, Facebook), Eero Simoncelli (CNS and CDS), Simon Peron (CNS) and Brenden Lake (Psychology, CDS) will be discussing “What does machine learning and data science more generally bring to neuroscience?” and the converse “How can neuroscience inform research in machine learning?”
- 3:30 Brief Introduction
- 3:30-3:55 Amy Orsborn: Title TBD (PostDoc Peseran lab, soon to start own lab at U Washington)
- 3:55-4:20 Olivier Henaff: “Perceptual straightening of natural videos” (Ph.D. Simoncelli lab)
- 4:20-4:45 Neil Bramley: “Grounding compositional hypothesis generation in experience” (Moore-Sloan post-doctoral associate in Todd Gureckis’ computation and cognition lab and the Center for Data Science at New York University)
- 4:45-5:30 Panel discussion – Yann LeCun, Eero Simoncelli, Simon Peron, Brenden Lake
- 5:30: Snacks & free-form discussion
10th Data Science Showcase
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 4:00-7:00
Location: Center for Data Science (7th Floor, open space)
60 5th Ave. New York, NY 10011
Abstract: The Statistics Showcase will provide an overview of statistics research around the university to the Moore-Sloan community and to bring together researchers and students involved in such research. The showcase will be headlined by Professor David Madigan, Chair of the Statistics Department at Columbia University. Three short talks will precede Professor Madigan’s presentation. Xi Chen (Assistant Professor at NYU Stern School of Business), Jennifer Hill (Co-Director of the Center for Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology and Professor of Applied Statistics at NYU Steinhardt) and Menling Liu (Associate Professor of Population Health and Environmental Medicine at NYU Medical School) will describe the application of statistical methodology in areas ranging from business and finance to medicine and public policy.
9th Data Science Showcase
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017, 4:30 – 7 PM
Location: Kimmel Center, Colloquium Room (5th Floor)
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
Title: Data science for Educational Research, Industry, and Policy
Abstract: This showcase addresses the current and future roles of data science in the education sector. The showcase will consist of short presentations by a panel of four leaders from industry and academia, who will provide an overview of current initiatives in their research domains and identify core opportunities for data science to move the field forward. The panel presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with the Moore-Sloan community.
8th Data Science Showcase
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016, 4:30 – 7 PM
Location: Kaufman Management Center, Stern School of Business, RM KMC 5-50, 44 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
7th Data Science Showcase
Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, 4:30 – 7 PM
Location: Kimmel Center Rm 905/907
60 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10010
Daniela Huppenkothen, Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU, Center for Data Science
Talk Title: Exploring the Violent Universe: Data Science for X-ray Astronomy
Abstract: X-ray astronomy, the study of the universe at very short wavelengths, helps us unravel physical laws under the most extreme conditions known: the densest stars, the brightest explosions, the strongest gravity, and magnetic fields, the hottest plasmas. The data sets that we have, taken with X-ray telescopes onboard a fleet of space satellites, are abundant and diverse and can be used to tackle some of the mysteries surrounding black holes, neutron stars, and stellar explosions. All of these types of sources are highly variable on timescales ranging from milliseconds to decades and studying how their brightness changes with time is a prime tool to help us understand the underlying physics. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the fundamental processes of nature we study with this kind of data and show a few snapshots of projects on neutron stars and black holes I am working on at the CDS.
Bio: Daniela Huppenkothen is a Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU Center for Data Science. She is primarily interested in time series methods for astronomy; so far, her work has focussed on developing methods for characterizing variability in fast transient events (in particular magnetar bursts and black hole binary systems) in data from X-ray space telescopes, and on using empirical models to make inferences about the underlying physics of the system. She is also interested in machine learning and astrostatistics.
Stefan Karpinski, Research Engineer at the NYU Center for Data Science
Talk Title: Julia Solves the Four Language Problem for Data Science
Abstract: Once upon a time, I was forced to write my data science projects in a patchwork of four languages: Matlab, R, C, and Ruby. Today, I only use one: Julia. In this talk, I’ll explore the kinds of data science problems that Julia excels at, how it cooperates in beautiful harmony with C, C++, and Python, and where we’re going with the language in the future. There will be lots of live coding and some slides with fancy transitions.
Bio: Stefan is a Research Engineer at the NYU Center for Data Science. Previously, he’s worked as a data scientist, researcher and software engineer at Etsy, Citrix Online, and Akamai.
6th Data Science Showcase
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Location: NYU Torch Club
Tap Room, 18 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003
- 4:00-4:30pm: Wine & refreshments
- 4:30-5:30 pm: Talk given by Prof. Vasant Dhar
- 5:30-6:30 pm: Faculty mixer continues with more wine & refreshments
Vasant Dhar, Professor, and Head, Information Systems Group, Co-Director, Center for Business Analytics
Talk Title: Should You Trust Your Money to a Robot?
Abstract: Financial markets emanate massive amounts of data from which machines can, in principle, learn to invest with minimal initial guidance from humans. I contrast human and machine strengths and weaknesses in making investment decisions. The analysis reveals areas in the investment landscape where machines are already very active and those where machines are likely to make significant inroads in the next few years.
- Dhar, V., Data Science and Prediction, Communications of the ACM, volume 56, number 12, December 2013.
- Dhar, V., Should You Trust Your Money to a Robot? Big Data journal, volume 3, number 2, June 2015.
5th Data Science Showcase
Date: Wednesday, April 15th
Rumi Chunara, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and the Global Institute of Public Health
Talk Title: Data Science for Improved Public Health
Abstract: Internet and mobile connectivity have enabled a plethora of new data that offer unprecedented opportunities in many domains. The real-time, quantitative and geo-located data generated through these crowdsourced sensors can improve population-public health surveillance, which suffers from limits due to latency, high cost, inherent contributor biases, and imprecise resolution. Simultaneously, the observational and informal nature of these data sources present some common and new data challenges. In this talk, I will discuss a few approaches towards integrating crowdsourced data into epidemiological models, including increasing specificity and relating the data to the underlying population at risk. I will also show how the proposed new data sources and methods can help approach new questions in both infectious and chronic diseases.
Neil Rabinowitz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Computational Vision
Talk Title: The statistical structure of noise in the brain
Abstract: While those in machine learning have long drawn inspiration from brains for smart solutions to real-world problems, those of us who have tested out these analog devices (either by owning one or by interacting with others who do) are well aware that brains have some severe limitations. At a low level, they have to compute with noisy, slow, squidgy elements. At a high level, they’re prone to some serious mistakes. In this talk, I’ll argue that the noise in the brain is structured and that by characterizing it, we can learn about the brain’s computational challenges, successes, and failures. In particular, I will focus on data from large populations of sensory neurons during a perceptual task, whose joint activity reveals the action of latent modulatory sources. Such data provide a rich testing ground for models that are both statistically principled and scientifically interpretable.
4th Data Science Showcase
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd
Brian McFee, NYU Data Science Fellow
Talk title: Analyzing and Visualizing Musical Structure
Abstract: Musical structure analysis seeks to produce a high-level description of the structural components of an audio recording, such as the boundaries marking transitions between sections (e.g., verse to chorus) or labeling repeated sections. The results of structure analysis can be used to generate visualizations and aid in the discovery and understanding of musical content. In this talk, I’ll give a brief overview of the structure analysis problem and existing solutions, and then demonstrate a new technique based on spectral clustering. The proposed method simultaneously exploits local consistency and global repetition of acoustic features and provides a natural encoding of the structure at multiple levels of granularity.
Brenden Lake, NYU Data Science Fellow
Talk title: Towards Richer Models of Concept Learning in Machines
Abstract: People can learn a new concept almost perfectly from just a single example, yet machine learning algorithms typically require tens, hundreds, or thousands of examples to perform similarly. People can also use their learned concepts in richer ways than conventional machine learning systems — for action, imagination, and explanation. I will describe a model that captures some of these human learning abilities by representing concepts as simple programs or structured procedures that generate the observed data. The model achieves human-level performance on a one-shot classification task, and “visual Turing tests” show the model’s more creative generalizations can mimic the behavior of people.
3rd Data Science Showcase
Date: Thursday, September 18th
Professor Panos Ipeirotis, Associate Professor and George A. Kellner Faculty Fellow at the Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at NYU’s Stern School of Business will discuss Crowdsourcing.
Panos Ipeirotis’ recent research interests focus on crowdsourcing and on mining user-generated content on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2004. He has received four “Best Paper” awards (IEEE ICDE 2005, ACM SIGMOD 2006, WWW 2011, ICIS 2012), two “Best Paper Runner Up” awards (JCDL 2002, ACM KDD 2008), and is also a recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and of several other grants.
Presentation Slides: Panos – Adventures in Crowdsourcing
2nd Data Science Showcase
Date: Monday, May 12th
Professor Enrico Bertini, Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Poly, will give an overview of his work on visualization. More information can be found on Bertini’s website.
Enrico Bertini is a researcher in the area of information visualization, human-computer interaction and visual analytics. Interactive data visualization helps people extract relevant information out of large and complex data and, as such, it has the potential to allow for remarkable discoveries and progress. His research focuses on the development of novel techniques and applications as well as on the understanding of how people interact with them. Enrico’s talk should be of broad interest to anyone at NYU interested in data science and will be followed up next semester with a tutorial and a reading group on visualization. Here is an article that can serve as a snapshot into his talk: Q&A with Enrico Bertini | visualizing.org
Presentation Slides: Bertini – Visualization in Data Science
Recording of Showcase: Bertini Visualization Video
1st Data Science Showcase
Date: Monday, March 10th
Professor Jennifer Hill, Associate Professor of Applied Statistics, Steinhardt, gave a talk on “Causal Inference and Data Science — Why they need each other”.
Jennifer Hill works on the development of methods that help us to answer the causal question that is so vital to policy research and scientific development. In particular, she focuses on situations in which it is difficult or impossible to perform traditional randomized experiments, or when even seemingly pristine study designs are complicated by missing data or hierarchically structured data. Most recently Hill has been pursuing two major strands of research. The first focuses on Bayesian nonparametric methods that allow for flexible estimation of causal models without the need for methods such as propensity score matching. The second line of work pursues strategies for exploring the impact of violations of typical assumptions in this work that require that all confounders have been measured. Hill is also the Co-Director of the Center for Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM) and the new Master’s Program in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research (A3SR)
Presentation Slides: Hill – Causal Inference & Data Science