The Relevance of Data Science at Minority Serving Institutions
Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 1:30PM - 2:30PM
The need for a STEM professional to analyzing and interpreting massive amounts of data (Big Data) generated by the synergistic confluence of pervasive sensing, computing, and networking, has increased exponentially. This data is heterogeneous and the volumes are unprecedented in scale and complexity. Big data is the next frontier for innovation, and productivity. Big data is interesting because it has the potential to reveal emergent phenomena that do not manifest in small and medium-scale data. However, the sheer volume and heterogeneity of data brings with it a multitude of problems. Algorithmic techniques and technologies spanning computer science, computational science, statistics, and applied mathematics are needed to address data science problems. However, very few minority serving institutions have the curriculum and faculty expertise to train the next generation of data scientists. Data scientists play critical roles in enabling organizations to improve their services based on the data-oriented information the organizations collect.