Data Science Workshop, 2015

Workshop Overview

The workshop has ended. Thank you all for your spectacular participation!

This NSF sponsored 2.5 day workshop on August 5th – 7th on the University of Washington, Seattle campus, will bring together 100 graduate students from diverse domain sciences and engineering with Data Scientists from industry and academia to discuss and collaborate on Big Data / Data Science challenges. In addition to keynote presentations from high profile speakers, the participants will present posters covering their own research and work collaboratively to begin to solve some of the Grand Challenge problems facing Data Enabled Science & Engineering disciplines. After the workshop, the output from the collaborative teams will be published in an open access environment. Through the shared work at the workshop and beyond, the participants will form lasting, collaborative relationships with their peers and the senior academia partners and industry participants including those from Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

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If you are invited to participate, travel support of up to $1,000 will be available which can be used to cover the registration and lodging fees in addition to airfare.  Most meals are included. Workshop registration is $200.  Lodging is $123 (two beds), $195 (single) for two nights.

Want to participate? Get engaged!

To get started, create a profile on this web site. Next, use your profile to submit a white paper in PDF format that describes a Big Data / Data Science challenge faced by your scientific or engineering discipline or an idea for a new tool or method addressing Big Data / Data Science problem. Finally, review some of the current submissions, make comments and vote on your favorites.

The workshop Grand Challenge topics will be selected from the highest scoring white paper submissions. During the workshop, attendees will form teams to work on the Grand Challenges.

White paper submission guidelines

The white papers should be no more than three written pages in length including figures, references and should contain the following sections: Background, Problem Statement, and Broader Impacts and be formatted according to the supplied template.  Each white paper author will need to provide at least three keywords and three possible reviewers. The white papers will be reviewed according to NSF fellowship application standards.

The white paper submission deadline is June 22nd, 2015.  Invitees will be notified between July 1st to the 8th, 2015.

What happens next?

The white papers are sent out for review.  When the reviews are returned, you will receive a copy and you will be notified if you have been invited to attend.  We will provide you with the registration information and further details.

If you are selected for attendance, you must bring a poster to present on one of either of the two poster presentation sessions.  The authors of the very highest scoring white papers will be invited to give lightning talks of a few slides during the plenary session to describe their challenges or methods.

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Conference Organizers

  • Chair David A. C. Beck, PhD (UW, Chemical Engineering)
  • Ginger Armbrust, PhD (UW, Oceanography)
  • Magdalena Balazinska, PhD (UW, Computer Science & Engineering)
  • Andrew Connolly, PhD (UW, Astronomy)
  • Jennifer Worrell:  Administration

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  • Jeffrey Heer, Interactive Data Lab (UW, Computer Science & Engineering)
  • Ariel Rokem, eScience Institute (UW)
  • Dave Beck, eScience Institute (UW, Chemical Engineering)
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