Interested in doing analytics projects? Looking for opportunities to work with real world data? Want to help local governments think creatively about issues happening in cities? If the answer is yes, this event is right for you. The UniverCity Year program at UW Madison will come in this Thursday to introduce their program and the potential analytics opportunities. Projects can address a wide range of concerns around sustainability, economic development, education, health, housing and more. 

[PRESENTATION]

Git is widely used as an open source distributed version control system for groups and individual programmers collaborating and tracking changes in source code during software development. The ability to use version control is a valuable skill for every programmer to possess. Professor Tyler Caraza-Harter will be joining us this week to lead the workshop on git.

Please install git via the link here in advance and bring your laptops to the meeting.

[WORKSHEET]

For this week’s meeting, we are fortunate enough to have Dr. Sebastian Raschka, the No.1 most influential data scientist on GitHub, come in to discuss his research and some ML/DL techniques. Specifically, he will give an introduction to ordinal regression and a brief tutorial on PyTorch. 

Soft-biometric characteristics include a person’s age, gender, race, and health status. As many Deep Learning-centric applications are developed in recent years, the automatic extraction of soft biometric attributes can happen without the user’s agreement, thereby raising several privacy concerns. This talk will introduce how to extract soft-biometric attributes from facial images, as well as how to conceal soft-biometric information for enhancing privacy. 

[SLIDES & DEMOS]

Welcome back to campus! If you haven’t done so, officially join the Data Science Club on the Wisconsin Involvement Network. As the school year begins, we are excited to resume hosting workshops, student panels, and seminars to support professional development in data science of our members.

Here are the presentation slides from our kickoff meeting. Feel free to contact us at dotdatauw@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about the research openings and internship opportunities.

CoM: The City of Madison will soon be posting their summer internship openings in the coming weeks. Laura Larsen (LLarsen@cityofmadison.com) will let us know when this happens and I will pass along all links and information. 


USGS: The United States Geological Survey has (understandably) reached capacity for their summer interns, but is interested in interns during the semester:”While the USGS Water Data Science team does not currently have internship openings for this summer, we are always seeking motivated individuals. In the past, we have also had interns work part-time throughout the academic year and offered flexible schedules to fit with their class load. It is never to early to start a dialogue about working with us in the future. Please reach out to Lindsay Platt (Data Scientist, lplatt@usgs.gov) or Jordan Read (Chief of Data Science, jread@usgs.gov) to discuss your interest and potential opportunities for the future. If you have more of an interest in pure software engineering, Carl Schroedl (Computer Scientist, cschroedl@usgs.gov) would love to hear from you!”USGS: The USGS has (understandably) reached capacity for their summer interns, but is interested in interns during the semester:”While the USGS Water Data Science team does not currently have internship openings for this summer, we are always seeking motivated individuals. In the past, we have also had interns work part-time throughout the academic year and offered flexible schedules to fit with their class load. It is never to early to start a dialogue about working with us in the future. Please reach out to Lindsay Platt (Data Scientist, lplatt@usgs.gov) or Jordan Read (Chief of Data Science, jread@usgs.gov) to discuss your interest and potential opportunities for the future. If you have more of an interest in pure software engineering, Carl Schroedl (Computer Scientist, cschroedl@usgs.gov) would love to hear from you!”