Stories in Data Science: It starts with a question

@George Washington University
20101 Academic Way

07 Dec 23:00 - 08 Dec 01:00



6:00pm -- Networking and Food
6:30pm -- Introductions, NOVA Data Science Updates, and Announcements
6:45pm -- Presentation and Discussion
8:00pm -- Wrap-up

Title: "Stories in Data Science: It starts with a question"


A famous data scientist at Facebook once said: "If you're looking for your next project, don't pick a model to use or a language to learn. Pick a question to answer." That is the essence of good science, including good data science! I will describe the stages of analytics maturity, leading up to Cognitive Analytics. Cognitive is the most contextual, curious, and question-generating stage of analytics. This may be the all-important first step in good data science, but the final step is just as important: telling your data's story! A good data scientist has many successful projects in their portfolio, including the data story that goes along with each one. But a great data scientist also has failed projects in their portfolio, including the lessons learned, the refinements made to the model, and the data story that goes along with those projects. I will describe these concepts along with a few data stories of my own.


Dr. Kirk Borne (Twitter: @kirkdborne) is a data scientist and an astrophysicist who has used his talents at Booz Allen since 2015. He was professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University (GMU) for 12 years. He served as undergraduate advisor for the GMU data science program and graduate advisor in the computational science and informatics Ph.D. program.

Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting NASA projects, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as data archive project scientist, NASA's Astronomy Data Center, and NASA's Space Science Data Operations Office. He has extensive experience in large scientific databases and information systems, including expertise in scientific data mining. He was a contributor to the design and development of the new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, for which he contributed in the areas of science data management, informatics and statistical science research, galaxies research, and education and public outreach.

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Location: "Exploration Hall" Auditorium, GWU Ashburn Campus 
Parking Information: Free parking close to "Exploration Hall" entrance


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