Monday, February 27, 2012

Berkeley Summer Workshop on Big Data

The 2012 NSF-sponsored Explorations in Science Research Workshop at Berkeley will take place June 16-24.  The focus will be on big data and statistics and introducing students to applied statistics research.
Today, almost every aspect of our lives is "rendered" in data. New data collection technologies have made it easy to record continuous, high-resolution measurements of our physical environment (weather patterns, seismic events, the human genome). We're also constantly monitoring our movements through and interactions with our physical surroundings (automobile and air traffic, large-scale land use, advanced manufacturing facilities). In computer-mediated settings, our activities either depend crucially on or consist entirely of complex digital data (networked games, peer-to-peer technologies, Web site and Internet usage).
The advent of these enormous repositories of information presents us with an interesting challenge: how can we represent and interpret such complex, abstract and often socially important data?

Our short program is designed to encourage students to attend graduate school in statistics. It is aimed at undergraduates who are rising juniors or seniors.

Applicants are expected to have some basic quantitative skills, including a background in calculus. An introductory course in probability and/or statistics is required. Quantitatively-inclined undergraduates majoring in engineering, computer science, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and the behavioral or social sciences are all encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Travel, room and board is provided.  Participants must be permanent residents or US citizens.


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