Public welcome to explore trends in data science, artificial intelligence and more
What: Big Data Event
Who: Experts in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence
When: Friday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 5p.m.
Where: COM 201, The Commons, 3333 University Way, UBC Okanagan
Data is everywhere—and data analysis affects the way society approaches problems and develops solutions. Advancements in areas like data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing the ways we learn, do business and get around.
In the Okanagan alone, more than 2,000 tech start-ups have launched since 2017, transforming this region into a technology hub.
Apurva Narayan, event organizer and assistant professor of computer science at UBC Okanagan, says the event is a great way to bring the community together to learn about the power of data.
“Data science is a crucial and growing field, especially in tech start-ups—and that’s a powerful position to be in,” says Narayan. “If we applied the power of data analysis and maturing techniques like machine learning to tackle our planet’s most pressing social issues, we could have a transformative role in areas like improving mental healthcare delivery and increasing cancer survival rates.”
This free full-day workshop is an opportunity for community members to connect with UBC computer science researchers and learn about trends, challenges and tools used by organizations like Microsoft and Cisco.
The event will feature multiple guest speakers throughout the day, including:
- Frank Maurer, associate dean, innovation & strategic partnerships, University of Calgary
- Arash Niknafs, data scientist, Electronic Arts
- Kapil Mathur, data science lead, Microsoft Seattle
This event is open to the public and free, but online pre-registration is required at 2019bigdataubco.eventbrite.com
About UBC’s Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.
To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca.