Sep 23–26, 2019

Big data for managers

Michael Li (The Data Incubator), Gonzalo Diaz (The Data Incubator)
9:00am—5:00pm Monday, September 23—Tuesday, September 24
Location: 1A 01/02
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Michael Li and Gonzalo Diaz provide a nontechnical overview of AI and data science. Learn common techniques, how to apply them in your organization, and common pitfalls to avoid. You’ll pick up the language and develop a framework to be able to effectively engage with technical experts and use their input and analysis for your business’s strategic priorities and decision making.

What you'll learn, and how you can apply it

  • Learn to identify potential pitfalls in projects before they start, identify and prioritize which projects a company should pursue, and translate data science insights for business professionals and decision makers
  • Discover how to communicate business objectives to data professionals
  • Understand the business implications of technical decisions and assess the risk-reward trade-offs of different projects

Who is this presentation for?

  • You're a business professional who wants to learn about big data.
  • You work with data scientists or analysts regularly.
  • You manage teams or projects with a significant data component.
  • You find yourself translating between data and management.

Michael Li and Gonzalo Diaz provide a nontechnical overview of AI and data science. Learn common techniques, how to apply them in your organization, and common pitfalls to avoid. You’ll pick up the language and develop a framework to be able to effectively engage with technical experts and use their input and analysis for your business’s strategic priorities and decision making.

Outline

Introduction to AI and data science

  • Terms and definitions: What does machine learning mean?
  • Historical context and present day
  • Drivers for AI and data science
  • What’s so different about big data?
  • “AI is eating the world.”
  • Making AI practical

Algorithms and techniques

  • Data formats, databases, and schemas
  • Evaluating model performance and validating models
  • Terminology: Regression, classification, supervised, and unsupervised
  • Advanced models: Random forests, support vector machines, deep learning, and neural networks

Industry use cases

  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Technology

AI within the organization

  • Maturity levels for AI
  • Evaluating good projects for AI
  • Build versus buy and hire versus train
  • Skills, tools, and platforms needed for AI
  • Structuring data and AI initiatives within your organization: Successful and cautionary tales

Common pitfalls and fallacies in AI and data science

  • AI and data science in the headlines: The good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Legal and regulatory implications
  • Litigation and liabilities of bad data science
  • Common fallacies in data science and AI
  • Lying with statistics and how to spot it

About your instructors

Photo of Michael Li

Tianhui Michael Li is the founder and CEO of the Data Incubator, an elite fellowship program that trains and places data scientists and quants with advanced degrees (PhD or masters) into industry roles. Previously, Michael was a data science lead with Foursquare and with a16z. He holds a PhD in math from Princeton University.

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Gonzalo has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the Data Incubator, Gonzalo worked as a web developer at an NGO and a researcher at IBM TJ Watson Research Center. As a Data Scientist in Residence, he teaches our Data Science Fellowship and online courses. Gonzalo also works on developing TDI’s curriculum to include the latest data science tools and technologies.

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