Another BIDS Data Science Faire in the Books

May 6, 2016

Earlier this week, we held our third annual Data Science Faire to celebrate data science at BIDS and UC Berkeley. Like last year, we invited poster/demo presenters from around campus to showcase their data science projects, welcoming participants from Research IT, Digital Humanities, the Space Sciences Laboratory, the California Digital Libary, and many more.

We also featured six lightning talks (see videos below) from BIDS fellows on topics ranging from semantic representation in the brain to lessons learned in creating open source software. We capped off the afternoon with a keynote from Lucas Merrill Brown, Data Scientist and Digital Expert at the US Digital Service at the White House.

Thank you to all our participants and guests for making this year's Data Science Faire another success!

Data Science Faire Videos 

Justin Kitzes—Reproducible Ecological Data Analysis in Python with the Macroeco Package

Fatma Imamoglu—Semantic Representation in the Human Brain during Listening and Reading

Garret Christensen—Geographic Food Price Variation and Adequacy of SNAP Benefits (i.e., Food Stamps)

Kellie Ottoboni—Student Evaluations of Teaching (Mostly) Do Not Measure Teaching Effectiveness

Zhao Zhang—Kira: Processing Astronomy Imagery Using Big Data Technology

Stéfan van der Walt—scikit-image: Seven Years of Learning


Lucas Merrill Brown—Using Data to Serve the American People

Featured Fellows

Justin Kitzes

Energy & Resources Group

Fatma Deniz

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, International Computer Science Institute

Garret Christensen

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

Kellie Ottoboni


Zhao Zhang

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences; AMPLab
Data Science Fellow

Stéfan van der Walt

Senior Research Data Scientist