Doctoral student leads big data workshop

UMSI PhD student Matt Burton recently led the “Big Data Summer Camp,” a week-long workshop on data mining sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS) and Advanced Research Computing (ARC). Fifty Michigan doctoral students from a wide range of programs, including economics, business, sociology and urban planning, participated.

The ICOS Big Data Summer Camp was designed to make big data accessible for people with no prior background. Its intention is for people to leave with enough confidence and basic knowledge to be able to know what is possible in their research and where they might go next, drawing on resources at the University of Michigan

In collaboration with the organizing committee of UMSI associate professor Cliff Lampe, Gerald Davis of the Ross Business School, Brian Noble of the College of Electrical Science and Engineering and Jason Owen-Smith of the sociology department, Burton created a workshop on how to use data mining methods for social science research. He also served as a workshop instructor. Other UMSI faculty participating in the workshop were Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck and Colleen Van Lent.

“He did a great job,” noted Lampe. “Both the collaborators and the students in the workshop were incredibly happy with the effort he put in.”

The Big Data Summer Camp took place May 19-22, 2014 at the Ross School of Business.

Read an article in the University Record about this workshop.

Posted on June 3, 2014