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Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
DR / CNRS	

LAL & LRI	

CNRS & University Paris-Sud
BALÁZS KÉGL
Pr / UPSud	

LRI
CÉ...
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Meta
3
I will not talk about science
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I will talk about 

management 

(of) (data) science
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• My eight-year of experience interfacing
between high-energy physics and data scienc...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay6
UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY
19 founding partners
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY
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+ horizontal multi-disciplinary and multi-partner
initiativ...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay8
Biology & bioinformatics
IBISC/UEvry
LRI/UPSud
Hepatinov
CESP/UPSud-UVSQ-Inserm
IGM-...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
DATA SCIENCE
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Design of automated methods
to analyze massive and complex data
to ext...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay10
CENTER FOR DATA SCIENCE

=

DATA CENTER

We are focusing on inference:
data knowled...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay11
PARAMETERS
• 2 years:April 2014 - June 2016, 1.2M€	

• +1 year, conditional on eval...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
Domain science
energy and physical sciences
health and life sciences
Earth and enviro...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• Manpower	

• especially at the interfaces	

• industrial brain-drain	

• Incentives...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
TOOLS
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We are designing and learning to manage tools to
accompany data science proj...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
TOOLS: LANDSCAPE TO ECOSYSTEM
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Data scientist
Data trainer
Applied scientist
Domain...
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Paris-Saclay16
POSTDOCS, THESES, SABBATICALS
• Common selection criteria	

• scientific quality	

•...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay17
ENGINEERING AND CODE CONSOLIDATING
PROJECTS
• No research	

• implementation, maint...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• A window to open data at Paris-Saclay	

• We are not storing or handling existing l...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
IT PLATFORM FOR LINKED DATA
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Paris-Saclay20
BOOTCAMPS
• Single-day coding sessions	

• 20-30 participants	

• Goals	

• trainin...
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BOOTCAMPS
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Paris-Saclay22
BOOTCAMPS
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BOOTCAMPS
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BOOTCAMPS
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• A data challenge is a recently developed unconventional
dissemination and communica...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• The HiggsML challenge on Kaggle	

• https://www.kaggle.com/c/higgs-boson	

• 1785 t...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• Challenges are useful for	

• generating visibility in the data science community a...
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DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• Putting domain scientists, data scientists, and management
scientist in the same ro...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
innovative design 	

=	

interaction and joint
expansion of concepts
and knowledge
30...
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Paris-Saclay31
DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS
[P]$Project$
building!
Ini3alisa3on$
[K]$K...
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Paris-Saclay32
TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO1
If you are interested in adapting any of these tools in
your ...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
• We need data engineers and trainers to support research	

• ideally: 75% research s...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay34
WHAT CNRS CAN DO
Incentives
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay35
WHAT CNRS CAN DO
Most data scientists, as other scientists, are trained and incenti...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay
Affirmative action
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TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO2
• Overweight (e.g, double count) out-of-domain papers in
every evaluation	

• Make software tool ownership count
Affirmativ...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay38
TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO3
Co-locality is important.
It would be desirable that data sci...
Center for Data Science
Paris-Saclay39
THANK YOU!
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The Paris-Saclay Center for Data Science

My slides from the MASTODONS (big data) workshop of the CNRS.

http://www.cnrs.fr/mi/spip.php?article631&lang=fr

On defining and managing the data science ecosystem at Université Paris-Saclay. Challenges and tools.

The Paris-Saclay Center for Data Science

  1. 1. 1 Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay DR / CNRS LAL & LRI CNRS & University Paris-Sud BALÁZS KÉGL Pr / UPSud LRI CÉCILE GERMAIN MdC / Telecom ParisTech LTCI ALEXANDRE GRAMFORT MdC / Mines ParisTech CGS AKIN KAZAKÇI Pr / ENSAE Laboratoire de Statistique ARNAK DALALYAN
  2. 2. 2 Meta
  3. 3. 3 I will not talk about science
  4. 4. 4 I will talk about 
 management 
 (of) (data) science
  5. 5. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • My eight-year of experience interfacing between high-energy physics and data science • Our one-year experience of running PSCDS • Extensive discussions with management scientist and the MI/Mastodons/MaDICS for the last year 5 WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
  6. 6. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay6 UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY 19 founding partners
  7. 7. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY 7 + horizontal multi-disciplinary and multi-partner initiatives (“lidex”) to create cohesion
  8. 8. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay8 Biology & bioinformatics IBISC/UEvry LRI/UPSud Hepatinov CESP/UPSud-UVSQ-Inserm IGM-I2BC/UPSud MIA/Agro MIAj-MIG/INRA LMAS/Centrale Chemistry EA4041/UPSud Earth sciences LATMOS/UVSQ GEOPS/UPSud IPSL/UVSQ LSCE/UVSQ LMD/Polytechnique Economy LM/ENSAE RITM/UPSud LFA/ENSAE Neuroscience UNICOG/Inserm U1000/Inserm NeuroSpin/CEA Particle physics astrophysics & cosmology LPP/Polytechnique DMPH/ONERA CosmoStat/CEA IAS/UPSud AIM/CEA LAL/UPSud 250researchers in 35laboratories Machine learning LRI/UPSud LTCI/Telecom CMLA/Cachan LS/ENSAE LIX/Polytechnique MIA/Agro CMA/Polytechnique LSS/Supélec CVN/Centrale LMAS/Centrale DTIM/ONERA IBISC/UEvry Visualization INRIA LIMSI Signal processing LTCI/Telecom CMA/Polytechnique CVN/Centrale LSS/Supélec CMLA/Cachan LIMSI DTIM/ONERA Statistics LMO/UPSud LS/ENSAE LSS/Supélec CMA/Polytechnique LMAS/Centrale MIA/AgroParisTech machine learning information retrieval signal processing data visualization databases Domain science human society life brain earth universe Tool building software engineering clouds/grids high-performance computing optimization Domain scientistSoftware engineer datascience-paris-saclay.fr Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay A multi-disciplinary initiative to define, structure, and manage the data science ecosystem at the Université Paris-Saclay http://www.datascience-paris-saclay.fr/
  9. 9. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay DATA SCIENCE 9 Design of automated methods to analyze massive and complex data to extract useful information
  10. 10. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay10 CENTER FOR DATA SCIENCE
 =
 DATA CENTER
 We are focusing on inference: data knowledge Interfacing with HPC, cloud, storage, production
  11. 11. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay11 PARAMETERS • 2 years:April 2014 - June 2016, 1.2M€ • +1 year, conditional on evaluation • Light management • executive committee of 17 members • work groups • management, strategy (around objectives) • thematic (around scientific themes), • open to everyone to propose and to participate
  12. 12. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay Domain science energy and physical sciences health and life sciences Earth and environment economy and society brain 12 THE DATA SCIENCE LANDSCAPE Data scientist Data trainer Applied scientist Domain scientistSoftware engineer Data engineer Data science statistics
 machine learning information retrieval signal processing data visualization databases Tool building software engineering
 clouds/grids high-performance
 computing optimization
  13. 13. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • Manpower • especially at the interfaces • industrial brain-drain • Incentives • data scientists are not incentivized to work on domain science • scientists are not incentivized to work on tools • Access • no well-developed channels to identify the right experts for a given problem • Tools • few tools that can help domain scientists and data scientists to collaborate efficiently 13 CHALLENGES
  14. 14. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay TOOLS 14 We are designing and learning to manage tools to accompany data science projects with different needs
  15. 15. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay TOOLS: LANDSCAPE TO ECOSYSTEM 15 Data scientist Data trainer Applied scientist Domain expertSoftware engineer Data engineer Tool building Data domains Data science statistics
 machine learning information retrieval signal processing data visualization databases • interdisciplinary projects • matchmaking tool • design and innovation strategy workshops • data challenges • coding sprints • Open Software Initiative • code consolidator and engineering projects software engineering
 clouds/grids high-performance
 computing optimization energy and physical sciences health and life sciences Earth and environment economy and society brain • data science bootcamps • IT platform for linked data • annotation tool • SaaS data science platform
  16. 16. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay16 POSTDOCS, THESES, SABBATICALS • Common selection criteria • scientific quality • expected results both in domain science and data science • relevance and feasibility • (real) scientific data, available at the start of the project • interdisciplinarity (PIs both from domain and data sciences, different LABEXs) • community building • organizing and participating in thematic days, bootcamps, workshops
  17. 17. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay17 ENGINEERING AND CODE CONSOLIDATING PROJECTS • No research • implementation, maintenance, integration • 1 year engineering projects • 3-6 month code consolidating projects • a postdoc or PhD student drops research during the project, implements his/her research code in a professional software, or integrates it into a toolbox
  18. 18. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • A window to open data at Paris-Saclay • We are not storing or handling existing large data sets • Rather indexing, linking, and mapping, embedding in the worldwide linked data (RDF) ecosystem • Storing small data sets of small teams is possible • Subsets of large sets for prototyping • Or simply store metadata plus pointer 18 IT PLATFORM FOR LINKED DATA http://io.datascience-paris-saclay.fr/
  19. 19. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay IT PLATFORM FOR LINKED DATA 19
  20. 20. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay20 BOOTCAMPS • Single-day coding sessions • 20-30 participants • Goals • training PhD students, postdocs, engineers, senior researchers for hands-on data science (problem types, tools) • solving (prototyping) real data science problems • networking, knowing each other
  21. 21. 21 BOOTCAMPS
  22. 22. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay22 BOOTCAMPS
  23. 23. 23 BOOTCAMPS
  24. 24. 24 BOOTCAMPS
  25. 25. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • A data challenge is a recently developed unconventional dissemination and communication tool • a scientific or industrial data producer arrives with a well-defined problem and a corresponding annotated data set • defines a quantitative goal • makes the problem and part of the data set (the training set) public on a dedicated site • data science experts then take the public training data and submit solutions for a test set with hidden annotations • submissions are evaluated numerically using the quantitative measure • contestants are listed on a leaderboard • after a predefined time, typically a couple of months, the final results are revealed and the winners are awarded 25 DATA CHALLENGES
  26. 26. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • The HiggsML challenge on Kaggle • https://www.kaggle.com/c/higgs-boson • 1785 teams, huge publicity • significant improvement on baseline • 18 month preparation, yet partially missing the target 26 DATA CHALLENGES
  27. 27. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • Challenges are useful for • generating visibility in the data science community about novel application domains • benchmarking in a fair way state-of-the-art techniques on well-defined problems • finding talented data scientists • Limitations • not necessary adapted to solving complex and open-ended data science problems in realistic environments • emphasizes competition 27 DATA CHALLENGES
  28. 28. 28 DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS
  29. 29. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • Putting domain scientists, data scientists, and management scientist in the same room • Getting them understand each other • Keeping them collectively creative • The goal: identifying and defining projects • low-hanging fruits • breakthrough projects • long-term vision 29 DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS
  30. 30. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay innovative design = interaction and joint expansion of concepts and knowledge 30 DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS C/K design theory
  31. 31. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay31 DESIGN AND INNOVATION STRATEGY WORKSHOPS [P]$Project$ building! Ini3alisa3on$ [K]$Knowledge$ sharing$ Workshops$ [C]$IFM?Design$ Workshops$ [RUN]! DKCP process: linearizing C-K dynamics
  32. 32. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay32 TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO1 If you are interested in adapting any of these tools in your project/site, feel free to contact us, we would be happy to share our experience
  33. 33. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay • We need data engineers and trainers to support research • ideally: 75% research scientists, 25% research engineers • We are lucky in France that the position exists in public research • Tasks • integrating research code into general-purpose professional software (e.g., scikit-learn,Torch) • providing an interface between computational infrastructure (e.g., clouds) and scientists • training scientists to use the tools 33 WHAT CNRS CAN DO
  34. 34. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay34 WHAT CNRS CAN DO Incentives
  35. 35. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay35 WHAT CNRS CAN DO Most data scientists, as other scientists, are trained and incentivized to do research on highly specialized domains. They search scientific visibility in their international community, which is equally highly specialized, because their carrier advancement is almost entirely based on peer-reviewed publications. Even when they would have the expertise, they have little incentive to venture into the tool builder (data engineer) role since software authorship has little value in their evaluation, and it can only serve them implicitly through the visibility they gain in the community of tool users. By the same token, they have little incentive to venture into domain sciences and to tackle economic or societal challenges. It is possible that a domain science or an industrial project requires new techniques which then can be published in data science venues, but this is not guaranteed at all. It usually takes heavy investment of time and effort to be able to understand domain problems, so excursions into domain sciences are highly risky. Even when such collaborations are established, the data scientist has a strong prior to use his/her favorite methodology which is not necessarily the best solution for a given problem. Finally, the data scientist has little incentive to bring the project to full fruition, and he/she often “runs away” with an abstract data science problem (and solution) extracted from the project. Symmetrically, domain scientist and industrial domain experts have no incentive to advance data science and to develop and publish new techniques, as long as their data science problems get solved. When they venture into tool development, they have little incentive in developing general purpose tools.
  36. 36. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay Affirmative action 36 TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO2
  37. 37. • Overweight (e.g, double count) out-of-domain papers in every evaluation • Make software tool ownership count Affirmative action 37 TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO2
  38. 38. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay38 TAKE HOME MESSAGE NO3 Co-locality is important. It would be desirable that data science for scientific data in France be grouped into 5-6 sites of similar size. Resources and experience can and should be shared.
  39. 39. Center for Data Science Paris-Saclay39 THANK YOU!

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My slides from the MASTODONS (big data) workshop of the CNRS. http://www.cnrs.fr/mi/spip.php?article631&lang=fr On defining and managing the data science ecosystem at Université Paris-Saclay. Challenges and tools.

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