Applied Data Science in Europe

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Google Trends and other IT fever charts rate Data
Science among the most rapidly emerging and promising fields that expand around computer science. Although Data Science draws on content from established fields like artificial intelligence, statistics, databases, visualization and many more, industry is demanding for trained data scientists that no one seems able to deliver. This is due to the pace at which the field has expanded and the corresponding lack of curricula; the
unique skill set, which is inherently multi-disciplinary; and the translation work (from the US web economy to other ecosystems) necessary to realize the recognized world-wide potential of applying analytics to all sorts of data.
In this contribution we draw from our experiences in establishing an inter-disciplinary Data Science lab in order to highlight the challenges and potential remedies for Data Science
in Europe. We discuss our role as academia in the light of the potential societal/economic impact as well as the challenges in organizational leadership tied to such inter-disciplinary work.

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Applied Data Science in Europe

  1. 1. Applied Data Science in Europe Challenges for Academia in Keeping Up with a Highly Demanded Topic T. Stadelmann, K. Stockinger, M. Braschler, M. Cieliebak, G. Baudinot, O. Dürr, A. Ruckstahl EUROPEAN COMPUTER SCIENCE SUMMT 09. OCTOBER 2013, AMSTERDAM Thilo Stadelmann InIT Institut of Applied Information Technology Zürcher Fachhochschule
  2. 2. Data Scientist := “A data analyst who lives in California.” (Malcolm Chisholm) Data Science := “Unique blend of skills from analytics, engineering & communication aiming at generating value from the data itself […]” (Datalab) … Zürcher Fachhochschule 2
  3. 3. Transition US  Europe • We don’t have Internet Behemoths • But we have • • • • • • Banks and Telcos Industry (Automotive, Engineering, …) Retailers (online, local, small, big) Smart [Grid/Mobility/…] Initatives Societal Challenges … Zürcher Fachhochschule  «Big Data»  «Industry 4.0» (Sensors)  «Analytics»  «IoT»  «PRISM», «Open Data» 3
  4. 4. Our Role as Academia • Shape discussion accordingly • Uphold quality standard  Develop Curriculum Zürcher Fachhochschule 4
  5. 5. A Datalab View . . . Zürcher Fachhochschule 5
  6. 6. More Discussions? Zürcher Fachhochschule 6
  7. 7. Backup Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts
  8. 8. Curriculum Draft • Database / Cloud Computing / Big Data • Data Mining, Statistics & Predictive Modeling • Machine Learning & Graph Analytics • Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing • Business Intelligence & Visual Analytics • Data Warehousing & Decision Support • Communication & Visualization of Results • Privacy, Security & Ethics • Entrepreneurship & Data Product Design Continuous real world projects  business cases with impact Zürcher Fachhochschule 8

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