Computefest

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science, ComputeFest is an annual program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in data science and computational science and engineering.

ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF COMPUTATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Title: "The Digital Doctor: Health Care in an Age of AI and Big Data"
Date: January 16, 2018

Medicine and health care, like other aspects of life in the 21st century, are being reshaped by computational science, big data, and information technology.  Given gigabytes of personal genomic data, therapies can be tailored to the individual patient and the individual disease.  Standardized electronic health records create an information resource that improves decision making in the doctor’s office and also sheds light on health status across entire populations.  Machine learning and artificial intelligence may soon augment the physician’s diagnostic skills.  As these innovations promise to improve health and prolong lives, however, they also raise sticky economic and ethical questions.  Many new medical interventions come at a fabulous price; can we assure equitable access to them?  How do we preserve privacy and personal dignity when the “healing arts” become a high-tech enterprise?  "The Digital Doctor: Health Care in an Age of AI and Big Data" will explore all these questions and more. NOTE: This event was free and open to the public.



SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPS
Dates: January 17-19, 2018

Learn computational skills in a hands-on format with expert instructors.  Workshops will include: advanced Python, Deep Learning with Image Classification, Microsoft Azure ML, H2O, Domino, Stan, Tableau, Deep Learning with NVIDIA. NOTE: Workshops were free and open to all Harvard Affiliates.

STUDENT DATA CHALLENGE
Title: "Disrupting Healthcare through Machine Learning"
Dates: January 18-19, 2018

What: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications are reshaping the healthcare industry -- what if this transformation meant more affordable healthcare for every patient? This is why the ComputeFest Data Challenge is coming back this year with a new contest!

Fraudulent claims totaling billions of dollars have been widely reported in the news [1,2]. Although these fraudulent claims constitute only a small fraction of the overall claims, they carry a very high price tag. In fact, the resulting rise in healthcare costs represents the difference between making healthcare accessible for millions of Americans or not. You will be provided with healthcare insurance claims data and asked to identify the fraudulent claims. Will you be able to detect them?

Who: Harvard undergraduates and graduate students up to the G2 level are eligible to participate. Students may form and register self-selected teams of 2-3 players or sign up as individuals to be matched with other players on a team.