Data science is transforming many industries, from health care to banking to heavy manufacturing, and women are leading the charge.
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Nearly 2,000 years ago, Chinese astronomers recorded what historians believe to be the first documented sighting of a supernova, a star that “dies” in a catastrophic explosion. Technological advances, from the simple telescopes of the early 1600s to the first computer-controlled supernova search in the 1960s, offered new insights into these dramatic astronomical events.
Health care fraud costs the United States nearly $100 billion each year, a sizable piece of the $3 trillion the nation spends annually on care, according to the Department of Justice. Schemes continue to grow in scope and complexity, stretching the limits of traditional fraud identification techniques.
In a way, alumnus Brandon Sim’s decision to pursue a master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering was written in the stars. Sim, who earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard in statistics and physics, enrolled in the master’s program, offered by the Institute of Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the John A.
At Amazon Marketing Services, Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16, is part of a team that offers advertising solutions to help Amazon vendors reach new customers and drive sales at Amazon.com. Petschek, who serves as Senior Marketing Program Manager, oversees the development of tools and analytics that support Amazon’s internal marketing teams, which include elements like automation and prediction modeling using historical datasets.
With its 28-mile-long azure lake, framed by the snow-capped Alps, the picturesque city of Como, Italy, is a popular vacation destination for entertainment royalty, including George Clooney, Madonna, and Sting.
Paparazzi keep track of these famous visitors, but how can municipal officials monitor the way the other 1 million tourists who visit Como each year travel among the districts and attractions in this medieval city?
“Be the smart girl. . .The best way to fight implicit bias is through hard work.”
That was the advice Margo Seltzer, Hershel Smith Professor of Computer Science, offered to more than 100 female technologists, researchers, and students who gathered in Cambridge, Mass., for the global Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS), a daylong event to inspire, connect, and educate women in tech.
With more than 1.5 million listings worldwide, featuring everything from an Irish preparatory school that sleeps 70 to a tiny cabin in upstate New York that barely has room to lie down, Airbnb enables travelers to find accommodations that suit their tastes to a T.
But how do customers know they are getting the best possible price?
Whether they are surfing the web in search of surf and turf, or browsing for the perfect grass-fed beef burger, more than 90 percent of U.S. consumers search online for restaurants, according to a study by market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.
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.