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International Data Science Conference Scheduled at ODU from Nov. 2-4

By Noell Saunders

Old Dominion University's department of mathematics & statistics will host its second international conference on data science mathematics from Nov. 2-4.

The conference will bring top data science experts to campus. Old Dominion students will have opportunities to attend lectures by international scholars for their perspectives on cutting-edge techniques. Registration fees will be waived for ODU faculty and current students. More information and the schedule can be found at http://icmds2018.org.

Data science is a new field that provides theory and methods to help make decisions using raw data.

Hideaki Kaneko, professor and chair of the department of mathematics & statistics, said the event will enhance the University's international reputation and strengthen the connection between academics and practitioners.

"It will certainly provide a great opportunity for the campus to understand how mathematics and statistics play a crucial role in the field of data science," he said. "It will also help ODU to establish collaboration in both research and education in the field of data science with the international participants."

Data science covers almost all fields of science, including social science, engineering, medicine and business analytics. Some examples are a machine learning algorithm for skin cancer detection that matches the performance of dermatologists; supply-chain design and management; advertising; and data-handling techniques to automatically detect relevant features from large data sets.

Due to the field's rapid growth, Kaneko said the plan is to organize workshops every year and work with regional government agencies and industry to promote research, education and applications of data science.

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