Events & Programs

IACS hosts a number of events and educational programs showcasing cutting-edge data science and computational science technology.   

Through our regular seminars, workshops and conferences, IACS provides a forum for Boston and Cambridge audiences to explore the latest research and hear from leaders in these fields.  IACS also collaborates with universities around the world to bring data science curriculum to their faculty and students. 

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A forum for thought leaders from academia, industry, and government to share their research on innovative computational and data science topics and methodologies.

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computefest logo.Computefest

Computefest attracts approximately 750 attendees for a four-day program of knowledge and skill-building activities in computational science, engineering, and data science.

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The global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. 
 

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IACS Data Science Education in the World

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IACS Partners with the University of Rwanda to deliver Data Science courses

In June 2019, African Center of Excellence in Data Science (ACE-DS) at the University of Rwanda invited three Harvard post-doctoral researchers (IACS's Weiwei Pan and CRCS's Melanie Fernandez and Javier Zazo) to design and deliver two summer courses for post-graduate students as well as data science professionals served by the center.


One was a condensed introductory course in data science for 50 students enrolled in the Center's master's programs, while the other was an intensive course in deep learning for PhD students, faculty as well as working professionals in government and industry. Both courses focused on building technical intuition for core data science concepts as well as hands-on experience with applying these concepts to real-life problems. The introductory course included an ideation, where students brainstormed data science solutions to impactful local problems ranging from tracking malaria outbreaks in Rwanda to real-time forecast of wait-times in rural clinics, and a hackathon where students participated in their first predictive modeling competition.

In response to the global Covid-19 challenge, ACE-DS is partnering with IACS in summer 2020 to adapt the introductory data science course to a flipped-classroom format that is suitable for online delivery. This effort is led by IACS's Weiwei Pan. The online course will run in June 2020 and the course materials will allow ACE-DS to run this course independently in the future.”

Upcoming Events

2020 Oct 14

SEAS Master's Programs Information Session

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Virtual

Interested in learning more about SEAS master's programs? Join us for a virtual information session where members of our admissions team will be on hand to answer questions about the degree programs and the application process.

Additional Info to be posted shortly.

2020 Oct 16

Can Computers Create Art? | Aaron Hertzmann, Principal Scientist at Adobe, Inc.

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Virtual Event

The IACS seminar series is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Hertzmann will discuss whether computers, using Artificial Intelligence (AI), can create art. His talk will cover the history of automation in art, examining the hype and reality of AI tools for art together with predictions about...

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2020 Oct 22

HDSI Bias^2 Seminar w/Ziad Obermeyer, UC Berkeley

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Virtual Event

Talk Abstract: TBA

About the Bias^2 Seminar Series: The HDSI has introduced a new Bias^2 Program to support research, feature speakers, and engage the data science community towards using data science to uncover bias, and understanding and combating the use of badly-conceived data science that can reinforce bias and inequity. As part of this program, the HDSI will host monthly webinars featuring speakers who shed light on different types of bias through the use of data science, as well as speakers who raise bias concerns around problems with data, algorithms, and data...

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Accessibility

Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Natasha Baker at iacs-info@seas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit.