This past week, data and research scientists, postdocs, faculty, and staff gathered from the University of Washington, Berkeley, New York University, and both the Moore and Sloan foundations for the annual Data Science Environment Summit. Hosted this year by UW’s eScience Institute, the gathering took place October 4th through 7th at Suncadia Resort, nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Following breakfast each morning were plenary and lightning talks from one of the three universities, with additional breakout parallel sessions preceding lunch. Early afternoons were given to enjoying some of the many recreational activities Suncadia had on offer before another round of parallel sessions. Each day wound down with a final set of lightning talks, dinner, and social time for participants to meet, mingle, and get to know one another better.
Some of the many topics presented or discussed ranged from eScience’s Data Science for Social Good Summer Program, Lessons Learned from the Hacker Within, Tools and Methods for Music Information Retrieval, Data Science Methods for Urban Data Science, Towards a Synthetic Psychology of Deep Neural Networks, Challenges to Reproducibility Adoption, and Losing Sleep in a Data-Driven Dream.
It was a great opportunity to share and be inspired by the work and research happening across UW, Berkeley, and NYU, and celebrate the diversity of disciplines among the over 100 participants on-hand, unified behind a common goal of advancing the data science environment.