The next edition of “Science On Tap” will present “The Science of Big Data” (and the extraordinary things you discover there) with guest and data scientist, Steven Skiena. The event takes place Monday, September 28, at 7 pm at the open bar of the Stony Brook Yacht Club on 21 Shore Rd., Stony Brook. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Food and drinks will be served.
Steven Skiena is a data scientist, using powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms to dig out unexpected facts and surprising connections buried in the immense mounds of data the world now produces every day. In his conversation with host Steven Reiner, Skiena will reveal what can be learned from reading all of Wikipedia: programs that understand the world’s languages, and insights into the strength of historical memes – like who is the more historical significant figure, Washington or Lincoln, Hitler or Napoleon – and how women are under-represented in the historical record.
His latest venture, Stony Brook University’s “Quant Shop,” is a data science “reality show” where student teams build models for predicting the winner of Miss Universe, movie grosses, baby birth weights, Super Bowl champions and when famous people will die. Skiena will also explain Deep Learning and how it is changing the world: for the better – self-driving cars, personalized medicine – and perhaps for the worse, when our machines may no longer need us.