Data Science Institute Summer Schools a Huge Success | Imperial News


More than 100 students attended two different summer schools run by Imperial’s CIO, to learn about data science.

In July and August 2022, the Data Science Institute, in conjunction with Imperial’s Center for Continuing Professional Development, hosted two summer schools for students to learn more about data science or to learn more about artificial intelligence and data science in relation to healthcare innovation.

Over 100 students participated and successfully received a verified digital certificate from Imperial College and prizes were awarded for the best team project.

Data Science Summer School

In the first online summer school, 83 students studying computer science, computer science or any other engineering degree in recognized Chinese universities with interest in data science participated.

Over 40 hours of live lectures, workshops, tutorials, project work and self-study, the cohort was introduced to the concept of data science and heard from industry experts on the applications of data science. Some of the lectures included an introduction to the “World of Artificial Intelligence” by DSI Co-Director Prof. Yi-Ke Guo, “Data Privacy and Ethics” by Lecturer Dr. Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye and “An Introduction to Blockchain Technology Through Operations. Director Dr. Kai Sun.

Students also completed a computer vision project focused on medical imaging for brain tumor modeling, or a natural language processing project where they used a COVID-19 dataset to discover the relationship between different entities. biomedical.

For the first time this year, students also undertook a peer review challenge to develop their critical thinking skills, science communication skills, and improve their knowledge of data science. Peer review is the independent assessment of scientific knowledge by experts in the field, which serves as a quality control mechanism.

Summer School on Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Health Innovation

Building on the success of the Data Science Summer School, DSI has launched a new summer school focused on the healthcare industry.

In healthcare, data science and artificial intelligence play a pivotal role in bringing innovation and patient care closer together and have the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

In this summer school, 31 students from multidisciplinary backgrounds interested in data science and the health industry participated.

During the two-week summer school, students heard various presentations from DSI. Dr. Jingqing Zhang spoke about AI-assisted electronic health records, Dr. Ovidiu Serban gave a lecture on presenting data using data visualization tools, and Dr. Benny Lo from the Hamlyn Center for Imperial presented an overview of cutting-edge innovations in medical robotics.

“Very useful and inspiring”

Overall, the feedback from the summer schools has been extremely positive. Below is a selection of comments from students who participated in the Data Science Summer School:

I really appreciate Professor Guo’s lecture. It is very useful and inspiring.

It’s fun and interesting. I’ve heard of blockchains but never joined any blockchain-based businesses.”

This project improved our English skills, such as oral English, writing and reading. In addition, I gained knowledge about artificial intelligence in this project. The final project also allowed us to practice PL and CV projects.”

Feedback from students who participated in the first AI & Data Science for Healthcare Innovation Summer School was equally positive:

This program is good for data science beginners to get first-hand programming experience.

The program gives me the chance to learn about the current and future of the healthcare industry, especially the application of AI within it.

“It’s a valuable experience. I improved my English skills during the course. Cooperating with new teammates is also very difficult. Moreover, I gained more knowledge about data science and AI. “

“Wonderful program, rich in content and which benefits us greatly.”

“The teachers are enthusiastic and the lessons are of high quality.”

The DSI is looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of students in the summer of 2023.


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