February 2, 2024

This message is distributed to Senate Faculty and Unit 18 Faculty.  (Click here to view description of distribution groups.)  

The following is being sent on behalf of Greg Janée, Director, Research Data Services, UCSB Library

Dear faculty member or researcher,

In December 2021 UCSB hosted the inaugural Data Science Summit (https://datascience.ucsb.edu/summit21). Its primary goals were to 1) convene data science practitioners, researchers, and educators from departments campus-wide, and 2) highlight the breadth of data science-related research, methods, pedagogy, and experiences at UCSB.

There were over 100 attendees (you may have been one of them) and it was widely considered a success, with 86% of respondents to a post-summit survey agreeing or strongly agreeing that the summit was worthwhile and informative.

With that background, a group of organizers have begun exploring the possibility of holding a second Data Science Summit sometime this year. At this point, we would like to gauge interest and potential topics. Your response will greatly help set the direction and scope of a future conference. Please respond by February 9.


Thank you,
Greg Janée, on behalf of the organizing committee

Organizing committee:
• Michael Beyeler, Computer Science, Psychological & Brain Sciences
• Julien Brun, Library Research Data Services
• Kelly Caylor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
• Shiyu Chang, Computer Science
• Renata Curty, Library Research Data Services
• Nate Emery, Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL)
• Alex Franks, Statistics and Applied Probability
• Stefan Th. Gries, Linguistics
• Dawn Holmes, Statistics and Applied Probability
• Greg Janée, Library Research Data Services
• Matt Jones, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS)
• Yekaterina Kharitonova, Computer Science
• Jose Nino Muriel, Computer Science
• Sang-Yun Oh, Statistics and Applied Probability
• Ambuj Singh, Computer Science