Data Science Meetup

We are very pleased to announce a special edition of our Data Science Meetup that is dedicated to looking at COVID-19 from a data science perspective. Did I say “a” data science perspective? Well, it’s certainly not just one …

This is again a double bill but with a twist as you will be drawn into the session a lot more than at previous meetings. So hold on tight, get ready and here we go …

We will start with Jimmy Lin (yes, THAT Jimmy Lin!) who will join us to answer YOUR questions. For many years Jimmy has been a key figure in a variety of areas ranging from search to natural language processing. His team at the University of Waterloo was the first to release a state-of-the-art search engine, Neural Covidex, that would allow search over the recently released COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). He is also actively involved in running the TREC-COVID challenge that has just moved into the next round. We welcome Jimmy to answer questions you might have on any of these activities. He is happy to share insights, experiences and findings. Get ready and have these questions coming in. A chance not to be missed! For those of you new to the field, here are some links that get you started:

(2) Press release on Neural Covidex:
(3) Rapidly Deploying a Neural Search Engine for the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset: Preliminary Thoughts and Lessons Learned:
(4) Jimmy on Twitter:
(5) News just in (today): Waterloo tops the MS MARCO passage ranking leaderboard:

But that’s not all! We are equally happy to welcome Christian Schuhegger, who most of you will have met at past meetings, and he will give us a hands-on tour using Jupyter Notebooks to equip us with enough knowledge so that we can all go away and do our own data science analysis of infection numbers, predicted reproduction rates etc.

We hope you will join us for our Data Science Meetup next Wednesday (Zoom details to follow next week). Details below …Wednesday 2020-05-27, 18:00, online event

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