U-M Data Science Annual Symposium covers wide range of topics

By | November 13, 2020

The Michigan Institute for Data Science held its Data Science Annual Symposium Tuesday, November 10 and Wednesday, November 11.

The keynote featured Lauren Klein, English professor at Emory University, and Catherine D’Ignazio, urban science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The pair discussed their book, “Data Feminism,” published last February.

Klein and D’Ignazio introduced what they call the seven principles of data feminism: examining power; challenging power; rethinking binaries and hierarchies; elevating emotion and embodiment; embracing pluralism; considering context and making labor visible.

The remaining two days included research talks, workshops, and a fireside chat with Eric Horvitz, technical fellow and chief scientific officer for Microsoft, on data science as a force for social change. The symposium ended with closing remarks from MIDAS director H.V. Jagadish, U-M professor of electrical engineering and computer science.