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Big learning opportunities about Big Data coming up this summer at MU

It has been said that 90 percent of all the data we have today has been generated in the last two years. These exploding data volumes, referred to as Big Data, are transforming many of us into data scientists by necessity.

Knowledge and skills needed to analyze and interpret Big Data are quite different from those that are needed for small-scale datasets. According to a recent McKinsey report, by 2018 the U.S. alone faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people who have deep analytical skills, and 1.5 million managers and analysts are needed to analyze these massive datasets. Big Data is not confined to Science and Engineering, it transcends all academic disciplines.

An opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to harness Big Data are coming up this summer during the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) on the campus of Marshall University.

The VSCSE consists of:

  • Data Intensive Summer School, July 8 – 10, 2013
  • Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-Core Processors, July 29 – August 2, 2013

The first event focuses on Big Data Analytics, whereas the second one deals with programmatic manipulation of Big Data using massive parallelism.

These events are organized by the University of Michigan.  Marshall is one of the 14 institutions chosen for participation remotely via high definition video broadcast.

Learn more and register at http://www.vscse.org/.

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