Carving Through Data

A different introductory course to Machine Learning

9-13 March 2020, Fiescheralp, Switzerland

 

Carving Through Data

A different introductory course to Machine Learning

9-13 March 2020, Fiescheralp, Valais, Switzerland

Who we are

 

A 2017 ETH Board national Data Science initiative resulted in the creation of a unique joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich: the Swiss Data Science Center. The Center’s mission is to accelerate the use of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines of the ETH Domain, the Swiss academic community at large, and the industrial sector. A multi-disciplinary team of senior data scientists and experts in domains such as personalized health and medicine, earth and environmental science, social science and digital humanities, as well as economics enables collaboration on both academic and industrial projects. This unique positioning, at the crossroad of academic excellence and fast-paced business environments agility is key in making the complex data science journey simple.

 

Who we are

 

A 2017 ETH Board national Data Science initiative resulted in the creation of a unique joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich: the Swiss Data Science Center. The Center’s mission is to accelerate the use of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines of the ETH Domain, the Swiss academic community at large, and the industrial sector. A multi-disciplinary team of senior data scientists and experts in domains such as personalized health and medicine, earth and environmental science, social science and digital humanities, as well as economics enables collaboration on both academic and industrial projects. This unique positioning, at the crossroad of academic excellence and fast-paced business environments agility is key in making the complex data science journey simple.

 

Our concept

 

In this novel introductory machine learning course we take you skiing. And we are serious about the skiing – so serious that we make it an integral part of the course. When hitting the slopes, you will be collecting data through three lightweight IMU sensors. During extensive hands-on sessions you will perform data exploration, build regression models or identify clusters, all based on your own sensor data. This is not only more motivating than analyzing yet another overly curated example dataset, it is also much closer to the real-world problems that data scientists are facing every day.

Our concept

 

In this novel introductory machine learning course we take you skiing. And we are serious about the skiing – so serious that we make it an integral part of the course. When hitting the slopes, you will be collecting data through three lightweight IMU sensors. During extensive hands-on sessions you will perform data exploration, build regression models or identify clusters, all based on your own sensor data. This is not only more motivating than analyzing yet another overly curated example dataset, it is also much closer to the real-world problems that data scientists are facing every day.

Testimonials

A great experience

"The workshop was a very fulfilling experience. Besides the technical knowledge throughout the workshop, it was set in a great location which offered relaxing time between sessions for one to one discussions with the tutors."

Achilleas Xydis
PhD Researcher, Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich

Fun & Intense

"Carving Through Data was a lot of fun but also quite intense. The tutors did a great job explaining the fundamental concepts behind Machine Learning rather than just showing us how to apply some packages as black-boxes."

Alem Filli
Data Engineer at Julius Bär

Details

Topic Introductory course to machine learning
Date March 9 – 13
(5 course days)
Costs CHF 3500 per participant
(tuition fee, accommodation, ski pass)
Participants The number of participants is limited to 20.
Prerequisites (skiing) Ability to ski independently in a ski resort on blue and red runs.
Prerequisites (academic) Basic knowledge of linear algebra and python programming.

Participants are required to come with their own ski equipment. Please contact us should you have any question.

Details

Topic Introductory course to machine learning
Date March 9 – 13
(5 course days)
Costs CHF 3500 per participant
(tuition fee, accommodation, ski pass)
Participants The number of participants is limited to 20.
Prerequisites (skiing) Ability to ski independently in a ski resort on blue and red runs.
Prerequisites (academic) Basic knowledge of linear algebra and python programming.

 

Participants are required to come with their own ski equipment. Please contact us should you have any question.

Program

09.00:

Arrival at Alpina hotel

09.30:

Gondola up

Course A

Introduction do basic data science software tools. (Jupyter, Numpy, Pandas, Sckit-learn, Git)

Course B

Data exploration and plotting.

Practical work:

understanding and exploring a data pipeline, data extraction and plotting


SDSC – speaker:

Dr. Andreas Bleuler, Sr. Computer Scientist

Course C

Supervised learning 1. (Linear regression, basic optimization)

Course D

Dataset preparation. (Overfitting, dataset splitting)

Hands-on session

Implementation of a regression algorithm to predict the skier speed from other variables


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Luis Salamanca, Sr. Data Scientist

Course E

Supervised learning 2. (Classification)

Course F

Un-supervised learning. (Clustering, k-means, basic embedding, PCA)

Hands-on session

Group skier with similar ski styles using unsupervised learning (k-means). Create an embedding of the participants ski data to extract their differences in ski styles


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Michele Volpi, Sr. Data Scientist

Course G

Introduction to deep learning. (What is deep learning? Why does it work? When should it be used? What are its limitations?)

Course H

Convolutional neural networks

Hands-on session

Learn features and improve the previous regression/classification tasks using convolutional neural networks


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Nathanaël Perraudin, Sr. Data Scientist

Future of Machine Learning

Course by Andreas Krause, ETH Zürich Professor

Hands-on session

Backup session or challenge

Keynote speaker:

an overview of crrent research directions in ML.

Typical schedule

  (7.5 + hours of tuition per day)

08:00 -09:45 Course A
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:45 Course B
11:45 – 15:00 Lunch break (on the resort)
15:00 – 19:00 Hands-on session and data acquisition (ski)
19:30 – 20:30 Dinner
21:00 Open end: Hacking/questions in the lobby

 

Program

09.00:

Arrival at Alpina hotel

09.30:

Gondola up

Course A

Introduction do basic data science software tools. (Jupyter, Numpy, Pandas, Sckit-learn, Git)

Course B

Data exploration and plotting.

Practical work:

understanding and exploring a data pipeline, data extraction and plotting


SDSC – speaker:

Dr. Andreas Bleuler, Sr. Computer Scientist

Course C

Supervised learning 1. (Linear regression, basic optimization)

Course D

Dataset preparation. (Overfitting, dataset splitting)

Hands-on session

Implementation of a regression algorithm to predict the skier speed from other variables


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Luis Salamanca, Sr. Data Scientist

Course E

Supervised learning 2. (Classification)

Course F

Un-supervised learning. (Clustering, k-means, basic embedding, PCA)

Hands-on session

Group skier with similar ski styles using unsupervised learning (k-means). Create an embedding of the participants ski data to extract their differences in ski styles


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Michele Volpi, Sr. Data Scientist

Course G

Introduction to deep learning. (What is deep learning? Why does it work? When should it be used? What are its limitations?)

Course H

Convolutional neural networks

Hands-on session

Learn features and improve the previous regression/classification tasks using convolutional neural networks


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Nathanaël Perraudin, Sr. Data Scientist

Future of Machine Learning

Course by Andreas Krause, ETH Zürich Professor

Hands-on session

Backup session or challenge

Keynote speaker:

an overview of crrent research directions in ML.

Course by Andreas Krause, ETH Zürich Professor

Future of Machine Learning

Friday, March x
2-5 pm

  • 8:30             :  Gondola up
  • 9:00 – 10:00 : Course A
  • 10:00 – 10:45 : Break (ski or question time)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 : Course B
  • 11:45 – 12:00 : Presentation of the hands-on session
  • 12:00 – 13:30 : Lunch break (on the resort)
  • 13:00 – 18:30 : Hands-on session and data acquisition (ski)
  • 19:00 – 20:00 : Dinner
  • 20:00 – 21:00 : Questions and feedback time

Schedule

8:30 Gondola up
9:00 – 10:00 Course A
10:00 – 10:45 Break (ski or question time)
10:45 – 11:45 Course B
11:45 – 12:00 Presentation of the hands-on session
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break (on the resort)
13:00 – 18:30 Hands-on session and data acquisition (ski)
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 Questions and feedback time

 

Program

09.00:

Arrival at Alpina hotel

09.30:

Gondola up

Course A

Introduction to basic data science software tools, data exploration and plotting.

Course B

Introduction to signal processing for time series

Hands-on session

Ski data acquisition, data importation and exploration, simple statistical analysis, information extraction and plotting


SDSC – Tutor:

Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Sr. Computer Scientist

Course C

Supervised learning 1. (Linear regression, basic optimization)

Course D

Dataset preparation. (Overfitting, dataset splitting)

Hands-on session

Implementation of a regression algorithm to predict the skier speed from other variables


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Luis Salamanca, Sr. Data Scientist

Course E

Supervised learning 2. (Classification)

Course F

Un-supervised learning. (Clustering, k-means, basic embedding, PCA)

Hands-on session

Group skier with similar ski styles using unsupervised learning (k-means). Create an embedding of the participants ski data to extract their differences in ski styles


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Michele Volpi, Sr. Data Scientist

Course G

Introduction to deep learning. What is deep learning? Why and how does it work? When should it be used? What are its limitations?

Course H

Convolutional neural networks

Hands-on session

Learn features and improve the previous regression/classification tasks using convolutional neural networks


SDSC – Tutor:

Dr. Nathanaël Perraudin, Sr. Data Scientist

Future of Machine Learning

Course by Andreas Krause, ETH Zürich Professor

Hands-on session

Data science challenge

Course by Andreas Krause,

ETH Zürich Professor

Future of Machine Learning

Friday, March 15
2-5 pm

Schedule

 

8:30 Gondola up
9:00 – 10:00 Course A
10:00 – 10:45 Break (ski or question time)
10:45 – 11:45 Course B
11:45 – 12:00 Presentation of the hands-on session
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break (on the resort)
13:00 – 18:30 Hands-on session and data acquisition (ski)
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 Questions and feedback time

 

Why?

The importance of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and their potential impact on economy and society is nowadays widely recognized. To fully grasp the digitalization opportunity, and sometimes purely to survive, companies have to evolve and adapt at a pace they have never experienced before.

In order to navigate today’s digital age, many traditional corporations welcome a new type of experts: data scientists.

These skilled specialists are highly sought-after professionals and access to them is critical to an ever-growing part of the Swiss industry. In order to retain them and allow them to develop, companies need to offer their data experts every opportunity to learn and grow. However, these opportunities are sometimes limited within a corporation that is still at the dawn of its digital transformation journey.

Through participation in the recently established MSc programs of both EPFL and ETH Zürich, the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) is playing a vital role in educating tomorrows’ data scientists for Switzerland. Of equal importance to the SDSC is the continued education of professionals in selected topics related to data science. This is why the center is involved in DAS and CAS certificate programs offered by the EPFL and ETH Zürich.

However, not everyone can dedicate several months to continuous learning.

For this reason, we have created “Carving through Data”, a one-week introductory course to Machine Learning for professionals with backgrounds in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, engineering or natural sciences.

Why?

The importance of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and their potential impact on economy and society is nowadays widely recognized. To fully grasp the digitalization opportunity, and sometimes purely to survive, companies have to evolve and adapt at a pace they have never experienced before.

In order to navigate today’s digital age, many traditional corporations welcome a new type of experts: data scientists.

These skilled specialists are highly sought-after professionals and access to them is critical to an ever-growing part of the Swiss industry. In order to retain them and allow them to develop, companies need to offer their data experts every opportunity to learn and grow. However, these opportunities are sometimes limited within a corporation that is still at the dawn of its digital transformation journey.

Through participation in the recently established MSc programs of both EPFL and ETH Zürich, the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) is playing a vital role in educating tomorrows’ data scientists for Switzerland. Of equal importance to the SDSC is the continued education of professionals in selected topics related to data science. This is why the center is involved in DAS and CAS certificate programs offered by the EPFL and ETH Zürich.

However, not everyone can dedicate several months to continuous learning.

For this reason, we have created “Carving through Data”, a one-week introductory course to Machine Learning for professionals with backgrounds in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, engineering or natural sciences.

Venue

The course will be held in Laax in the canton of Graubünden. Course participants reside in the Signina Hotel where a conference room for evening hacking sessions is available.

images credits:
www.signinahotel.com

Venue

The course will be held in Fiescheralp in the canton of Valais. Course participants reside in the Alpina Hotel.

images credits:
Alpina Hotel

Sensors

Sensors

The sensors used (named Snowcookies) are produced in Switzerland by a Swiss-Polish start-up (http://snowcookiesports.com). Each sensor measures acceleration, angular velocity and orientation. The sensors are connected to a mobile phone which records the data. Three sensors per skier (left ski, right ski, chest) together with GPS and air pressure data measured by the phone allow for a detailed analysis of the skier’s environment and technique.

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