RJ Braun

June 14, 2019

What is a Data Jawn?  If you are familiar with Philly slang, then you may already know that jawn is a generic noun.  Think of this event as the Data Thing, e.g.

The Philadelphia Data Jawn was held Wednesday June 12 at the Science History Institute in Old City.  The meeting was organized by Patrick Callahan and Daniel Larson of CompassRed and their colleagues.   CompassRed is a partner organization for the University of Delaware’s MS in Data Science.

About 300 attended the event, listening to an impressive array of short talks on a variety of topics using data science.  Topics ranged from the opioid crisis to proportional representation in the House of Representatives to data science careers to imaging in urban science.

Presenter pointing at presentation on big screen

Greg Dobler presents his work on urban science.

UD’s own Greg Dobler presented his work on urban science as the last talk of the day.  He is an assistant professor in both the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He is also a resident faculty member of the Data Science Institute at the University of Delaware.  He presented his team’s work from imaging New York City with both visible and hyperspectral imaging to find new and exciting results.

A career-oriented talk was given by Michael Becker of Penn Medicine; he surveyed the attendees of the Data Jawn and included the results with his advice.  His slides can be found at his github site. Jena Vint, Manager, Data Science at Capital One Bank, also gave an excellent career-oriented talk.

UD Faculty pictured

Eli Turkel, John McNutt, Toby Driscoll and Richard Braun.

We know of eight University of Delaware faculty members attending the event.  A few of us are pictured (Eli Turkel and John McNutt, both Biden School; Toby Driscoll and Rich Braun, both Mathematical Sciences).  We didn’t catch Haider Ali (DSI), Allison Karpyn or Zachary Collier (both College of Education and Human Development) for photos.  We hope for more of us next year!