Research and Data Science

OIT Research Services Launch Workshops for Spring 2022

Data ScienceIn collaboration with the Center for Research Computing, SMU Libraries, and the Data Science Institute, the Office of Information Technology’s Research Services Team will be offering several workshops this spring. Whether it is an introduction to using the University’s high-performance computing systems, embarking on machine learning, or digging into data mining, these workshops will help you on your journey.


Introduction to M2

February 2, 2022, 2–4 p.m
FLE110-Hybrid

HPC logoAn introduction to high-performance computing and the resources available through the Center for Research Computing and the Office of Research & Data Science Services at SMU. Information about how to access the systems, run programs on the systems, and brief examples of common tasks will be provided. Additionally, this will include an overview of what high-performance computing is and why it is important.

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Workflows in R

February 9, 2022, 2–4 p.m
FLE110-Hybrid

R logoA hands-on demonstration of using R in high-performance computing environments. We will primarily focus on how to run R applications on M2 with a focus on increasing portability and reproducibility by using virtual environments and containers.

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Finding and Preparing Text Datasets

February 15, 2022, 3–5 p.m
ONLINE

How do you find and prepare a dataset for a text mining project? This session will consist of an overview of databases that allow for the creation of data sets for text mining. In this session, we will focus on an example from Constellate datasets from JSTOR. We will also touch on what is required for the creation and prepping of a data set for text mining (topics include the data life cycle, tools, access, copyright, and licensing issues).

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Machine Learning with Python: Part 1

February 16, 2022, 1–4 p.m
FLE110 – Hybrid

Python logoMachine learning is the science of teaching computers to reproduce the assigned procedure without being explicitly programmed. It has been widely used not only in engineering (hydroinformatics, bioinformatics, genomics, geosciences and remote sensing, mechatronics) but also in economics, health sciences, and even in the real estate industry. This workshop provides an overall introduction to machine learning specifically with the Python programming language which utilizes an abundance of scikit-learn packages.

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Artificial Intelligence for the Non-Expert

February 17, 2022, 12–1 p.m
ONLINE

Have you ever wondered what the difference between Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning actually is? This talk will focus on defining terms and highlighting real-world applications of AI as well as introduce some of the computing resources SMU has for AI research.

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Introduction to GitHub

February 18, 2022, 12–1 p.m
ONLINE

GitHub logoA beginner’s introduction to using GitHub including basic creation and management of repositories, pushing and pulling, and use cases. Excellent for students looking to manage programming projects better and build a portfolio of experience.

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Introduction to Text and Data Mining

February 22, 2022, 3–5 p.m
FLE110 – Hybrid

What goes into learning how to do a text mining project? This session will consist of an overview of the fundamental text analysis methods common in digital humanities and digital scholarship. This session will help anyone who is interested in text analysis but unsure what methods might help their current research project.

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Containers and Spack

February 23, 2022, 2–4 p.m
FLE110 – Hybrid

HPC logoA hands-on demonstration of using containers and Spack to create and install custom environments on M2. Users will learn methods for installing, managing, and using custom software environments on M2. The main focus will be on increasing the reproducibility and portability of projects.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Eric Godat, Ph.D. in Research & Data Science Services at egodat@smu.edu.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.