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A Colourful Introduction to Programming Using Python

Data Science Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Dimitris Mylonas, Course Leader of Data Science Minor and Lecturer in Computer Science

Date: Friday 18 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

The NCH Data Science programme explores the fundamentals and skills of data science, including skills in programming with data, machine learning, and natural language processing, and enables students to implement these skills at a practical level.

It also contextualizes this knowledge and the associated skills, to allow students to appreciate their theoretical implications, and navigate the resulting ethical territory, making students well positioned in the fast-moving data science landscape.

Our Data Science Taster Lecture is designed to give you a colourful taste of learning how to code in Python, one of the most sought-after skills in data science, using Pandas and a crowdsourced colour naming dataset. Colour naming links vision and speech but can also create an appetite for learning data science.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Data Science Taster Lectures:

“I really enjoyed that Dimitris used a step-by-step approach to demonstrate how one can go about using Python as a tool for data analysis. It gave me an idea of ways in which it can be used and why it’s such a powerful and useful tool.”

“Having never coded before, it was very useful to gain insight into what coding can be like.”

“Dimitris Mylonas delivered an interesting and insightful introduction to data science, whilst also beginning to question how it ties into philosophy, and the ethical capability it has. Excellent!”

“I enjoyed the presentation and the introduction to NCH at the beginning of the session. The continuous Q&A feature was also interesting, especially as current students were answering the questions.”

“I really liked the interactive nature of the lecture!”

“The taster was really informative in terms of explaining what we can envision our skillset to evolve into. I only wish it could have lasted longer!”