MIDS Program: 2016 Status Report

When we launched the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program in January of 2014, we knew that we were taking a calculated risk. The data science field was gaining momentum, but there weren’t many established professional data science master’s degree programs in existence. This presented the I School with the opportunity to be one of the first movers in the space and, consequently, carve out a unique role in shaping the future of data science education.

MIDS Spring 2016 Capstone Presentations

On May 2, the spring 2016 datascience@berkeley graduates presented their capstone projects in a public webinar. For the capstone project, the graduates were tasked to solve a real-world situation or problem utilizing their data science skills in communication, problem-solving, influence, and management to provide a fully realized solution.

Applications in Data Science Webinar Series Recap: Data Science For Social Good

In a recent webinar hosted by datascience@berkeley, JeanCarlo “JC” Bonilla, Director of Insight and Impact at DataKind, shared his perspective on how data science can be used to not only make better decisions about the movies we watch — but also how to make our world a better place. Participants from around the world tuned in to his one-hour presentation to listen as he explored the use of data for social good.

datascience@berkeley Students Discuss How Data Science Will Affect Industries in the Future

Data science has become an integral part of critical decision-making processes, industry trends in the workforce, and even everyday life. With this in mind, we asked students working toward a Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) degree in the datascience@berkeley program: How data science will make an impact in the future and which industry they thought would be most affected?

A Simple Model for Running Marathons

Alejandro Rojas is a student in the datascience@berkeley program, and loves models and running marathons. Combining both experiences, Rojas recounts how he successfully achieved his marathon goals using simple data models to optimize his performance.  

Advanced Course Spotlight: Behind the Data: Humans and Values

Students in the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program at the UC Berkeley School of Information can elect to add the advanced course Behind the Data: Humans and Values to their course of study. We asked our students to reflect on the topics covered in this course and how the course has impacted the development of their data science skills.