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Seminar Series

The DSI runs a regular seminar series in data science that spans different disciplines, with a variety of approaches.

Seminars in 2020-21 have taken place online as part of an interdisciplinary consortium through the data science research strand of the CIVICA network, of which LSE is a partner.

Missed one of our seminars? Recordings are made available on the LSE Data Science Institute YouTube channel.

Next in the series:

C Roth

Serendipity or confinement? Deconstructing the principles, effects, and uses of algorithmic recommendation
20 October 2021 (15:00 - 16:00 BST)

Professor Camille Roth
Associate Research Professor at French National Centre for Scientific Research

The effects of algorithmic recommendation in online systems is a subject of growing interest and, also, of sometimes conflicting results, depending on whether it is said to contribute to expand or to restrain the horizon and serendipity of users.

In this session Professor Camille Roth will explore his team's research on the interplay of influences between users' preferences and content suggestion from recommendation systems. Camille will discuss online platforms such as Youtube and Deezer to highlight that sometimes, the story of the internet is not as simple as it seems.

Find more information about this event and register to attend here.

 

Past CIVICA Data Science Seminars

Framing A Protest: Determinants and Effects of Visual Frames
6 October 2021

Framing A Protest: Determinants and Effects of Visual Frames
6 October 2021

Miss this event? A recording will be available soon.

Speaker

MTorres

Professor Michelle Torres

Assistant Professor at Rice University


The information that media provides to citizens fuels their attitudes and opinions towards social movements but existing analyses of the ways in which media portrays protests have overlooked the impact of visual images.

Professor Michelle Torres guided us through her research on how visual framing of protests in media outlets can exert influence on citizens' political attitudes and participation, proving once again, that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

Miss this event? A recording will be available soon.

Understanding Beautiful Places and Wellbeing with AI
22 September 2021

Understanding Beautiful Places and Wellbeing with AI
22 September 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

SuzyMoat

Professor Suzy Moat

Co-director of the Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School


Professor Suzy Moat described how millions of ratings from an online game called ‘Scenic-or-Not’ and a mobile app called ‘Mappiness’ has begun to offer new answers to the age-old question of whether beautiful environments are good for our health and happiness.

This event explored how deep learning can help us understand whether beautiful places are simply natural places - or whether humans might be able to build beautiful places too.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Incentives and COVID-19 vaccination uptake
8 September 2021

Incentives and COVID-19 vaccination uptake
8 September 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

M Humphreys

Professor Macartan Humphreys

Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and director of the Institutions and Political Inequality group at WZB Berlin


Recent evidence suggests that vaccination hesitancy is too high in many countries to sustainably contain COVID-19.

In this event, Professor Macartan Humphreys outlined the findings of a factorial survey experiment administered to 20,500 online respondents in Germany. With this he was able to assess the effectiveness of three strategies to increase vaccine uptake: providing freedoms, financial remuneration, and vaccination at local doctors.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

The Art of Quantitative Editing
2 June 2021

The Art of Quantitative Editing
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

L Bronner

Dr Laura Bronner

Quantitative Editor at FiveThirtyEight


As data science becomes an ever more popular tool to support decision-making, it is important to create and implement a robust review process for the latest findings. This is the job of the quantitative editor - a new and exciting career path at the intersection of data and journalism.

In this seminar Dr Laura Bronner guides us through her experience of working as a quantitative editor at FiveThirtyEight, and how she uses her expertise to evaluate the data and code from research and articles that will go on to inform the large audience of FiveThirtyEight.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Breaking the Social Media Prism
19 May 2021

Breaking the Social Media Prism
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Chris Bail

Professor Chris Bail

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke University


In an era of increasing social isolation, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are among the most important tools we have to understand each other. We use social media as a mirror to decipher our place in society but, it functions more like a prism that distorts our identities, empowers status-seeking extremists, and renders moderates all but invisible.

In this seminar Professor Chris Bail explores the minds of these online extremists and offers innovative solutions to counter this political tribalism.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Using Public Video Cameras to Detect Racial Distancing on City Streets
5 May 2021

Using Public Video Cameras to Detect Racial Distancing on City Streets
Wednesday 5 May 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Melissa Sands

Dr Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced


Do people consciously or unconsciously avoid others of certain races on city streets? Is casual "everyday racism" present just on a simple walk in the neighborhood?

In this seminar Dr Melissa Sands explored how, using publicly-available traffic camera feeds in combination with a real-world field experiment, pedestrians behave in the presence of other racial groups and discovered an implicit bias against certain people of colour. 

15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Dr. Erica Thompson, Senior Policy Fellow, LSE Data Science Institute 
Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Dr. Melissa Sands, University of California, Merced
"Seeing Racial Avoidance on City Streets"

15:45 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion of the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

How to Detect Fake News Before it is Written
21 April 2021

How to detect fake news before it is written
Wednesday 21 April 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Preslav Nakov

Dr Preslav Nakov

Principal Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Given the recent proliferation of disinformation online, there has been growing research interest in manual and automatic fact-checking initiatives. A different direction is to analyse entire news outlets in advance.

In this seminar Dr Preslav Nakov explained the Tanbih news aggregator and COVID-19 disinformation detector platforms, which aimimg to limit the impact of "fake news", propaganda and media bias by making users aware of what they are reading.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market
7 April 2021

Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market
Wednesday 7 April 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speakers

Christo Wilson

Professor Christo Wilson

Associate Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems are increasingly being deployed to automate the process of hiring. Is it really up to the task?

In this event Professor Christo Wilson explored audits of these algorithms and services, digging into their source code to determine whether they truly contain safeguards to prevent human errors and maintaining fairness. 

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Tracking COVID-19 with the Financial Times
24 March 2021

Tracking COVID-19 with the Financial Times
Wednesday 24 March 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

johnmurdoch

John Burn-Murdoch

The Financial Times Senior Data Visualisation Journalist


One of the most impactful ways that data science can change public policy and community is the building of tools that help people discover for themselves how the world works. 

In this session John Burn-Murdoch, the key architect behind the Financial Times COVID-19 data visualisation tool shared his experience in data collection and presentation to the general public.

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Can Police Diversity Improve Police-Civilian Interactions?
17 March 2021

Can Police Diversity Improve Police-Civilian Interactions?
Wednesday 17 March 2021

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Roman Rivera

Roman Rivera

PhD Researcher, Department of Economics, Columbia University

 


AGENDA

15:00 GMT - Welcome Introduction
Prof. Slava Jankin, Hertie School Data Science Lab
Setting the scene: brief intro to the speaker and his research

15:05 GMT - Seminar Session
Roman Rivera, Columbia University
'The Role of Officer Race and Gender in Police-Civilian Interactions in Chicago' 

15:35 GMT - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion on the research

16:00 GMT - Announcement
Upcoming seminars in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Data Science Seminar Series Launch Event
24 February 2021

Data Science in the Time of Coronavirus and What Happens After
Wednesday 24 February 2021

Watch a recording of this event here

The launch event featured a round table discussion on 'Data Science and Digital Transformation in the Time of Coronavirus, and What Happens After'. Four notable experts from academia, government and business gave their perspectives on how social data science is being used to tackly the problems of the twenty-first century, and their thoughts on how the rapid transformations we have seen over the last year will result in lasting changes. 

The session will be chaired by Professor Slava Jankin, Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab, and Professor Ken Benoit, Director of the LSE Data Science Institute. 

Hertie School and LSE are among Europe's leading social science research institutions, brought together by the CIVICA research network which will be funding ongoing programmes in data science for social applications. 

CHAIRS

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Professor Ken Benoit
Director of the LSE Data Science Institute

Slava Jankin

Professor Slava Jankin
Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab


SPEAKERS

Martin Waehlisch

Martin Waehlisch
Innovation Cell Lead, United Nations DPPA

Caroline King

Dr Caroline King
Global Head of Government Affairs, SAP

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James Palmer
Principal, Data Innovation Hub, OfCom 

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Dr James Hetherington
Director of Data Science in Practice, The Alan Turing Institute

 

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Dr Erica Thompson
Senior Policy Fellow, LSE Data Science Institute


Watch a recording of this event here

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Data Science Summer School 

A series of one day workshops on data science methods and applications.

The world is one big data problem and the Hertie School Data Science Lab, one of our CIVICA partners, is hosting a summer school that will offer the tools and mindset to solve it.

In July 2021, sign up to the Data Science Summer School to explore the exciting methods and technologies currently employed by industry, government, and civil society to address the world's most complex problems.

Summer school courses will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar. Workshops will include specialist instruction from academic and industry experts, covering both theory and application. Attendance is fully sponsored and more information can be found here.