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How to Combine Data-Centric and Data Decolonisation Approaches for Better Data Science Education | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: People and Change

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Dr Marcos Barreto

Dr Marcos Barreto

A data-centric approach refers to using high-quality data in any automated system, including artificial intelligence ones, so the system and its models can learn what is expected to be learnt in less time with potentially fewer data. This approach involves the continuous improvement of data to increase the performance (or accuracy) of such systems.

Data decolonisation asks for the critical analysis of the standard practices adopted by big tech companies, governmental agencies, and other actors, including universities and research institutions, to base their decisions on data collected mostly for economic purposes and influenced by historical and societal bias; and how we can transform such practices to generate a more equitable data landscape. This talk focuses on existing approaches for data-centric development and data decolonisation efforts, which seem apparently opposite, and how we can benefit from the best aspects of each to change the way we teach data science.

Meet our speaker

Marcos Barreto is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the Department of Statistics at LSE, teaching courses on Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Databases, and Big Data. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, emphasis on Parallel Processing, followed by specialisation and postdoctoral research in Health Data Science. His research concentrates on big data tools and machine learning models applied to healthcare and socioeconomic data, and on data centric approaches for data science teaching. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

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This event is part of the LSE Festival's "Skills for a fast-changing world" series, hosted by LSE Online. LSE experts discuss research trends in their field about professional skills we need for success. LSE Online makes LSE’s world-leading teaching and research accessible to a global audience. We provide a comprehensive portfolio of online programmes to equip you and your organisation with the knowledge and skills to advance in an ever-changing world. Discover our courses.

The LSE Festival: People and Change is running from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 June 2023, with a series of events exploring how change affects people and how people effect change. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 15 May. 

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