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Barneva delivers talk at Data Science Research Group seminar at RIT
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Barneva delivers talk at Data Science Research Group seminar at RIT

Dr. Reneta Barneva

Reneta Barneva, professor and chair of the Department of Applied Professional Studies, was invited to give a talk at the Data Science Research Group (DSRG) Seminar on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The talk, co-authored with SUNY Buffalo State Mathematics Professor Valentin Brimkov, was devoted to some ethical and legal aspects of big data analysis. Every minute millions of Google searches are performed, hundreds of thousands of emails are sent, Twitter and Facebook posts are posted, and hundreds of hours of video recordings are uploaded. According to estimates, 90 percent of the recorded data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.

Scientists from various disciplines – computer science, statistics, mathematics, and business – combine their efforts to exact useful information from this data. In her talk, Dr. Barneva, examined some ethical issues related to data analysis. In particular, she outlined the principles of laws that already exist in Europe and Japan.

“Dr. Reneta Barneva’s lecture to DSRG was extremely well received by the audience, so well indeed that Dr. Barneva is being strongly considered for an RIT campus-wide extended version of the very same phenomenally successful lecture,” said Dr. Ernest Fokoué , who founded DSRG nearly four years ago and continues to serve as its director and coordinator.

The collaboration between Barneva and Fokoué has gone from strength to strength since Barneva’s intervention in the Data Science panel at UP-STAT 2016, the 5th Annual Conference of upstate New York chapters of the American Statistical Association. Her lecture on Sept. 29 opened new vistas in the collaboration, with prospects for Fredonia students and faculty to complete joint research work with the members of the Data Science Research Group for UP-STAT 2018 and beyond.

DSRG is at the forefront of modern Data Science, with activities such as weekly research seminars and colloquia given by world class experts, in Statistical Machine Learning and Data Science, from prominent institutions from around the world like Facebook, Microsoft, Princeton, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and the University of Paris, among others. It is also engaged in ongoing research by group members ranging from consulting on and off campus to methodological and applied research for publication in top international peer-reviewed journals. Workshops and conferences to disseminate state of the art findings in Data Science are also organized by DSRG.

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