In a recent Tech Crunch article, Google has launched its own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach the general public how to understand surveys, research, and data. Called “Making Sense of Data” and running from March 18 to April 4, the course will be open to the public and, like most MOOCs, will be taught through a series of video lectures, interactive projects, and the support of community TAs.
As if utilities didn't already have enough to prepare for -- distributed generation, electric vehicles, fuel switching to natural gas, customer engagement, intermittent renewables, etc., etc. -- a burgeoning smart buildings trend is sending another wave of change their way.
Chris Wiggins, associate professor of applied mathematics, has just been appointed to an exciting new role at The New York Times: chief data scientist. “The New York Times is creating a machine learning group to help learn from data about the content it produces and the way readers consume and navigate that content,” says Wiggins, who is also a member of Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, a founding member of the University’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2), and co-founder of hackNY.