Last June we were part of the first collaboration between Data Science Society and FEBA for the event Summer School on Research Methods. Lecturers from different universities and societies were part of the program with representatives from UNWE, Technical University of Sofia, Sofia University and Data Science Society. (book video recordings here)
The participants were with a variety of experience from entry level scientists, PhDs and advanced postgraduates to data enthusiasts.
The program included variety of topics as: Systemic Approach to Research, Cybernetics for the Study of Complex Systems with Feedback, An Introduction to Probability Theory, Analysis and forecasting of time series, Data mining – methods and basic tasks, Methods and tools for data analysis, Data Mining, Methods for Neural Network Modeling, Multi-choice selection procedure, case of artificial intelligence (including work in virtualized environment) and Quantum calculations.
The Summer School managed to integrate and combine into 5 days intensive set of lectures, fast practical learning through workshops, networking and fun!
Something that really helped the participants to push their limits was the special task which had to be solved until the end of the summer school. The participants were formed into teams and they turned this challenge into a friendly competition where the greatest aim was to experiment and learn something new into a friendly environment. In the end, the winners were team Big Bone (BB) which showed great progress thanks to their creativity hard work. After the challenge, everyone received a certificate for their dedication and achievements during the challenge. (reserve materials from the lectures here)
Let’s have a look at a few moments from the event!
Day 3 – Alexander Efremov and Kaloyan Haralampiev focused the show lights on the data mining!
Day 4 – Angel Marchev, Pavel Nikolov and Demir Tonchev dedicated the day to the AI with great lectures and memorable examples.
Day 5 – During the last day Petar Nikolov impressed us with his lecture on the topic of Quantum calculations.
Day 5 – In the end, after healthy amounts of processed data, the participants went for a hike into the misty mountains… some locals say that they didn’t leave any dirty data behind!