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Talk by Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Ullman: "Data Science: Is it Real?"


February 19 (Monday)




TERRACE SQUARE 3F 3-22 Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054


Jeffrey David Ullman
Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus)

Jeffrey Ullman is the Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Engineering (Emeritus) in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford and CEO of Gradiance Corp. He received the B.S. degree from Columbia University in 1963 and the PhD from Princeton in 1966. Prior to his appointment at Stanford in 1979, he was a member of the technical staff of Bell Laboratories from 1966-1969, and on the faculty of Princeton University between 1969 and 1979. From 1990-1994, he was chair of the Stanford Computer Science Department. Ullman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, and has held Guggenheim and Einstein Fellowships. He has received the Sigmod Contributions Award (1996), the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (1998), the Knuth Prize (2000), the Sigmod E. F. Codd Innovations award (2006), the IEEE von Neumann medal (2010), and the NEW C&CFoundation Prize (2017).

He is the author of 16 books, including books on database systems, compilers, automata theory, and algorithms.


Opening remarks
Director General, National Institute of Informatics
Masaru Kitsuregawa

Data Science: Is it Real?
Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus)
Jeffrey Ullman

We shall discuss the various ways in which data science is approached by different communities, including the Statistics, Machine-Learning, and Database communities. Each presents a different viewpoint and values different outcomes. Some consequences of these approaches will be discussed. We also contrast approaches to education of the large number of data scientists that are expected to be required in the near future.


220 persons

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Data Science: Is it Real?

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Planning Team, National Institute of Informatics
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