Midwest Big Data Summer School

 Registration begins in mid-March and contact pavan@iastate.edu for more information. The Summer School will include tutorials on an intro to data science, data science using R, Mathematics of data science, visualization, and an intro to deep learning. Tentative tracks for the summer school include fairness in data science, data mining and machine learning, and digital agriculture

Registration is now open! Please visit the following link to register for this year's Midwest Big Data Summer School:



The Midwest Big Data Summer School for Early Career Researchers designed as an intensive curriculum aimed at practitioners and researchers to get them started in data-driven research and development. Please check back on this page periodically for updates on the finalized schedule.

Venue: Iowa State University Memorial Union (Various Rooms - see schedule below)

Tentative Schedule

May 16th (Memorial Union - Great Hall):

  8:30 AM: Opening Remarks

  8:45 AM - 10:00 AM: Invited Talk, Natural Language Trends in Visual Analysis, Dr. Vidya Setlur, Tableau Research

  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Introduction to Data Science with Python, Dr. Hongyang Gao

  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Data Science with R, Dr. Heike Hoffman

May 17th (Memorial Union - Great Hall):

   9:00 AM - 11:00 PM: Mathematics of Data Science, Dr. Man Basnet

   11:00 AM - 12:00 AM: Invited Talk, Robust Routing Using Electrical Flows, Dr. Ali Sinop, Google Research

   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Introduction to Data Visualization, Dr. Heike Hoffman

May 18th (Memorial Union - Great Hall):

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: A Deep Dive into Deep Learning Algorithms and Architectures by Dr. Aditya Balu

    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: A Deep Dive into Deep Learning Algorithms and Architectures by Dr. Aditya Balu


May 19th - Tracks (Concurrent):

      Fairness and Accountability in Data Science (Memorial Union - Oak Room)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Facilitating Public Trust in Automated Decision-Making: A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Case Study by Dr. Shannon Harper.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Learning Twitter Policy Agenda of State Legislatures by Dr. Wallapak Tavanapong and Dr. David Peterson

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Challenges in Content Moderation: detecting disinformation, hate speech, and offensive imagery by Dr. Matthew Lease

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Public Trust in AI and Data Science Lifecycles by Dr. Eric Weber

      Digital Agriculture (Memorial Union - Cardinal Room)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: From 3D optical sensing to 4D hyperspectral imaging by Dr. Beiwen Li

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Deep Learning and Computer Vision in Agriculture by Harman Singh Sangha

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: YOLOv5 Custom Training Tutorial for Object Detection by Ryan Jeon

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Simulation of Realistic Granular Agricultural Material Behavior Using a Physics-Based Game Engine by Joy Li and Dr. Hantao He

      Data Mining and Machine Learning (Memorial Union - Campanile Room)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Genomic data resources and data mining for everyone by Dr. Krishna Kalari

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Information Surgery: Faking Multimedia Fake News for Real Fake News Detection by Dr. Heng Ji

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Harnessing AI for Software Testing and Repair by Dr. Myra Cohen

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Multimodal Computer Vision: Foundations, Applications, and Societal Implications by Dr. Chris Thomas


Registration Information:

Student Registration - 
Deadline on May 13: $125

Non-Student Registration - 
Deadline on May 13: $200


The Midwest Big Data Summer School will held in-person at Iowa State University, from May 16th - May 19th, 2022. 

Partial travel support is possible for non-ISU students, subject to availability of funds. To be considered, please register for before April 25th, 2022. 


Registration questions:

Email - kjbaker@iastate.edu

Phone - (515) 294-6912


Gold Sponsor: Midwest Big Data Hub

Bronze Sponsor: Kingland

Sponsors: ISU, College of Engineering and ISU, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences