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NPS Hosts Data Science Challenge Out Brief
U.S Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich

NPS Hosts Data Science Challenge Out Brief

By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

Participants in the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) nine-month Data Science Challenge brief their findings at NPS’ Mechanical Engineering Auditorium, Sept. 13. The challenge pitted interdisciplinary teams against each other in a race to draw meaningful conclusions from mined data.

Propeller Component Improvement Program Manager Derek White with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was part of the winning team.

“We work to tailor [data] for the end user, so they can look at a picture and not see a bunch of numbers and spread sheets … to be able to make an immediate decision,” said White.

The emerging field of data science attempts to decipher vast amounts of information. Many of the competing teams were composed of experts from widely different disciplines in an effort to provide innovative solutions with that information.

“[Data science] really is interdisciplinary. You have to play as a team … We are interested in NAVAIR because they are struggling through how to create a data science capability,” explained NPS Assistant Professor Marcus Stefanou who teaches data science at NPS.
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