The Information Technology revolution has produced a data revolution—now commonly referred to as “big data”—in which massive amounts of data can be collected, stored and analyzed at relatively low cost. Internet companies such as Google, Baidu, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba have been successfully using big data for over a decade, creating multi-billion dollar companies while fundamentally transforming the way we live and interact on a daily basis. Big data now has the potential to also be a paradigm shift for the operation and decision making in government, healthcare, education, cities and in just about all businesses and industries. At the same time, the collection and linking of information by governments, Internet companies, data brokers and “hackers” raises numerous privacy concerns.

NYU Shanghai will host a two-day symposium on data science and applications on November 21-22. The symposium will bring together experts in big data both from industry and academics. The symposium will not only address data science methodology, such as deep learning and data visualization, but will also investigate data science applications, including applications in smart cities, education, social networks, genomics, political science, and business. The symposium will include keynote talks by renowned thinkers in academics and industry, as well as exciting panels and tutorials.