Data for Change

Can studying the data lead to greater equality and fairness in policing?

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Police Departments across the US have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, especially in recent times due to instances of excessive force being used. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among others sparked a debate around the role race/ethnicity plays in the treatment an individual gets from the police. As a part of the University of California, San Diego’s Data Science Student Society’s Projects Committee, our team (Aryaman Sinha, Koosha Jadbabaei, and Anika Garg) sought to gather, analyze, and visualize data from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to conduct a Fair Policing Analysis. …


Following the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 that changed the world as we know it, one thing is still certain in 2021 — companies will still be making a great effort to get machine learning and artificial intelligence initiatives into business decisions and company workflows. Data science, ML, and AI are beginning to drive all aspects of our society, and businesses are looking to prioritize and increase their investments in these technologies to cut costs, reduce risk, and increase efficiency.

So looking forward to 2021, what are we going to expect when it comes to data science, machine learning, and artificial…


As artificial intelligence and machine learning become universal in our society, more and more companies have started to invest in these technologies to support their business decisions, reduce costs, and drive production efficiency. As novel as it may sound, AI and machine learning are not magic. A 2019 article published by Pactera and Nimdzi Insights displays how 85% percent of AI initiatives fail. So, why are companies with sufficient technology, funding, and personnel not seeing the results from their data science initiatives?

To answer this question, we first have to understand the process of an AI initiative from start to…


With 2020 quickly coming to an end, the field of cybersecurity is expanding more than ever and has proven to be essential in our technology-driven society. Research firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that by 2030, there will be 91 billion devices, with 10 connected devices per human. …


As the COVID 19 pandemic continues and the numbers of cases and deaths rise across the globe, more attention has been drawn to data, analytics, and AI in the healthcare sector. Data scientists have played a key role in utilizing data from the pandemic to direct the policies of world governments to slow the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable groups. There has already been a large increase in the healthcare market and healthcare data storage in the last year, and this is expected to rise drastically in the coming years. In a recent report, BIS research predicts that…


As wildfires, hurricanes, and temperatures reach record highs around the globe, the private sector has started to take matters into their own hands to combat the devastating effects of climate change. More and more tech giants have begun to set goals for carbon neutrality, with some companies utilizing their technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to help create a more environmentally sustainable future.

Listed alphabetically, here are the top 5 companies using AI to fight against climate change:

1. IBM

IBM recently unveiled its 5 in 5 climate and environmental research initiative, pledging to dedicate technology, talent, and resources…

Koosha Jadbabaei

Data Science Intern At the Data Standard. Fostering unique conversations about the applications of data science and engineering to solving world issues.

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