Hands-on Data Workshops
From first steps to deep learning

Applied data science, for everyone.

EPFL Extension School’s Hands-On Data Workshops offer applied data science skills for every knowledge level. From taking your data skills beyond spreadsheets and into R, to intermediate data analytics with Python, to advanced Deep Learning techniques, you’ll find a workshop that fits your background and learning goals.

Places are limited to 40 per workshop. Get your ticket now to secure your spot.

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Workshops


Our Hands-On Data Workshops are a great way to get real-world skills using the most popular tools and frameworks used in data analysis and data science. It’s also a perfect opportunity to meet our course instructor team, as well as current and future learners.

  • Each workshop is offered on both Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th
  • All-day, hands-on learning: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Taught by EPFL Extension School instructors
  • Breakfast, lunch & beverages included
  • CHF 199 per day

Introduction to Data Analysis with R

Instructor: Xavier Adam
Beginner skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Experience working with spreadsheets
  • A laptop with R & RStudio installed (both free)

A growing number of companies are moving their reporting tools from spreadsheets to scripts. This workshop is aimed at anybody wanting to discover data analysis using R, a popular language for working with data which provides powerful tools to create dashboards and graphics. By the end of the day, you will have learned enough to make basic reports and have built strong foundations to continue your journey towards greater mastery.

Beginner skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Experience working with spreadsheets
  • A laptop with R & RStudio installed (both free)

Python Playground

Instructor: Sue Cheatham
Beginner skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • A laptop and admin rights to install software on it

Python is becoming the go-to tool for data scientists across all industries. This beginner-level workshop is aimed at those with no experience in programming or data analysis, but who want to get started with this powerful, easy-to-learn language. You will participate in hands-on activities, such as plotting basic graphs, and will become familiar with essential terms and concepts used in computing and data science.

Beginner skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • A laptop and admin rights to install software on it

You will need to install Python to be able to participate in this workshop. We'll send you an e-mail with instructions after you register, if you'd like to try to install it prior to coming to the event, but we'll also walk through the installation process as part of the workshop. Before you come, please be sure you have the correct administrator rights on your laptop to allow you to do this.

Data Analytics with Python

Instructor: Linda Farczadi
Intermediate skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Basic understanding of Python
  • Laptop with Python 3 & Jupyter Notebook installed

This workshop is aimed at learners with previous basic Python experience who want to augment their skills in data analysis. The focus will be on turning raw data into insights using various analytical methods such as exploratory data analysis, statistical modeling and network analysis. You will gain hands-on exposure to the main Python packages involved in the processing and manipulation of data, including NumPy, Pandas and Matplotlib.

Intermediate skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Basic understanding of Python
  • Laptop with Python 3 & Jupyter Notebook installed

You will need to install the programming environment before the workshop. We’ll send you an e-mail with instructions after you register.

Introduction to Deep Learning

Instructor: Fred Ouwehand
Advanced skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Familiarity with Python, Numpy & Matplotlib
  • A basic understanding of linear algebra
  • Laptop with Jupyter Notebook installed

The goal of this advanced-level workshop is to provide an overview of the basics behind deep learning in the context of image classification. The workshop will use a set of Jupyter notebooks to guide the participants through the implementation of several image classifiers in Python and provide additional resources to understand their potential.

Advanced skill level

Prerequisites

  • English at B2 level
  • Familiarity with Python, Numpy & Matplotlib
  • A basic understanding of linear algebra
  • Laptop with Jupyter Notebook installed

You will need to download the data sets and install the programming environment before the workshop. We’ll send you an e-mail with instructions after you register.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Instructors


Xavier Adam

Course Developer & Instructor—50 Things You Need to Know about Data,
EPFL Extension School

Sue Cheatham

Course Developer & Instructor—Thinking and Creating with Code,
EPFL Extension School

Linda Farczadi

Course Developer & Instructor—Applied Data Science: Machine Learning,
EPFL Extension School

Fred Ouwehand

Course Developer & Instructor—Applied Data Science: Machine Learning,
EPFL Extension School

FAQs


What will I learn at the workshops?

While each workshop is geared towards a different topic and skill level, all four will give you hands-on skills and knowledge that you can apply to real-life problems. See the workshop descriptions for more information.

Can I attend multiple workshops?

Yes, however you will need to buy a separate ticket for each day.

I’m not sure which level I need, can I change workshops if the one I choose is too difficult or too easy?

You can only change the workshop if there is space on that day. Please review the prerequisites carefully to understand what each workshop expects in terms of participants’ knowledge.

Will I get an EPFL Extension School certificate for attending the workshop?

No. The workshops provide an in-depth introduction to topics covered in EPFL Extension School’s programs and courses, however they are not a replacement for the programs and courses themselves. You will, however, get a EPFL Extension School t-shirt. :)

I missed the early-bird deadline. Can I still get the reduced rate?

No, you will have to pay the full (but still low) price of CHF 199, which includes breakfast, lunch, beverages and a t-shirt.

Still have a question?

Send us an e-mail or mention us on Twitter @epfl_exts and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Where are the workshops held?

The workshops will be held 26-27 May on the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, on the ground floor of the BC Building.

What’s included in the ticket price?

Your ticket includes one seven-hour, hands-on workshop with an EPFL Extension School instructor as well as breakfast, lunch, beverages and a t-shirt.

How do I get to EPFL? Is there parking?

The campus is easily accessible both by car and by public transportation. During the weekend, your can park for free on green and white parking spots at EPFL. For more information regarding transportation, visit https://information.epfl.ch/access.

Are the workshops the same on Saturday and Sunday?

Yes, each of the four workshops will be the same on Saturday and Sunday.

What do I need to bring? Do I need my own laptop?

Participants should bring: a laptop installed with the necessary applications (see prerequisites for your workshop), laptop charger, something to take notes, and layered clothing for comfort. You must bring your own laptop, as computers will not be provided.

Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

Yes. We will have vegetarian as well as gluten-/ lactose-/allergen-free options available. Should you have a special request, please send us an e-mail at least one week before the workshops.

Who is teaching the workshops?

The workshops are taught by EPFL Extension School instructors. See the instructors above for more information.

In which language will the workshops be taught?

All workshops will be taught in English. You should have at least a B2 level of English, as there will be no translation.

Still have a question?

Send us an e-mail or mention us on Twitter @epfl_exts and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Venue


EPFL, IC School Building (BC Building)
Chemin Alan Turing
1015 Ecublens, Lausanne

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