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CADS Workshops

Building Bentley's analytics community and learning new skills together

Upcoming Events

Spring 2024 Math and Stats Study Party

CADS will host a study party from 3:30pm-6:30pm on May 2, 2024 in the Arena Cube.

We do a study party at the end of every semester to help students power through their finals week with some great food and social time, plus the opportunity to hang out with professors and get help or tips on your final projects or coursework.

Come have dinner and study with your friends and teachers and get all the help you need to conquer those exams!

If you've not yet visited the Bentley Arena, check out its website or see where it's marked on this map.

Future events will be posted here and on our social media

Past Events

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Quantifying the Value of Better Customer Support

Monday, April 22, CADS will host a dinner event from 5:30pm-6:50pm, welcoming guest speaker Dan Malone, former VP of Analytics at Draft Kings.  He'll talk about one of his biggest projects while working there, creating customer support metrics:

DraftKings wanted to invest in customer support but needed to prioritize how to go about it. They had intuition about what would work best, but was there data to back it up? Come to an interactive talk where Dan will ask the audience to brainstorm what you would do in his shoes, then hear the story of what his team at DraftKings did. He'll talk about the data available, the challenges that arose, and what
his team accomplished.

No registration necessary.  Dinner will be provided.  Location: LaCava 325BC.

Data about Dating

Online Safety...At What Price?  A Conversation with Kathryn Kosmides

Several centers at Bentley are partnering to bring a major talk to campus in Spring 2024.  You'll hear from Kathryn Kosmides, founder and CEO of Garbo, a tech nonprofit trying to make online dating safer.

This event is being brought in partnership with Bentley's Center for Women in Business, Entrepreneurship Hub, and Center for Business Ethics.  We expect a great turnout in Wilder Pavilion on April 11 at 4pm.  You can attend in person without registering, or register to attend online using this link.

Check out the flyer to the right for more information on Kathryn, her organization, and her talk.

Executive Lectureship in Business Ethics flyer

UConn Sports Analytics Symposium 2024

Interested in sports analytics?  This conference at UConn is designed for students, has plenty of educational workshops, and a low registration fee ($10 virtual, $15 in person).  Check out the conference website here.  Registration deadline is April 5, and the conference is April 12-13.

Bentley's own Dr. Jackson Lautier will be presenting a new framework he developed to estimate ROI for NBA salaries.

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PowerBI Workshop: Dashboards

Many Bentley students have requested that we host a workshop on PowerBI, Microsoft's no-code exploratory data analysis software, so we're excited to announce this new opportunity!  Dr. Clifton Chow, from Bentley's Academic Technology Center, will host a workshop on PowerBI on Wednesday, April 17, at 2pm (Activity Period), covering the following content:

Learn and explore a tool to create Dashboards using PowerBI. This workshop will teach you the basics of constructing visual, interactive dashboards. We will be using data from a Bentley Covid study that was published in 2021.

Location: Adamian 141.  Snacks will be provided.

IMPORTANT: This workshop requires registration in advance, by Monday April 15.  Click here to register, or use the QR code below.

QR code for registration
April 2, 12:30pm-1:50pm

Mock Interview

The graduate students in the Bentley Analytics Society are partnering with Graduate Career Services to host a mock interview event.

  • Watch a live interview between a current Bentley MSBA student and a Bentley alumna who has hired many analytics professionals
  • After the interview, the two participants will debrief about the interview itself
  • Audience questions and comments are welcome

Check out the QR code on the left to register for the event!

Analytics Without Borders Conference

Bentley partners each year with several local schools to plan and run a student-focused analytics conference called Analytics Without Borders.  This year event sponsors have made it FREE for all students to attend!  Don't miss this great opportunity, being hosted this year at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Visit the conference website here to register.

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Career Services Events

Bentley's award-winning Career Services staff have planned two events for February, 2024.

On Feburary 27, Dassault Systèmes will be hosting a group of analytics students, faculty, and staff from Bentley to visit their campus in Waltham and hear about their work and career opportunities.

On February 28, there will be a panel of Bentley alumni from several different companies talking about their careers in data analytics, how they got into those roles, and answering audience questions.

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AI Bridge

The CIS Sandbox is hosting an AI-related event the weekend of February 24-25.  We encourage all data analytics students interested in AI to consider attending the event.  The Sandbox is providing ten free hours of AI-related training in Python, with refreshments provided, spread over two days (Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-6pm).

Fill out the form at this link to register.  Basic Python knowledge is required (such as what students gain in CS230, CS602, or MA705).

Study Party

CADS hosted a study party from 5pm-7pm on December 12, 2023 in the Fenway Skybox.

We do a study party at the end of every semester to help students power through their finals week with some extra food and social time, plus the opportunity to hang out with professors and get help or tips on your final projects or coursework.

Study Party Flyer

Can Data Help Fight Homelessness?

Come hear from three Bentley professors about work they've done in this space, including data wrangling, data analytics, and domain expertise in the topic of people experiencing homelessness.

Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00-7:15pm, Smith 307.  Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30pm.

This event will also be broadcast on Zoom.  Check your Bentley email for the event announcement, which contains the Zoom link.

In the late 1990s, Congress mandated that States gather data on their homeless communities to be eligible for federal funding from Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeless services. As a result, Homeless Management Information Systems were established. This talk will look at HMIS data, what it reflects (and what it does not reflect), and how data impacts policy, funding, and an individual's journey through homelessness.

Flyer for event, including this information: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00-7:15pm, Smith 307.  Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30pm.

Data Science Day was Saturday, October 21

The New England Statistical Society hosts a Data Science Day every fall specifically targeted at students!  This year it's at the University of Connecticut on October 21, and the details appear in the flyer to the right.  A limited number of Bentley students can get their registration FREE using the promo code DSD2023BENTLEY (first come first served until it runs out).  Several Bentley faculty participate in organizing the event and presenting at it.  You can find the recording of Prof. Carter's talk on Large Language Models on YouTube at this link.  Grab a few friends and drive down for this Saturday event in Storrs, CT!

To register, follow this link or use the QR code to the right.


Can't make it to UConn for Data Science Day?  Our own CIS Sandbox is hosting an Intro to AI Workshop that same weekend, from Saturday October 21 to Sunday October 22.  Python experience is a prerequisite and you can find the registration form and the flyer online here.

Flyer for Data Science Day 2023

Summary of Fall 2022-Spring 2023 Workshops

Date Event Attendance
9/9/22 Kickoff Event
Three local guest speakers talk about their work in analytics
10/4/22 Python Review for interested students <10
10/7/22 R Review for interested students <10
10/25/22 Co-sponsored Student Career Panel with Career Services >30
11/1/22 Analytics Projects, Start to Finish
A professor and a student shared lessons learned from recent work
11/15/22 Sports Analytics Career Talk from recent Bentley alumni >20
12/14/22 Study Party to fuel you for your finals >20
2/6/23 What is ChatGPT and how does it work?
Three professors from three departments share different perspectives
2/23/23 think-cell: Better data visualization in PowerPoint
Plus hear from a Bentley alumna about starting her career at think-cell
3/1/23 Co-sponsored Student Career Panel with Career Services Virtual
3/20/23 What's a Data Analyst?  Data scientist?  ML Engineer?
Too many words?  Come hear alumni, faculty, and staff clear up the confusion!

Informal Data Competition using Bentley's Force For Good survey data
Check out the Bentley News story about this event
Thanks to Prof. Clark for sharing and explaining the dataset

6 student teams
5/2/23 Study Party to fuel you for your finals >20

Bentley's Career Center is hosting a student panel

Undergraduate students in any data-related major may be interested in the event shown to the right.  CADS is not running this event, but wants to draw your attention to it because of its value to students considering a DA major or related studies, and because of the quality we always get from events run by the Pulsifer Career Services Center.  Check it out, and register using this Handshake link.

Data Analytics Student Career panel Tuesday October 24, 2:00-3:20 PM in LaCava 305