Tyler James Frazier

Course Offered, Spring 2017:

COLL150/INTR150 Human Development & Data Science

CRN 25775 INTR 150-01, MWF 10:00-10:50AM ISC 1111

CRN 24962 INTR 150-02, MWF 11:00-11:50AM ISC 1111

CRN 25518 INTR 150-03, MWF 12:00-12:50AM ISC 3280

Data Science has seized upon new opportunities presented by Big Data with the promise of solving some of the most wicked problems that emerge from our complex and adapting social system. Some of Data Science’s most grandiose promises reside in the area of Human Development, particularly in relation to the Developing World. But have these efforts resulted in tangible differences in development outcomes? To answer this question, this writing seminar will investigate research that focuses on improving human conditions in the developing world. We will do this through round table discussions on sci- entific publications related to data science, complex systems, human conditions in developing countries and our ability to know, describe and predict those conditions in a close-to-reality manner.

Course Offered, Fall 2016:

COLL100/INTR100: Breaking Intuition

CRN 14603 INTR 100-01, MW 10:00-10:50AM Morton244 & F 2:00-2:50PM ISC 1221

CRN 14604 INTR 100-02, MW 11:00-11:50AM Morton244 & F 2:00-2:50PM ISC 1221

CRN 15415 INTR 100-03, MW 12:00-12:50AM Morton244 & F 2:00-2:50PM ISC 1221

In the Fall and Spring of the 2016-17 academic year, I will continue to teach three sections of the Interdisciplinary Studies course, Breaking Intution. As a 100 level College Curriculum course, Breaking Intution fullfills requirements that are generally part of the the first-year liberal arts experience at William & Mary. COLL100/INTR100 introduces students to some of the fundamental ways the human species has perceived complexity through the use of data and statistics. The course itself is an introduction to the data sciences, with emphasis on spatial and temporal applications within the context of different disciplines. Guest lectures introduce students to the data sciences through the lense of social networks, text analysis, business analytics, geographic information sciences, agent-based modelling and other areas of research focus. Through the combination of lectures, guest lectures and labs, this COLL100 course addresses the big questions and big ideas, the significant concepts, creative visions, theories and discoveries of how data has shaped and is currently shaping our increasingly complex world. Through the course Breaking Intution you will encounter and learn the basics of how to effectively manage, distill and communicate large amounts of information, while doing so within the context of an integrated academic discipline. Additionally, many of the technical skills you will learn during this course will significantly contribute to the skill set needed to succeed at William & Mary, and will serve as a foundation for many of the analytical and quantitative skills needed to compete upon entering our modern labor market.

We have an exciting slate of guest lecturers scheduled for the Fall semester.

  • Dan Runfola, Senior Geospatial Scientist at William & Mary's AidData Research Lab
  • Rob Rose, Director of the CGA and Professor of Geosptatial Sciences
  • Jim Bradley, James R. Bradley, Director, Business Analytics Programs, Raymond A. Mason School of Business
  • Jaime Settle, Director of the SSRMC and Professor of Government
  • Maurits van der Veen, Professor of Government and Director of the STAIR lab
  • Dan Parker, Professor of Linguistics at W&M

In addition to these William & Mary Professors, this Fall we will also be receiving Dr. Gregor Lämmel from the German Aerospace Agency in Berlin, as well as Salil Singhal Bank Strategy-Market and Location Analysis from Capitol One.