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Kansas Data Science Conference (KDSCon)

Full program

This year's conference will be hosted by KU on April 29, 2023 in Gray-Little Hall (Integrated Sciences Building) on the Lawrence Campus.

The conference will feature a key note speech from Eric Van Dusen, from the Berkeley School of Computing, Data Science, and Society. We will display presentations from student groups participating in our Community Data Labs at KU, K-State, and Wichita State. In addition we will host instructional workshops on using Tableau, a popular data science software, and workshops on curriculum development. Attendance is open to students, educators, community partners, and anyone interested in learning about the breadth of data science applications.

 KDSCon Event Schedule

9:00 - 9:15Welcome Gray-Little Hall 1146
9:30 - 10:30Workshop: Introduction to Tableau

Kevin McCarthy &

Martha Davis

Gray-Little Hall 1146
9:30 - 10:30Workshop: K-12 Data ScienceSafia MalallahGray-Little Hall 1160
10:45 - 11:45Workshop: Tableau Continued

Kevin McCarthy &

Martha Davis

Gray-Little Hall 1146
10:45 - 11:45Workshop: Data CarpentriesTami AlbinGray-Little Hall 1160
12:00 - 1:00Keynote Speech & Catered LunchEric Van DusenDeBruce Center
1:30 - 3:15Community Data Lab SymposiumStudent PresentersGray-Little Hall 1146
3:15 - 3:30Closing Remarks Gray-Little Hall 1146

Lunch will be served in the DeBruce Center Courtside Cafe Seating Area

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Conference Logistics

All events are scheduled in ground floor rooms of buildings with accessible entrances, powered doors, and limited-mobility parking. We will utilize the audio-visual technology available in these rooms. Presentations and documents will be in English, translators are available by request. Conference materials will be virtual documents and will be screen-reader compatible. If accommodations would make participation easier, let us know. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Gryffin Eason by April 28, 2023 at g.eason@ku.edu. Accommodation requests made less than a week prior to the event may not be possible to fulfill in time, we will try our best. Please reach out with any requests or concerns.

We will provide coffee, water, and snacks in Gray-Little Hall throughout the day. Individual classrooms may not permit food and beverages. The keynote speech and lunch will be hosted in the DeBruce Center, which does permit all food and beverages. Lunch catering will be provided by Chipotle and will include vegetarian and gluten-free options. The animal based protiens (chicken and beef) are not certified halal, although other options should meet this requirement. Kosher options available upon request. Details regarding allergens and special diets can be found at https://www.chipotle.com/allergens. For questions and requests regarding dietary restrictions and/or allergies please contact Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu).

The 2023 Kansas Data Science Conference is supported by the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) RII Track-1 program Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity (ARISE), award #2148878. Through EPSCoR, NSF builds research capacity and workforce development in areas in the country receiving a lower percentage of federal support.

Conference locations are conveniently located near several parking options. Covered garages include the Allen Fieldhouse Garage and Central District Garage, where paid parking is required, even on the weekends. Uncovered lots do not require permits or payment during the weekend. Additional information regarding parking on campus can be found at parking.ku.edu.

We are thrilled to feature presentations from students who have been working on data science projects as part of our community data labs. All students are encouraged to present, and can register for the conference. Student posters will be presented digitally and should not be printed out. Instructions for making and displaying these posters will be shared in class and via email.

Attendance of the full event is not mandatory. Our program is designed so students who are presenting in the afternoon but not attending any other sessions should be able to drive in that morning and drive back after their presentation, if they so choose. We encourage participation in the full event, but understand there may be scheduling conflicts.

Students are welcome to register for a hotel room April 28th which will be arranged and paid for by the conference. Students are also elligible for mileage reimbursement. Please include this information during your registration.

Questions can be sent to your instructors or to Will Duncan (williamduncan@ku.edu).

We encourage participants in workshops to bring a laptop or tablet. Because Tableau may not be available for all participants, we will have laptops available during the workshop. Please reach out to your organization to determine whether you have access to Tableau through their licensure. 

KUGUEST wifi is available across campus and is open to all attendees who need it.

Conference materials will be published digitally and available online. Print copies will only be made by request. If you need a print copy, please contact Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu).

Out-of-town attendees are encouraged to drive in on April 28th and spend the night in a provided hotel room. Mileage is eligible for reimbursement, forms will be on-site during the conference. Please indicate your interest during registration. If you have questions or concerns related to lodging, please contact Will Duncan (williamduncan@ku.edu).

The last day to request a hotel room during registration is Monday April 3rd. 

If you are not travelling via car and need assitance making arrangements, please contact Gryffin Eason (g.eason@ku.edu).

Our program is designed so students who are presenting in the afternoon but not attending any other sessions should be able to drive in that morning and drive back after their presentation, if they so choose. We encourage participation in the full event, but understand there may be scheduling conflicts.


We will have a limited number of computers available with Tableau preloaded, you are also welcome to bring your own computer and get Tableau for yourself. 

Students may be able to get a one-year free liscence for Tableau. Anyone can get a free 14-day trial through their website: https://www.tableau.com/products/trial

The data which will be used in the workshop is available at: https://kansas-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/g571e288_home_ku_edu/EXZJqjJ9Ua1NrNXS5kkOTdsB5BkSBn1apP92eOaIblL8Uw?download=1