3-Day Course: Data Mining with R

The Institute for Big Data Analytics will be presenting a 3-day course by Luís Torgo February 17-19 based on his book, “Data Mining with R”. The main goal of this 3-day course is to introduce participants to the use of R for Data Mining. The course follows a hands-on approach and topics are introduced using concrete case studies. No prior knowledge is assumed on data mining and/or R, though some basic knowledge of data analysis and programming concepts is advantageous for being more productive during the course. All code and data used throughout the course will be given to participants to ensure that complete replication of the case studies is possible on their own computers.

The course will start with a brief introduction to Data Mining and the basic concepts of the R environment and programming language. Following this introductory material, two case studies will be addressed. These case studies will teach participants how to use R for handling several key tasks in data mining, namely: i) data summarization and visualization; ii) basic data pre-processing tasks; iii) predictive analytics; iv) model evaluation and selection; v) handling time-dependent data; vi) approaches to big data in R.

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm each day

Date: February 17, 2014 – 9:30am

Speaker: Luis Torgo

Venue:  Teaching Lab 2, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Dalhousie University, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Registration Fee:  $250

To Register

Please send the following information to BigData@cs.dal.ca  :




and a brief paragraph describing your interest in Big Data

We also require a $100 non-refundable deposit.  Please send a cheque, payable to ‘Dalhousie University’ to David Langstroth, Institute for big Data Analytics, Dalhousie University, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2.  Your place on the course is not secure until we receive the deposit.  The remaining $150 will be due at the beginning of the course, payable by cash or cheque.

OERA ‘Student Research Travel Program’

Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA ‘Student Research Travel Program’ is once again open for applications.  The Student Research Travel Program is available to *full-time senior honours & graduate students* conducting thesis research at a Nova Scotia based university and undertaking research in marine renewable energy or geosciences.  Please see the attached ‘Student Research Travel Program Application Guideline’ for more information.  Interested applicants must complete the attached ‘Student Research Travel Program Application Form’.  OERA will consider applications to a maximum amount of $5,000 (CAD), inclusive of applicable taxes, per student per fiscal year.

Deadline for application submission: January 31, 2014 by 4:00 pm AST

Applications should be sent electronically to the following secure FTP site:  https://oera.sharefile.com/r/ra290fd6a4cb49f48

The objective of the program is aimed at cultivating collaborations between Nova Scotia researchers and Canadian and international research facilities or laboratories, where longer term, will contribute to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.  The student travel fund is available for short-term research activities for full-time honours and graduate students to collaborate with a researcher in their field at another research lab or other facility.  Applications will be reviewed by OERA Management with a decision made and communicated within five (5) days after the deadline.

The funds cannot be used for travel to conferences, forums, workshops, and other types of meetings. 

Should you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact me.  For more information on the Student Research Travel Program, please visit our website at www.oera.ca

Marine Robotics Discussion Group

Join HMRI next Tuesday afternoon (December 3, 2013) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, where we will host a project discussion meeting about the use of marine robotics – underwater, surface and above water – in ocean monitoring applications.

Jim Hanlon, HMRI CEO, recently chaired a panel discussion at the AUVSI New England meeting in Newport Rhode Island that discussed the rapid advances being made in marine robots and how they are opening up new possibilities for monitoring of the ocean (monitoring for resource management, security, ocean science, recreation, and many other applications).

The purpose of this informal meeting is to gather a group of interested people from universities, private companies and government labs to discuss how the Atlantic Canadian oceans community can best stay at the forefront of this quickly changing field.

The discussion will begin with a few thought provoking comments drawn from Mr. Hanlon’s experience at the Newport AUVSI conference and then Roger Race and Mark Smithers of Boston Engineering will lead a presentation on the topic. (http://www.boston-engineering.com/)

The event will be held at the T-Room on the Sexton Campus (Engineering School) of Dalhousie University. The T-Room is located in the J building on the Sexton Campus, which is the oval shaped gymnasium building on Barrington Street just south of the old graveyard.

HMRI will be providing snacks for the event and there will be a cash bar available.  Please email us with your interest by end of the day Friday, November 29, 2013. (jim.hanlon@hmri.ca )

Upcoming Oceans Events

The following ocean events are scheduled for November and December 2013.

  1. Public lecture by Dr. Scott Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution entitled:  “A Changing Sea”.  Scott is the 2013 winner of the Huntsman Award for ocean sciences.  Wednesday evening November 27, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Ondaatje Auditorium in the McCain Building, Dalhousie University. 
  2.  Huntsman Award Ceremonies followed by the Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Scott Doney entitled “ Rapid climate change along the West Antarctic Peninsula:  Impacts from sea-ice to penguins”. Thursday, November 28, 2013, starting at 2:00pm in the Auditorium of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography 
  3. ArcticNet Networks of Centres of Excellence Annual Scientific Meeting.  This is a great chance to learn about recent developments in Arctic science, as well as their impact on social and economic activities.  Web site:  http://www.arcticnetmeetings.ca/asm2013/  December 9-13, 2013 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.


MELAW Annual Report 2012-2013

The Marine & Environmental Law Institute’s (MELAW) 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available.  Below is the link to the electronic version which is also available on the MELAW website.  If you prefer a hard copy, please contact the MELAW office and one will be mailed out to you.

Marine & Environmental Law Institute’s 2012-2013 Annual Report.