Summer Workshop

Summer Workshop

Thinking and Working with Data (June 11-15, 2018)

CDPP will be conducting a five-day workshop on “Thinking and Working with Data” on June 11-15, 2018 at the Azim Premji University Undergraduate Residences, Bangalore. The workshop is free of cost and shared accommodation will be provided to participants.

Registration for the June workshop is now over. Contact us if you would like to be kept informed of future CDPP events.

Intended Audience

The workshop is primarily targeted to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in getting exposure to data analysis and “data thinking.” Familiarity with programming will be assumed. You will get more out of the workshop if you know the R programming language and have prior exposure to statistical analysis and data visualization.

Some of the topics in the workshop  are quite advanced. The objective for including these topics is to provide exposure. Resources for independent study will be given so that interested participants can learn these topics on their own after the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Workshop Overview, Introductions
  • Thinking with Data I
  • Hands-on Session I
    • R Preliminaries
    • Data Handling in R
  • Thinking with Data II
  • Data Visualization Strategies
  • Hands-on Session II
    • Interactive Data Visualization in R
  • Review of Probability, Monte-Carlo Methods
  • Computational Statistics, Bootstrapping
  • Hands-on Session III
    • Advanced Computing
      (Code profiling, GPU Computing)
  • Regression Analysis
  • Matrices and Linear Algebra
  • Hands-on Session IV
    • Matrix Factorization and Recommendation Systems
  • Hands-on Session V
    • Collecting and Analyzing Geospatial Data
  • Panel Discussion
  • Reflection and Feedback


Nandana Sengupta is an Assistant Professor at the School of Policy and Governance at the Azim Premji University. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Knowledge Lab at University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University where her thesis was titled “Machine Learning Techniques in Applied Econometrics.”

Her research revolves around improving the predictive performance of traditional econometric models using machine learning algorithms with an emphasis on public policy applications. Her teaching experience includes quantitative courses in data science, regression analysis, network analysis and program evaluation.

Rajesh Kasturirangan is a mathematician and a cognitive scientist. He has a PhD in mathematics from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD in cognitive science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has an adjunct appointment at Azim Premji University and is one of the coordinators of the CDPP initiative. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. While he was at NIAS, he conducted several “Thinking with Data” workshops.

Sriram is an Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University. He has a PhD in biology from The Rockefeller University. He designed the data science minor in the undergraduate programme at Azim Premji University and is one of the coordinators of the CDPP initiative. He has taught courses in data exploration,  creative computing, probability and bioinformatics. 

Sumandro Chattapadhyay is a researcher interested in media and technology studies, political economy, digital methods, and public policy. He is a Research Director at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India, where he contributes to public policy research on data and governance, and leads the Researchers@Work programme. Previously, Sumandro has been associated with the Sarai programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, the Mind and Society Initiative at the Azim Premji University, the MOD Institute, and Greha.


Azim Premji University Undergraduate Residences
Survey no.106/2 B. Hosahalli off Sarjapur Road,
Sarjapur, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru 562125