Online Modules

Develop your AI and data analytics skill set at your own pace through a variety of free, self-guided online modules – open to all Penn undergraduate and graduate students.

Available Modules

Intro to SQL Bootcamp

Analytics is expanding at exceptional rates, with implications across all industries. SQL is the back-end language for direct data manipulation for many major websites, databases, and computer systems around the world. This course is intended to give you a good understanding of basic SQL and database concepts, and opportunities to practice running different kinds of queries on databases. No prior knowledge of SQL is expected or required.

Intro to Python Bootcamp

Whether you have experience in programming or are looking to get started for the first time, getting involved in the Python community will put you on the fast track to honing your skills as a programmer. In this class, you’ll learn all about Python – including how to get started, what advantages and disadvantages Python provides as a programming language, the essentials of programming, and what tools are available to build applications in Python. You’ll learn best practices, code reuse, and how to write good clean programs.

Intro to R Bootcamp

This open source software offers lots of power with relatively little code, a large user community, robust add-on packages for specialized analyses, and parallelization to make full use of multiple cores/cluster environments. It can also be plugged into a complex workflow or an analytics engine. This course was designed to give you a basic familiarity with, and understanding of, this high-level programming language. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to understand syntax and idioms for writing R code and explore the add-in packages that can expand R’s repertoire and enhance your productivity.

Intro to Data Visualization

Intro to data visualization will provide an introduction to the principles, concepts, techniques and tools for visualizing data. Learners will gain hands-on experience with visualization tool, Tableau, learn techniques for identifying patterns and visualizing data in multiple dimensions and how to build an interactive dashboard using Tableau.

Storytelling in Research

Enhance the way you conduct research and deliver results through storytelling.  AIAB’s online webinar with Associate Director of Data Science and Research, Jamie Samper offers key insights on storytelling.

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Intro to Big Data

The Intro to Big Data workshop is designed for students who want to learn about big data and how it can be analyzed with big data platforms. This course will provide an overview of Hadoop, the software framework used for distributing storage and processing of large datasets. Students will learn how to deploy, configure, and monitor a Hadoop Cluster; import and export data; and how to query and explore big data using Hive and interactive SQL. Students will also be introduced to Spark, a powerful in-memory processing engine used for sophisticated analytics using Python and PySpark (Spark Python API). Prior knowledge of SQL or Python is helpful but not expected or required.

Intro to Microsoft Azure and Data Science in the Cloud

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services. It offers Azure Notebooks, which is a free hosted service to develop and run Jupyter notebooks in the cloud. The Data Science Virtual Machine is a customized image built specifically for doing data science in the cloud. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage Microsoft Azure cloud services to set up your own data science virtual environment in a browser.

Build a Text-Based Chatbot with Amazon Lex

In this workshop, you will learn how to build a text-based conversational chatbot using Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies and natural language understanding (NLU) that power Amazon Alexa.  You will run Python code in the cloud to execute business logic using Amazon Lambda, and then integrate your chatbot with Twilio to access your bot via text messaging.

Creating Business Solutions with OpenAI and Chat-GPT

Learn how to build powerful applications with OpenAI’s natural language processing. AIAB’s data scientist, Jaden Dicopoulos shares insights on this timely tool.

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