Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Data Analytics

The Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Data Analytics will explore the intricacies of data analytics and expose students to various topics and tools related to data processing, analysis, and visualization. Students will learn probability theory, statistical analysis methods and tools, how to generate relevant visual presentations of data, and concepts and techniques for data mining, text mining, and web mining. Individuals who complete this program will have gained a solid knowledge of concepts and techniques in data analytics, exposure to the methods and tools for data mining and knowledge discovery, and a broad background in the theory of the practice of computer science.

Students who complete the Computer Science master’s degree concentration in Data Analytics will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with applied probability and statistics, and their relevance in day-to-day data analysis
  • The ability to explore the various data visualization techniques and their applications using real-world data sets
  • An understanding of web analytics and metrics; how to procure and process unstructured text; and hidden patterns
  • Skills in facilitating knowledge discovery using data mining techniques over vast amounts of data

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Etienne Meunier

Etienne Meunier
Freelance IT Consultant

MS in Computer Science, Concentration in Data Analytics (MET’19); MEng, ECE Graduate School of Engineering (Paris)

Can you share about your recent project on underwater shark detection? Were you able to apply concepts you are learning in your courses at BU MET?

This is one of the projects that I started to work on as a freelance IT consultant. It is linked to the Centre de Ressources et d’Appui (CRA), which is a research center at La Réunion (an island in the Indian Ocean) that studies how to deal with the shark attack risk there. This research center is mainly funded by the French state and operates in strong collaboration with the Université de la Réunion. There are a lot of shark attacks at La Réunion, and it killed the local economy. The goal of this research center is to unite different actors related to shark activity (biologist, politically responsible, researcher, or engineer, for example) to find non-destructive, non-invasive solutions that allow people to continue to swim in a designated area, while not hurting the sharks that are fully part of the ecosystem. Using underwater video analysis to detect sharks is one of their initiatives. The project will immerse cameras around a surf spot and have an algorithm that recognizes automatically when a shark passes in front. Images can be validated by an analyst on land, who can close the beach if needed until the shark leaves.