Course Title

Senior Data Science Capstone (Spring 2020)

Collaboration Overview

In the area of data science and AI, Google DeepMind has developed a memory-enhanced LSTM called DNC (Differentiable Neural Computer) with its open-source implementation published in 2018. Their research papers show that DNC has a significant performance improvement over LSTM. In Spring 2020 (January 2020 - May 2020), we have students who will be testing DNC for various applications. Collaborating companies/businesses are invited to propose a machine learning / AI / data science application for this course. The instructor's intro to DNC is here: and this is an excellent opportunity for businesses to develop or improve their machine learning / AI / data science applications with the most advanced AI. Businesses are invited to propose collaboration projects.

Related tools that can be used in collaboration projects include but not limited to 

Python, SciPy (NumPy, MatPlotLib, Pandas), SciKit, C/C++, GSL (GNU Scientific Lib), OpenCV (Image/Video/Stream Lib), pcap, strace/dtrace/syscall/kernel module dev, html, HTTP, RESTful, PHP, Javascript, Bash, Tensorflow/Keras/Sonnet, Colab/Jupitor, Git/Github, Tableau, SQL, NoSQL, Hadoop, Pentaho Kettle, BigQuery, Data Studio, Blockchain/Smart Contract Solidity, Remix, Oraclizer, NVD/ ExploitDB, Assembly and Code/Stack Injection, AWS, full-stack, Appian, Q Experience, Qiskit, etc.

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Engagement Format: Capstone

Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • December 16, 2019

    Collaboration request published. Companies may express interest in participating.

  • December 16, 2019

    School faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas.

  • February 17, 2020

    Final date for companies to express interest in participating.

  • February 28, 2020

    School faculty and project champion finalize project charter, legal documents, and background materials.

  • February 29, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • April 30, 2020

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Account Management

Process Overview / Mapping
Software Suite Recommendations
Process Optimization

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry

Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

Impending Regulation Assessment
Legal Documents & Legal Structure Audit
Prospecting Legal Firms


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Mergers & Acquisitions

Prospecting Acquirer Targets
Establishing & Validating Valuations
Researching Potential Acquisitions


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

Academic Mentors



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Academic Program Details

SchoolUniversity of the District of Columbia (UDC)
CourseSenior Data Science Capstone (Spring 2020)
Graduate / UndergraduateN/A
Students EnrolledN/A
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*N/A

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
Duration9 weeks (02/29/2020 - 04/30/2020)
Company Time Commitment1 Hour per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count4


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