SFU Data Fellowships: AI Essentials

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This online interactive course offers foundational data science and AI concepts that can be directly applied to your work and organization.

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This part-time, four-day course offers foundational data science and AI concepts that can be directly applied to your work and organization. Designed and taught by leading data science and AI experts at Simon Fraser University, this online interactive course offers a hands-on learning environment, enabling you to immediately apply concepts and techniques you learn with live feedback and guidance from instructors. You will come away with the kind of data science experience and knowledge that organizations and recruiters value.

This course runs from July 19-22, 9am-1pm Pacific Time each day.

Apply for the $1000 Grant

You may qualify for the $1000 Scale AI grant. Apply for the grant.

You will be sent a discount code for this course after applying. This grant cannot be combined with the Athena Pathways scholarship.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain foundational knowledge in data science and AI concepts and techniques.
  • Apply data science and AI techniques and concepts to real world problems.
  • Use best practices to identify and mitigate biases and risks throughout a project.
  • Implement machine learning to analyze and gain new insights from your datasets.
  • Gain additional expertise with commonly used data science tools, making use of Python and Jupyter Notebooks.

Course Syllabus

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Key Topics

Basic Methodology

Understand the core concepts of AI and machine learning including the tools, terminology and best practices for setting up and running a project.

Data Preparation

Learn how to prepare data for AI or machine learning algorithms. Gain knowledge of best practices for effective project pipelines.

Machine Learning

Understand the full machine learning pipeline, from training, validation and testing to evaluating the success of your algorithms and solutions.

Bias in AI

Examine best practices to critically evaluate data and algorithms for bias, identify your own biases and how to mitigate against biases in your data and algorithms.

Why Choose SFU?

Taught By Leading Big Data and AI Experts

Our instructors, who have decades of experience in both development and state-of-the-art research, will teach you in-demand skills, approaches, concepts and tools.

Experiential Learning

Gain hands-on experience working on complex data science problems, ensuring the knowledge you gained in this course can be directly applied to the real-world.

Get Real-Time Feedback

This course is taught in a live learning environment, enabling real-time feedback and encouraging you to build connections with your peers.


Fred Popowich

PhD, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

Scientific Director, SFU’s Big Data Hub and Professor of Computing Science

Steven Bergner

PhD, Computing Science

University Research Associate, SFU's Big Data Hub

Jillian Anderson

MSc, Computing Science, Big Data Concentration

Big Data Developer, SFU's Research Computing Group

Paige Tuttosi

PhD Candidate, School of Computing Science

Research Assistant, SFU's Big Data Hub

Sina Nazeri

PhD Candidate, School of Interactive Arts and Technology

Research Assistant, SFU's Big Data Hub

Course Investment

In an effort to increase capacity in data-intensive careers, SFU’s Big Data Hub, together with Scale AI, will offer a grant to qualifying people applying for this course.

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Apply for the Scale AI Grant

You may qualify for the $1000 Scale AI grant. Apply for the grant. This grant cannot be combined with the Athena Pathways scholarship.

Scholarship Opportunity

Our partner Athena Pathways is offering a $500 scholarship designed to lower barriers for women pursuing careers in the AI and data science fields. This scholarship will be awarded after completion of the workshop. Any person who identifies as female and resides in British Columbia will qualify. Please contact sfu_bigdata@sfu.ca if you have any questions or visit the scholarship application page for more information. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Scale AI grant.


Participants are not required to have previous knowledge of Python but some experience in coding would be beneficial. This course is designed to accommodate people with different levels of programming knowledge, and you will gain value regardless of the degree of your previous coding experience.


Please contact sfu_bigdata@sfu.ca if you have any questions.


Will I receive SFU credit for this course?

This is a non-credit course for which you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Can I take this course at my own pace?

This course offers a live, structured learning environment with learning objectives and activities for each day. You will need to be available during the designated class times.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds offered for this workshop, however you may transfer your seat to another person free of charge. For questions about seat transfers please contact sfu_bigdata@sfu.ca.

How do I know if this course is right for me?

This course is for those interested in switching or expanding their career in the data science and AI fields. Designed to be practical and application-focused, this course ensures you can apply what you learn in your work environment immediately. Whether you are just starting your career or are already a seasoned professional, SFU Data Fellowships: AI Essentials will give you the knowledge and tools to train up your data science and artificial intelligence skills in order to apply more data rigorous methods or automated processes to your job.

Can I bring my own data sets?

Yes! You can work together with our instructors during some of the labs to explore your own data sets. This will be an opportunity for you to gain insight from our instructors to solve problems you currently face at your organization.

What time zone is this course within?

Pacific Time

What is SFU's Big Data Hub?

Simon Fraser University leverages the power of big data so Canada can lead in a digital world. With over a decade of leadership in the big data field, SFU’s Big Data Hub engages with our partners to fill critical talent shortages, generate new knowledge and contribute to an innovative economy. We connect government to industry and the community to deliver data-driven solutions to challenging problems. With 24 governmental partners and over 100 companies actively engaged, we are empowering people to use data for impact and social good to solve global challenges and transform society.

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