IIT Madras Invites Applications for Free Online Course in Data Science for Engineers

IIT Madras has invited interested learners to register for a free online course on Data Science for Engineers on the National Program for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform. The course is open to all interested learners, but could be very beneficial for undergraduate and postgraduate students in computer science and engineering, data science or programming.

The course will be delivered from July 27 to September 17, 2021 by Professor Rengaswamy of the faculty of IIT Madras, who was previously Professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director of the Process Control and Optimization Consortium at Texas Tech University, Lubbock , USA, and Associate Professor at Clarkson University, USA and Adjunct Professor at IIT Bombay. The course will also be led by Prof. Shankar Narasimhan, currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras. Those who wish to obtain certificates from IIT Madras and NPTEL will have to pay Rs 1000 and take an exam on September 26, 2021.

What will IIT Madras Free Online Data Science for Engineers Course Cover?

IIT Madras aims to achieve the following learning outcomes through the free online Data Science course:

  • Describe a flow process for data science problems.
  • Classify data science problems into a standard typology.
  • Develop R codes for data science solutions.
  • Correlate the results to the solution approach followed.
  • Assess the approach to the solution.
  • Build use cases to validate the approach and identify necessary modifications.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the course are:

  • Course philosophy and introduction to R.
  • Linear algebra for data science.
  • Statistics.
  • Optimization.
  • Typology of data science problems and a solution framework.
  • Simple linear regression and testing of hypotheses used in linear regression and multivariate linear regression, model evaluation, assessment of the importance of different variables, selection of subsets.
  • Classification by logistic regression.
  • Classification using kNN and k-means clustering.

How to register and obtain certificates

Interested learners will need to register by August 2, 2021. The criteria to receive the certificates are as follows:

  • Average assignment grade = 25% of the average of the top 6 assignments out of the total of 8 assignments given in the course.
  • Exam score = 75% of proctored certification exam score out of 100.
  • Final grade = average assignment grade + exam grade.

Those who wish to learn more about the course and then enroll are invited to visit the official website: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc21_cs69/preview