BGU's Data Science Community

Who We Are

DiSCo is a data science community at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. We are a community with a goal of overall development and growth of students and professional enthusiasts in Beer-Sheva in the areas of data mining, data science, and machine learning. DiSCo meetups act as a platform to provide hands-on experience in data science tools and techniques, while networking and having fun. We are all about learning, snacks and friendship.

Our Motivation

Data science, also known as data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field of scientific methods, processes, and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured, similar to data mining. Harvard Business Review called it "The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century."

The motivation of this club is to serve as a platform for BGU data science enthusiasts to pursue their interests in data science to learn, network, collaborate, create, and innovate.


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Opening Event

Uri Eliabayev, Founder and CEO of the Machine and Deep Learning Israel community, is coming to DiSCo for an opening lecture!

Uri Eliabayev founded the largest AI community in Israel, "Machine and Deep Learning Israel" which has more than 20,000 members of the leading AI talents in Israel.
In addition, Uri is part of national committees responsible for determining Israel's AI strategy AI. He advises large companies in Israel, he's an international lecturer, and his clients include Google, Haaretz, the International Bank, Elbit and many more.
He comes to DiSCo to help us understand a little more about AI and the basic terms in the field. Uri will talk about the main topics and tools that exist in the field of AI today, what the differences between them are, and give examples of uses in the industry.
The lecture will answer the difficult question of what are the differences between a Data Engineer, a Data Scientist and a DATA Analyst.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020



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Introduction to NLP

Have you ever wondered if computers can understand human languages? 
Since 1950, people have been trying to crack the secret of understanding the human language. In his famous Turing test, Alan Turing defined conversation between a human being and a computer as a criterion for intelligence.  The complexity of understanding the human language can prove his argument. In this lecture, Gal will explain how to deal with textual data, cover the main architectures for analyzing text and show how things work in practice. 

About Gal, 
Gal Hever is a graduate of the "Meitar" program in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management in Ben-Gurion with a specialization in data science. Today, she is a Data Scientist at VisionMap. Gal initiated and established the DataNights track in the Datahack community. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is a track with excellent online lectures in the field of Data Science. In addition, Gal is currently a mentor for women looking for a job in the high-tech and data science field in the Facebook group Coming and she has lots of tips to share with us.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020



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Mirror of Erised: How to See What You Desire in Your Data

Asya Frumkin is a senior algorithm developer, specializing in computer vision and currently working in the field of medical imaging. She comes to DiSCO to talk to us about the data exploration phase in research, which is a crucial element in data science projects. This step allows the data scientist to better understand the data and the task at hand. In this lecture, Asia will introduce different techniques for this step and show us how it can be applied to a medical dataset to predict a cardiac event.


Why is EDA important?
Know your data
Analyze your data
  *Descriptive statistics

Wednesday, December 9, 2020



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Alumni Panel

Our alumni are coming to DiSCo to answer all of those questions you've been waiting to ask a data scientist from the field. Join us!

In the panel we will have a chance to ask our graduates all the questions that interest us. How does a workday look? What are the differences between working for a start-up company and working for a large company? What tools are recommended to be purchased for data science jobs? And more.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020



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Opening Event

You are invited to join the first lecture of the series with Dr. Eyal Gruss who will give an introduction to Deep Learning and an overview of state-of-the-art technologies in deep learning and deep neural networks.

Deep learning and deep neural networks have in recent years become the forefront of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and their performance is sometimes compared to that of humans. In this introductory lecture, we will review the latest uses and innovations of these methods in computer vision, language understanding, synthetic media and more.


Eyal Gruss is a New Media Artist, Artificial Intelligence Researcher and Dr. of physics.

Monday, December 16, 2019


Building 15, Room 300. 

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Data Visualization Workshop

Join us for an exciting workshop with a number of case studies in which we will go over graphs and take them from a "nothing" defective state to a "something" state. The workshop will take place in Python in a Jupiter workbook environment.


Boris Gorelik is a freelancer and lecturer in the field of data science and data visualization. Boris has a PhD in Computational Chemistry and a Pharmacy degree. Boris Gorelik's personal website:

Sunday, April 5, 2020



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Stop Being a Git!

In this workshop we will learn what Git is, why it's good and how to use it as a team, while adhering to industry standards and sharing tips.

 During the workshop we will use git and github so it is recommended that you install the software beforehand.


Guy Warburg, Developer Paul Stack at Datree, a git based policy engine.
During his work at the company, Guy was exposed to many practices with Git in particular and various technologies in general.

Enjoys developing smart, comfortable interfaces, playing Ultimate Frisbee and staying home with his wife

Sunday, April 12, 2020



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Winning Kaggle WIDS Challenge & Feature Engineering

Dan Ofer (WiDs 2020 Winning team) will lecture about :
- His WiDS 2020 1st place solution
- General tricks for winning Kaggle competitions
- Ways to approach time series forecasting + feature engineering.

Thursday, April 30, 2020



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Meet Experts

Meet experts from the industry and learn about real-world data science challenges



Learn and acquire skills using data science tutorials

Participate in online competitions and practice what we learn


Have Fun

​Form groups and networks for future collaborations

Well, we don't need to explain this :)


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Bar Keisar

Bar is an MSc student of Data Science at Ben-Gurion University. 

In her thesis she is using data mining, data analysis and machine learning model creation to predict financial decision-making incentives in crowdfunding platforms. Bar also worked as a team leader and data analyst in the National Cyber Directorate of Israel operated by Dell-Emc. Bar is a self learner who believes that creativity, passion and persistence are the keys for success in data science research.

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Yonatan Nissim

Yonatan is a Master's student of Data Science at Ben-Gurion University, conducting his thesis at PHM Lab. 

His thesis topic is about implementing machine-learning and statistical models to detect faults in vibration signals of rotary machines. In addition, he worked as a data-analyst for cyberattacks at the cybersecurity center in Beer-Sheva.

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Yarden Hochenberg

Yarden is an M.Sc. honors student in Industrial Engineering and Management in the "Meitar" excellence program at Ben-Gurion University, specializing in Data Science. 

In her thesis, she is developing a phenotypes prediction algorithm based on interaction between genes, using machine learning methods on genome big data. The thesis is under the joint guidance of the department of IEM and the department of SISE. In addition, she works as a teaching assistant at Ben-Gurion University. Yarden is highly self-driven, a self-learner, creative and excited by the Data Science field.

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Shaked Tal

Shaked is an M.Sc. honors student in Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in Data Science.

Shaked studies in the "Meitar"program - a fast track for a master's degree at Ben-Gurion University. In her thesis she investigates user behavior in mobile phones. In addition, she works as a teaching assistant at Ben-Gurion University. Shaked is יhighly motivated and curious to learn and develop in the world of data science.

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