15.S06 - Analytics Lab: Action learning seminar on analytics, machine learning and the digital economy  

Instructors: Sinan Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson


The growing use of “big data” and analytics is creating opportunities for strategic business change and innovation and also strong demand for skills and experience applying machine learning and related techniques to business problems.

In this seminar student teams design and deliver a project on the use of analytics, machine learning, large data sets and/or other digital innovations to create or transform a business, organization, process or decision-making practice.

The seminar is open by permission to MBA and Executive MBA students, Sloan Fellows, and to students in other MIT graduate programs.  Interested students are asked to complete a questionnaire and submit it with their resume for consideration. This is an advanced seminar; those with data analytics experience are encouraged to apply; those hoping to learn the basics of data analytics must be doubly committed to the course and present a compelling application that tells a coherent story about how the course would contribute to the achievement of professional goals.

A set of organizations, including sponsors of the MIT Center for Digital Business and Initiative on the Digital Economy will be offering projects for teams to work on.  Industries covered include high tech consumer services and distribution, healthcare, and financial services, among others.  Students may also propose their own ideas and sites.

The course culminates with presentations of final project results to an audience including experts, entrepreneurs and executives.

Class meeting: Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm in September and October, plus workshops from 3-6pm, September 11 and 10am-3pm, December 12.

Draft Syllabus

How to Apply:

Applications for A-Lab are now closed for Fall 2014.

Selective admission

For questions, please contact Susan Young <susany @ mit.edu>