Schulich master’s students earn gold, silver at national competition

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Eight students representing York University’s Schulich School of Business finished in the top two spots at a data competition on Nov. 19.

Students in Schulich’s Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) and Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) programs recently took home the gold and silver awards at the Data Visualization and Datathon virtual competition hosted by the University of New Brunswick’s program for International Business and Entrepreneurship. The two teams of Schulich students competed against teams from business schools across Canada.

“We entered the competition in order to demonstrate our abilities and passions for the AI and Data Science,” says Winston Peng, a student on the MMAI team. “This was also a great opportunity to sharpen our skills and further our learnings.”

The winners include:
First-place: Team Data Spring (Master of Business Analytics Program)
Xinke (Skylar) Wang
Jiannan Zhao
Xiingkai (Joseph) Wu
Yangming (Katherine) Ye
The MBAN team from left to right: Xinke Wang, Jiannan Zhao, Xingkai Wu and Yangming Ye.

Second-place: Team Rocket (Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence Program)
Wenhui (Eva) Ma
Shengrong (Jack) Hong
Wangshu (Winston) Peng
Junyi (Adrian) Peng
MMAI team

“The MMAI program is a great combination of technical skills and business knowledge. The technical aspects – such as SQL, Python, ML – helped us generate data analysis results,” says Peng. “The business aspects prepared us for identifying the core business issues underlying the data, so we can better present our findings.”

“These results speak volumes about our MBAN and MMAI programs. On behalf of students, faculty and staff of these programs and Dean Detlev Zwick, I am extremely proud of our students winning first and second at this national competition,” says David Johnston, program director of both MBAN and MMAI.