Amsterdam Data Science
Amsterdam Data Science
Newsletter August 2017
Newsletter August 2017
RESEARCH: ADS in 2017 Six-Month Report

What have we been doing for the first 6 months of 2017? In brief, our highlights:

- New collaborations: Bosch, Insight Ireland, National Police, Tsinghua
- Launch: School of Data Science
- Launch: Data Science Minor
- Triple increase in numbers: Data Science Master Track
- ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’ article series on our collaborations: Elsevier, Tata Steel, Qualcomm, Sandd, Philips, Databricks
- Events: Hosted 20 Meetups 

Read the full report HERE

RESEARCH: AAA International Visiting Researchers Programme

ADS invites applications from ADS researchers for the Amsterdam Academic Alliance (AAA) Funded International Visiting Researchers Programme.

The aim of the programme is to further international collaborations between ADS and either Insight Ireland, Tsinghua University or Wuhan University. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 September.

RESEARCH: Sabine Niederer Appointed Lecturer in Visual Methodologies

On 04 July, the Board of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences appointed Sabine Niederer lecturer of Visual Methodologies. This new position will focus on image as a tool for research and will lead to new insights and applications for practical research in fashion, media, design and digital technology.

“In this lectureship, image is also a research tool for mapping social issues, exploring solutions, studying data sets from all sides, and communicating critical concepts and insights visually,” said Niederer.

RESEARCH: Marcel Worring and Stevan Rudinac Awarded Funding for SCORE Project

Smart Cities and Open Data Reuse (SCORE) is an EU project of ADS, DataLab (City of Amsterdam), and many cities in Northern Europe: Dordrecht, Aberdeen, Bradford, Ghent, Gothenburg, Aarhus, and Hamburg.

It will fund a PhD student with Marcel Worring and Stevan Rudinac (UvA) who, in collaboration with the HvA, will work on several challenging data-driven problems in Amsterdam as well as the other cities mentioned. The project will start in January 2018.

EDUCATION: Computable Awards Nomination for Amsterdam School of Data Science

We are delighted to announce that the Amsterdam School of Data Science has been successfully nominated in the 2017 Computable Awards. The award nomination is for ‘ICT Educator of the Year’, the winner of which will be announced on 31 October.

Voting is open so if you would like to support our nomination please see the Computable Awards website for further information.

ADS Researchers Making the Headlines

ADS researchers in the media recently:

- Frank van Harmelen in NRC talking responsible algorithms in job interview selection 
- Marcel Worring on 'BNR Nieuwsradio' talking dangers of Artificial Intelligence
- Pwnie awards for VU Computer Science & Herbert Bos' team, and CWI & Marc Stevens' team

ADS Coffee & Data - Financial Auditing - Friday 08 September - 09:00 - SPUI25

On the topic of Data Science in Financial Auditing we will have introduction & presentations from Edo Roos Lindgreen (Professor of Data Science in Auditing, Faculty of Economics and Business, UvA, and Partner KPMG Advisory), Dennis de Vries (Lead of the Dutch KPMG Digital Ledger Services, and member of KPMG’s global Digital Ledger Services steering committee), Mona de Boer (Director of Data Analytics, PwC). 

Save These Dates!

- 06 Oct. (09:00): Data Science & HR Analytics
- 18 Oct. (16:30): Deep Dive into Machine Learning - Registration OPEN!
- 19 Oct. (16:00): Responsible Data Science with guest speaker Prof. dr. José van Dijck (President Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) - Registration OPEN!
- 07 Dec. (15:00): ADS Highlights of 2017

Registration for these events is through our Meetup page.

SEMANTiCS Conference in Amsterdam in September

The SEMANTiCS conference features a special Data Science track this year. SEMANTiCS'17 will be held in Amsterdam on 11-14 September. It is a meeting place for professionals who make semantic computing and data science work. 

Inaugural Lecture: Lora Aroyo - 15 September

Lora Aroyo, Full Professor at the Web & Media group, Department of Computer Science VU, will give her inaugural lecture on Friday 15 September (15:45) at the VU Aula.

Inaugural Lecture: Frans Feldberg - 22 September

Frans Feldberg, Professor of Data-Driven Business Innovation, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (VU), will give his inaugural lecture on Friday 22 September (15:45) at the VU Aula. Please note the event will be in Dutch.

Apply for the ACE Incubation Program - Starts 02 October

Interested in starting your own science or high-tech company? Applications are now open for the ACE Incubation Program. Learn how to build your science or high-tech company with 12 weeks of training and support. The program starts on 02 October and is exclusively designed for MSc students, researchers & industry specialists who aim to launch & grow their innovative business.
Application deadline: 17 September

National eScience Symposium - 12 October - Amsterdam ArenA

Digital technology cuts through all scientific disciplines. We will discuss, in different thematic sessions, what this means for scientific research. From the humanities to physics and beyond.

Thematic Sessions: Internet of Things; Natural Language Processing; Energy Science; Brain, Cognition and Behavior; The Future of Machine Learning.

CWI Lectures on Machine Learning - 23 November

This year, the lectures will be organised by CWI’s newly established Machine Learning group. Speakers will include world-leading machine learning researchers:

– Suchi Saria (Johns Hopkins University)
– Neil Lawrence (Amazon Research Cambridge and Sheffield University)
– Max Welling (University of Amsterdam)
– Csaba Szepesvári (University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates Center for Machine Learning)

Call for Proposals: National Library of the Netherlands, Researcher-in-Residence Program 2018

The National Library of the Netherlands (KB), is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence programme, offering a unique opportunity to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. They are specifically looking for academic researchers with a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence for two tracks: open and information extraction. 
Deadline: 01 September 2017

COMMIT2DATA Programme Call: DATA2PERSON - Big Data & Health

The call, on behalf of NWO, ZonMW, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, aims to stimulate Big Data Research to develop effective, efficient, and responsible personal empowerment methods for a future healthy society. The focus is on the way in which Data Science can make a contribution to a personalised offer and possibilities for the self/joint management of the individual. Consortiums of academics and public/private parties can apply for funding. 
Deadline: 05 September 2017

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