Amsterdam Data Science
Amsterdam Data Science
Newsletter January 2018
Newsletter January 2018
RESEARCH: ADS Management Team

At the ADS Highlights event in December (event report here), Maarten de Rijke was thanked for his long-standing commitment to ADS activities as Chair since 2014. 
Lynda Hardman (pictured) will now take over this position from Maarten from January 2018. Lynda is a Senior Researcher in the Information Access Group at CWI, and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction, Utrecht University. Previously Lynda was President of the Board of Informatics Europe.

Additionally, Jaap Heringa (VU) will join the ADS Management Team and Peter Boncz (CWI) the ADS Supervisory Board.

RESEARCH: Evangelos Kanoulas Appointed Full Professor

We are pleased to announce that ADS Senior Researcher Evangelos Kanoulas, has been appointed by the University Board as full professor in the Department of Operations Management at the Amsterdam Business School (one day per week). Evangelos will still be within the Informatics Institute (UvA) for four days per week.

RESEARCH: ADS & VIVAT Open an "Insurance Lab"

The start of 2018 marks another new joint lab for ADS, this time with insurer VIVAT. Within the new lab, three projects have been defined for PhD students: Customer value models, fraud detection, customer acquisition and multi-touchpoint customer journeys

Ron van Oijen (VIVAT): "...By working together, VIVAT gains not only access to state-of-the-art knowledge, but also to talent and the ability to work together with researchers on VIVAT's challenges..."

Marc Salomon (UvA): "...The VIVAT partnership creates the possibility to work with unique data..."

RESEARCH: ADS Grants for International Visiting Researchers

ADS is pleased to announce that applications are now open for round two of the International Exchange Visits with Insight (Ireland), Tsinghua and Wuhan (China). In the last round of applications five exchange grants were awarded.  

Funding applications are welcome at PhD, postdoc and senior faculty levels. The length of visit is flexible but we envisage a minimum of 3 months. The deadline for applications is 01 February 2018.

RESEARCH: Amsterdam Data Science 2017 Report

2017 has been a highly active period for ADS with many key goals achieved. Our network organisation has continued to grow with new knowledge institutions joining, collaborations with industry established, and a broadened international network. This report summarises our continued growth and our heightened involvement within the Amsterdam region. The report also updates on highlights of the Amsterdam Academic Alliance Data Science (AAA-DS) programme, as we become one joint initiative. You can view the full report HERE

RESEARCH: Fancy working at an ADS Knowledge Institute?

We may have the vacancy for you:
- 10 PhD Posts in Data Science & Business Analytics at UvA

- Full Professor of Artificial Intelligence at VU

- Full Professor of Algorithmic Data Science at UvA
ADS Researchers in the Media

- Farhad Arbab (CWI) & colleagues receive NWO funding within their Commit2Data programme to improve parallel processing of big data: ‘Evolutionary changes in Distributed Analysis’ (ECiDA)

- Vladimir Bozdog (VU) & colleagues (M. Makkes, A. Uta, R. Bharath Das, A. Van Halteren, H. Bal) receive best paper award at IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications

- Cees Snoek (UvA) receives subsidy ($3M) for the development of AI to recognise, find and understand activities and objects in video images with high precision and speed

- Martijn de Waal's & Gabriele Ferri's (AUAS) book is published on human-centered design approaches

- So Hip, a project collaboration involving the Faculty of Digital Media & Creative Industry (AUAS) receives AUAS Study of the Year Award. So Hip uses sensor technology for the rehabilitation of the elderly after a hip fracture
Funding Calls

- Looking for an extra set of eyes for your upcoming VIDI, ITN or other project proposal? Email Eva Kenny: to discuss how she could assist.

- NWO Launch Industrial Doctorate Programme to allow doctoral students to do their research at a knowledge institute and a participating company. Deadline for applications: 16 January

- UvA Interdisciplinary Doctorate Programme providing funding for doctorate research on interdisciplinary subjects, closely connected to one of the UvA's interdisciplinary BA programmes. Deadline for applications: 28 January

- SIDN (a strong internet for all) funding call opens 01 February with the theme: Responsible AI. Deadline for applications: 12 March
ADS Coffee & Data - Legal Tech - 19 JAN - 09:45 - SPUI25

ADS Coffee & Data offers the opportunity for researchers & business to share knowledge and give insight on a central theme, specifically on 19 January this will be Data Science in Legal Tech. The event will be an opportunity to gain insight on the potential of data science in law and legal practice. 
Introduction & Chair: Marc Salomon (UvA)
Speakers: Lex Knape (Chief Data Science Officer, ORTEC), Julien RossiEvangelos Kanoulas (UvA), Margreet Poot & Peter van den Heuvel (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Responsible Data Science - 15 FEB. 4PM - VU

The RDS programme aims at generating scientific breakthroughs by making data science responsible by design. In RDS, researchers from multiple disciplines connect to develop techniques, tools, and approaches to ensure fairness, accuracy, confidentiality, and transparency (FACT). 
Introduction & Chair: Frank van Harmelen (VU)
Speakers: Gerard Alberts (UvA), Julia Noordegraaf (UvA), José van Dijck (KNAW, UU)

ADS & Big Data Alliance Data Science Career Fair - 28 FEB. 3PM

The Fair will give students, with an interest in a data science career, the chance to connect with companies looking for permanent employees and summer interns in data science.
Companies attending include Adidas,,, eBay, Elsevier, KLM, amongst others, plus Data Science Startups from the Amsterdam area also. 

Course: Semantics for Health & Life Science Data - 22 - 26 JAN.

BioSB/ELIXIR-NL course on Managing and Integrating Life Science Information: Approaches using Linked Data and Semantics, with lectures from Frank van Harmelen (VU). 

Search Engines Amsterdam - 26 JAN. 4PM - SPUI25

Theme: Call and Chat Classification
Industrial speaker: Gianluigi Bardelloni, Data Engineer/Scientist at the KPN NL D&A Data Science Lab. He will talk about customer service call/chat classification at KPN.

ACE & ADS Entrepreneurship in Data Science - 23 FEB. & 02 MAR.

In collaboration with Amsterdam Center of Entrepreneurship (ACE), ADS will organise a two-day interactive program for MSc & PhD Students. Are you curious about entrepreneurship but do not have a concrete startup idea? Do you believe your research can be transformed into a business case but don’t know where to start? Entrepreneurship in Data Science will allow you to experience all the challenging aspects of starting a company.

Data Science Events from around the Country

- ICT Open, 19-20 March, Amersfoort

- 10th ACM Conference on Web Science, 27-30 May, Amsterdam

- International conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning, 4-6 July, Amsterdam

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