Dutch Data Science Awards Show Keynote by ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’

Old Lutheran Church, Singel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tuesday June 12 the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW) and the Big Data Alliance (BDA) will present the Dutch Data Science Awards. The festive ceremony will take place in the auditorium of the University of Amsterdam. In her keynote presentation, American mathematician Cathy O’Neil, author of global bestseller ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’, will discuss the dangers of algorithmics and big data.

13:30 – Registration
14:00 – Opening by Karen Maex (Rector Magnificus University of Amsterdam) and Marc Salomon (Dean Amsterdam Business School and member of the Board of Big Data Alliance).
14:05 – Keynote by Cathy O’Neil (Bestselling author of ‘Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threats Democracy’)
14:45 – Break
15:15 – Panel discussion with:

  • Cathy O’Neil
  • Nico van Eijk (Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law, University of Amsterdam and Director of Institute for Information Law)
  • Sander Klous (Professor of Big Data Ecosystems, University of Amsterdam)
  • Maarten de Rijke (Professor of Information Retrieval, University of Amsterdam)
  • Dick den Hertog (Professor of Operations Research, Tilburg School of Economics and Management)

16:00 – Award ceremony by Louise Gunning-Schepers (Chairman KHMW)
17:00 – Reception

How to encourage the good, discourage the bad and punish the ugly?
The panel discussion will cover both sides of the coin: the good and bad sides of algorithmics and Big Data. What should we do to encourage the good and prevent the bad? Should we prohibition the use of algorithms we don’t fully understand? Ban companies that aren’t transparent about how they use personal data? Or should we leave everything as it is, because the problem is too complex?

The programme will be finalized with the presenting of three awards:

  • The Gerrit van Dijk Prize for the best thesis in Data Science
  • The Anthony Fokker Prize for startups
  • The Hendrik Lorentz Prize for companies and governments

Practical information
Date: June 12th, 2018.
Location: Aula – Old Lutheran Church, Singel 411, 1012 WN Amsterdam.
Start: 14:00 hrs (entrance from 13:30 hrs)
Ends: Reception starts at approx. 17:00 hrs.
Keynote: Cathy O’Neil