AI voor Nederland

Bedrijven en wetenschappers geven aanzet tot een nationale AI-strategie

Het publiek-private samenwerkingsverband AINED is een samenwerking van VNO-NCW, TopTeam ICT, ICAI, NWO en TNO ondersteund door The Boston Consulting Group en Denkwerk. Op 6 november 2018 heeft AINED het rapport AI voor Nederland: Vergroten, versnellen en verbinden uitgebracht waarin het de noodzaak tot het opstellen van een nationale AI-strategie…
30 Years of Internet in Europa

CWI Celebrates 30 Years of Open Internet in Europe

On Saturday, 17 November at 2.28 pm it is exactly thirty years ago since the Netherlands was the first country in Europe to be connected to the Internet. System Administrator Piet Beertema of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam received the confirmation that CWI – as the first institute…
Data Science Career Fair

Calling all Companies: Want to connect with our Data Science & AI student talent?

Join us for the Data Science Career Fair on 11 March 2019. Spaces are limited so book your spot ASAP! On 11th of March we organise the second edition of the Data Science Career Fair in Amsterdam. The Data Science Career Fair is an opportunity for students with technical background and interested in data career opportunities to connect…
Young Scientist Award

Esther Bron: Winner of the Young eScientist Award 2018!

Esther Bron (post-doc researcher at the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam, Erasmus MC) has been awarded the Young eScientist Award 2018. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. The prize will be used to undertake…
ECSM

October is the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM)

The ECSM is an EU campaign that promotes cyber security awareness among citizens and organizations concerning the importance of information security and highlighting the simple steps that can be taken to protect their data, whether personal, financial and/or professional. The main goal is to raise awareness, to change behaviour and…
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How to make Twitter conversations more ‘healthy’

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Leiden University, Syracuse University, Bocconi University and TU Delft received grants from Twitter to research and develop tools to assess the quality of the discussions on its social media platform. One of the researchers, Dr Nava Tintarev of the TU Delft explains in Delta…
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MIT investeert 1 miljard dollar in AI research

Het Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) heeft aangekondigd 1 miljard te investeren in de ontwikkeling van een nieuw instituut voor computer sciences en AI, het MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, genoemd naar de grootste donateur Stephen Schwarzman (Blackstone Group). Het is de grootste investering door een Amerikaanse Universiteit…
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De ontsluiting van natuurhistorische collecties

Veel natuurhistorische instituten hebben omvangrijke collecties met een cultuurhistorische waarde die zijn voortgekomen uit wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Met het oog op de complexiteit van het ontsluiten van deze collecties zijn wetenschapshistorici en IT-specialisten intensiever samen gaan werken. Een van hen is promovenda Lise Stork bij Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science…
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DAS-6 gets funding!

The Dutch Science organization NWO has announced that the DAS-6 proposal submitted by the DAS steering committee, headed by prof. Henri Bal of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will receive EUR 500.000 funding to build the next-generation high performance computing infrastructure. The Netherlands eScience Center is one of the 6 project partners.…
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Tilburg University Researchers Receive DCHI Best Humanitarian Innovation Award for Optimization Tool by the World Food Programme

Tilburg University researchers Koen Peters and Hein Fleuren have received the DCHI jury award for Best Humanitarian Innovation 2018 for their contribution to the optimization tool Optimus by the World Food Programme. The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) organized the award in collaboration with the Spindle to give special…

CWI en Stichting 113 zetten data analytics in voor zelfmoordpreventie

Elke dag sterven er 5 mensen in Nederland door zelfdoding. Mensen met suïcidale gedachten kunnen 24×7 en anoniem een beroep doen op het online hulpaanbod met crisishulplijnen, online therapie en zelfhulp van Stichting 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. Stichting 113 streeft naar een land waarin niemand eenzaam of radeloos sterft door zelfmoord. Om…

Matrixian Group maakt organisaties en trainees datagedreven

Data Science: we komen er elke dag ons bed voor uit. De kennis die we de afgelopen tien jaar hebben opgedaan, delen we graag met onze klanten en met talentvolle young professionals. Hoe? Met een waardevol traineeship; een pittig en uitgebalanceerd programma van twaalf maanden, gericht op de praktijk in…

Hinda Haned appointed professor of Data Science (UvA)

Dr Hinda Haned (1983) has been named professor by special appointment of Data Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. This chair was established on behalf of the Béta Plus Foundation. Hinda Haned’s research focuses on building algorithmic and intelligent learning systems in order to assist users…
Equinix

“Direct dataverkeer tussen Europese bedrijven stijgt jaarlijks met 48 procent”

Bi-Platform publiceerde op 1 oktober het volgende bericht: “Directe data-uitwisseling tussen bedrijven is binnen drie jaar tien keer zo groot als het internet. Dit blijkt uit de Global Interconnection Index 2.0 (GXI 2.0) van Equinix, aanbieder van interconnectie en datacenters. Als gevolg van de wereldwijd versnellende digitale transformatie gebruiken consumenten…
Three New Crossover Projects

Three New Crossover Projects on Health and Wellbeing granted to the University of Twente

Three new eHealth projects have recently been granted to the University of Twente from the Persuasive Health Technology Lab (BMS) and the Pervasive System Group (EWI) that are iconic for the university’s multidisciplinary approach. The projects focus on data-driven self-management through eHealth. This involves remote monitoring and persuasive coaching to promote…
Robotics

‘Robotisering niet ten koste van werkgelegenheid’

Op 10 september gaf Ton Wilthagen,hoogleraar arbeidsvraagstukken aan de Universiteit van Tilburg, een interview bij BNR Nieuwsradio over de gevolgen van robotisering voor de werkgelegenheid. Ruim de helft van de bedrijven in Nederland denkt niet dat robotisering een gevaar is voor de werkgelegenheid. Dat blijkt uit een enquête onder ondernemers…
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Stichting Godshuizen and JADS kicked-off a new collaboration

Cello and Reinier van Arkel (part of Stichting Godshuizen) will work together with the JADS Computational Personalization Lab on exploring how data generated by wearables can help to improve health care. An important part of the project is responsible use of data by ensuring that clients have the complete ownership…
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SAP Becomes First European Tech Company to Create Ethics Advisory Panel for Artificial Intelligence

SAP has announced its guiding principles for artificial intelligence (AI) and its creation of an external AI ethics advisory panel – the first European technology company to do so.The panel, comprised of experts from academia, politics and industry, will ensure the adoption of the principles and further develop them in collaboration with…
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“Nederland kampt met braindrain in artificiële intelligentie” (NRC)

Juist nu het enorme belang van AI voor de samenleving steeds breder wordt onderkend, lijken Nederlandse universiteiten te kampen met een braindrain op het gebied van zelflerende computers en aanverwante technologieën, zo waarschuwt een viertal universiteiten in een nieuwsbericht op de website van NRC Handelblad d.d. 27-8-2018. Hoogleraar Holger Hoos…
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World Economic Forum publishes Report about the future of the Financial Services Industry and the impact of AI on it

On August 15, the World Economic Forum’s Future of Financial Services published a report entitled The New Physics of Financial Services: Understanding how Artificial Intelligence is transforming the financial ecosystem. It studies the strategic, operational, regulatory and societal implications of AI on the financial services industry, exploring six core sectors…

Learning Analytics at the Utrecht University

At the Utrecht University (UU) the team participating in the USO-project on ‘Differentiation Using Blended Learning and Learning Analytics’ (DUBLLA) has been working on different projects aiming at implementing different forms of Learning Analytics (LA). As more and more tools are being used in real classrooms to support educational activities,…

Prof. Koops (TiU) overhandigt rapport modernisering opsporingsonderzoek in digitale tijdperk aan minister Grapperhaus

Hoogleraar Bert-Jaap Koops heeft op 26 juni het rapport van de Commissie modernisering opsporingsonderzoek in het digitale tijdperk, waaraan hij leiding gaf, aan minister Grapperhaus aangeboden. In de commissie zaten vertegenwoordigers van het Openbaar Ministerie, de politie, de bijzondere opsporingsdiensten, de rechtspraak, de advocatuur en de wetenschap. De commissie heeft…
JADS Wildlife Hackathon

Hackathon: Data science als wapen tegen stropers

De populatie wilde dieren staat in toenemende mate onder druk: in 40 jaar tijd is deze wereldwijd met bijna 60% gedaald. Zonder ingrijpend nieuw beleid is de verwachting dat twee derde van de globale populaties zoogdieren, vissen, vogels, reptielen en amfibieën is verdwenen in 2020. Slechts enkele weken geleden stierf…
Enabling the City

Enabling the City – Six European cities explore how to make the best out of their city data

Fostering local innovation and increasing efficiency of public services, while decreasing costs and breaking down silos: Many cities use smart technologies to achieve these goals, but are often struggling to extract the promised value out of ICT solutions. Open & Agile Smart Cities and EIT Digital, through CEDUS, launch an event series to demonstrate…
Subsidie kankeronderzoek Tilburg University

Tilburgse onderzoekers ontvangen grote subsidie NWO voor datagedreven kankeronderzoek

Prof. Emiel Krahmer, prof. Steffen Pauws en prof. Jeroen Vermunt van Tilburg University hebben van NWO een omvangrijke subsidie van €457.000 ontvangen voor een onderzoek naar datagedreven, gezamenlijke besluitvorming voor individuele kankerpatienten. Elk jaar wordt in Nederland bij meer dan 100.000 mensen kanker vastgesteld. Na de eerste diagnose moet een…

Sligro Data Science Lab van start

Een gezamenlijke reis naar een meer datagedreven Sligro Food Group. Eind juni 2018 is een samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend door Sligro Food Group (SFG) en CentERdata. Dit markeert de start van het Sligro Data Science Lab (SDSL): een gezamenlijk, meerjarig project om van Sligro Food Group een meer datagedreven organisatie te maken. Lees het…

Dr. Floris Bex benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar Data Science in de rechtspraak

Tilburg University heeft dr. Floris Bex met ingang van 1 juli 2018 benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar Data Science in de rechtspraak. Bex gaat onderzoeken wat de toegevoegde waarde van data science en kunstmatige intelligentie is voor het recht en de rechtspraak. We horen elke dag wel iets over data science…
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Maarten de Rijke nieuwe universiteitshoogleraar AI and Information Retrieval (UvA)

Prof. dr. Maarten de Rijke is per 1 september 2018 benoemd tot universiteitshoogleraar AI and Information Retrieval aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij gaat het universiteitshoogleraarschap, dat gelieerd is aan de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica van de UvA, combineren met zijn functie als directeur van het Innovation Center…
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KNAW publiceert rapport over gebruik van Big Data in wetenschappelijk onderzoek met gegevens over personen

De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) heeft een adviesrapport Big data in wetenschappelijk onderzoek met gegevens over personen gepubliceerd waarin gebruik en toepassing van big data in wetenschappelijk onderzoek nader wordt belicht. Volgens het op 15 mei 2018 verschenen rapport biedt ‘big data’ over personen de wetenschap tal van…
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Data correlation helps recognize pickpockets

In the fight against mobile banditry, the police, together with Eindhoven University of Technology, are going to do a trial with data correlation. By cleverly combining data from, for example, number plates, camera images and messages on social media, the deviating behavior of, for example, pickpockets can be detected more…
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Frank Takes on NPO Radio 1 about big data

Frank Takes, Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), analyses the flow of funds in our economy using big data. With Jort Kelder, he discussed the value and importance of these data on NPO Radio 1. The podcast of the interview for “Dr Kelder en Co”…
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Google Brain to set-up in Amsterdam!

There is exiting news for the AI community! Google brain is to set-up in Amsterdam. They are looking for AI research scientists to join the Google Brain team. “The Google Brain team’s research focuses on methods that can learn multiple layers of rich, non-linear feature extractors and can scale to large…
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McKinsey Dissertation Award for CWI PhD Candidate Yllka Velaj

CWI researcher and ERCIM Fellow Yllka Velaj has won the 2018 Women@McKinsey Dissertation Award for her PhD thesis, which analyzes the problem of how to maximize the dissemination of information and opinions in social networks. The award comes with a job offer by McKinsey & Company, and a sponsorship to…
Young Scientist Award

Apply for the Young eScientist Award 2018!

Win 50,000 EUR worth of eScience expertise for your novel research idea – by this catching frase The Netherlands eScience Center is inviting young datascientists to Submit their idea before 17 September 2018 in order to join the competition for the young scientist award 2018. With this award the Netherlands…
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Datastudies kennen een grote toestroom

Datastudies zoals artificial intelligence (AI), datascience en business analytics zitten in de lift – en de stijging neemt exponentiële vormen aan, ook in Nederland, bericht de NOS. In de periode 2012-2017 is het aantal bachelorstudenten gestegen van 212 naar 656 en het aantal masterstudenten van 130 naar 342. De UvA…
Space

User Support Programme Space Research (GO)

On 20 June 2018 an information event was organised by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the eScience Center to allow interested applicants to get acquainted with the aim and conditions of the call for proposal for the User Support Programme Space Research…

First session of new series of grants matchmaking events well visited

Over 100 participants joined the first grant matchmaking and working session on the call for the Dutch National Research Agenda, on 25 June in the PLNT building. They explored topics ranging from health care to smart cities. The workshop was organised by the Data Science Research Programme in cooperation with…

8 positions in Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence open at the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen opens positions in Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence to complement the research activity in CogniGron -Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials center. You may apply for these positions until August 15th 2018. The interviews are expected to start taking place from mid September. More information is available here.

Call for workshop contributions Smart City

Call for workshop contributions on ‘Making the smart city safe for citizens: The case of smart energy and mobility’. Focusing on interdisciplinary perspectives on data ownership, data security and liability. For more information download the brochure Some facts 28-29 November 2018 Forum of the Brightlands Smart Services Campus, Heerlen, Netherlands. Workshop host: Open University…

BodemHack Achterhoek: combineren van data en kennis over bodem-water-landbouw

Wat zijn bepalende factoren voor de bodemkwaliteit ten behoeve van grondwaterkwaliteit en landbouwproductie? Die vraag staat centraal bij de BodemHack Achterhoek die op 31 mei en 1 juni gehouden wordt op initiatief van Vitens, de provincie Gelderland en Wageningen University & Research. Op het proefbedrijf ‘De Marke’ van WUR werken…

Afrikaans groot wild tellen met drones

In samenwerking met het Kuzikus-natuurreservaat in Namibië hebben Benjamin Kellenberger, Diego Marcos en Devis Tuia van de leerstoelgroep Geo-informatiekunde en Remote Sensing een nieuwe aanpak voor het tellen van groot wild ontwikkeld: het combineren van dronevluchten en geautomatiseerde beeldanalyse. Het onderzoek is gefinancierd door de Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).…

New Video on CWI’s Research Highlights Featuring ADS Director Lynda Hardman

Want to know more about the research from the Amsterdam Data Science partners? Our Amsterdam Data Science Director Lynda Hardman talks on the high quality research in the computer science & mathematics domains at CWI (ADS Gold Partner) and their research highlights. Check-out the new video HERE.

UvA Announce Four New Professor Posts to Study AI

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has announced that it will appoint four new University Professors. The University Professors will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and the societal questions surrounding this technology from a variety of research disciplines. The UvA will use the new chairs to give an extra impetus to…

Subsidie voor het maken van het ‘slimste stukje Noordzee’

Voor de kust van Den Haag, net buiten de haven van Scheveningen, komt een geavanceerd testgebied van 10 x 10 zeemijl (= ongeveer 185 voetbalvelden). Dit gebied is uniek in de wereld. Onder andere Delft Data Science (DDS) onderzoekers Anna Vilanova en Elmar Eisemann krijgen de mogelijkheid om binnen dit…

Applied Data Science starts new SIG: Clinical Data Applications

The focus area Applied Data Science is pleased to announce that a new special interest group has been set up: SIG Clinical Data Applications, led by prof. Wouter van Solinge and the organizing team prof. Folkert Asselbergs, dr. Saskia Haitjema and dr. Daniel Oberski. The objective of the SIG Clinical Data Applications is to unite…

De groene golf voor de binnenvaart

Startup Trapps Wise werkt vanuit de Brightlands Smart Services Campus samen met onder andere het BISS Institute en Open Universiteit aan een app die de binnenvaart moet gaan verduurzamen. In het artikel uit De Binnenvaartkrant vertellen oprichters Pascal en Eric meer over hun app en hoe het gebruik hiervan moet…

Large NWO grant for datadriven cancer research by Krahmer, Pauws (TSHD) and Vermunt (TSB)

Prof. Emiel Krahmer, Prof. Steffen Pauws (TSHD) and Prof. Jeroen Vermunt (TSB) received a large subsidy of € 457,000 from NWO for research into data-driven, joint decision-making for individual cancer patients. When someone is first diagnosed with cancer, patient and doctor jointly need to decide which treatment to opt for…
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Green light for Leiden supercomputer

From simulations of galaxies to analyses of MRI scans: scientific research needs more and more computing power. Leiden University is planning to set up a completely new facility for high-performance computing. The green light was given officially on 20 June. ‘We are creating a point of no return for ourselves,’ is how…

New AI method increases the power of artificial neural networks

An international team of scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Derby, has developed a revolutionary method that quadratically accelerates artificial intelligence (AI) training algorithms. This gives full AI capability to inexpensive computers, and would make it possible in one to two years…

A new phase for Startup Village

Furthering our mission to bring together science and entrepreneurship, Startup Village will create over 200 new workspaces for startups – more than doubling the current amount of office space – and add a blockchain lab as a centerpiece for the new expansion. The expansion should contribute to adding blockchain businesses…

IoT: Internet of Toothbrushes?

The internet was once a network whose main job was to connect beasts of computers, often by way of a simple dial-up telephone line. Today nearly everyone has a smartphone with incredibly fast wireless internet, and you can even buy fridges and toasters that are ‘online’ 24/7. The internet is…

Data: het nieuwe goud en de toekomst is federatief

Om echt te kunnen profiteren van de enorme groei aan data in wetenschap en bedrijfsleven, moeten data gedeeld kunnen worden. De oplossing is federatief werken, waarbij kennisinstellingen hun onderzoeksdata, it-technologie en expertise bundelen. Op die manier kunnen wij als klein land tegenwicht bieden aan de monopolisering van big data door…

Data scientists are challenged to help save lives by unravelling snake venom

On Thursday June 21st, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and JADS will organize a hackathon for data science students. The aim of the day is to focus on new patterns and connections in antibody discovery using a large database on snake venom. > More information on the hackathon and the registration? Click…

Congratulations Evangelos Kanoulas on your Vidi Grant Award

We are pleased to announce that ADS Senior Researcher Evangelos Kanoulas (Informatics Institute & Amsterdam Business School, UvA) has been awarded a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi grant of 800K euros. Evangelos will utilise the grant to continue to develop his own innovative line of research and research group. Evangelos holds a joint…

Two Vacancies at AUAS in Urban Analytics

The Research Program Urban Technology of the Faculty of Technology, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA) is looking for a: Junior researcher Data Analytics (0,2 fte) – More info HERE Senior researcher /lecturer Data Analytics (0,6- 0,8 fte) – More info HERE Information If you would like to have more information, do…

Digi.Bio, Inspectation, CQM en dr. Nguyen winnen Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen

Amsterdam, 13 juni 2018 – Op dinsdag 12 juni zijn voor de tweede keer de Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen toegekend. De drie prijzen werden feestelijk uitgereikt in de Aula van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Digi.Bio ontving de Anthony Fokker Prijs voor startups. Inspectation en CQM wonnen met hun project ‘Veilige…
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De invloed van data science op onze maatschappij – Dutch Data Science Week 2018

Dutch Data Science Week 2018 realiseert concrete oplossingen voor maatschappelijke thema’s. Hierbij een overzicht van een succesvolle 2e editie!

Wie controleert de hogepriesters van de AI algoritmen?

Wie controleert eigenlijk de artificial intelligence (AI) algoritmen die als pilot of proof-of-concept massaal hun intrede doen in de zorg? En wat betekent de opkomst van AI voor de ‘oude’ big data toepassingen en algoritmen? Tijdens een themamiddag die volgende week (12 juni) wordt georganiseerd, staan dit soort vragen centraal. Op die…

Nanda Piersma Awarded Comenius Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that Nanda Piersma (AUAS-CWI) has been successfully awarded a Comenius Scholarship for Education Innovation in Data Science. The Comenius programme funds teaching innovation projects in higher education, proposed by excellent teachers and education professionals working at higher education institutes. Nanda will join the recently launched Comenius network, a new…
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Annual report 2017 | Big Data Alliance

The annual report provides year-end highlights of Big Data Alliance accomplishments, goals and information about our financial status. Highlights Dutch Data Science Awards BDA member meeting on Ethics in Data Science Data Science Career Fair Important developments 2018 Our current board member Wil van Der Aalst, Full Professor of Information…

How to share sensitive information safely?

“The information scandal at Facebook, new European privacy legislation with an impact on large corporations and your local football club, lists of passwords being published online – data protection is now in the news more often than ever before”, Thijs Veugen – a senior researcher at TNO and part-time seconded…

Launch of the ‘Driven by Data’ platform

On 14 May, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer visited JADS for the launch of ‘Driven by Data’, a joint initiative by Rabobank, VNO-NCW Brabant Zeeland, BIM, municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Ministry of Economic Affairs and climate Policy and JADS.  

JADS and A.T. Kearney to partner in Digital Transformations

Global strategy consulting firm A.T. Kearney has joined forces with JADS, a collaboration between Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, to further build capabilities and expertise in the field of data science. A.T. Kearney has one of the largest analytics teams at a full-service consulting firm comprising of analytics practitioners, data…

New issue Amsterdam Science magazine out now

The seventh issue of Amsterdam Science is out now. Read it online or pick up your copy in the hall of the Faculty of Science, and learn what scientists in Amsterdam are working on. 31 May we celebrate this new issue with a special event in SPUI25. Topics in Amsterdam…

AIDA: Exploring space with artificial intelligence

The EU H2020 project ‘AIDA’ on using artificial intelligence in space physics was signed this week (May 2018). The Multiscale Dynamics Group at CWI is one of the eight research partners involved. The ultimate goal is to create an intelligent system that enables new scientific discoveries in space physics. Artificial…

NWO launches new “Refugees in Science” pilot

This month, NWO is launching a new pilot programme titled “Refugees in Science”. The aim is to fund one-year appointments for academics who have fled their home country and wish to continue their scientific career in the Netherlands. Project leaders of current projects funded by NWO or the Netherlands Organisation…

Congratulations to our Partner ACE. No.1 Incubator in the Netherlands

Congratulations ACE! Named No.1 incubator in the Netherlands by Emerce. In its five years of existence, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) has helped more than 100 projects go from initial concept to startup. Erik Boer (ACE director): “We are a university incubator. That means that we support researchers and students of…

Call for Industry Presentation on Data Science – Sign-up by 28 May

Call for Industry Presentation on Data Science – Call closes on May 28th SEMANTiCS 2018 – Where Machine Learning meets SEMANTiCS 14th International Conference on Semantic Systems Vienna, Austria September 10 -13, 2018 http://2018.semantics.cc SEMANTiCS 2018 (http://www.semantics.cc) is the leading European conference on Semantic Technologies and AI. Researchers, industry experts and…

How can we connect data science and law?

At the Hague University of Applied Sciences, a stakeholder meeting took place on 4 April in the context of peace and justice in a digital world. The meeting was an initiative of Leiden University (LCDS, eLaw) and the Hague University of Applied Sciences, to explore joint curriculum development in the…

JADS is part of the project ‘Werkinzicht’

Werkinzicht aims to stimulate the cross-border mobility of job seekers in the southern region of the Netherlands and the Vlaanderen region in northern Belgium. Supply and demand can be matched by offering clear information on job opportunities in both regions. The information is made-to-measure for use on dashboards of job seekers,…

Data Science en Kunstmatige Intelligentie: hoe stimuleren we goede en verhinderen we gevaarlijke toepassingen?

Haarlem, 4 mei 2018 – De discussie polariseert: steeds meer mensen zijn voor of tegen Big Data en Kunstmatige Intelligentie. Maar hoe kun je nu zoveel mogelijk genieten van de voordelen en tegelijkertijd zo weinig mogelijk last hebben van de nadelen? Tijd voor discussie. De Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen…

Doing better data driven science thanks to the Wageningen Data Competence Center

The speed at which digital data is growing worldwide is huge. This growth is expected to continue exponentially in coming years. Wageningen University & Research therefore launches a data hub for innovations and research in agriculture, food, environment and health: Wageningen Data Competence Center. Digital data is being recorded by…

Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre

On April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University. NPEC provides…

Artificial Intelligence – Is there a place at UM education?

The BISS Institute hosted together with EDLAB, UM Library, MUMC+ and IBM Benelux, the first Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) & Cognitive Computing in Education Ideation Session on 5 April 2018. With more than 40 students, teachers and UM staff from all faculties. Vice-rector Harm Hospers started the session by stressing the…

Students race each other with brain directed drones

Last Thursday a ‘Dronelympics’ contest took place at Science Park 904, the campus of UvA’s Faculty of Science. Students in the course ‘Brain Powered’ demonstrated the method they developed for directing drones with brain waves. The Dronelympics was the final presentation for students taking the course. The course is open…

TU/e research brings new MRI technology for nerve tracts in the brain into practice

Insight into the structure of the brain is essential for successfully performing brain surgery with as little permanent damage to the patient as possible. MRI is the only non-invasive in vivo technique to reconstruct and visualize nerve tracts in the brain. For various reasons, however, this method is not yet used in…

ADS Professors Launch the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI)

Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) officially launched Science and business in the Netherlands are joining forces in the field of artificial intelligence. ICAI is an open collaborative initiative between knowledge institutes that is aimed at AI innovation through public-private partnerships. The Center is located at Amsterdam Science Park and is initiated by the University…
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Announcing 3 fully funded joint ADS & Insight PhD studentships

We are excited to announce that 3 PhD projects will shortly commence, fully funded by Science Foundation Ireland (an award of around 0.5M€). The PhD students will spend their studentships between Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Ireland) and up to 1 year at an Amsterdam Data Science partner. This marks a further step in this…

CWI develops software that can manage itself

Cloud technology plays an increasingly important role in our everyday digital lives. This increase has put a strain on developers and IT administrators to manually monitor, manage, scale, and maintain cloud software services and hardware infrastructure. Nikolaos Bezirgiannis, PhD student at CWI, explored an alternative solution of letting cloud software…

European grant for Raffaella Carloni (ALICE), member of the DSSC

The project MAGNIFY , coordinated by Prof. dr. Raffaella Carloni, was awarded a EU FET OPEN grant of 3 million euro, of which 1 million euro is assigned to Groningen. The goal of MAGNIFY is to design and realize a new generation of artificial muscles for robotic systems, characterized by high force-to-weight ratio, high…

Reducing fuel waste and CO2 emissions in the shipping industry

Trapps Wise, a startup located at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus, is making it happen! With their app that uses big data and provides skippers with real-time advice about the ideal sailing speed from lock to lock, ‘traffic jams’ on water can be avoided. The first prototype of the app is developed in cooperation with Novation and the BISS Institute.…

TU/e gaat ‘black box’ van voorspellende modellen visualiseren

The models that can predict future events are often so complex that almost no one understands any longer how a particular recommendation comes about, thereby creating increasing doubt among those concerned about the outcomes. To gain more insight into how a prediction actually comes about, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)…

Diggit Magazine: Insights in the working of Facebook’s algorithms

On March 1st 2018, Diggit Magazine set up a Facebook experiment: for one day we tried to (1) follow the Facebook Guidelines for Publishers in detail and (2) to carry out a smallscale experiment that would hopefully give us some insights in the working of the algorithms and, more importantly,…
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A New AI Initiative in the ADS Ecosystem

Amsterdam Data Science (ADS) is proud to announce that ADS researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) are setting up a new initiative aimed at innovation with AI, at the interface of academia and industry. The initiative builds on examples set by today’s industry labs in the ADS ecosystem and aims to expand their number in…

Data-Driven Risk Assessment in Infrastructure Networks

Leiden University and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management are involved in a collaboration in the form of a research project titled ‘Data-Driven Risk Assessment in Infrastructure Networks’. About the project Although awareness around gathering, storing and managing data has increased in the public sector. At the same time,…

Cathy O’Neil spreker bij uitreiking van Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen

Haarlem, 16 april 2018 – De Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen worden op dinsdag 12 juni uitgereikt door De Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW) en de Big Data Alliance (BDA). De feestelijke uitreiking vindt plaats in de Aula van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. De Amerikaanse wiskundige Cathy O’Neil, auteur van de wereldwijde…

Werkbijeenkomst Big Data onderzoek voor de preventie en vroege opsporing van hart- en vaatziekten

De Hartstichting, NWO, ZonMw, de Topsector LSH en het Netherlands eScience Center bundelen hun krachten en ontwikkelen samen een publiek-privaat onderzoeksprogramma onder de paraplu van het Big Data onderzoeksplatform Commit2Data. Voor de voorbereiding van projectvoorstellen wordt een werkbijeenkomst georganiseerd. Doel onderzoeksprogramma Big Data & Gezondheid Het doel van het programma is…

Data visualisation with Kay Schröder and Kenny Jeurissen

Our DEX lab is mentioned in the UMagazine February 2018, showing a magnificent data visualisation from Kay and Kenny. “How can we best find our way around the increasing mountain of information? One answer is data visualisation. Converting information into visual form makes it easier to present, understand and use.…

Three new TU/e Data Science projects awarded

Project 1 Jack van Wijk applied for a TOP grant for curiosity driven research of NWO with the proposal ‘Transparant Explanations for Predictive Analytics using Interactive Visualization’. The aim of the project is to open the black box of classification algorithms, and enable people to understand and judge why decisions are made.…

LIACS scientists in Dutch media on impact Cambridge Analytica storm

This week Dutch newspapers NRC and de Volkskrant consulted scientists from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) about the impact of the Cambridge Analytica storm. This company gained insight into the data of 50 million Facebook users. Erik van der Kouwe, assistant professor computer security, explains in the…

CWI Receive an Excellence Rating for Research Quality

An international evaluation committee has rated CWI as excellent, or world leading, in terms of its research quality, its relevance to society and its viability. The evaluation covered the institute’s work in the 2011-2016 period. The evaluation was done by a committee of experts in the field of mathematics and…

De impact van data science op de maatschappij – Dutch Data Science Week

  Tweede editie Dutch Data Science Week zoekt naar concrete oplossingen voor maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Van het verminderen van onnodig energieverbruik tot het bedenken van een samenhangend systeem voor kunstmatige intelligentie in een ziekenhuis: tijdens de Dutch Data Science Week ontwikkelen data scientists slimme oplossingen voor maatschappelijke uitdagingen. De tweede…

Blockchain Masterclasses in May & June: Join the future!

Fintech and Blockchain by David Yermack (New York University) May 31 – June 1, University of Amsterdam Learn about strengths and weaknesses and potential application areas of digital currencies, blockchains, and distributed ledger technology Learn about potential applications of distributed ledger technology to new products and services Further info/registration HERE  …

Launch of the Amsterdam Data Exchange (Amdex)

If data is the new gold, how can we ensure that we are all able to profit from its potential? The answer could be the Amsterdam Data Exchange (Amdex), an initiative of the Amsterdam Science Park and the Amsterdam Economic Board in cooperation with multiple partners, including Amsterdam Data Science. The project,…

New Reports Published for Data Analysers

Informatics Europe & ACM Europe have co-published a report on Automated Decision Making. The report reviews the principal implications of the coming widespread adoption of ML- driven automated decision making with a particular emphasis on its technical, ethical, legal, economic, societal and educational ramifications. It presents a number of recommendations that policy makers might wish…
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Data Science Career Fair – Event Report

On 28 February Amsterdam Data Science and the Big Data Alliance hosted their first Data Science Career Fair for Master and PhD students. The interest from both data science students and companies looking for data science talent was significant with over 200 people attending the event! In workshops, inspire sessions and speeddates students learnt the many options available to them. We finished the event with…
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UvA & City Commit to AI Hub at Science Park

UvA are to create a world-class hub in the field of Artificial Intelligence at Amsterdam Science Park. The new co-creation space will be the premier place for education, research and entrepreneurship in the field of artificial intelligence. It will provide an enormous collaboration boost between Amsterdam’s knowledge and research institutions and the business community within this…

Call for papers & abstracts: 14th IEEE International Conference on eScience

Science in a digital world presents new opportunities and challenges. The 14th IEEE eScience Conference brings together leading international researchers and research software engineers from all disciplines to present and discuss how digital technology impacts scientific practice. We are pleased to now invite contributions for inclusion in the conference program.…

Rijks Data Science Programma

The Government of the Netherlands is starting a trainee programme in the field of data science: the Rijks Data Science Programma. Applications open on 26 March. More information (in dutch)

Report on Big Data and Security Policies

Big Data analytics in national security, law enforcement and the fight against fraud can reap great benefits for states, citizens, and society but require extra safeguards to protect citizens’ fundamental rights. This requires a crucial shift from regulating Big Data collection to regulating the phases of analysis and use. This…