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…

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…

Grant ANITA project awarded to Willem-Jan van den Heuvel on criminal activity on alternative internet locations

Willem-Jan van den Heuvel (TiSEM/JADS) has received a € 365,400 grant from the European Commission for participation in the ANITA project: Advanced Tools for fighting oNline Illegal TrAfficking. The project, in which seventeen partners from eleven European countries participate, has two objectives: 1) bolstering the ability of enforcement authorities to…

Smart, secure container networks for trusted Big Data Sharing

In SecConNet we research novel container network architectures, which utilize programmable infrastructures and virtualisation technologies across multiple administrative domains whilst maintaining security and quality requirements of requesting parties for both private sector and scientific use-cases. For this, we exploit semantically annotated infrastructure information together with the information on the business…

The Second Information Universe Conference

From 3 – 6 July the University of Groningen is organizing the Second Information Universe Conference. The key topic of the IU conference series is: “What is the role of information in the Universe and its description?”. In an epoch where scientists need to handle Big Data and simulations, find…

Health in the Built Environment meeting on Vitality

On Thursday, February 22nd, the Data Science Centre’s Research Program ‘Quantified Self’supported an event organised by the Health in the Built Environment (HitBE) team (involving Maaike Riemersma, Helianthe Kort and others). The event was very successful. Room Vertigo 2.32 was overfull, with attendees from multiple departments, Nuffic and the French-Dutch Network. Attendees were updated…

Call for applications: Lorentz-eScience competition 2019

Do you to want to host a leading-edge workshop on digitally enhanced research? The Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center are looking for researchers who would like to participate in the Lorentz-eScience competition. The winner can organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, the Netherlands. The Lorentz-eScience competition aims to host…

Wessel Kraaij director of Data Science Research Programme

Prof.dr.ir. Wessel Kraaij is appointed director of the Data Science Research Programme (DSRP) at Leiden University, starting March 1st. He is the successor of prof.dr. Joost Kok, who recently exchanged Leiden for the position of dean in Twente. Interdisciplinary research program The DSRP is a collaboration between the seven faculties…
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Netspar grant for BISS researchers

BISS researchers Dr Stefano Bromuri and Dr Alexander Henkel (affiliated to the Open University) have been awarded a Netspar Individual Research Grant. A committee comprised of Jean Frijns, Monika Bütler, and Franz Palm evaluated and approved various submissions for this grant. Title of their application: Untangling Human Interaction Patterns: Learning from…

HPCN call for proposals

All UvA researchers are invited to submit proposals to the High Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN) Fund. The deadline is 31 May 2018. HPCN facilities are ICT infrastructure components designed to facilitate research and education and raise them to a higher level. The Faculty of Science administers a HPCN Fund designed to provide the…

Data Science in Auditing professor: ‘Just a tiny part of the information that’s available is being used’

Accountants and auditors who fail to familiarise themselves with the potential of data science in auditing, are both their own and their employer’s worst enemy, says Edo Roos Lindgreen of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). ‘You have to know how to find and analyse information. Otherwise, you miss out on…

Data Science helps insurance company to manage risks

Insurers like to know the risk they are exposed to. The Amsterdam School of Data Science and insurance company Vivat use big data analytics to calculate these risks. Professor Michel Vellekoop is interested in the behaviour of individual claimants, but points out that the principle of solidarity needs to be…

National project for involving young people in science and technology

Teachers, scientists and consultants from various backgrounds have worked in Leiden on projects to involve young people from under-represented minority groups in science and technology. The meeting was the start event of the project group ‘Expanding (Event) Horizons, funded from the National Science Agenda. UvA scientists Ivo van Vulpen and…

Faculty of Sports (AUAS) Launch Seminar Series on Sports Data

AUAS Faculty of Sports and Nutrition Launch their Seminar Series on the Power of Sports Data Virtual reality, injury prevention, smart stadiums, machine learning, personalised feedback, data dashboards… data science can be utilised more in the sports world than we realise! Not only for top sport, but also for recreational sports,…

Your Data Driven Summer!

Are you a bachelor student and interested in an introduction into the field of Data Science? Then join the two week Summer School ‘Your Data Driven Summer organized by Tilburg University and hosted by JADS (start date: 9 July )! Register before the early bird deadline of 1 April and…

ADchieve new partner within JADS ecosystem

As of February 2018, ADchieve will be part of the JADS ecosystem. ADchieve is a company that focuses on developing automation solutions for advertising in search engines such as Google. On a daily basis, advertisements in Google for millions of products are created using ADchieve software. To achieve this feat, ADchieve works…

JADS CLLQM: Professor Donald Green on interference and bias

‘The pace at which data science is moving forward is breathtaking. As a leading knowledge institute in this field, we at JADS consider it our task to take on an active role in the debate of the impact of data science on society as we know it. As researchers, we…

Big Data expert Gerard Schouten genomineerd als Lector van het jaar

De verkiezing Lector van het jaar wordt jaarlijks uitgeschreven door het Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg in samenwerking ScienceGuide. Er zijn drie genomineerden en op 7 maart is de winnaar bekend. Naast kandidaten van Hogeschool van Amsterdam en HAN is Fontys lector Gerard Schouten genomineerd. Welke lector komt tot nieuwe leerroutes, stoomt…

Karel Luyben appointed National Coordinator for Open Science

Today, the steering group of the National Platform Open Science appointed former Delft University of Technology Rector Karel Luyben as the National Coordinator for Open Science. In this newly created role, Luyben will work to achieve the Netherlands’ open science ambitions and to strengthen the country’s pioneering role in this…

3D-e-Chem team develops building blocks and recipes for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

Following the development of a virtual machine (JCIM), the 3D-e-Chem team now published a series of building blocks (nodes) and recipes (workflows) that can support complex computer-aided drug discovery efforts. The 3D-e-Chem team consists of cheminformatics and bioinformatics researchers from Netherlands eScience Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboudumc Nijmegen, and BioAxis Research, including Stefan…

Psychiatry UMCU: Big data grant from ZonMw

Professor Floor Scheepers and her team announces that in January the big data psychiatry project of the UMC Utrecht has received almost 300.000 euro from ZonMw to build a data consortium with GGZ Eindhoven, TU Eindhoven, Antes GGZ and Antonius Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. This consortium wants to transform healthcare to…
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Call for papers of symposium ‘Conformal and probabilistic prediction with applications (COPA 2018)’

About COPA 2018 The COPA series of workshops/symposia is a home for work in both conformal and Venn prediction, as reflected in its full name “Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction with Applications”. The aim of this symposium is to serve as a forum for the presentation of new and ongoing work…

Het VWData startimpulsprogramma is van start (Dutch only)

Zo’n 50 onderzoekers kwamen op 29 januari in Amersfoort bij elkaar voor de aftrap van het VWData startimpulsprogramma. Programmaleider Inald Lagendijk gaf aan hoe de uitvraag voor de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda resulteerde in 11700 vragen, die geclusterd zijn in 140 Grote Vragen, die op hun beurt weer in 25 ‘routes’ zijn…

Calling all Data Science Companies – Book your place at Tech020

TECH020 brings together the community of young programmers, developers, gamers, nerds, hackers, scientist and other fans of Internet and technology. Whether you are speaking to an established company or to a start-up, the leading topic will always be the exciting way in which technology is being used. At TECH020 students…

Data Science Career Fair – 28 February

Organised by Amsterdam Data Science & Big Data Alliance Have you heard? On Wednesday 28 February Amsterdam Data Science and the Big Data Alliance are organising a Data Science Career Fair for UvA and VU Master students. The response has been incredible and we are thrilled to announce that over 200 studentsand 24 companies have registered for the event! The students…

Innovation Award for the MBA Big Data & Business Analytics

MBA Big Data & Business Analytics awarded as one of the best MBA innovations worldwide At AMBA’s Excellence Awards Gala (London, February 2, 2018), the MBA in Big Data & Business Analytics of the University of Amsterdam has been awarded as 2017’s second best innovation in MBA education globally. AMBA praised the program to be…

Data Science projects awarded

Several Data Science researchers have been successful in submitting project proposals in this period. Among these are proposals in Horizon 2020, NWO Perspectief, NWO Open Technology, NWO Commit2Data and ZonMW call. This results in a large number of new PhD and some other positions at various Data Science groups. A…

Lunch meeting on Artificial Intelligence

Together with HTSC and Center H&T, DSC/e hosted the first Artificial Intelligence lunch meeting on January 31. This meeting was intended for all interested TU/e researchers in this inspiring topic. In this highly visited event (all 50 seats were taken), Johan Lukkien (dean of the Mathematics & Computer Science department) gave some context and shared…

Energy intranets project awarded by NWO

In the ‘Energy Systems Integration & Big Data’ round NWO has awarded six projects. CWI is in the lead of one programme and takes part in another. A sum of 3.85 million euro was granted in total by the NWO Science domain and Applied and Engineering Sciences. One or more…

Joost Batenburg (CWI) Awarded NWO funding for ‘CT For Art’ Project

A project proposal led by Joost Batenburg (CWI), and partnering with Rijksmuseum, has been awarded NWO funding from the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). This call of proposals from NICAS had a focus on data science, with four research projects and four seed money proposals awarded. CT for Art: from Images to…

HEPGAME

HEPGAME is a research project that combines the world’s fastest computer algebra system for High Energy Physics equations, FORM, with insights from artificial intelligence. The name combines High Energy Physics and Games. If there is one thing that finding the Higgs has proven, it is that experiments are getting better…

Symposium with first cohort of Data Science PhD students

On Tuesday, January 30th, the first symposium of the Data Science Research Programme took place at the Sylvius Building. Students and staff members from all seven faculties joined the symposium, with two oral presentations and 12 posters presented by PhD students. The PhD students in the programme see each other…

Fons Verbeek on computational bio-imaging at SleutelstadFM

Professor Fons Verbeek of the computer science and biology institutes at Leiden University has the fascination to visualize everything we can not see immediately. At SleutelstadFM he tells us that by converting 2 dimensional (2D) images to 3 dimensional (3D) structures, research is carried out into e.g. the progression of…
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Cheap deals, rude customers? The hidden cost of low prices

When prices shrink, does our empathy for salespeople shrink with them? Are we more likely to belittle a Ryanair flight attendant than one in a Lufthansa uniform? The answer, it appears, may be yes. Research carried out at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics indicates that consumer bargains can…

Magnifying the minute

Making all those things we normally cannot see visible is the challenge that fascinates Fons Verbeek, Leiden’s new Professor of Computational Bio-Imaging. Contributions from chemistry, optics and in particular computational sciences to making and processing these images give greater insight into the world of the minute. Inaugural lecture 12 January.…

Aske Plaat in NRC on AlphaZero’s success

Thanks to deep learning, computer program AlphaZero plays better chess than the best person. The computer wins because it can predict further ahead than a human being through pattern recognition. Aske Plaat discusses this special development in Dutch newspaper NRC. He expects the major tech companies to do everything they…

Praktijkgestuurd onderzoek in Service Logistiek: Succesverhalen over gerealiseerde impact

De gezamenlijke workshop van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven en het Service Logistics Forum was de officiële afsluiting van het door NWO gefinancierde TOP-project Service Logistics of Advanced Capital Goods van Professor Geert-Jan van Houtum. Tijdens de workshop werden verschillende toepassingen van onderzoeksresultaten binnen én buiten het project gepresenteerd.Joachim Arts opende…

Jack van Wijk new scientific director Data Science Center Eindhoven

The Executive Board has appointed prof.dr.ir. Jack van Wijk as the new scientific director of the Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e) as of February 1. Jack will succeed prof.dr. Johan Lukkien, who temporarily held the position after the announced departure of prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst to the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische…

Celebrating data entrepreneurship: graduation of the first Data Expert Program students

You might have seen the happy faces when you are following us on social media. On December 15th, we celebrated the graduation of the first Data Expert Program students. A festive event during which the students proved to be real data pioneers, capable of combining data science and entrepreneurship. Before…

Qualcomm and UvA: leading the way in deep vision

In 2015 the Qualcomm joined forces with the UvA to create a research center in the relatively new field of deep vision: the QUVA lab. Peter Rauber works at Qualcomm as a Senior Director of engineering, and is responsible for operation and development in the company’s European research devision. Using…

New data yields deeper understanding of poverty in India

A new international study led by UvA researchers Peter Sloot and Michael Lees has yielded extensive data on slums in Bangalore and provides a detailed insight into the problem of poverty in India. The highly granular data, which was collected through a field survey of 36 slums, could lead to…

Evangelos Kanoulas et al Receive NWO Creative Industries Funding

Project ‘Art DATIS’ Receives NWO Creative Industries Funding Funding for research on glass production and technique NWO has granted a funding of ca. € 500.000 for the project Art DATIS for the Integration and improvement of sources on glass for a Sustainable future. Evangelos Kanoulas (Informatics Institute UvA) participates in…

Data Science Career Fair in Amsterdam

The goal: A chance for data science students to connect with companies looking for interns and/or permanent employees for data science positions. Our event will show students their career options and give companies the chance to show what they can offer. Who’s coming? 150+ Students Currently Registered (Bachelor, Master, PhD), keen to follow a data…

PCRaster and the Global Geo Health Data Center

The Department of Physical Geography develops the PCRaster software which is a software framework for building spatio-temporal simulation models in the geosciences. The software is applied in a range of fields, for instance for modelling hydrological processes at global scale . A recently started project that uses the PCRaster software is the Global Geo Health…

UPADS starts special interest groups

The focus area Applied Data Science is starting up interdisciplinary special interest groups with the objective of sharing knowledge and facilitating collaboration. The first special interest group for which we do this is dealing with research that makes use of sensors and will take place on Monday, January 22, 3-5 PM.…

Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen 2018

De Nederlandse Data Science Prijzen zijn door de BDA en de KHMW in het leven geroepen om uitzonderlijk innovatief ondernemerschap en wetenschappelijk onderzoek op het gebied van data science in de schijnwerpers te zetten. De initiatiefnemers willen hiermee Nederland op de kaart zetten als data science-land bij uitstek. In 2018 stellen de…

ADS & VIVAT Open an “Insurance Lab”

The start of 2018 marks another new joint lab for ADS, this time with insurer VIVAT. The aim of this lab is to conduct joint research applying advanced techniques in mathematics, statistics, computer science and artificial intelligence within the insurance sector. Research areas: The joint research lab of ADS and VIVAT (the parent company of Zwitserleven and Reaal,…

SIDN Funding Call Opens 01 February: Responsible AI

SIDN (A Strong Internet for All) Funding Call Opens 01 February. Theme: Responsible AI The next call opens on February 1 and closes on March 12, 2018, 1:00 pm (call 1 2018). Call 2 opens in the summer with deadline in September. Yearly theme 2018: Responsible AI The annual theme…
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Amsterdam Data Science 2017 Report

Summary 2017 has been a highly active period for Amsterdam Data Science (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…

Amsterdam Science #6 verschenen

De zesde editie van Amsterdam Science is verschenen. Neem een exemplaar mee en kom meer te weten over waar wetenschappers in Amsterdam aan werken en door geïnspireerd zijn. Onderwerpen waarover je kunt lezen in Amsterdam Science #6: Quantum Computing, een new frontier: interview met Harry Buhrman (CWI en UvA) Een…

AI Can Diagnose Heart Disease and Lung Cancer More Accurately Than Doctors

A pair of recently developed AI systems can diagnose lung cancer and heart disease more accurately than human doctors. These AIs have the potential to save billions of dollars and countless lives if widely adopted. IMPROVED DIAGNOSIS Artificial intelligence (AI) has already proven useful in the healthcare industry, and now, two…

MedApp smart alarms: using data to improve medication intake

Correct intake of medication is important, but multiple medicines and various intake moments can make it rather complex. TU/e startup MedAppand data company Sentiance therefore introduce new smart alarms. Sentiance uses data of end users in order to determine the best moments for MedApp medication alarms. This means the smart alarms…

Stochastics group leader Bert Zwart in ‘Economentop 40’ of 2017

Stochastics researcher and group leader Bert Zwart is selected to be part of the ‘Economentop 40′ of 2017, which lists the forty Dutch economists with the highest publication rate in peer reviewed magazines over the past five years. It is the second time that Zwart is part of the list, after…

Fourteen new eScience collaborations to start in 2018

We are pleased to announce the initiation of fourteen new collaborative projects in the areas of Environment & Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, Physics & Beyond and Disruptive Computer & Data Science. The projects are the result of the 2017 ASDI, JEDS and JCER calls. The 2017 JEDS call was…

Artificial intelligence to extend, not replace human capabilities

Computers are increasingly able to accomplish tasks that are difficult for human experts, such as diagnosing diseases or detecting credit card fraud. While the earliest examples of computational thinking can be traced back to the 13th century, according to Holger Hoos, Leiden Professor of Machine Learning, we are now entering…

Book Publication from Martijn de Waal & Gabriele Ferri (AUAS)

Martijn de Waal’s & Gabriele Ferri’s (AUAS) book is published on human-centered design approaches. During the Design & The City event, organised by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the spring of 2016, five leading design labs and centres from around the world were invited to showcase their ways of working…

Vladimir Bozdog (VU) Receives Best Paper Award

Vladimir Bozdog (VU) receives best paper award at the 16th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (IUCC 2017), for his paper “SenseLE: Exploiting Spatial Locality in Decentralized Sensing Environments”. His work was part of COMMIT/ project P3/SenseI (Sensor based Engagement for Improved Health). The full author list is: Nicolae Vladimir…

New version online tool for monitoring animal genetic resources

FAO released an improved Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS). DAD-IS is an online database for animal genetic resources. The modernized version of DAD-IS includes new indicators to monitor the risk status of breeds. DAD-IS allows users to access global information regarding farm animal diversity, to easily export data, and…

Successful Data Science Summit Eindhoven with 423 visitors

On December 4th DSC/e organized its Data Science Summit in the Auditorium of the Eindhoven University of Technology. We look back on a very interesting and successful event. We welcomed well over 400 visitors resulting both in a full lecture room and in bustling poster sessions during the various networking breaks.…

Joost Batenburg awarded with Dutch award for ICT Research 2018

Joost Batenburg has been awarded with the Dutch Award for ICT research 2018. CWI’s group leader Computational Imaging and professor at Leiden University receives the award for his research regarding the development of new algorithms for tomography. An amount of 50.000 euro is attached to the award. This amount can be freely…

Commit2Data grant for better, faster and real-time adaptable big data analysis

In order to improve parallel processing of big data, the project ‘Evolutionary changes in Distributed Analysis’ (ECiDA) was granted by NWO, within their Commit2Data programme. The research partners in this new project – CWI being one of them – will develop a platform to support ‘evolving data-intensive application pipelines’, making big…

Vacancy at UvA Informatics Institute for Full Professor of Algorithmic Data Science

UvA Informatics Institute are looking for a Full Professor of Algorithmic Data Science (Vacancy number: 17-627) The Informatics Institute (IvI) of the University of Amsterdam actively participates in Amsterdam Data Science, an all department initiative of the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Center for Mathematics & Computer Science.…

Cees Snoek (UvA IvI) Receives Three Million Dollar Subsidy for AI Research

Computer scientist Cees Snoek receives from the US government a subsidy of three million dollar for the development of artificial intelligence that can recognize, find and understand activities and objects in video images with high precision and speed. The subsidy is used for the purchase of hard ware and the appointment of three PhD students, a…

Teaching machines to recognize cancer

Jeroen de Ridder is Associate Professor at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). In 2016, Jeroen received a grant and in-kind expertise from the eScience Center for his project Googling the cancer genome. Jeroen’s ambition is to create data analytics methods that turn Big Data into value for the patient — in this project the aim is…

BDA Member meeting on ‘Ethics in Data Science’

On 30 November, Big Data Alliance hosted a member meeting on ‘Ethics in Data Science’. The event was attended by almost 60 people from academia and industry who listened to keynotes about the Ethics of Computing and how to avoid unfair conclusions even if they are true. After a brief…

Universiteit Twente en iTanks werken samen op het gebied van robotica!

De Robotics & Mechatronics faculteit van Universiteit Twente en iTanks gaan actief samenwerken. Afgelopen dinsdag 31 oktober hebben wij een officiële samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend. Met deze zogenoemde Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) hebben beide partijen de doelstelling een sterke relatie op te bouwen en een beter ecosysteem voor robotica te creëren. Hiermee…