ADS 2017 Highlights Event Report
On Thursday 07 December 2017, Amsterdam Data Science held their annual Festive Drinks & Data afternoon. The event was a chance for ADS to share their many 2017 highlights and big plans for 2018 with the Data Science community. The event was followed by networking over drinks & bites.
Maarten de Rijke (ADS Director, IvI UvA) introduced and chaired the event, attended by over 120 Data Science enthusiasts, despite the less favourable weather conditions!
The event included 15 x 4-minute madness presentations on the “ADS strategic directions: 2017 Highlights & looking forward to 2018″, with two presentations (one 2017 highlight and one plan for 2018) on each of: Foundations of Data Science, Health & Life Sciences, Digital Business, City Analytics, Responsible Data Science, Education & Entrepreneurship
Speakers were from across the ADS partners, our thanks to: Peter Bloem (VU), Paola Grosso (UvA), Mark Hoogendoorn (VU), Jasmijn Baaijens (CWI), Frans Feldberg (VU), Stevan Rudinac (UvA), Nanda Piersma (CWI), Frank van Harmelen (VU), Aysenur Bilgin (CWI), Evangelos Kanoulas (UvA), Geleyn Meijer (HvA), Vincent van den Brekel (CWI), and Yulia Bodnar (ACE).
The event was closed by Lynda Hardman (CWI), who will now join the ADS Management Team in Maarten de Rijke’s place. Maarten was thanked for the time he has dedicated to ADS projects over the past years, and in true Sinterklaas style Lynda read a poem (see below).
Want to view the slides from the event? Check them out HERE
Presentation titles and more pictures from the event are available HERE
Photo: The event was followed by networking over drinks & bites
The Poem: Sir Maarten Retrieve-a-lot(*), and the Knights of the FAIR Data
(*) Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely intentional.
Hear this ballad of noble deeds
Of heroes, monsters and trusty steeds.
It all began in a lowly polder
Where data gathered and began to moulder.
The monster lies within its lair
Collecting our data while we despair.
Our click behaviour is observed;
All we say is overheard.
“Oh no!”, our hero cried aghast!
“Our data is accruing fast!”
At breakneck speed we must now act
To save our data – that’s a FACT!
Call our bravest Knights to arms!
Our data needs our FAIRest charms.
Fear not that Fair may come too late.
All data must be Accurate!
Users have to be assured
that their lives aren’t shared abroad.
There can’t be any show and tell:
All must be Confident-i-al.
We’re nearly there but not quite yet
Just one more thing not to forget.
To conclude our data rant
is the requirement: Transparent.
If the di-ag-no-sis says
“Three pills a day to reduce stress,”
Then the system has to say
Why the choice was made that way.
And so our Knight goes on his quest
It’s Transparent he’ll do his best.
Sir Maarten of the YOU VEE EIGH –
His duty is to save the day.
But UvA Knights they are too few
So help comes from the Knights of VU.
From H v A and C W I
Come more brave Knights prepared to die.
All for one and one for all
Unite together at Maarten’s call.
The bond of heroes from East and Wes’
Known to all as ADS.
The monster lies within its lair
Collecting data, so unFair.
The Knights approach, their daggers drawn
And so approaches the new dawn.
(*) Lynda Hardman