Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ADS Coffee & Data: Cities

Location: Room D0.07, Oudemanhuispoort

Citizens are generating masses of data on social media, voicing their opinions and sharing images of their neighbourhoods. Cities have many datasets, e.g., on public space, infrastructure and processes. Data scientists research how end users can gain new, valuable insights to improve city processes and neighbourhoods. In this Coffee & Data event we will explore the boundaries of data gathering, storage, analytics and applications for cities – with an emphasis on generating valuable insights for both professionals working on city related projects and the citizens.

ADS Coffee & Data offers the opportunity for researchers and business to share their knowledge and give insight on a central theme, specifically on 07 October this will be Cities. There is also a chance to network with a cup of coffee.


08:45 – 09:00 Welcome reception with coffee

09:00 – 09:05 Introduction and Chair: Nanda Piersma, HvA


09:05 – 10:05 Speaker 1 & Speaker 2

– Tamas Erkelens, Programme Manager Data Innovation, Municipality of Amsterdam

‘Data Innovation in Amsterdam’

Tamas Erkelens work aims to create societal value using data analytics, bringing together people and opportunities. He will present an overview of data innovation in Amsterdam, talking about cases, available data sets and ideas for cooperation.  With a background in academia and the private sector, he aims to open Amsterdam to partners solving urban challenges. Tamas is a co-founder of Data Mission, a foundation connecting big data analysts to Mission driven organisations.

– Ruurd Priester, Research Fellow, HvA

‘Neighbourhood Insights’

Buurtinzicht is a concept developed to show how big data, social media analysis and participatory data can empower local urban communities. The central idea is to present highly user friendly city-data dashboards in the online platforms of the local communities. The people in these communities will also be stimulated to become involved in the process of further developing the dashboards and in selecting (and possibly even producing) the relevant data. The ultimate goal of the concept is support local networks in a collaborative process of local decision making.

– Marc Makkes, UvA

10:05 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30  Speaker 3 & Speaker 4

– Hannes Mühleisen, Scientific staff member, CWI

‘Crowd Management with Social Media (CroM-SoM)’

The behaviour of large groups of people is difficult to control. Everyone has their own background, state and goals. Yet, stochastic visitor control is crucial both for historic inner cities such as the Amsterdam Canal ring or large­scale events. We propose to use Social Media responses as a tool to “nudge” people to explore areas or events off the beaten track. We plan to do so by taking the previous posts of individual users as well as available activities into account. Through our system, we hope to alleviate the pressure put on neuralgic spots such as the Dam Square or the main stage at a festival.

– Jan Wester, Big Data Value Center, Amsterdam Innovation Arena

‘Amsterdam Innovation Arena’

The Amsterdam Innovation Arena is a living lab in the Amsterdam ArenA stadium that aims to accelerate the creation of new smart city and smart stadium applications. In September 2016, the initiative presented the first Big Data Hub in the Netherlands, where governments, entrepreneurs and researchers can share their data and develop data-driven innovations. At this Coffee & Data Jan Wester, Principal Strategist at Innovation Arena partner TNO and director a.i. of the Big Data Value Center, will talk about the importance of underlying data science technology and processes that enable data-driven innovations for cities and citizens.

– Susanne Balm, Faculty of Technology, HvA

‘City logistics in neighbourhoods’

Susanne Balm is project leader E-mobility & City Logistics at the Research Program Urban Technology of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). At this Coffee & Data, she will present the logistics research that is carried out in Amsterdam neighbourhood the Oude Pijp. With the second highest density of restaurants, bars and shops in Amsterdam, the Oude Pijp is in need for solutions that reduce transport movements, air pollution and increase the attractiveness of the neighbourhood. The aim of this AUAS’ research project is to develop a data driven, consensus–based action plan for city logistics for the Oude Pijp.

11:30 – Networking


Amsterdam Data Science accelerates data science research by connecting, sharing and showcasing world-class technology, expertise and talent from Amsterdam on a regional, national and international level. Our research enables business and society to better gather, store, analyse and present data in order to gain valuable insights and make informed decisions.


ADS is an initiative of:

• Informatics Institute (IvI), Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

• Amsterdam Business School and Amsterdam School of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, UvA

• Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam

• Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

• Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)


This ADS Coffee & Data Event is part of Amsterdam eWeek, 03-08 October 2016

International Festival for Online Business, Media, Marketing and Technology

For more information see: http://www.amsterdameweek.com