Data Science Day 2021
On Thursday 7th October, the Data Science Centre (DSC) hosted the inaugural Data Science Day event. The hybrid event took place at the Allard Pierson Muesum with over 130 people attending online and in-person.
The day started with two morning workshops led by Denny Borsboom and Marc Galland.
Workshop 1: Network approaches to multivariate data
In recent years, network analysis has been applied to identify and analyse patterns of statistical association in multivariate psychological data. In these approaches, network nodes represent variables in a dataset, and edges represent pairwise conditional associations between variables in the data, while conditioning on the remaining variables. This workshop provided an anatomy of these techniques, describes the current state of the art, and demonstrated the use of these techniques in the open statistics JASP software developed at the UvA.
Workshop 2: Open Science with R
This workshop introduced open data science using R, RStudio and GitHub, enabling participants to work with data in an open, reproducible, and collaborative way. “Open data science” means that methods, data, and code are available so that others can access, reuse, and build from it without much fuss.
Both workshops included participants from six out of the seven faculties at UvA, demonstrating that data science techniques can be applied to all domains and areas of research.
Supporting Data-Driven Research at UvA
The afternoon was kicked off by Paul Groth, scientific director of the DSC and Max Haring, head of the research and teaching support team at the Library UvA-HvA. As core members of the DSC team, they discussed the aims of the DSC and how the Library plays a pivotal role in supporting data-driven research
Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Discovery
Bernd Ensing, director of the AI4Science Laboratory, gave a talk on the lab, a multidisciplinary initiative in the Faculty of Science launched in the summer of 2019. The lab aims to connect experts of AI and machine learning with researchers in all fields of science. Bernd discussed what they have learned so far and what exciting opportunities the future holds.
Data-Driven Research Right Now – Pitch Presentations
10 researchers from five different faculties at UvA had three minutes to present the data-driven research they are doing right now, showcasing how data science is enabling them to level up their research.
- Joanna Strycharz
Digital vulnerabilities and targeting
- Marc Galland
Data science goes green
- Thomas van Binsbergen
Designing systems to support data science and data management
- Tessa Blanken
Big behavioural data: Behavioural data-science solutions to COVID-19
- Leon van Wissen
Data-driven research in the Faculty of Humanities
- Anna Keuchenius
The Computational Social and Behavioural Science Community
- Pim van Ooij
Clinical implementation of artificial intelligence technology in radiology
- Dick den Hertog
Analytics for a Better World
- Susanne Baumgartner
- Frans van der Kloet
How neural networks can be used when fitting biological systems/data
Keynote: Understanding beautiful places and wellbeing with AI
Suzy Moat, Professor of Behavioural Science and Co-director, Data Science Lab at Warwick Business School gave the keynote address. Suzy’s research investigates whether data on our usage of the Internet, from sources such as Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and Instagram, can help us measure and predict human behaviour.
Her work touches on problems as diverse as generating rapid indicators of disease spread, estimating crowd sizes, and evaluating whether the beauty of the environment we live in might affect our health and happiness.
In her keynote address, Suzy explored the question of whether beautiful environments are good for our health and happiness? She described how millions of ratings from an online game called ‘Scenic-or-Not’ and a mobile app called ‘Mappiness’ have begun to offer new answers to this age-old question. Suzy explained how deep learning can help us understand whether beautiful places are simply natural places – or whether humans might be able to build beautiful places too.
CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.
Breaking ground as the first international conference on Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence, HHAI22 held its first-ever in-person meeting in Amsterdam in the summer of 2022, establishing the beginnings of an international research community. ADS contributed to the conference by hosting a Meetup around the topic of Hybrid Intelligence.
There are legal rules and ethical frameworks, but little or no practical guidance on responsible design. In her inaugural lecture “System error, please restart”, Nanda Piersma argues what ‘responsible’ means and how we can carry out the (further) development of IT systems in such a way that it also earns our trust.