Data Science is becoming more and more essential to find answers to the challenges of our era. The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is a unique concept in the Netherlands. At three different locations Data Science can be studied, researched and applied through Bachelor and Graduate programs, PDeng education, Data Science Centers and incorporation into existing ecosystems. With this unique cooperation we create a new knowledge infrastructure with which Noord-Brabant puts itself at the heart of the future.
February 15th, 2018
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 closely with Google and can even call itself Google’s largest API partner in the world. Clients of ADchieve include various large online retailers in the Netherlands and abroad.
A major advantage of advertising on Google and via other online channels is the high level of measurability of the results. You can get a detailed insight into which investments in Google lead to purchases by consumers. The enormous amount of data generated by advertising campaigns is a source for analysis and subsequent campaign optimization.
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February 9th, 2018
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 should not only focus on ‘hard core’ data science, but broaden our scope: to optimizing the application of big data for improving and solving business and societal models, processes and challenges,’ Arjan Haring, Scientific Advisor at JADS, explains about what he considers one of the roles of the data science academy to be.
‘To me, the data economy should fuel more evidence-based practices, not simply algorithms. When data is used in a way it tries to unravel causal relations, it adds to how fast we or an organization can learn. But it also requires us to accept that it’s not only successes that lead the way. We have to adapt our mindset. To: where the more we know, the less we know. Where we don’t succeed (or increase revenue streams) every time we do something, where we fail most of the time. By accepting this harsh reality of innovation, we will learn and be able to take the innovative lead. JADS is increasingly focusing on combining experimentation with data science. In this way, we enable more effective testing and robust data analysis. In our opinion the best of both worlds. And it’s why we are pleased to have Professor Green as guest speaker in our third JADS CLLQM session.’
> Read more about this special CLLQM with Professor Donald Green
January 17th, 2018
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 the students could call themselves Data Expert Program graduates, they had to pitch their business case in front of the academic board of the program. The 16 professionals who followed the Data Expert Program were divided into 8 groups, who each had to present their case. The business cases covered a broad range of topics: from gaining a competitive advantage in online marketing to improving office space. These presentations really showed how data science can be used to build a successful business case. This was also acknowledged by the academic board, who awarded all the participants with a diploma – after putting them to a final test with critical questions, of course.
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November 20th, 2017
JADS starts tailor-made Post-Master Data Science for KPMG
In the challenging market for data & analytics talent, KPMG has teamed up with JADS, a venture between Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, to educate their new hires on the field of data science. JADS has created an education program, tailored specifically to the wants and needs of KPMG. Recently, approximately 20 KPMG participants visited JADS for the kick-off of their Post-Master Data Science. In a period of little less than 1 year, the participants will dive into the technicalities and potential of data science for business, and will learn to apply this knowledge to the benefit of KPMG and its clients. The Post-Master Data Science helps KPMG accelerate its required growth of the KPMG Lighthouse Data & Analytics Center of Excellence in the Netherlands.
Where theory meets practice
The KPMG Post-Master Data Science combines education at an academic level with a strong focus on practical applicability. Over the course of the coming 10 months the tailor-made Post-Master program touches upon a wide range of data science related subjects such as Advanced Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Lake & Engineering, Legal & Ethical, and Data Entrepreneurship & Innovation. “This program includes many new technologies and methodologies that are relevant for implementing, but also embedding, advanced data analytics solutions at our clients”, says dr. Max Baak, who is the head of data science at KPMG Netherlands, and worked for CERN in the past.
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October 24th, 2017
Professor Arjen van Witteloostuijn and Professor Daniel Lakens debating on 'Replication, falsification and better ways of doing science'
A long, long time ago when computer science was taking its first tentative steps, while scientists recognized the potential of computer science that could only guess in which way things could or would be heading. Now, we find ourselves in a similar position with data science. With researchers working on different themes ranging from reinventing social science using big data to building an autonomous society, data and new technologies will potentially bring major leaps of insight. But, what is the future of data science, what will its impact on society at large be and how can JADS help define the path in which we are heading?
Data Science – Helping change science for the better. But how?
In the first of four informal discussion sessions*, Professor Daniel Lakens from TU Eindhoven and Professor Arjen van Witteloostuijn from Tilburg University debated on ‘Replication, falsification and better ways of doing science’.
Tackling the replication crisis
The replication of experiments is an essential part of scientific research in which significant theories are based on reproducible results. But are they reproducible? Already a long-standing problem, the replication crisis came to a head several years ago in the field of psychology. Professor Lakens believes we should ‘look at a different field - such as psychology - and see how we tried to fix things, as a valuable learning for future studies.’
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October 17th, 2017
Why we should be both techie and fuzzy: keynote speaker Scott Hartley at JADS
Speaking to an enthusiastic audience of entrepreneurs and businessmen, venture capitalist and author of The Fuzzy and the Techie Scott Hartley argued the case that the tech industry should no longer be driven purely by software engineers. He believes that students of the liberal arts have a critical role to play in guiding our increasingly digital world in more ethical and humane directions.
The terms ‘fuzzy’ and ‘techie’ were coined at Stanford University and are used to describe, respectively, students of the humanities and social sciences, and students of the engineering or hard sciences. Tech billionaires such as Bill Gates, believe liberal arts programs should be cut in favour of STEM subjects. So maybe we should all just learn to code? ‘No!’ contends Hartley, ‘If Silicon Valley is to fulfil the next stage of its disruptive vision creativity and critical thinking, logical argumentation, and complex problem solving skills will make for better technology. Insights into our public institutions and what makes us human will guide technology to build a better world.’
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October 16th, 2017
Tech start-ups: Scott Hartley on 3 essentials for success
Scott Hartley venture capitalist and author of The Fuzzy and the Techie recently met up with seven start-ups at JADS in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to discuss where science meets the humanities and how finding the right balance between these two can give start-ups the leading edge in finding investors.
Kicking off the morning, Hartley is clear about his vision about what makes start-ups (and companies) successful: it’s the ability to find the right balance between technical savvy and relevant solutions combined with a real understanding of the problem that needs to be resolved. ‘Impressed as we are by big data, new technologies and clever models, the tendency has been to judge companies mainly (or merely) on their technical capabilities. Doing so, we forget the other half of technology: the human factor,’ according to Hartley.
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October 13th, 2017
Winning team of JADS Data Scientists arrives in South Africa
Last Tuesday the winners of the JADS Wildlife Hackathon flew to South Africa to get in touch with mother nature. In the past days, they met several people at park Welgenoten and teamed up with fellow students from Wageningen Universiteit and local Rangers. One thing is certain they are not short on experiences. From feeding buffalo’s and spotting a group of 70(!) elephants to losing their luggage and 9 hour tours through the park. We are excited to hear more in the upcoming days!
September 8th, 2017
DNA from successful growing companies subject of scientific research
July 28th, 2017
First JADS SummerSchool: where data meets sports
Last week the first JADS SummerSchool took place. From Monday till Thursday more than 20 kids played hockey, learned how to program, conducted data experiments and presented their research at the clubhouse of HC Den Bosch.
A special thank you to JADS student and the kids' tutor Menno van Leeuwen, Laura Niemeijer for organizing and of course all volunteers who were present!
July 10th, 2017
7 March 2018
Info session Data Expert Program (DEP)
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8 March 2018
JADS will be present at the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event with a keynote by Eric Postma and the MKB Datalab
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15 March 2018
CLLQM - Large Scale Experimentation series
Robert Neal on 'Online Experimentation at Scale'
10 April 2018
CLLQM - Feeding the undercurrent series
Andrew Keen on 'How to fix the future?'
19 April 2018
CLLQM - Deep Data Science series
Joaquin Vanschoren on 'Automating Machine Learning'
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