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.
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
24 & 25 November
Visit JADS at booth #T198
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