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JADS hosts 2nd edition of International Data Science Film Festival

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‘s-Hertogenbosch, September 15, 2022 – From November 3 to November 5, 2022, the second edition of the International Data Science Film Festival (IDSFF) will take place at JADS in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The IDSFF is the first film festival in the world to focus entirely on Data Science and AI. IDSFF discovers, celebrates data science and stimulates people to think about the role of data in our society. Visitors can enjoy lectures, data science related films and discussions during the IDSFF.

Our world is changing rapidly and irreversibly, and at the heart of this change is data. Data science has become the key to understanding developments in technology, environmental issues, political power shifts, crime prevention and many other areas of our lives.

The role of data science in the future

The IDSFF is the world’s first film festival entirely devoted to data science. In the words of initiator Peter de Kock, Professor of Practice at JADS and initiator of the IDSFF: “With this festival we want to open the discussion about the role of data, with all the legal, ethical and social aspects that come with it. As human beings we are comfortable with giving away our data to companies such as Google and Facebook. But at the same time, especially in the Netherlands, we are very reluctant to make this data available to our democratically elected government. I find that remarkable. During the IDSFF, we want to facilitate a discussion about the role of data science in our future.”

One of the screenings at the first edition of the IDSFF

Three days of films and discussions

The festival offers three days of films, discussions and networking opportunities. The films have been carefully selected to trigger discussion about how data science is shaping our society. Each film represents a current topic in our society and is introduced by an academic speaker. After the films there is room for discussion and dialogue. The films selected this year are:

November 3: The rise of the mega corporations
November 4: iHuman
November 5: Interstellar

Tickets for the film festival cost €7.50 per evening. This includes introductory lecture, the film, discussion afterwards, a drink and a snack.

About JADS

IDSFF is organized in proud cooperation with Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).  JADS is a unique cooperation between the Province of North Brabant, the Municipality of ‘s-HertogenboschTilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology.  JADS offers data science bachelor and master programs, PDEng education, professional education and helps organizations shape their data-driven future. With the tag line We do cool stuff that matters with data,  JADS aims to make impact with data science, to make a contribution to society, and to provide answers to complex issues.

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The program

November 3: The Rise of the Mega-Corporations with speaker Ksenia Podoynitsyna.

The documentary continues the discussion on how the big tech firms impact various markets, businesses, and citizens. The film will be introduced by Dr. Ksenia Podoynitsyna through an interactive lecture based on the projects done by the Data Entrepreneurship research unit of JADS. Ksenia is Associate Professor of Data-Driven Entrepreneurship at JADS, the Joint Institute of Tilburg University and the Eindhoven University of Technology. She also serves as the Program Director for the master “Data Science and Entrepreneurship” and is the Data Entrepreneurship research unit head @ JADS.

November 4: iHUMAN with speaker Willem-Jan van den Heuvel

This documentary follows the booming artificial intelligence industry, what opportunities and challenges it brings and its impact on the global community. One of the major challenges of our times is how the global community is going to deal with artificial intelligence (AI). Who will control this technology? Has the train left the station, never to be stopped? What sort of society do we want to create and live in? Who knows the destination we are heading to?

November 5: Interstellar with speaker Eric Postma

Interstellar is a science fiction film in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive. The film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for mankind. The film will be introduced by Eric Postma by bringing Einstein’s theory of relatively, exoplanets and AI together. Eric is professor Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Tilburg University and JADS. He started his academic career in theoretical physics, prompted by Albert Einstein’s accessible book on the perception of simultaneity and the theory of relativity.


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