Meetup – Brussels December 2014 – Big Data & Data Science –


Dear Friends,

We had an excellent last meetup yesterday. Our  joint venture with was a huge succes! You can find the link of the presentations in the text bellow.

Over 235  experts had registered and the aula at the VUBrussels was packed with enthusiastic Data Science and Big Data Experts.

We had an excellent first 9 months, thank you for joining  our community, thank you for engaging and giving us so much feedback.

We have some challenging activities planned in 2015. We are organising the ‘Data Innovation Summit‘ on March 26th, this will be an event packed with datascience and bigdata cases all made in Belgium. Linked with this event we will also publish a book, ‘datascience made in Belgium’. If you want your project to be part of the book, please contact me.

We are looking forward to meeting you again next year.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! May it bring you joy, happiness and everything else you deserve.



The Brussels Data Science Leadership team
Sam, Sébastien, Istvan, Bart & Philippe








  • 18:30 Update on recent activities and developments by Philippe Van Impe. Link
  • 18:45 Latest update on the output of the Data4Good project done with Doctors Without Borders by Sébastien LeempoelEdward Vanden Berghe
  • 18:55 Invitation to join Data4Good competition hosted by Kaggle, National Data Science Bowl, Assessing Ocean Health, Starting December 15th. Link
  • 19:00 Wim Van Leuven about Big Data and the influence of data science. Link
  • 19:30 Daan Gerits about the technological challenges around BigData and what the ideal IT architecture should look like. Link
  • 20:00 Ferdinand Casier  & Mathias Verbeke about 2 current projects at Agoria (EluciDATA and Made Different) where companies from different sectors are supported in their data innovation and data analytics challenge. Link
  • 20:45 Karim Douïeb The pro & cons of the open-source data analytics cluster computing framework called Spark. How it is helping us to perform analytics on large amount of telco/banking data. How to convey the insights provided by this analysis through data visualisation using D3.js.  link
  • 21:15 Questions & Answers


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Job – PhD Vacancy – LIRIS – Process Mining

Prof. Dr. Jochen De Weerdt has a PhD Vacancy – Process Mining (expected)
Jochen De Weerdt  I am looking for a PhD candidate in the area of Process Mining. Within the Leuven Institute for Research on Information Systems (LIRIS), you will be conducting research in an upcoming field that is situated at the intersection of business process management and data mining. For more details, see pdf-file below.

Vacancy – Process Mining

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The PhD will be doing research on the topic of Process Mining. Process mining techniques focus on process
discovery (extracting process models from event logs), conformance checking (comparing normative models
with the reality recorded in event logs), and extension (extending models based on event logs). It is a fastgrowing
field at the intersection of the business process management and data mining fields. From a
business viewpoint, process mining mainly has an edge in terms of objectivity because it allows to extract
business process knowledge from organisational data rather than going through the cumbersome and errorprone
process of interviews, workshops, etc. As such, process mining is gaining lots of traction in industry
because it is an excellent approach for driving business process improvements.
The LIRIS research group has plenty of experience with research in this area as demonstrated by several
ongoing and completed PhD projects in this area. Concretely, you will work on topics ranging from trace
clustering, active learning-based process mining, predictive process mining, conformance checking, to
hybrid process modelling and mining. You will develop prototype software implementations and will be
able to demonstrate their usefulness in practical settings through use cases in collaboration with industry

Training – KULeuven – Data Science in Practice – 5-6 February 2015

Data Science in Practice


Modern information and communication technology is increasingly capable of collecting and generating large amounts of data that need to be analyzed to become useful or profitable. In fact, these amounts quickly become too large for immediate human understanding, leading to a situation in which “we are drowning in data but starved for knowledge”.

Data science represents an essential technology to transform such data into knowledge. It allows the automated discovery of interesting regularities or anomalies in large databases, thereby surpassing standard statistical summarizing. Typical tasks include the construction of predictive and descriptive models for classification, regression, clustering, associations, and probabilistic inference.

The DTAI research group of the department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, presents a course that provides a gentle introduction to data science for professionals who need to analyze data themselves, interpret results obtained using data science techniques, or give guidance to data analysts. The course introduces the principles, techniques and methodology of data science. It provides the attendants with an overview of the wide variety of data science techniques available, insight in which techniques are useful for what kind of tasks, expertise with practical data science tools, and real-life case studies.

The target audience of this course consists of professionals who experience a need for a better understanding of data science: which tasks can be solved, which techniques can be used, which are their strengths and weaknesses.


Registration deadline: 20 January 2015
Course: 5-6 February 2015

Click here to register.

More info:



Job – Colruyt – Data scientist


Bruno Dirkx van de Customer Analytics Team van de Colruyt group is  dringend op zoek naar een Data Scientist.


Data scientist


You are part of the Customer Analytics Team (CAT) at Colruyt Group, the biggest food retailer in Belgium. At CAT, we help the different Colruyt Group brands to learn to know and serve their customers better. CAT is specialised more particularly in deducing insights from customer and market data. We make studies of customer behaviour, the assortment on the shelves, the promotions proposed, the location of branch stores, etc. These insights are the result of close cooperation with miscellaneous decision makers who determine commercial practice with the commercial management. An insight can be presented once, but it can also be converted to an automatic calculation.

You are part of team, that specialises in using mathematical and statistical techniques in the field of data analysis. The team uses advanced means for data manipulations, data analysis and visualisation, which is an environment in which you can completely do your thing. Furthermore, you take training courses to continue to develop. You are also offered the opportunity to think along and offer your ideas and initiatives.


– you have relevant experience in data science / data analysis
– you can work with the analytical software SAS or equivalent
– you have an affinity with the exciting world of retail
– you feel great in statistical modelling
– you have good communication skills
– you can think in concepts
– you are fluent in English and Dutch

We offer

– a full-time permanent employment contract
– flexible working hours
– a wide variety of training and personal development courses
– a varied job with plenty of contacts
– an attractive salary with many fringe benefits


If you are interested by this job, please send your application to  with cc

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Data Scientist

Foeke Van Haver  Foeke Van Haver

November 18, 2014 11:33 AM

Beste Philippe
Het zou heel fijn zijn mocht je onze vacature voor Data Scientist kunnen delen met jullie 500 leden van Brussels Data Science Community.
Met vriendelijke groet
Foeke Van Haver.

TriFinance is a unique and contemporary service provider who wants to go beyond advisory. Besides giving advice, we ensure a successful implementation of the solution and provide operational support in a pragmatic and hands-on way for a wide range of clients
We are always striving for high quality and tailor-made solutions for our clients.
To serve our quality and to respond the demands of our clients, we are looking for an auditor – who wants to discover Finance Departments.


As a Data Scientist, your tasks will constitute virtually anything data-related, from data staging (collecting, cleaning, preparing, etc.) to practical data analysis and algorithm implementation.
During projects, you will work together with one or more members of the team to prepare the client’s data, and arrive to practical insight through a combination of a collection of proprietary tools and various open source technologies.
Your creativity in selecting the right tools and combining them into an analysis that is more than the sum of its parts will have a significant impact on the continued success of the entire team.
In addition, it is of vital importance that you exhibit strong communication skills, in order to be able to efficiently convey queries and results to the client, as well as the rest of the team.

Jouw Profiel

• You have a University Degree in one of the following subjects, or a related subject: Econometrics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Business Engineering, Business Analytics, Operations Research)
• You possess approximately 2-3 years of experience in data manipulation and analysis
• SQL knowledge is required
• Knowledge of Java/PHP is a strong plus
• You are comfortable and interested in a host of different data science tools, as well as their setup and optimization.
• You are interested in/knowledgeable about any of the following (or related) subjects: data mining, databases, big data, pattern recognition.
• Fluency in English and Dutch or French
• You are currently living in Belgium (Brussels area) and are willing to travel (within the Benelux).
As a person, you are:
• Enthusiastic
• Curious
• Communicative
• Self-starting
• Decisive.


If you are interested by this job, please send your application to

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Data4Good competition hosted by Kaggle – National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health – Starting December 15th


Enter the first-ever National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health

12.15.2014 – 3.16.2015


The National Data Science Bowl is a first-of-its-kind competition asking data scientists to use their skills and big data for social good.

Kaggle and Booz | Allen | Hamilton have just launched the National Data Science Bowl. It is a data science competition hosted at Kaggle.

Learn more:

If you are interested in getting started, a tutorial is available in iPython format. Best of Luck!


Compilation – NG Data -50 Business Intelligence Blogs You Should Be Reading



We are included in the list of 50 of the most valuable BI blogs on the web 

Hi Philippe, 

I work with NGDATA, a customer experience management solutions company that enables organizations to maximize the value of their customer relationships through its breakthrough solution, Lily EnterpriseTM. I wanted to reach out and let you know that we’ve just released our list of “50 Business Intelligence Blogs You Should Be Reading,” and you’ve made the list.

Congratulations! You can see the full list here:

(Note: The list is in random order; the blogs are not necessarily ranked or rated in order of quality or importance. The aim is to recognize some of the best, most useful blogs for staying in the loop on all things Business Intelligence among the many BI and Analytics blogs on the web.)
It would be great if you’d share this news internally and/or with your audience on social media. You can find us on Twitter @ngdata_com.

Thanks so much for your time, and congratulations again!


Angela Stringfellow



49. The Brussels Data Science Community



The fastest-growing community of data scientists in Europe, The Brussels Data Science Community is a European knowledge hub for all things Big Data and data science. The community organizes events, shares knowledge, and conducts training to bridge the gap between academics and business through the value of analytics.

Three posts we like from The Brussels Data Science Community: 


European Presentation – Prof R. Zicari from Goethe University of Frankfurth – Bigdata & datadriven society

Roberto Zicari

Profesor Roberto V. Zicari (@odbmsorg), from the Goethe University  in Frankfurt recently gave a talk at Stanford on Big Data:

This is a very original presentation where bigdata is viewed from an European perspective: Big data a Data driven society

It contains information on the projects around  data driven innovation  from the European Commission.

If you are interested, this is the page with a link to download the presentation:

and you can watch the video on Youtube:

Job – Intrasoft – Business Intelligence Analyst

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For one of the European Institutions based in Brussels, Intrasoft is currently looking for a Business Intelligence Analyst.


Brussels, Belgium

Your roles

  • Assist the business owners in defining their specific needs; analyze user requirements and modeling of new information systems.
  • Development and maintenance of Business Objects application (reports and dashboard)
  • Data analysis and data modeling ensuring overall consistency of data models (datawarehouse and business sides)
  • Assistance in testing, technical documentation, systems evaluation and BI user services
  • Participation in technical working groups, progress meetings, and meeting with both IT and business
  • Writing of functional and technical documentation in English

Required Skills

  • University Degree in IT or mathematics or statistics
  • Minimum of 6 years in BI methodologies and tools
  • Proven expertise in BO XI reporting environment, enabling efficient development of high quality reports and dashboard
  • Proven experience with ETL (BODI – BODS)
  • Proven expertise in QlikView scripting and dashboard development
  • Proven expertise in datawarehouse and data marts
  • Knowledge of delivery of data mining and OLAP implementations
  • Knowledge of application of semantic layers in a BI environment
  • Knowledge of Oracle database features and concepts and of the SQL & PL/SQL language
  • Proven expertise in data quality


INTRASOFT International is a leading European IT Solutions.   The company employs more than 1,600 highly-skilled professionals, representing over 20 different nationalities and mastering more than 18 languages.


If you are interested in the above mentioned position, please send your CV in English to with in CC stating reference code DG4/BIA before 08 December 2014
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential.

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