Each year, the diSummit brings members of Data Science communities together to explore the potential value of recent breakthroughs & best practices to business.
The Summit is a community event, where everything is provided for you to connect with the best, and network with your peers.
Our philosophy is “No bullshit or false hopes”
“We scraped away the marketing noise, ignored the projects done outside of Europe and ended up with a conference that is all about practical business outcome, #AI Breakthroughs, best practices, and business transformation.”
It is up to you to make the best of your day. You can meet inspiration listening to the Ignite talks, boost your technical skills in the hands-on workshops, dissect successful AI projects in our master classes, find interesting new job opportunities at the Job Fair and meet experts that can implement the most advanced solutions in the Partner Village.
In the coming 3 years, we are going to put Belgium on the fast track of #AI with the “AI-Hub” program. Our aim is to deliver more value to the sector and participate in European initiatives to drive a Responsible #AI. Let’s make the world a better place using #datascience!
You are an essential part of Belgium’s AI Hub. there is no time to waste and there are no more excuses because we now have :
- Data science communities in most major Belgian universities
- amazing partners supporting us
- training programs to boost competence in #AI
- A large #AI clubhouse in the center of Brussels for workshops, bootcamps, trainings and meetups
- A second big data4good project to work deliver called “HIVHACK.org”
Enjoy this inspirational day, thank you for being here, use #AI in a more responsible way, and see you tonight at the BBQ with the best beers of Brussels!
Philippe Van Impe
+32 477 23 78 42
PS: Use the bot to connect with your peers and use #DISUMMIT when share your thoughts on social media.
Looking at the quality of this year’s speakers and the number of tickets sold, it looks like the #DISUMMIT is becoming the “annual conference of the European #AI ecosystem “
Here is the success formula:
- diSummit is organised together with Icity.brussels at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. We expect 800 participants.
- The event is the annual conference of the #datascience community grouping all the related meetups like Data Science Community (Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuve), R-ladies, #AI meetup …
- It is a Team event where companies send out their teams to update their skills and to get some inspiration.
- All the stakeholders of the #AI ecosystem are participating:
Academic – Political – Communities – Start-ups – SME – Big Corporates:
- CxO of top startups like Collibra or Digital Genius
- #AI Think thanks from different countries ( Hub France #AI , Vlaanderen AI , UK )
- Top universities present with speakers and workshops (Monreal, KUL, ULB, VUB …)
- Passionate speakers with less experience in the Ingnite talk sessions
- Lots Networking is organised to allow everyone to connect with the right people of the industry.
- Companies recruiting are present at the Jobfair to meet the experts and the young graduates that wil be present.
- At the Partner Village companies looking for solutions can talk to the real experts
- Inspiring day geared around learning and sharing
- Over 50 presentations in the plenary
- Master Classes for the managers in the break outs
- Hands-on sessions for the nerds in the break outs
- There is a very exclusive speakers’ dinner hosted by Prof. Hugues Bersini on June 20th.
- And at the end the day there is a BBQ with the best craft beers of Brussels
It is the 4th edition and all previous editions were sold out.
Please don’t forget to forward this to your teams and recruiting experts because you can still book a booth at the JobFair or in the Partner Village.
Key Figures about the event:
- 7 parallel session – 1 auditorium for 800p and 6 classrooms for 60p
- 800 participants coming from the entire #AI ecosystem
- 50 Presentations
- 10 Master Classes
- 10 Hands-on workshops
- 50 companies recruiting
More information: disummit.com
Check out the videos.
Presenting Fritz Schiltz our youngest speaker of #disummit – he will talk about using #machinelearning to improve the ranking system of schools.
Fritz is an applied econometrician at the University of Leuven where he applies advanced analytics to evaluate policies, mainly in education. He has worked on reports for the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Syntra. Halfway his PhD in Economics he shifted his interests towards machine learning methods. His presentation is the result from joint work with the Bank of Italy and illustrates how machine learning or AI methods can be used to improve school rankings using an Italian dataset.
Machine learning methods can be used to improve the assessment of school quality. School rankings based on value-added (VA) estimates are subject to prediction errors, since VA is defined as the difference between predicted and actual scores of students. More accurate predictions result in more informative school rankings, and better policies. We introduce a more flexible random forest (RF), rooted in the machine learning literature, to minimize prediction errors and to improve school rankings. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate the advantages of this approach. Applying the proposed method to administrative data on Italian middle schools indicates that school rankings are sensitive to prediction errors, even when extensive controls are added.
At the 2017 Data Innovation Summit I highlighted the need to take ethics into account when designing algorithms (see also the first meetup we organized at DigitYser with the help of Philippe on this topic). This was my priority at RTBF and has been one of my main area of work at European level as chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This priority seems nowadays to be shared by many and I’m pleased to see that the situation has improved a lot in the last months. I’ll start my 2018 keynote at the Data Innovation Summit with some concrete examples before moving on the next big challenge (and the topic of my 2018 talk): Data Sovereignty.
I first coined this term during a keynote speech I gave earlier this year to RTBF employees in an attempt to raise their awareness on why we need to become less dependent of internet traffic referral sites like Google and Facebook. I further explained my vision in this article.
Data sovereignty is especially crucial for media websites which rely too much on on Google and Facebook. Some fellow members of the European Broadcasting Union have seen their traffic badly hit after Facebook and Google changed their algorithms, revealing our overall dependency to these third-party ecosystems.
At the 2018 Data Innovation Summit I’ll give some astonishing examples of this dependency and will explain the RTBF strategy and what we have done in the last 12 months to achieve our goal: becoming more data-independent and building a sustainable and bright long-term future for our organization.
Besides explaining the steps we undertook to realize this, I will also share with you the message I gave to the members of the EBU Big Data Initiative and the “state of the union” as far as data independency is concerned.
I hope to see you in Brussels on 27 June and to share ideas with you on those important topics.
Pierre-Nicolas Schwab is the founder of market research agency IntoTheMinds
He has been Big Data manager at RTBF (Belgium) since 2016 and was elected chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (Switzerland) in 2017.
#DISUMMIT : First Team Packs have been ordered !
Here is one of the analytic teams who is going to spend a full day at the Université libre de Bruxelles to find some inspirations for their next #AI project.
You should invite your team too,
get inspired from over 40 presentations, benefit from the master classes & hands-on workshops, do loads of networking and end off with a BBQ in the Beergarden.
Order the team pack now and join us on June 27th for the annual conference of the data science community.
more info on disummit.com
Well, well, well, I bet some of you didn’t expect a DSL meetup in May anymore. Ha! That’s where some of you were wrong! We are sorry that it took so long but we can finally announce a meetup on the 29th of May. We have one confirmed speaker already. More to follow!
– Mike Friendman (Solvay) – The value of HR Analytics
– Maarten Weyn (Professor UA) – Send Time optimization in smart city sensors using distributed algorithms
– Speaker 3
9pm: Beers (STUKcafé, Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven)
Come and join us for the second workshop in preparation to the HIV Hack!
Let’s Tackle together the emergence of HIV drug resistance
In the first part, Dalberg Data Insights (www.dalbergdatainsights.com) will share with us how telecom data can be of use to help in public health issues.
In the second part, Marie-Pierre de Béthune will give us an overview of what HIV is, beyond the biology.
Be sure to come!
more info: hivhack.org
#DISUMMIT – Share this with your team.
We are now 4 weeks away from the Annual Conference of the #DataScience Community – JUNE 27 – Université libre de Bruxelles
It will be your team event ! Just that day of the year where you can spend the day with your team and your boss to get inspired by the 40 presentations, sharpen your management skills in the Master Classes, Nerd-Out in the Hands-Out Workshops, Network your socks off in the Partner Village, find new experts for your team at the JobFair and Celebrate your successes during the BBQ in the Beergarden.
Special Team offer (1.000€) :
- 1 Exclusive invitation to the speakers’ dinner (20/6)
- 7 Standard Tickets
- 1 Special 60d advertising on jobpage to find your new team member
- 7 invitations to the BBQ in the Beergarden
- Sponsoring of 1 student ticket
- + Access to DigitYSer for your next teammeeting
more info disummit.com
Last call for speakers. If you want to share your experience in a 5 or 12 minutes talk during the summit, please fill in this form. The deadline Friday May 18th at 24:00.
The Data Innovation Summit
The diSummit (Data Innovation Summit) is a one-day corporate conference taking place each year in Brussels. It is organised by the Data Science Community of Belgium to reunite all players of the data science sector, to diffuse knowledge and share ideas. It is innovative pitches, exhibition booths, head hunting and networking, all in a humane atmosphere. It is open to professionals and students interested in the sector.
Date & Time
This year’s summit will take place on 27th June at ULB Campus Solbosch. Door open at 7:30 AM, first pitch starts at 8:45 AM. Last pitch is at 17:30 PM, doors close at 18:30 PM. There is a beer garden organised by DigitYser starting then.
There have been three previous renditions until present date, all sold out to 500+ participants. We have selected a bigger venue this year to accommodate more participants.
This year’s conference theme is “A.I. Demystified”. People often have a negative “evil-robots-invading-humankind” idea of A.I., when unfamiliar with the technology. That image is absolutely fictional. As such, the diSummit is organised to change that perception by spreading up-to-date knowledge to the community. A.I. is a useful tool that can optimize specific elements of digitalisation. It is a powerful tool controlled by ordinary people, no more, no less. Through the Summit, the Data Science Community hopes to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, to keep all of its members aware of all the benefits and implications of the A.I. technology.
Thursday May 24th 2018, as of 6:30pm
HEC Liège, Rue Louvrex, 14. Liège (entrée du parking Rue St Gilles)
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6.30 pm: Doors opening
7.00 pm: Short talks
L’alchimie numérique ou comment placer le datamining au cœur de la stratégie de son entreprise by David Eskenazi (Expert R&D – Prayon)
La Direction du groupe Prayon a fait, depuis deux ans, le pari d’exploiter la richesse contenue dans ses données. Les techniques d’analyse de l’information et d’apprentissage de modèle de données disponibles aujourd’hui permettent une révolution profonde de la manière dont les données impactent le développement d’une entreprise. L’intégration et l’exploitation des capteurs et des systèmes de stockages de données couplées à l’utilisation d’algorithmes permettant des analyses très fines et prédictives supportent des approches jusque-là peu explorées dans l’industrie chimique minérale.
Opisense platform for data science industrialisation: Use case with smart meters in the energy sector by Loïc Bar (CEO – Opinum)
Opinum à développé Opisense, une plateforme analytique destinée à traiter les données issues de l’IoT (Internet des objets) dans l’énergie et l’environnement. La plateforme permet d’automatiser des traitements algorithmiques dans le cadre des données issues de compteurs intelligents (smart meter) ou de système de production décentralisée d’énergie. Elle est utilisée par des sociétés comme EDF, Colruyt, Total, Lampiris, etc.
An introduction to the STRANGER package by Eric Lecoutre (Data Science Advisor – WeLoveDataScience!)
We introduce you the STRANGER package, for: Simple Toolkit in R for Anomaly Get Explain and Report. Stranger is to anomaly detection what ‘caret’ is for supervised modeling: a wrapper package providing a common way to use a set of methods (from other packages) and extending usage with some utilities such as stacking and visualizations methods. This talk won’t present the various anomaly detection methods (a workshop is in preparation) but will illustrate the typical analysis workflow with stranger on a concrete case.
8.00 pm: Panel discussion & closing remarks
8.30 pm: Beers & Networking
9.30 pm: Closing