#DISUMMIT – higher expectations

Dear Friends,

On June 27th the Data Science Community will hold its 4th annual conference at the ULB. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas, lots of networking opportunities and FUN. We will have 40 speakers, 6 master classes and 6 hands-on workshops, all in the efforts of demystifying Artificial Intelligence.

Call for speakers: We have received 25 answers to our call for speakers up to now. There still are a few slots available! Hurry up in applying to speak, we are finalising the agenda. I’m sure you have one valuable lesson or another to share with our audience of 800 data experts.

The Keynote speaker: There is a budget for getting the best A.I. expert able at bringing the true face of A.I. to light to us to speak at this year’s Summit. So if you have someone in mind that impressed you recently, please send me his/her details.

The location: In the previous 3 editions of the Summit, we constantly had trouble fitting all our eager participants into the available space. No more. This year, we reserved a much much bigger location for you all – 2,5 time larger to be exact – with one plenary seating room of 800 seats and 6 big training rooms on 2 floors at the ULB Solbosch Campus Auditorium K.

Partner Village and Job Fair: There will be 2 vast areas for networking. One for the partners to show off their innovative ideas; the other for all to hire their best candidates.

Invite your team: Make from #disummit your annual team event and have a productive day with your team at the University of Brussels.

Recruit the best: You can promote your outstanding jobs, participate to the Job Fair and sponsor the tickets for students.

Network and Nerd-Out: Opportunities to network and have fun will be plenty. We will use the conversation starter app again to facilitate your connexion with the most pertinent people. After the Summit, we have a beer garden set up for you to nerd-out after work with craft beer and a barbecue. Yes.

Spread the word: As we have more capacity this year, we are implementing a special incentive program to reward your help in promoting the Summit. You are invited to bring your community at discounted rates and to earn free tickets.

More information on disummit.com

I’m looking forward to meeting you again! Don’t hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions.

Philippe Van Impe

O477 23 78 42

philippe@digityser.org

May 3rd – Data Science Jam Sessions

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Your full day of Data Science Jam Sessions (May 3rd)

Dear Friends,

We all have been invited to the Data Science Jam Sessions at and&, on May 3rd in Leuven. A full day of content, hands-on sessions, meeting with experts combined with music, food and drinks.

Rethinking the world and shaping tomorrow’s city life.

You have known our SAS Forum for many years. So, you know that we are constantly looking for the best way to inform and inspire you. That’s why this year, we would like to introduce you toand& summit, a well-selected collage of +100 thinkers, inventors and entrepreneurs who will explore the impact technology on future city life.

As the main partner of and& summit, we have created a dedicated track for you, the data scientist, who will play an essential part in shaping future city life.

We offer you a full day of free SAS Data Science Jam Sessions At The Bebop jazz bar:

    • Talk of the Geeks – tips and tricks for the data scientist
    • Hands-on sessions
    • Learn about AI, machine learning, image recognition and more
    • Meet with experts and learn new data science techniques
    • Free food and drinks At The Bebop jazz bar

Some highlights:

  • Federico Alberto Pozzi
    Senior Solution Specialist – specialist in IOT and streaming analytics
  • Cristina Conti
    Manager EMEA – Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics
  • Mathias Coopmans
    Manager EMEA – Architecture

Combine half a day of Data Science with half a day at and&
our today/tomorrow package gives you the best of both worlds – half a day of data science updates applicable in your job today and half a day of inspiring presentations preparing you for tomorrow!

Reserve your seat

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Kind regards,

Jobs – VUB – RESEARCH POSITION IN DATA ANALYTICS

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RESEARCH

The Data Analytics Laboratory within the Business Technology & Operations (BUTO) department at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School is looking for a highly motivated candidate with strong abilities and interest to perform research in the field of data analytics for carrying out a research project in close collaboration with a company, with the aim to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics.

The topic of the research project concerns the development of a framework for integrating data analytics applications and the development of profit-driven data analytics to support customer relationship management, with the aim to optimize customer lifetime value, by analysing large amounts of structured customer interaction data, marketing campaign data and financial information. By integrating various types of analyses and predictions, the aim is to provide detailed and actionable insight and feedback for optimized managerial decision-making.

The candidate is expected to conceptually develop and implement these applications by analysing available real-life data in close collaboration with and at location of the involved company. The project will require a thorough study of analytical approaches as well as the specific field of application. Upon successful realization of the project, the candidate will dispose of a strong theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in applying and implementing analytics projects within a company setting.

The Data Analytics Laboratory is a vibrant research team of data scientists which actively engage in research projects with the industry for developing innovative business applications of Big Data Analytics. For more information, visit data-lab.be.

TEACHING

Teaching exercises related to the course Statistics II for economic sciences to bachelor students.
Supervising bachelor paper and master thesis projects.
The teaching assignment relates to the research project, and will allow the candidate to reinforce his/her background knowledge on basic statistical principles, underlying the more advanced data analytical approaches.

OTHER

The candidate will have to assist in surveying the computer rooms (one evening per week, 16h-20h).

FURTHER DETAILS

Place of employment: Brussels (VUB, campus Etterbeek). For more information, please contact Wouter Verbeke: +32 629 20 53 or wouter.verbeke@vub.be

PROFILE

The candidate has an academic Master degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Engineering, Applied Economics, Applied Sciences or Sciences (e.g. Mathematics, Informatics, etc.), and combines strong quantitative and problem solving skills with a profound interest in business and management.

Excellent written and spoken knowledge of Dutch and English.

Preferably, the candidate possesses the following skills and knowledge:

Knowledge of data analysis (statistics, analytics, machine learning)
Programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab, SAS, Python, Java)
Strong communication skills verbal and written (essential!)

OFFER

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.

Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.
More information is available at vub.ac.be under the heading “future employees”.

Additional information

  • Planned starting date: 01/12/2017
  • Length of contract: 1 year, initially, extendable upon positive evaluation
  • Deadline for application: 31/11/2017
  • Contact person Wouter Verbeke
  • Contact telephone +32 2 629 20 53
  • Contact e-mail wouter.verbeke@vub.be
  • Applications can be submitted directly by contacting wouter.verbeke@vub.be or online via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • A CV
  • A concise motivation of the reason for applying including relevant experience (research activities, study stays etc.)
  • A copy of the master degree

Jobs – ULB – Postdoc in Data Science/Deep Learning/Big Data Mining for fraud detection

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/211909


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science › Cybernetics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/06/2017 00:00 – Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2018

Position Description

Applications are invited for full-time post-doctoral (3 years) research position at the Machine Learning Group, Computer Science Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

The vacancy is available to be filled in February (earliest) till April (at the latest). The researcher is expected to carry out fundamental research in Data Science/Machine Learning/Big Data Mining and to take an active role in an applied research project on deep learning for credit card fraud detection which is funding the position.

The Machine Learning Group, ULB is a research group that carries out theoretical research on statistical machine learning, predictive modeling and computational statistics, and takes part in several applied research projects in domains as diverse as big data mining, bioinformatics to biomedical engineering and fraud detection.

Located in heart of Brussels, the Université Libre de Bruxelles is renowned for quality research through its prestigious affiliate research centers and world renowned faculty. Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, is a cosmopolitan city renowned for its picturesque squares and buildings, serene parks and gardens and a very vibrant cultural life spiced up by many international languages.

Deadline

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as positions will remain open until filled by suitable candidates.

Contact

Candidates are invited to send their CV with the detailed list of publications, their PhD thesis and the name of at least 2 reference persons  in .pdf format by email to gbonte@ulb.ac.be.

The subject field of your email must include MLG-JOB: research position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ULB is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. ULB wishes to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science › Cybernetics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 – 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants should have a recent PhD on a subject related to data mining, statistical machine learning or computational statistics. In particular, any research experience on data mining, machine learning, statistical analysis, or fraud detection will be an asset.

Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills, the ability to work independently, strong interpersonal skills, good writing and oral communication.

Upon offer of a position in MLG-ULB, the candidates who are non-EU citizens are required to obtain an appropriate long-term Schengen visa; further information is available from their nearest Belgian embassy.

Job – DATA-SCIENTIST – Koning Boudewijnstichting

Koning Boudewijnstichting
Samen werken aan een betere samenleving

De Koning Boudewijnstichting heeft als opdracht bij te dragen tot een betere samenleving.

De Stichting is in België en Europa een actor van verandering en innovatie in dienst van het algemeen belang en van de maatschappelijke cohesie. Ze zet zich in om een maximale impact te realiseren door de competenties van organisaties en personen te versterken. Ze stimuleert doeltreffende filantropie bij personen en ondernemingen.

Integriteit, transparantie, pluralisme, onafhankelijkheid, respect voor diversiteit en bevorderen van solidariteit zijn haar belangrijkste waarden.

Haar actiedomeinen momenteel zijn armoede en sociale rechtvaardigheid, filantropie, gezondheid, maatschappelijk engagement, ontwikkeling van talenten, democratie, Europese integratie, erfgoed en ontwikkelingssamenwerking.

De Koning Boudewijnstichting beschikt over heel wat kwantitatieve en kwalitatieve data over haar projecten. Dit is een enorme bron aan informatie, die op haar beurt weer input kan geven voor nieuwe initiatieven.

De Koning Boudewijnstichting is op zoek naar een

DATA-SCIENTIST (m/v)
Contract van twee jaar

Profiel
– je hebt ervaring met big data en structureren van data bv. Python (pandas, numpy), R, Spark, ….
– je kan een strategie definiëren om inzichten uit gegevens te extraheren
– je kan data consolideren en harmoniseren
– je kan datamodellen en data-analyses ontwikkelen
– je hebt interesse in de maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen van de actiedomeinen van de Stichting
– je wil graag de bron aan informatie van de Koning Boudewijnstichting beter en meer exploreren maar ook naar extra data op zoek gaan en de cases op een out-of-the-box manier aanpakken
– je hebt een ondernemende en enthousiasmerende attitude, identificeert opportuniteiten en neemt initiatief
– je werkt autonoom en hebt duidelijke verantwoordelijkheden, maar bent tezelfdertijd een teamplayer

Je hebt
– een master diploma in informatica, informatiemanagement, computerwetenschappen, statistiek of gelijkaardig
– bijzondere affiniteit met de thema’s van de Stichting
– uitstekende intermenselijke vaardigheden
– mondelinge en redactionele vaardigheden
– een gezonde dosis emotionele en sociale intelligentie
– talenkennis : Nederlands als moedertaal en een zeer goede kennis van het Frans en het Engels
– kennis van de courante softwarepakketten Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint en sociale media

Wij bieden

– een voltijds contract van bepaalde duur (twee jaar)
– een inhoudelijk boeiende en gevarieerde job met veel autonomie en contacten
– een open, dynamische en menselijke sfeer
– een aantrekkelijk salaris met voordelen
– een flexibele werkregeling (glijdende uren, telewerk)

De Koning Boudewijnstichting wil de samenleving waarvoor zij zich inzetten zo goed mogelijk weerspiegelen. Kandidaten worden dan ook geselecteerd op basis van hun kwaliteiten en vaardigheden, ongeacht geslacht, afkomst of beperking. Als je een beperking hebt, laat ons dat vooraf weten. We zorgen ervoor dat je in de best mogelijke omstandigheden kunt deelnemen aan de selecties.

Meer jobs? kom dan naar de JobFair op 28 September.

Schrijf je in voor de JobFair van de data science Community dat doorgaat op DigitYser op 28 September.

#datascience JobFair will take place at Digityser on September 28th – come and meet 20 recruiting companies and over 70 candidates.
Companies can book their place by sending an e-mail to training@di-academy.com
Jobseekers can book their place though EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2x4YO79

Interesse om rechtstreeks te soliciteren?

Stuur uw brief + c.v. tegen uiterlijk 30 september 2017 naar mevrouw Pascale Criekemans, Brederodestraat 21 in 1000 Brussel of per e-mail : criekemans.p@kbs-frb.be
Voor meer info kan u bellen naar 02/549 02 14 of op kbs-frb.be

Improving your Consulting Skills as Data Scientist

While developing technical skills is vital for Data Scientists, ensuring to clearly communicate procedures and findings is equally important. For this purpose, we invite you to join our upcoming training “Consulting Skills for Data Scientists”, delivered by Eric Lecoutre and Sven Wauters, from WeLoveDataScience.

You can find more details in the related event. There is a special offer for students, jobseekers, and our partner companies. Don’t hesitate to join this training!

Data Analysis Internship at a political party

One of the participants at the Summer Coding Camp sent us this opening from his organisation:

The Brussels-based ALDE Party is seeking for a Data Analysis trainee for a 6 month period. The candidate should have a background in Statistics or Computer Science, or from the fields of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology, with strong quantitative abilities.

More details can be found here: https://www.aldeparty.eu/data-analysis-trainee-mf

Please feel free to share this opportunity!

Meetup – August 1st – Q&A on GDPR implementation

 

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Data Science Community and Legal Hackers join forces to untangle the GDPR mystery and to propose a workable and easy to use framework to allow each datascientist to stay inside the legal boundaries.

At first sight, it may not look so, but lawyers and data scientist have things in common. One of those things is the struggle with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDRP”). Each looks at it from a different perspective. Often they have the same goal: support the business in handling and using (personal) data “responsably”, like a “good head of the family”, in line with the state-of-the-art and the law.

This is one of the conclusion we made from the “data science and ethics” event in June.

So let’s try something. Let’s join forces and exchange best practices in a “questions and answers” session on GDPR implementation.

The idea

The idea is the enter the meeting with questions… and to come out of it with (some) answers.

As for the questions, please, do one on of the following:

  • raise them in the comment section
  • if you want, prepare a short presentation to give some context or an overview
  • keep a little notebook for them and bring it to the meetup

The questions can be legal, technical, organisational, practical,… We hope to gather all types of skills in the room to find the answers. Note that this also means that you don’t per se have to (already) be involved in the implementation at your company at present. The questions of people a bit further from a practical implementation may shed a fresh light on things.

As for the answers. They could be:

  • a clear view on the theory,
  • potential tooling,
  • templates or (anonymised) examples,

The approach

ASSEMBLY – Depending on the size of the group of attendees and the interests, we could go over all the questions in a single group or break up in sub-groups. In the latter case, we would assemble at the beginning (for an introduction) and at the end of the session (for a short report on each sub-group).

CONFIDENTIALITY – For people to open up in the meeting, we emphasize the commitment to confidentiality of all the attendees. Everything shared in the context of the event (prior to it, during and afterwards) should be kept confidential. So be careful when tweeting, taking photographs, making (video) recordings,… The practical information received can at best only be used anonymously (without reference to the source) and obfuscated (commingled amongst other sources). If you are not sure, explicitly ask the source if and how to use the info or material.

INFORMALITY – The approach is rather informal. This also means that any answers etc. are not advice and just a best effort nudge in a (good) direction. We don’t want anybody to worry about being called on for being open or offering an opinion during the meeting.

The joint forces

This organisation is a joint effort of (at least) two communities in Brussels:

 

What if it works?

If this seems to work out fine, we are considering organising this once every month or every two weeks.

Antwerp – FREE – Data Visualization Workshop with Nadieh Bremer

Data Visualization Workshop with Nadieh Bremer
Be one of 30 chosen ones to work with Data Visualization Designer Nadieh Bremer.

CFO Services’ Data4S offers you an 8 hour workshop with one of the world’s brightest Data Visualization Artists.

Nadieh graduated as an astronomer at the universities of Leiden and Berkeley, to become a Data Scientist and Analytics consultant, eventually discovering her true passion: visualizing data in an effective, understandable & aesthetic way.

With so many tools available to visualize data, it’s easy to get stuck in thinking about chart types, always just going for that bar or line chart, without truly thinking about effectiveness. In this workshop, Nadieh will teach you how you can take a more creative and practical approach to data visualization design. Your horizon will broaden on the types of charts that are out there in the wild, but you will learn a lot more.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What are the steps in the data visualization process
  • How to come up with ideas and concepts to visualize
  • How to apply a more creative approach to making memorable yet functional and user-friendly data visualizations
  • How to think of approaches to go beyond the default even within the environment of a tool
  • How to design with code and connect your design decisions with meaningful data early on

WHEN AND WHERE:

  • Friday, September 8, from 9 am to 6 pm
  • KAS (Kunst aan de Stroom), Wandeldijk 1-32, 2050 Antwerpen

Based on the motivation candidates provide, we will make a selection of 30 people that can attend the workshop, free of charge. Data4S’s expert practice leader Toon Borré and CFO directors Walter Deprins and Alexander Van Caeneghem will do the selection.

Photo: Nadie Bremer / VisualCinnamon.com

Summer Update

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We just finished the most amazing quarter since our creation. We moved to DigitYser, found 2 new supporters with Sofina and the Brussels Region, we launched the second coding camp and datascience bootcamp. Unfortunately we also had to say goodbye to a good friend.

Moved to DigitYser & new core team.

DigitYser is the digital flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn about, co-create and implement digital solutions focused on Blockchain, Data & AI , IOT and VR.

www.digityser.org

2nd Coding Camp and Data Science Bootcamp.

The candidate data scientist will sharpen his coding skills during the summer coding camp.

Companies will have the possibility to meet the candidates in person and offer them a job.

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Job Fair to meet the candidates of the Data Science Bootcamp.

Introducing our Summer Coding Camp participants to organisations interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp is key to DigitYser’s mindset

Recruiting Interns.

We are recruiting interns and want to help them to get a much better insight into the following passions : AI – VR – Data – Blockchain – IoT – Social Media – Video.

Ending with sad news:

We end this overview with sad news as our friend Colin Molter has flown away. Colin was a respected data science professional & entrepreneur and Chief Data Science @ AXA.

You can leave a kind word for his family in the comments of the linkedin post.

Up to you ! Please help us.

  • Please share the info about the data science bootcamp to your colleagues.
  • Share the info of the job fair with your HR department.
  • Come and visit us at DigitYser and attend one of our events.
  • Write a nice message for Colin on our linkedin post.

Contact details & interesting links: