Data Innovation Summit – Datascience made in Belgium


Statistics about  the Summit (5/3/2015):

  • 12 hour Live streaming of the Summit
  • 6 cameras, 3 camera teams
  • 7 journalists
  • 59 Speakers,
  • 1 Deputy Prime Minister
  • 1 Rector
  • 22 CEO
  • 10 Professors
  • 15 Start-ups
  • 333 Participants
  • 22 sponsors
  • 1 time keeper
  • main exhibition area
  • vast networking area
  • 1 VIP area
  • 6 main tracks


  1. The Data Innovation Ecosystem
  2. The Enterprise Business Cases
  3. The Innovation Facilitators
  4. The University Challenge
  5. The Startup Sessions
  6. The Open Ignite Sessions

Confirmed speakers:

Kris Peeters | Vincent Blondel |   Philippe Van Impe |Hans Constandt | Toon Vanagt | Damien Bourgeois | Steven Noels | Elena Tsiporkova | Geert Verstraeten | Jan Sonck | Els Descheemaeker | Steven Beeckman | Laurent Fayet | Julie Coyette | Guillaume Gorge | Rik Van Bruggen | Wim Van Leuven | Jonathan Duplicy | Dries Benoit | Erik Mannens |Roald Sieberath | Thibaut Claes | Bart Hamers | Wannes Meert | Dieter Devlaminck | Andrea Dal Pozzolo | David Martens | Daniele Marinazzo | Renaud Lambiotte | Daniel Berckmans | Omar Mohout | Filip Maertens | Kristof Mertens | Mark Turcksin | Daan Gerits | Wannes Rosiers | Eric Charles | Katya Vladislavleva | Erik Laurijssen | Mehdi El Fadil | Kris Peeters | Henk De Metsenaere | Jonas Tundo | Istvan Hajnal | Eric Lecoutre |  Cain Ransbottyn | Sebastien Leempoel | Sam Rédelé | Antoon Dierick | Zbigniew ‘Zibi’ Paszkiewicz | Jochen François | Matthias Vallaey | Tijmen Weddepohl | Frank Vanden Berghen | Ferdinand Casier |

Companies presenting:

Axa euroclear_0 Agoria

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abl artsen zonder grenzen AXA Belga datainnovation Essent  proximus PwC_fl_c Sign2pay swan insight yazzoom Agoria ARHS-Data Arrow-Group2 Big-Industries-stamp-logo Business Insight Colruyt_logo  datalayer Dataminded_Logo_transparant_96px_0 datylon Deloitte-logo DLA Piper esperity Essent_Logo_NL  evolved-analytics finaxys Graph  iMinds_logo_CMYK Infofarm Informatica-logo Innoviris KBC Startit logo_businessdecision  Logo_Vlaanderen logo-sirris mathworks  microsoft microstrategy Neo4j 1 NG-DATA-logo ontoforce opinum 1 opinum pépite porphyrio predicube proximus_icon Python Predictions sentiance tangent works tribalytics-logo


More info:

Sponsors of the Data Innovation Summit – Brussels

This event is organized by

Brussels Data Science Community

We love doing data for good

Structural Summit Partners

Axa  Agoria  Euroclear

Academic Partners

ucl_logo KUL ULB  Ugent   ULG   UMONS   UNamur   Universiteit Antwerpen   vub_0

Summit Sponsors

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Business Insight   logo_businessdecisionBig-Industries-stamp-logo  Arrow-Group2    finaxys  datalayer   Infofarm   Keyrus   mathworks microstrategy   neo4j   pépite    sentianceDeloitte-logoRIAInformatica-logo Dataminded_Logo_transparant_96px_0

Job-flash partners

Job – Universiteit Gent – PhD student – pricing and revenue management


PhD student

  • Last application date: Jan 23, 2015 09:00
  • Department: EB07 – Department of Marketing
  • Contract: Limited duration
  • Degree: Master’s degree in Business Engineering (or other master’s degree with profound background in statistics and data analysis)
  • Occupancy rate: 100%
  • Vacancy Type: Research staff

Job description

The research project will be conducted under the supervision of prof. dr. Dries Benoit and addresses new developments in pricing and revenue management. Many industries that depend on ticket sales started using yield management in order to improve occupancy and increase revenue. The models currently in use, however, often estimate price-response relationships with very basic functions. The goal of this research is to develop advanced Bayesian models and to apply these in the context of, e.g., soccer or movie theatres. You will engage in various research activities, including literature review, preparing and conducting multiple simulation as well as field experiments, interacting with organizations, conducting data-analysis, writing scientific articles and presenting at scientific conferences. This will allow you to prepare for and obtain a doctoral degree.

We offer:

  • A challenging job in an intellectually stimulating environment
  • Many opportunities for learning and development
  • Flexibility and autonomy
  • A full-time position for four years (pending positive evaluation after 12 months)
  • A gross monthly salary of 3.145 EUR and 38 days of paid vacation

The department is located at Tweekerkenstraat 2, Ghent, Belgium

Starting date is October 1, 2015

Profile of the candidate

We are looking for:

  • A master’s degree in Business Engineering (or other master’s degree with profound background in statistics and data analysis). Final-year students are also welcome to apply.
  • Excellent study results and master’s thesis
  • Good programming skills (e.g. R, Python, SQL, C, etc.)
  • Good writing skills, especially in English
  • A strong interest in research, especially in the domain of pricing and revenue management
  • An intellectually curious, analytical, responsible, and proactive person who is able to work autonomously as well as in team

How to apply

Feel free to contact prof. dr. Dries Benoit for any further information or questions.

To apply, send your motivation letter, resume, and a one-page summary of your master’s thesis to no later than January 23, 2014 (9am).

Please include your detailed study results (list of obtained points for every course per study year) and at least one reference that we may contact (e.g., thesis supervisor). The thesis summary should be in English; the letter and resume can be in English or Dutch.