Announcing Dr. Kirk Borne – Keynote Speaker at diSummit 2017

Dr. Kirkdis17_speaker_kirk-borne Borne is the Principal Data Scientist at
Booz | Allen | Hamilton (since 2015). He previously spent 12 years as Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University where he taught and advised students in the Data Science program. Before that, he worked 18 years supporting NASA projects in various roles, including Program Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office & Data Archive Project Scientist for
screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-12-20-29the Hubble Space Telescope.   He has a PhD in Astronomy
from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Physics from Louisiana State University. He is an active contributor on social media, where he is an advocate of data literacy for all and has been named consistently every year since 2013 as the top worldwide influencer in big data and data science. In 2014 he was named an IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero. In 2016 he was named Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association.

You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne
You can follow Booz | Allen | Hamilton on Twitter at @BoozAllen
Watch his TED talk on  Big Data, Small World

Here is a very interesting  video interview:
Here are some of his audio interviews (podcasts):
Join his C-level workshop on the 29th of March or come and see his speech at diSummit on the 30th of March 2017 at the ING Marnix building, Troonstraat 1, 1000, Brussels.

Looking for the insights on how to use data for good? Join the DATA NETWORKING EVENT of the year, the #dataforgood event in Belgium!

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#DIS2015 – Rector Vincent Blondel to do the Keynote of the Data Innovation Summit on March 26th

Vincent Blondel


I’m so pleased to announce that Rector Vincent Blondel will do the keynote of the Data Innovation Summit – made in Belgium.


Vincent D. Blondel is professor of applied mathematics and president of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. He received an engineering degree, a degree in philosophy, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the Université catholique de Louvain, and a MSc in pure mathematics from Imperial College (London, UK). He has also completed a master thesis at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France). He was a visiting scientist at Oxford University in 1993. During the academic year 1993-1994, he was the Göran Gustafsson Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). In 1993-1994 he was a research fellow at the French national research center in computer science (INRIA, Rocquencourt, Paris). From 1994 to 1999 he was an associate professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Université de Liège in Belgium. Dr Blondel was a visitor with the Australian National University (1991), the University of California at Berkeley (1998), the Santa Fe Institute (2000) and Harvard University (2001). He has also been an invited professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon (1998) and at the University of Paris VII (1999 and 2000). In 2005-2006 and in 2010-2011 he was an invited professor and Fulbright scholar with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). He was the Petar Kokotovic Distinguished Visiting Professor of the University of California in 2012-2013. Blondel’s major current research interests lie in several area of mathematical control theory, theoretical computer science and network science. He is a former associate editor of the European Journal of Control (Springer) and an associate editor of Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier) and of the Journal on Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (Springer). For his scientific contributions he has been awarded of a grant from the Trustees of the Mathematics Institute of Oxford University (1992), the prize Agathon De Potter of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (1993), the prize Paul Dubois of the Montefiore Institute (1993), the triennal SIAM prize on control and systems theory (2001), the prize Adolphe Wetrems of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (2006), and the Antonio Ruberti prize in systems and control of the IEEE (2006). He is a fellow of the IEEE. Vincent has directed more than thirty PhD and Master thesis. His recent work on networks has been widely featured, including in Wired, Technology Review, Le Monde, La Recherche, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.





 Vincent Blondel

Vincent Blondel Vincent D. Blondel

Professor of Applied Mathematics, Université catholique de Louvain
Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

President of the Université catholique de Louvain (2014-2019)

Department of Mathematical Engineering
Institute ICTEAM
Research group on large graphs and networks
Louvain School of Engineering
Université catholique de Louvain
Avenue Georges Lemaître 4, boîte L4.05.01, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
E-mail: vincent.blondel(at)

Scientific publications in Google Scholar

Interviews and opinions
Portrait dans “Trends”: Le réseau de Vincent Blondel (Novembre 2014, en français)
Interview pour “La Recherche” sur le “Big Data” (Décembre 2013, en français)
Interview in “IEEE Control System Magazine” (December 2013, in English)
Intervention pour “Le Vif” sur les MOOCs (Septembre 2013, en français)
Opinion in “Technology Review” (May 2013, in English)
Portrait dans “Trends”: L’ambassadeur de Belgique au MIT (Septembre 2011, en français)


About the event:

The Data Innovation Summit in Brussels is a one day conference gathering all the Belgian actors facilitating data innovation. It is an action packed conference where more than 50 speakers will demonstrate what they do that helps us compete in this digital marketplace.


How to register:

Summit: Data Innovation Summit – Made in Belgium

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015, 8:00 AM

AXA building
boulevard du Souverain, 25 Watermael-Boitsfort, BE

378 Business & Data Science pro’s Attending

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Data & The New Era of Interactive Storytelling–Strata+Hadoop 2014 (Video)

Why Interactive Storytelling becomes so key to understanding the data.

76% of the executives share data via email !?

Dashboards are not interactive.

What's The Big Data?

Data is an evolving story. It’s not a static snapshot of a point in time insight. With data from internal and external sources constantly updating, we are evolving from rear-view mirror dashboard views into an era of interactive Storytelling. Data Storytelling is both a visual art and a method of interpreting analytic results. Data Stories shed insights every minute, every hour, everyday, every week. This keynote will discuss how data dashboards are no longer adequate and how companies are using Interactive Storytelling to discover faster insights across many disparate data sources.

About Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan:
Sharmila has spent 18+ years building game-changing software companies in a variety of markets. She has been EVP & CMO at numerous software companies, including Netscape, Kiva Software, AOL, Opsware, and Aster Data. She drove the creation of several multi-billion dollar market categories, including application servers, data center automation and big data analytics. She is on…

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