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ADVERTISE! Rosalind Franklin calls related to data science and complexity
DSSC in the Faculty Spotlight: Lecture of Prof. Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (20 May)
ICT with Industry 2020 chaired by DSSC member (Dr. Vasilios Andrikopoulos)
Two international Data Science meetings coming to Groningen: ADASS and IVOA
Summer school DSSC - Warwick University

COFUND midterm review and DSSC PhD meeting

15th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems, Delft, 26-28 May
Workshop: Governance of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg, 6-7 Jun
The 2019 Award for Best Data Science and AI expert, JADS, 13 Jun
Summer School on Behavioral Operational Research, Radboud, 17-21 Jun
5th International Conference on Computational Social Science, Amsterdam, 17-20 Jul


The recently-opened Rosalind Franklin call Rosalind Franklin photoadvertises, in addition to the regular fellowship positions, new staff positions related to Data Science and Complexity within the Bernoulli Institute's priority areas Geometry and its Applications, Systems and Dynamical Data: Theory and Computation, Cognitive AI and Software intensive systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization and Machine learning and Pattern recognition.

The call will close on 2 June. More information is available here.

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On behalf of the Faculty of Science andHysteretic mirror Engineering Board we are honored to invite you to a DSSC-dedicated Faculty Spotlight Lecture on 20 May (16.00 room 105 Bernoulliborg), in which Prof. Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana, DSSC member, will introduce the project Hysteretic Deformable Mirror Project: a quest for finding an earth twin developed together with Marco Vasquez Beltran, DSSC COFUND PhD student.

The project is one of the ten involved in our COFUND programme.
Guests from outside the FSE are also welcome!

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 Following the success of previous installments, IPNthe ICT with Industry 2020 workshop is going to take place next January at Lorentz Center. Vasilios Andrikopoulos, part of the Software Engineering group at the Bernoulli Institute, and member of DSSC, together with Ivano Malavolta (VU) are chairing this event. 
During the workshop, practitioners and academic researchers are working together for a week on real life case studies of direct interest to the Industry. The call of case studies on with an industrial partner, and/or simply participating in the event. tudy for consideration in collaboratiPlease consider submitting a case s is currently available, with the call for participation to be open soon.

Mail or Vasilios for more information.  

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Two international Data Science meetings coming to Groningen: ADASS and IVOA
ADASS poster
In October 2019, two major international Astronomical Data Science events will be held in Groningen: the Astronomical Data Analysis and Software Systems (ADASS) conference (6-10 Oct.) and the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) meeting (11-13 Oct.). They are the largest meetings globally that focus on data science challenges in astronomy. It is the first time that these meetings are organized in the Netherlands. 

Topics relevant also for non-astronomy DSSC members include:
  • Data Science challenges: tools from statistics to machine learning
  • Data visualisation from line plots to augmented and virtual reality
  • Data discovery across heterogeneous datasets
  • Evolution of software development and management
The scientific organizers encourage contributions from DSSC members, also members outside astronomy. Please contact the local scientific organizers to find out more: Rees Williams, Andrey Belikov and Gijs Verdoes Kleijn. More information is available on the ADASS website and the IVOA website.  

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The joint summer school DSSC - Centre for Complexity Science at Warwick University will take place between 3 and 5 July at Warwick on topics related to our joint interest in systems complexity.

The school will be attended by PhDs from the Centre for Complexity Science as well as from the DSSC.

The preliminary line-up of lecturers includes:
- Warwick and collaborators: Francisco Rodrigues (dynamical processes on networks); Sam Johnson (ecological networks and trophic coherence), Weisi Guo (transportation networks, resilience and robustness)
- DSSC: Claudio de Persis (complex networks); Konstantinos Efstathiou (dynamical systems)

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Collaborations with the city and University of Hamburg
Hamburg coat of arms
On 25 April a delegation of staff members from the University of Groningen attended the signing ceremony for the collaboration between the cities of Groningen and Hamburg with respect to science and innovation, arts, entrepreneurship, business, etc.

Prof. Dr. John McKean (Kapteyn and DSSC member) gave a talk about "Testing models for dark matter with gravitational lensing" in which he presented a review of the latest results on dark matter from analyzing the data from string gravitational lenses."

In parallel the DSSC and the University of Hamburg are involved in discussions about the organization of a Data Science spring school in 2020. More details will follow soon. 

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We are happy to report that the DSSC COFUND project passed with flying colors its midterm review that took place on 25 April. The project officer, Ms. Daniela Radu, provided us with useful advice about funding instruments for the continuation of the DSSC project. We will follow with updates.
The midterm review was followed by S. Gazagnesthe DSSC PhD meeting that featured a PhD poster competition and pitches, which brought together DSSC PhDs and PhDs from collaborators in Computational and Numerical Mathematics and Engineering. All the posters were of high quality and received praise from the audience and the interdisciplinary jury composed of Dr. Jorge Perez (computer science), Dr. Daniel Valesin (math) and Dr. Marco Wiering (AI).

The Best Poster award was presented to Simon Gazagnes for the poster The study of gas regions evolution during the first billions years of the universe with distributed forests. 

We would like to thank all those present for their participation.

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15th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems (26-28 May, Delft)

The Symposium is to discuss new developments in methodologies and techniques useful in handling complexity in analysis, modelling, control and optimization for large scale complex systems. Special attention will be paid to large scale complex systems which are closely connected with human society, such as urban traffic systems, autonomous systems, water systems, environmental systems, power supply systems. Registration is open here

Workshop: Governance of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (6-7 Jun, Tilburg)

We strive to stimulate the debate about the economic, political, legal, and social effects of big data and artificial intelligence. As a case of special focus, algorithm-driven platforms such as social media, search engines, and news aggregators have become dominant players in news dissemination. This has transformed the media sector and the way we think about democratic political elections and the legitimacy of those elections’ outcomes, with yet unknown consequences for our political systems  and for many markets that are tipping towards the technological leader. Register here

The 2019 Award for best Dutch Data Scientist and AI expert (13 Jun, JADS) 
The Dutch Data Science Awards are an initiative of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der WetenschappenBig Data Alliance, supported by AIMMSElsevierORACLEORTEC, Lubbers de Jong and University of Amsterdam. Three prizes will be handed-out by KHMW president Louise Gunning-Schepers: one to the author of the best PhD thesis, one to the team behind the best industry application and one to the entrepreneur(s) behind the best start-up idea. A keynote speech will be provided by Victor Mayer-Schönberger, Oxford professor of the Oxford Internet Institute. He will present an inspiring and even somewhat warning speech about the enemies of data-rich markets. An interactive panel will take place after the speech about the topic of ‘Positive and negative aspects of the US and Asian "BigTech" platforms, data and algorithms for the European economy and for the European safety’. Register here.
Summer School on Behavioral Operational Research (17 -21 Jun, Radboud University)

Increasingly, OR practitioners and researchers recognize that building technically correct and valid models is not enough. In order to have impact in real-world settings, modellers need to consider how their work relates to human behaviour. In practice as well as published research, more and more attention is paid to whether and how results of OR projects are implemented. Behavioural OR studies the relation between OR modelling and behaviour, including both how OR impacts behaviour and how human behaviour influences and is captured in OR practice. Register here
5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (17-20 Jul., Univ. of Amsterdam)

C2S2 brings together researchers in computational science, complexity, and social science, and provides a platform for new work in the field of computational social science. Register here
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