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Event: Data Science for Business in the 21st Century

In September 2019, the University of Antwerp will start with a new major on Data Science for the master students Business Economics and Business Engineering. At the same time, the Applied Data Mining research group of the University of Antwerp will start a new research project on Data Science, in collaboration with AXA Belgium.

To launch these two new endeavors, UAntwerp will organize the event ‘Data Science for Business in the 21st Century’ on Friday, October 25.

This event is organized for all the students, alumni and staff members of the University of Antwerp, but also for business professionals with an interest in data science.



4.00 pm Doors
4.30 pm Welcome
by dean prof. dr. Koen Vandenbempt (UAntwerp, Antwerp Management School)
4.35 pm Intro: new major Data Science and AXA research project
by prof. dr. David Martens (UAntwerp)
4.40 pm The impact of AI in Insurance
by Jef Van In (CEO AXA Belgium)
5 pm AI, Business, Society: Making Man and Machine Work Together
by prof. Theodoros Evgeniou (INSEAD)
5.30 pm The Predictive Power of Data on Our Fine-Grained Behavior
by prof. Foster Provost (New York University, Stern Business School)
6 pm The Importance of Data Science Ethics
by prof. dr. David Martens (UAntwerp)
6.30 pm Reception
Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Foster Provost is Professor of Data Science and Information Systems at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is known for his work on evaluating machine learning algorithms, his work on social network data analysis and his contributions to machine learning for targeted marketing. He worked with the US Department of Defense on the application of AI/machine learning to counter-terrorism.

Professor Provost is the cofounder of five startups, four of which have been acquired, including UAntwerp spinoff Predicube and Integral Ad Science at an estimated value of 850 million US$. His book "Data Science for Business" is used by over 150 colleges and universities, including Harvard Business School, MIT and the University of Antwerp.

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Theodoros Evgeniou is Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management at INSEAD, and Academic Director of INSEAD eLab, the research and analytics center of INSEAD that focuses on Data Analytics for Business. He received four degrees from MIT, and acquired two BSc degrees simultaneously, one in Computer Science and one in Mathematics, as well as a Master and a PhD degree in Computer Science. He has been involved in developing hedge fund strategies with investments of more than $100 million.

Professor Evgeniou has authored more than 30 academic and business articles which have been cited by more than 5000 other publications.

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Since 2016, Business Engineer Jef Van In is Chief Executive Officer of AXA Belgium. In the early part of his career, he worked for Bank Brussel Lambert, Sumitomo Bank Brussels and ING Retail Bank Ukraine. Van In joined AXA in 2011 as CEO of Bank Europe. In 2013 he became President of the Supervisory Boards of AXA insurance (Life and P&C) in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Romania & Hungary. 

Prof. David Martens is the head of the Applied Data Mining research group of the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on mining behavioral data, such as Facebook likes, payment or browsing data as well as explainable AI. He also focuses on the development and use of predictive data mining techniques for a better decision making process, in collaboration with banks and tax administrations in the area of credit scoring and fraud detection.

Prof. Martens is co-founder of the UAntwerp spin-off Predicube, acquired by Var in 2018. He teaches 'Data Mining' and 'Data Science and Ethics' to the master students Business Economics and Business Engineering.

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Practical information

Practical information

This event takes places on Friday 25 October 2019, from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

UAntwerp Stadcampus, Building M
Room: M.001 (Aula Francis Van Loon)
Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp
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This event is free and accessible to anyone interested in data science in business.
Please register in advance.


Organized by UAntwerp Faculty of Business and Economics

Caroline Tas