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Even the refugee crisis and rugby get a helping hand from Big Data

June 14, 2016

Big Data is winning ground fast in all kinds of application domains. At the end of June Eindhoven hosts the European Data Forum 2016. This provides a unique opportunity to hear speakers from the top echelons of industry and science throughout Europe speaking about the topic. Companies like Spotify, the BBC, Renault, Philips and TomTom discuss how they use data science. But it is not just these large companies that benefit from data science. Farmers, rugby players and coaches, and even the refugee situation in Europe can get a helping hand from Big Data.

The European Data Forum (EDF) is Europe's leading data science conference. Given the Dutch chairmanship of the EU and the pioneering role of Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of data science, this year's event is being held in Eindhoven. During the conference companies and scientists will tell how they use Big Data and how they envision the future. More than a thousand visitors are expected.

One of the speakers is Frenchman Julien Bares. He will talk about how he uses data-analysis to get Stade Toulousain, a top European rugby club, to play better. The Swede Anders Arpteg, head of -analytics at Spotify, explains how Spotify creates the ideal music advice and the best experience for its product. Stef Oud of Deloitte will discuss the initiative being taken by Deloitte to use Big Data to help refugees integrate better in Europe. Other topics on the program include shortening the waiting time in the care sector, enhancing precision farming, better website personalization at the BBC, smarter reuse of data from scientific research and the privacy of connected cars - all with the help of Big Data. Alexander Rinnooy Kan, chairman of the Big Data Alliance and initiator of the Dutch National Science Agenda, will close the program.

The full program of the European Data Forum 2016 can be found on the website:

The conference venue is the Evoluon building. Entrance is free of charge. Registration in advance is compulsory:

The conference is being organized by the Data Science Center Eindhoven of Eindhoven University of Technology in cooperation with Amsterdam Data Science and the European Commission.

The Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e) was the first center for data science in the Netherlands. It offers the first Dutch Bachelor program in Data Science, and its scientific director, Wil van der Aalst, is Europe's most cited computer scientist.

Eindhoven University of Technology

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