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Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Pleinlaan 9, 1st floor
Lecture Francqui Chair

Closing Workshop

“The Multidisciplinary Nature of Big Data”

Speaker: Prof. Robert Calderbank, Duke University

Abstract: In this talk I will explore how data science is changing the way we practice education and research. My title Data+ is that of a ten-week summer research experience offered by the Information Institute at Duke (iiD) in which undergraduates join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, as well as how to communicate with the client sponsoring the project. I will describe projects that illuminate different ways in which student centered enquiry can transform university institutions.
Our ambition for research is that it impacts society. We used to think of impact as starting with an idea, then developing that idea into a prototype, then turning the prototype into a product, then marketing the product, and so on – it is a long march and the problem with long marches is that most ideas don’t make it. I will provide examples of a different model, one where society is part of the research process.

Int. Francqui Chair Promoters: Prof. Nikos Deligiannis and Prof. Jan Cornelis


3:30pm – 4:00pm Demo Tour

4:00pm – 4:10pm Welcome by Prof. Nikos Deligiannis and Prof. Jan Cornelis, promoters of the Chair)

4:10pm– 4:20pm Introduction by Prof. Caroline Pauwels, VUB Rector

4:20pm– 5:00pm Prof. Robert Calderbank, Duke University, USA, Int. Francqui Chair Holder

Title: “Data+, how data science is changing the way we practice education and research”

5:00pm – 5:15pm Break 

5:15pm– 5:40pm Invited talk by Dr. Miguel R. D. Rodrigues, University College London, UK

Title: Multi-modal image processing”

5:40pm – 6:05pm Invited talk by Dr. Bogdan Roman, Cambridge University, UK

Title: “Resolution phenomena and structure in undersampled physical imaging” 

6:05pm – 6:20pm Break 

6:20pm–  7:00pm Prof. Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University, USA, Mrs. Charlotte Caspers

Title: “Reunited – a digital and art-historical adventure”

7:00pm – 8:00pm Reception.


8:10pm Dinner upon invitation.

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