Keynotes - Data Science Day

Our two keynote speakers will talk about two fields of research in which IT has played a significant role in producing ground-breaking results. Prof. dr. Rick Grobbee (UMCU, Julius Clinical) will speak on the power of big data analytics in health and prof. dr. Els Stronks (Faculty of Humanities) will use a case study to underline the impact of computational tools and data sets for the humanities.

Programme overview
The doors open at 12.15h.

12.30 – 13.15h   Keynote Rick Grobbee on the Power of Big Data Analytics in Health

13.15 – 14.00h   Keynote Els Stronks on the Computational Attribution of the Dutch National Anthem

Keynotes take place in lecture hall Atlas (1.38) at the Victor Koningsberger Building.

After the keynotes there will be a short ceremony to launch the new focus area: Applied Data Science. Be sure to check out the DemoLAB where we have a demo of the focus area in collaboration with Research-IT.

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Rick Grobbee - on the Power of Big Data Analytics in Health
Rick Grobbee

Prof. dr. Diederick E. (Rick) Grobbee is Chief Scientific Officer at Julius Clinical, and a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, the Netherlands.  His other current roles include chair of the focus area Circulatory Health at the UMCU.

He is a fellow of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences, and chair of its Medical Advisory Committee and Medical Section.

Rick Grobbee has been a (principal) investigator in many large-scale epidemiologic studies and randomized intervention trials relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. His experience covers the full range of study designs including trials, cohorts and case-control studies. In addition, he has worked on theoretical principles and methods of diagnostic and prognostic research.

Els Stronks - on Solving Cold Cases, Experiencing a Revolution? The Computational Attribution of the Dutch National Anthem and current Developments in the Humanities
Els Stronks

"The Wilhelmus has been the official national anthem of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1932. The song carries a wider relevance that extends well beyond the Low Countries. According to the authoritative Guinness Book of Records, the Wilhelmus is the national anthem with the oldest music in the world: we are able to date the tune and text to the years 1568-1572 during the Dutch Revolt, a key episode in the history of the Early Low Countries. Moreover, in the song’s fifteen couplets, an anonymous poet has immortalized a dramatic internal monologue of William the Silent, Prince of Orange (1533 – 1584), a well-known figure who has played a decisive role in the political history of Europe.

Ever since its creation in the late sixteenth century, the attribution of the song has not ceased to puzzle scholars as well as other inhabitants of the Low Countries. With computational analysis, we were able to produce a possible breakthrough: our analyses point at an obscure, vilified author who has never even been mentioned as a candidate author."

In this lecture Els Stronks will use this case study to underline the impact of computational tools and data sets for the humanities. Can cold cases be solved, and are we in the midst of a revolution?

Prof. dr. Els Stronks is Professor of Early Modern Dutch Literature in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of the Utrecht University. Her teaching and research focuses on multimedia literature from the Dutch Golden Age (words, images, music), the international embedding of the literature and the digital developments in the art (digital research platforms to educational web sites). She is a board member of the International Association for Dutch Studies and CLARIN-NL and a member of the Advisory Committee on History and Literature of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. In 2014-2015 she was a fellow at the Koninklijke Library / NIAS.

Be sure to register. Limited seats available.

Data Science Day is this year’s edition of the annual IT Day, an initiative of Information and Technology Services (ITS) which has taken place since 2016. Each year, the event focuses on current IT trends and developments impacting education, research and work at Utrecht University. Depending on the theme chosen, the event is either intended for all UU colleagues (and external partners) or for a group of colleagues with a common interest.