Keynote: Machine Learning for better entertainment recommendations: A Nordic perspective

22 November, 2019

During this years Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University on December 5-6 2019 we have several very interesting Keynote speakers, one of them is Antonina Danylenko, Head of Applied Machine Learning at The Nordic Entertainment Group who offers video-on-demand streaming, linear TV channels and radio broadcasting – probably best known for their Viaplay, Viafree & Viasat platforms.

She will talk about how the entertainment industry is transforming at a rapid rate. This is driven by new trends, growing customer expectations and AI technologies allowing for more innovation, disruption and opportunities for growth. At the same time, the industry is getting increasingly crowded – as the use of streaming services is on the rise, and the Nordic region spends more time online than ever before. Nearly four out of ten people watch video content on a daily basis, with three-quarters of the 16-24 year-old age bracket streaming that content from subscription-based services. We are seeing a new phenomenon emerge known as ‘stacking’ behaviour – where households typically subscribe to more than one service, just to keep their options open when it comes to deciding what to watch. With so many options out there, people can be paralysed by what’s known as the ‘paradox of choice.’ Personalising every aspect of the customer journey has become our main focus in the recommendation space, as consumers of entertainment have never been more spoilt for choice. Serving up relevant content recommendations at the right time is key to making the decision process as easy as possible. However, building and maintaining the lifecycle of recommender systems to capture customers’ behavior and use different algorithms to guide them towards something they will enjoy watching is not easy. In this presentation, I will outline the end-to-end process of building a recommender system utilising Big Data and Machine Learning to address this challenge.”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen to him and take part of the conference by signing up here by November 25th.

More about Antonina Danylenko who holds a PhD in Computer Science from Linnaeus University, Sweden where she wrote a dissertation on the topic of “Decision Algebra: A General Approach to Learning and Using Classifiers”. After several years working at IKEA within Solution Architecture and Data Science domains , she joined the Nordic Entertainment Group—where she is now the Head of Applied Machine Learning. The Nordic Entertainment Group offers video-on-demand streaming, linear TV channels and radio broadcasting – probably best known for their Viaplay, Viafree & Viasat platforms. They’re responsible for connecting over 1.4 million subscribers to the content they love, with more than 1900 employees across the Nordics and the UK.

Meet Keynote speaker: Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Milan

22 November, 2019

During this years Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University on December 5-6 2019 we have several very interesting Keynote speakers, one of them is Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Milan, Italy. He will talk about When ready-made data must be tailored and repurposed. The challenge of creating big confidential dataset in science in a public-private partnership.

Research on science relies on available data. However, while we have plenty of data on publications and citations, which help measure the prestige of scientists and their institutions, we lack data on internal processes of peer review at journals and funding agencies.

These data are crucial to understand whether allocation of resources and merit in science is biased and assess if science is still a cooperative, civilized game between disinterested experts or a corrupted race towards hyper-competition and the ‘publish-or-perish’ mentality. In this talk, I will share my experience as leader of a large-scale European project that developed a protocol for data sharing of journal data with a group of publishers representing the vast majority of the current scholarly communication market. This experience testifies to the nexus of technological, legal and organisational aspects involved in data sharing between stakeholders, the power of hybridization of data sharing models and the beauty of the digital age. And it tells you that science is not corrupted!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen to him and take part of the conference by signing up here by November 25th.

More information about Flaminio Squazzoni is full professor of Sociology at the University of Milan, Department of Social and Political Sciences, where he teaches Behavioural Sociology. He is the head of BEHAVE (www.behavelab.org), and also editor of JASSS-Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, co-editor of Sociologica -International Journal for Sociological Debate and member of the editorial board of Research Integrity and Peer Review, Sistemi Intelligenti and Socio-Cognitive Systems. He is advisory editor of the Wiley Series in Computational and Quantitative Social Science and the Springer Series in Computational Social Science. He is former President of the European Social Simulation Association (Sept 2012/Sept 2016) and former Director of the NASP ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies (2015-2016). E-mail: flaminio.squazzoni@unimi.it

Keynote: The false truth about everybody being data-driven

21 November, 2019

During this years Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University on December 5-6 2019 we have several very interesting Keynote speakers, one of them is Tobias Wagenknecht, Head of Data & Analytics at Aftonbladet.

He will talk about how everybody is stressing out, they all feel the urgency to become data-driven. Established businesses disappear and unicorns disrupt the market and question well established work-flows. There is a hysteria about the need to change and to do it all at once over each and every business area. This presentation is supposed to put things into perspective, I will speak about my own mistakes and how the general perception of everybody else succeeding tricks us into feeling bad. In the end you will realise that you are not alone and that changes take time – no matter how fast paced we have become.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen to him and take part of the conference by signing up here by November 25th.

More information about Tobias Wagenknecht: Born in Germany, raised in Spain, migrated to Sweden in 2011 – I consider myself a European data-nerd, who loves the beauty of numbers and charts as much as the satisfaction of  being able to come up with an actionable decision instead of just another report. I spent almost half of my life within travel & hospitality and learned a lot about the eternal struggle of making a conservative industry more data-driven. It is a story about many failures, learnings and iterations – so let’s have a talk and then try again!

Keynote: Open Science with the European Open Science Cloud

20 November, 2019

During this years Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University on December 5-6 2019 we have several very interesting Keynote speakers, one of them is Gergely Sipos works as Customer and Technical Outreach Manager for the EGI Foundation. He will give a talk about Open Science with the European Open Science Cloud.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen to him and take part of the conference by signing up here by November 25th.

In recent years, the vision of Open Science has emerged as a new paradigm for transparent, data-driven science capable of accelerating competitiveness and innovation. The embodiment of this vision in Europe is the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This presentation will introduce the EOSC initiative, its current implementation from the EOSC-hub and other projects, and will show
how EOSC can already facilitate Open Science. EOSC-hub is a 33 million Euro project that started in January 2018 with the involvement of over 100 institutes. EOSC-hub defines, creates and operates the integration and management system of the EOSC. This integration and management system (the Hub) builds on mature processes, policies and tools from the leading European e-infrastructures to cover the whole life-cycle of services from planning to delivery. Through this management system online and ‘human’ services, software and data are delivered towards researchers via the EOSC Portal and its Markerplace. The Portal already includes over 100 services from 3 e-infrastructure communities (EGI, EUDAT, INDIGO-DataCloud), and from over 20 Research Infrastructures and scientific service providers. The catalogue of services is expected to radically grow in the next years. The Hub acts as a single contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of services starting from baseline infrastructure services (such as HTC clusters, IaaS clouds, storage, security) to domain specific applications, datasets and portals.

You can also meet Gergely Sipos during the tutorial session about Open Science with Jupyter, Zenodo and Binder on December 4th.

More information about Gergely Sipos he coordinates EGI’s engagement programme and supports researcher communities and educators from academia and industry in tackling big-data and big-compute challenges using state of the art services from the EGI community. Gergely holds an MSc and a PhD in computer science and project management from the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He became involved in grid computing in 2002 and researched high-level user environments and collaborative design tools. Prior to EGI, Gergely worked in training, consultancy and user support for the EGEE project from his base in Budapest, where he promoted grid technology and distributed computing practices to scientific communities.

New course: Digital Humanities Research Methods (7.5 credits)

8 October, 2019

The course “Digital Humanities Research Methods” is given at Linnaeus University, Sweden, online, in English, from 30 March 2020 till 03 May 2020, and is free of charge for EU citizens. 

The aim of this course is to learn about digital research methods to address research questions from the humanities. The course gives an overview of the impact of digitization on the way research is conducted, an insight into a range of different digital methods, as well as an awareness of difficulties related to the methodology. The deadline to apply is 15 October.

For more information about the course and how to apply see: https://lnu.se/en/course/digital-humanities-research-methods/distance-international-autumn/

European Researchers’ Night at Kafe de Luxe, Friday 27/09 at 19.00

17 September, 2019

On behalf of one of the other LNUCs the Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) we would like to invite you to the second edition of the successful European Researchers’ Night/ForskarFredag event, which will be held on Friday 27/09 in Kafe de Luxe at 19.00.

 The event will feature six short (and fun) presentations of new research from IMS members, a digital art installation on the theme of water called “deSALinatiON”, and a media bingo (with prizes!)

There will be a free fika and the bar will be open to purchase additional food and drinks.

Please join us  and bring friends!

For more information contact: Beate Schirrmacher (main organiser) https://lnu.se/en/staff/beate.schirrmacher/

More details of the programme here: https://lnu.se/en/modernmedia

//Diana

PhD-course: Applied Machine Learning 3 credits

29 August, 2019

Data mining and machine learning is an area within computer science with the goal of bringing meaning to and learning from data. This course mixes theory and practice, with a focus on applied machine learning where we learn what algorithms and approaches to apply on different types of data.

The course includes the following:
• Supervised learning, different types of data and data processing
• Algorithms for handling text documents
• Algorithms for handling data with numerical and categorical attributes
• Neural Networks
• Deep Learning for image recognition

The course will start on Tuesday October 8th with workshops on October 29th, November 26th
The registration needs to be finalized no later than September 19th 2018 via this link https://forms.gle/Qgk91hk7tTxzp7rs7

If you have any questions please turn to Johan Hagelbäck – johan.hagelback@lnu.se

Research seminar (PhD) – Nico Reski, Wed18Sep, 16:00, D1136V

27 August, 2019

Nico Reski will present the progress of his doctoral studies in Computer and Information Science so far, and the work we have been conducting at the VRxAR Labs research group. This involves topics such as virtual reality, 3D user interfaces, immersive analytics, and computer-supported cooperative work. During the second part of the seminar I am looking forward to have a discussion with the audience regarding feedback and future directions of this work.

A warm welcome, no registration in advance is needed

//Diana

12/9: Cory Robinson, “Dr. Google is ready to see you: Privacy dilemmas arising from co-owned personal health data”

15 August, 2019

Welcome to the research seminar Dr. Google is ready to see you: Privacy dilemmas arising from co-owned personal health data” 

Heart rate, sleep patterns, and location information: Citizens share their personal data daily through social media and connected devices. Citizens and patients do not clearly know who owns, utilizes or shares their personal data, says Cory Robinson, a social science researcher.
This seminar is held in English!

  • When? Thursday September 12  14:30 – 16.00
  • Where? House Magna, Room Porfyr_Ma1065K, Universitetskajen (the new university buildings by the harbour, Kalmar)
  • Find your way: Norra Kajplanen 6 see karta
  • Register by sending an email to ehalsoinstitutet@lnu.se  (No later than Tuesday September 10th)

The research seminar will also be live streamed so that you can follow from a distance via eHälsoinstitutets website https://lnu.se/ehalsoinstitutet/

This seminar is a part of the research seminar series eHealth (for more information about the full program see https://lnu.se/ehalsoinstitutet/) hosted by eHälsoinstitutet, plattform eHealth and DISA eHealth bjuder in fall 2019.