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Dossier Big Data

Queen Máxima to open Jheronimus Academy of Data Science ’s-Hertogenbosch

On Thursday afternoon, December 1, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will perform the festive official opening of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), located in the former Mariënburg convent in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Keynote speaker is Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Oxford University), who will go into the role of big data in the networked economy. In addition, researchers, administrators, and a JADS student will give presentations.

In September, various JADS Master’s and Bachelor’s programs were launched. JADS is a collaboration of the Province of Noord-Brabant, the City of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Tilburg University. Scientific education, scientific research, and innovation come together in ’s-Hertogenbosch, in cooperation with the international business community inside and outside the Brabant region. The unique aspect is the collaboration between the two universities, enabling big data to be approached from such diverse perspectives as technology, economics, law, and the social sciences.

Queen Máxima will be present during the central program in the Maria chapel, make a tour of the building, talk to students and researchers, and perform the official opening in front of the building. The opening ceremony will take the form of a light and laser show, with theater, music, and dance.

The keynote speaker is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. His research concentrates on the role of information in a networked economy. He was also affiliated to Harvard University and is one of the leading scholars in the field of data science.

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The opening starts at 16:00 hrs. and lasts until 17:30 hrs. Registration is mandatory (via spokesperson Herman Loerakker of the City of ‘s Hertogenbosch, phone 073 6155166, e-mail h.loerakker@s-hertogenbosch.nl). At 14:30 hrs., there will be an opportunity to interview researchers and administrators. See also www.jads.nl for the program.

Professor Viktor Mayer Schonberger will be available for interviews on Friday, December 2. If you would like to use this opportunity, please contact press officers Barend Pelgrim of Eindhoven University of Technology, phone+31 40 247 3030 or Tineke Bennema of Tilburg University, phone: +31 6  1967 8521 and e-mail: persvoorlichters@tilburguniversity.edu.

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