Data Science Center Tilburg

Data Science Center Tilburg

Understanding a data-driven society


Society will demand data oriented people who understand the data driven society and who will be active in various fields. Therefore collaboration is a must. Collaboration with various profit and non-profit actors, but also scientific collaboration.

Data Science for Zero Hunger Lab

Based on the successful collaboration with the World Food Programme, Tilburg University decided to invest in their Data Science for Social Good program and build together with partners from Government, Academia, Business and Civil Society in the Netherlands and Africa our Zero Hunger Lab. The Zero Hunger Lab (ZHL) provides the Research and Development knowledge and capacity to assess, analyze, co create and deliver data science solutions that will enable not only the UN WFP but also all other key players and especially local farmers, communities, logistics service providers and government to fight hunger. Read more in the presentation

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Data Science for Social Good

DSC/t closely cooperates with organizations like Greenpeace and the Jeroen Bosch Hospital. This cooperation takes place in the yearly programData Science for Social Good (DS for Social Good).

DS for Social Good is challenging data scientists to work on social data science projects that really matter for short period of time. Tilburg professors, PhD-candidates, students and external data scientists  collaborate, explore en find solutions for various social challenges, working in small teams (4-5). DS for Social Good will team up with governments and non-profits, to help them gain insight in their data sets en answer the questions raised. Questions concerning difficult social challenges of today’s society: issues like health, human rights, education, access to the legal system, and unemployment.

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DSC/t collaborates with CentERdata. This is a research institute located on the Tilburg University campus. CentERdata has supported and contributed to research that is relevant to science, society and policy since 1997. They conduct research work on behalf of the academic community, public authorities and the private sector. Their mission is to answer research questions in the field of man and society. They collect, analyze and disseminate reliable data. CentERdata also develops models and draws up prognoses for a better future.

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Data partners for educating our data scientists

The DSC/t educational programs will be interactive and interdisciplinary in a way that will go beyond the limits of data science as a purely technology-driven development. On the one hand, the programs focus on strong quantitative skills, but an equally important goal of the program is to teach students how to integrate knowledge from social sciences, humanities, law, economics, and business for the purpose of solving data science challenges in a multi-disciplinary, academic manner.

In all of the programs, the curriculum provides students with data challenges. Data challenges require students to work in teams on real-world data problems of companies, governmental institutions and/or social enterprises. These challenges combine technical, legal, economic, psychological, sociological, and methodological issues. Supervised by their lecturers, teams of students work to provide an interdisciplinary solution to these problems.

DSC/t partners with companies and organizations for the use of their data in these challenges. The partners will make data sets accessible for students, formulate research questions / case studies for these data sets (together with academic staff) and help supervise the students during the challenge. The data challenges will reflect the developments and implications of data science in particular domains, e.g. marketing, logistics, health care, finance, engineering, or high-tech systems.

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Collaborating Tilburg Schools

Tilburg University offers a wide range of complementary expertise, including techniques for data mining, pattern recognition, business analytics, visualization and process analytics; as well as knowledge on law, regulation, ethics and entrepreneurship. Four schools (Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Tilburg School of Humanities) work together in offering the best possible training for the job of the future, that of Data Scientist. This cooperation makes our data science research and education unique in Europe and possibly even in the world.

Collaborating schools:

Eindhoven University of Technology

Apart from the cooperation within Tilburg University itself and the social cooperation, DSC/t is closely collaborating with the Data Science Center of Eindhoven University of Technology. A Joint BSc in Data Science is set up in which the best of both university worlds is combined to educate the future data scientists.