Delft Data Science - Big Data and Nature

CANCELLATION Big Data and Nature

Dear guests,

Due to the unforeseen weather and expected trouble on the roads and public transport - especially in the afternoon-, we feel it is wise to cancel this event now. I hope that you are not already on your way to Delft.

I apologize for any inconvenience. We will let you know more as soon as possible when we plan a next meeting on Big Data & Nature.

We hope we can count on your presence the next time.

Best wishes
Marije Wassenaar
Program manager DDS


Delft Data Science Seminar
Big Data and Nature
Monday 11th of December 12:00-18:00
Science Centre, Delft 

You can register here.

We are excited to announce the newest editions of the Delft Data Science Seminars organized at TU Delft: The Delft Data Science Seminar – Big Data and Nature.

The topic of nature will be discussed along the themes “Natural resources” and “Climate”.
This topic is multidisciplinary, so we have invited researchers from different faculties to present their research.

For the first theme we invited a number of TU Delft projects that will focus on Water, Sun, Earth and Wind in relation to data science.
In addition, an interesting program is composed of presentations on investigating Climate Change with data science. 

Most of these projects are being performed in combination with external partners.
During this event we also like to give the stage to companies to pitch their Big Data and Nature topic.

Keynote speakers

Milos Cvetkovic - Data driven Power systems

Arjen Luijendijk - Understanding our coast line

Kenny Meesters - What to do during a natural disaster?

Herman Russchenberg - Climate

Maurice Schmeits - Probabilistic forecasting of extreme weather

Piet Stammes - TROPOMI

Marco Zuniga - Communication using sun light


Stefan van Eijk, Accenture - Green energy data challenge

Ghada el Serafy, Deltares - Importance of Data science for Deltares

Alex Hoen, Dutch Association of Insurers - Climate report

Rene Tamboer, The Green Village - Multiple modalities in climate data

Raymond Sluiter, KNMI - KNMI's Datalab

Cees Taal, Quby - Toon, the smart thermostat

Mark Roest, VORtech - Correlations in rain fall


Join us on Monday the 11th of December from 12:00h-18:00 for the Delft Data Science Seminar – Big Data and Nature in the Science Centre in Delft. You can register here.


Milos Cvetkovic - Data driven Power systems

Dr. ir. Milos Cvetkovic is an Assistant Professor in the TU Delft’s Intelligent Electrical Power Grids lab of EEMCS since 2016. He works on simulations and modeling of energy grids. At this event, he will be speaking on Data driven power systems 


Arjen Luijendijk - Understanding our coast line

Ir. Arjen Luijendijk is a Post Doc Researcher in the Coastal Engineering section of the CEG faculty of TU Delft. Next to that, he works as a Senior Coastal Engineer at Deltares.
On the 11th of December, he will be speaking on the project NatureCoast – research project of the Zandmotor. Part of this project investigates the erosion of the world coastline by doing data analyses using satellite imagery.


Kenny Meesters - What to do during a natural disaster? Kenny Meesters works as a researcher in the Policy Analysis group of the TPM faculty of the TU Delft. He will give a workshop on What to do during a natural disaster. He works as a Standby task force, xext to his work at the TU Delft and has personally been to St. Maarten to help after hurricane Irma hit the area.


Herman Russchenberg – Climate

Prof. dr. ir. Herman Russchenberg is a full professor Atmospheric Remote Sensing and head of the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is also Director of the TU Delft Climate Institute. 


Maurice Schmeits - Probabilistic forecasting of extreme weather

Dr. Maurice Schmeits is a scientist at KNMI and works together with the group Statistics of EEMCS of the TU Delft on the NWO/TTW-project "Probabilistic forecasts of extreme weather utilizing advanced methods from extreme value theory". Central to his work is the study and use of probabilistic forecasts for (especially) severe weather and applications in hydrology, among others. He will present on probabilistic forecasting of extreme weather.


Piet Stammes – TROPOMI
Dr Piet Stammes is a senior scientist in the Satellite Observations Department of KNMI. His research is dedicated to radiative transfer in the solar spectral range, and retrieval of clouds, aerosols and trace gases from satellite measurements. He will present on the satellite instrument TROPOMI, which aims at monitoring air quality and greenhouse gases worldwide. This new European satellite instrument with a large Dutch contribution was launched on 13 October. The principle of the instrument, its data processing, and some first results will be shown. 


Marco Zuniga - Communication using sunlight
Marco Zuniga is an assistant professor in the Embedded Software group of EEMCS at TU Delft. He will give the first talk of the day on communication using sunlight. Communication between people and objects is very broadly and extensively used in this world. He works on making this communication sustainable and efficient.


Stefan van Eijk, Accenture - Green energy data challenge

Accenture is a management consulting company. Stefan van Eijk, a junior consultant and alumnus of the LR faculty of the TU Delft will present on the Green energy data challenge. In this challenge, businesses in developing countries aim to provide clean and affordable energy products, in order to take a step closer to a more sustainable future.


Ghada el Serafy, Deltares - Importance of Data science for Deltares

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Dr. ir. Ghada El Serafy is an expert on data sciences in ecosystem modelling and services. She is actively involved in the strategic research and developments within Deltares and is an assistant professor in data assimilation and optimization in the Technical University of Delft. She will present on the importance of data science for Deltares.


Alex Hoen, Dutch Association of Insurers - Climate report
The Dutch Association of Insurers represents the interests of private insurance companies operating in the Netherlands. The Association’s members represent more than 95 percent of the insurance market expressed in terms of gross premium income. 
The Association is an independent organization managed and financed by its members. Alex Hoen is a senior statistics researcher at the Dutch Association of Insurers. He will present on the report “hoofd boven water” on insuring damage by means of climate change


Rene Tamboer, The Green Village - Multiple modalities in climate data

The Green Village is an initiative of Delft University of Technology and Stichting Green Village. The Green Village provides an environment where universities and businesses can develop, test and demonstrate their innovations without these concerns, with close involvement of the public and government. 


Raymond Sluiter, KNMI - KNMI's Datalab

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the Dutch national weather service. Primary tasks of KNMI are weather forecasting, and monitoring of weather, climate, air quality and seismic activity. KNMI is also the national research and information centre for meteorology, climate, air quality, and seismology. Raymond Sluiter is a GEO-ICT researcher at the KNMI and will present the KNMI Datalab. Raymond Sluiter studied Physical Geography at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and owns a PhD in GIS and remote sensing. He is currently senior researcher GEO-ICT at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and working on the Big Data Policy of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. At KNMI, he coordinates the implementation and use of GIS, performs research on geospatial data infrastructures, and on spatialization of climatological and meteorological variables. He represents the Netherlands in the earth observation programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) as an technical expert. Last years he has evolved to a strategic data expert dealing with data governance, open data, earth observation data and big data.

KNMI Datalab combines unique knowledge and Big Data with other parties. Together we would like to explore the frontiers of data science to provide new insights, opportunities and surprising innovative solutions.


Cees Taal, Quby - Using data science to enable households to become more energy efficient

Cees completed his M.Sc. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) both at the TU Delft in the field of signal processing. He held postdoc positions at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). After academia he shifted to industry where he was appointed as a research scientist with Philips Research, Eindhoven in the field of biomedical data processing. Currently, he works as a data scientist at Quby, Amsterdam, where he develops algorithms for the Toon smart thermostat.

Toon, a leading European smart thermostat and energy display, enables users to control and monitor gas and electricity consumption in their homes. Using the energy data we collect from over 400,000 homes we have developed several data-driven services to give users more control over their energy consumption. In this talk we will explain the kind of available sensor data we have and how we apply it.  


Mark Roest, VORtech - Correlations in rain fall

VORtech offers a complete set of services for the development, maintenance and optimization of software for large scale or complex computations. We also provide mathematical consultancy. Mark Roest is managing director (and one of the founders) of VORtech, a company of scientific software engineers and data scientists. He also acts as a consultant, where he has two main focus areas. The first is helping companies define data-science projects. The second is helping companies to manage and maintain their computational software. He will present on predicting water usage by analysing data in time series for water suppliers