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And&: technology, culture and economy combined in one mind-blowing festival

No matter how busy you are, do try to find the time to come to Leuven in the first days of May. Because from 2 to 5 May, the first edition of and& will be taking place there. And what? And&. And why?...

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Why is it important to add a human touch to big data?

In the hype and excitement surrounding artificial intelligence and big data, most of us miss out on critical aspects related to collection, processing, handling and analyzing data. It's important for...

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From “Waiting for Mike” to ‘Vote for Mieke!’

Not so very long ago, when I was wondering why we didn’t start the planned meeting, the others said: “We are waiting for Mike”. Turns out they thought I would be a man, and ‘Mieke’ was just...

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Hannah Fry: “Post-war baby(boy)boom was no divine intervention”

Having attended a presentation or keynote by British mathematician Hannah Fry, you cannot help but feel inspired and anxious to apply math and analytics to your professional and your personal life....

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Artificial Intelligence: the time is now!

Each and every day, we see new practical examples of artificial intelligence (AI) being deployed in various industries. Within SAS as well, we are continuously developing applications in various...

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The students of today; our heroes in the era of bigger, more complex data

Reading a blog article recently, this sentence caught my attention: “The digital economy infiltrates almost every aspect of our lives – from banking and shopping to dating and learning. For some...

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Artificial Intelligence: beyond the media hype

When it comes to coverage in the media Artificial intelligence (AI) is often described without any nuance, as if it were a huge threat for our future. In reality, AI can be a big help, offering...

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Trains, IoT and analytics: GE’s best kept secret

When we say ‘GE’, you probably think of industry solutions such as power plants; wind turbines, airplane engines. But did you know that GE is also one of the world’s biggest train vendors?...

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Clearing your store while keeping the margins as high as possible? Adidas shows you how

Retail managers all over the world face that same challenge: finding the 'sweet spot’ between completely clearing their inventory and maximizing revenue and profit.

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Frédéric Thys

Frédéric Thys

A mix of business curiosity, technical skills and the urge to write stories that matter…that is what drives Frédéric to blog about. His favorite topic? People Analytics! Or to showcase the value of analytics when unveiling unsuspected connections behind complex human systems and behaviors.
Buckle up for some clear, ready-to-use insights in how analytics measure the human attributes of consumers and employees to predict the success or failure of a venture, and to model and optimize teams and companies. Because business is about people, about making people happy and comfortable. And to be successful in business we need time and analytics to know how to make this happen.

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Mathias Coopmans

Mathias Coopmans

Mathias Coopmans combines business curiosity with technical skills, a powerful combo many professionals can only dream about. Passionate about big data and business analytics, Mathias helps companies across South-West Europe create value from Hadoop - the open-source data storage and distributed processing platform – integrating it into their business, both on the technical side and at the strategic level. Analytics and Big Data put to work, the best of both worlds!

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Hélène Ernotte

Hélène Ernotte

One of SAS’ credos is Creating Chances. And you might say Hélène Ernotte is the embodiment of that credo and ambition. The company’s HR Manager started as a Junior Recruiter at Microsoft in 2008. She joined SAS in 2012 as HR Business Partner, where she put her experience into practice and quickly became a valuable asset to the analytics firm. Though she is still only in her early thirties, Hélène is now in charge of all SAS’ HR activities in Belgium and Luxembourg. Her goal: to make sure SAS becomes the Great Place to Work of The Future.

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Véronique Van Vlasselaer

Véronique Van Vlasselaer

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Michel Philippens

Michel Philippens

Michel is passionate about everything related to big data analytics, and how you can use these to make smarter business decisions. With a Master in Sociology and Statistics he first worked as a research assistent at the KU Leuven, but Michel soon joined SAS as a Senior Consultant. Today he has 15 years of valuable experience, truly seeing the world of analytics change. His key philosophy: analytics don't belong in a lab test environment, they are part of everyday life.

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Philippe Van Impe

Philippe Van Impe

“Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower scholars and professionals to apply data sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges.” There you go, Philippe Van Impe in a nutshell. Quoting his mission statement to describe Philippe is quite a lot easier than trying to sum up his professional activities: founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, founding partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, ‘social entrepreneur’ and ‘startup coach’. You see, Philippe is a tough professional to capture in such a short bio!

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