When Microsoft presented their new project ELL, the Embedded Learning Library, to the public at the end of June 2017, the media echo failed to acknowledge its groundbreaking potential. Only a few tech-focused news sites referred to the press release and the related github project. This rather underwhelming public attention is not the result of a misguided project decision at Microsoft, but the exact opposite.

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idalab seminar #5: Canonical Trends: Detecting Trend Setters in Web Data

On August 14th 2017, Felix Biessmann gave a talk at idalab about “Canonical Trends: Detecting Trend Setters in Web Data”. The talk was based on a paper that Felix has written in 2012, together with Jens-Michalis Papaioannou (TU Berlin), Mikio Braun (TU Berlin), Andreas Harth (Karlsruhe Institue of Technology):

The idalab seminars: our contribution to the AI discussion

For a while now, starting in March 2016, you have received information about the idalab seminars via our newsletter, Twitter, Linkedin or our Blog. For those who have never heard, or never attended – and always wondered – we want to take a brief moment to present to you what idalab seminars are all about, where we want to go with them and how we’d like you to be involved.

How to achieve maximum office happiness: Turning the allocation of office seats into an integer programming problem

The allocation of office seats can be tackled with either elbows, consideration and compromise – or the skills of a Data Scientist. Naturally, at idalab, we treated finding the perfect seating order as a mathematical optimisation problem. We are quite proud of the result. May we present to you what we’re fondly calling: The Optimum Happiness Distribution Project.

Data Trails No. 10 – Snapshots from the history of data visualisation

In the world of data visualisation there are only few works which are as universally celebrated as this 19th century statistical map about Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812. During this desastrous military endeavour a French army of 420,000 men was almost completely annihilated, only some ten thousand soldiers survived the catastrophe.

idalab seminar #8: Data Science meets art: Predicting bestselling books

Is there such a thing as “Bestseller DNA”? And how could it be revealed to authors, publishers or other interested parties? On March 2nd 2018, you have the chance to find out. In the context of the next idalab seminar, we will host a talk by Dr. Ralf Winkler, Founder and Managing Director of QualiFiction GmbH.

Data Trails No. 9 – Snapshots from the history of data visualisation

Picture this: you need to plot data describing two large geographic entities, spanning the enormous period of 1,700 years, and you have no interactive tools at hand. No software, no templates, no filter, no button, no zoom, no switch. How in the world are you going to create a compelling visualisation for this data set, one that enables both overview and insight into the details?

idalab seminar #7: Next generation product search at Zalando using deep learning

On January 26th 2018, idalab will host a talk by Duncan Blythe, who is a Research Scientist at Zalando SE. He will give a talk on: Next generation product search in e-commerce using deep learning.

Legal Tech: Wie wird die Digitalisierung des Rechts vonstattengehen? Noch haben wir die Wahl!

Nach der Kommunikationsbranche, der Wirtschaft und der Industrie hat die Digitalisierung mittlerweile unverkennbar auch das Recht erreicht. Dass diese Entwicklung nicht mehr aufzuhalten ist, bestreitet eigentlich keiner. Unklar ist, was genau passieren wird und wie lange es dauern könnte bis was auch immer, in welcher Form auch immer, eintritt.

Data Trails No. 8 – Snapshots from the history of data visualisation

Oh, the Mississippi. The „Father of Waters“ is a heroic beauty with an eventful history, famous for its tendency to meander. At times, it poses a major threat to the people living along its shore.