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The concept of “Artificial Intelligence” had a massive impact over the past several years. Marvelous tales about its prospective achievements abound, just as much as sceptical questions about whether (or when) the machines will finally substitute the humans on this planet. As a result of this heated discourse, leaders across many industries feel an urgent need to somehow incorporate AI technologies into their workflows, fearing to miss out on an important innovation step.

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This blog is a place for us to reflect on data science, AI, and machine learning. Hence, it covers a broad array of topics: technical considerations, our view on certain industries, interviews with researchers, thought leaders, and industry experts, as well as light-weight visualisation.

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Der Mythos der Juristen: Für Standardisierung zu individuell – Interview mit Professor Breidenbach Teil I

Anlässlich der Veröffentlichung des „Rechtshandbuch Legal Tech“, erschienen im C.H. Beck Verlag, waren wir im Gespräch mit Professor Breidenbach. Ausgehend von seinem Buchkapitel „Industrialisierung des Rechts“ entwickelte sich eine lebhafte Diskussion zum „Möglichkeitsraum Legal Tech“.

idalab seminar #9: When you’re Sick, Please Stay at Home – Making Sense of Spreading Phenomena using Human Contact Data

The next idalab seminar will take place on Friday April 27th at 5pm, as always in our office at Potsdamer Straße 68. We will host a talk by Benjamin F. Maier, PhD student at the Robert Koch Institute and freelance data scientist.

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.