Roughly three years ago I wrote a similar post once I had obtained my bachelor’s degree. Recently, I defended my master thesis so I figured it’s time for another story. In this story, I’ll condense my learnings from the past few years of studying, working, and everything in between.

Remember those reading workshops you needed to attend, but never stuck with you. And all those weekly readings you skimmed through the night before your exam (#guilty)? Never change a winning horse, right? Think again. The rules have changed: multiple choice exams turned into class discussions. It’s no longer your memorization…


One moment you’re listening to one of your favourite podcasts, the next you’re interviewing one of the guests yourself. That’s basically how Rick and I ended up at Nadieh Bremer’s place. An astronomer turned data scientist, turned freelance data artist, who has created captivating one-of-a-kind data visualisations for clients such as Google News Lab and The Guardian. Not surprisingly, Nadieh has been a much requested interviewee and conference speaker. Nonetheless, we set out a challenge to come up with creative questions and talked about the importance of design, the magic of pen and paper, and why art is priceless.

Design matters

Back…


With no less than a four-person team of interviewers and videographers, I recently paid a visit to a highly requested interviewee: Dirk Fahland. An originally Berliner, who moved to Singapore, to eventually end up in Eindhoven where he’s has been an assistant professor in the Analytics for Information System group since 2013. In his work, he now focuses on what some describe as the intersection of data science and process science: process mining. It all started, though, in his youth where he always had an above-average interest in computers which, for example, shone through in his fascination with programming video…


From multiple offices spread around the globe, Studyportals is trying to make education transparent globally by listing thousands of international study opportunities in one place. With over 30 million unique visitors from 240 different countries per year this “Google for studies” is not only one of the fastest growing scale-ups of the Netherlands, but also a playground for every data enthusiast. Last April Agis and I visited their Eindhoven HQ to interview Lead Data Engineer Tara Farzami in the Control Room; the same room where I had been job-interviewed four weeks prior to that. …


Teaching others is one of the most rewarding things you can do and you learn a lot from it. In the last few months I have had the privilege of teaching to a variety of backgrounds about the art of data. Here you find my five biggest lessons learned.

1. Put yourself in their shoes

One of the advantages of still being a student is that you know how they think. Students highly appreciate it if you speak their language.

Don’t get me wrong here: you should always keep it professional. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t create a positive and stimulating classroom environment.


Last month I got the opportunity to pick the brain of some of the T500 nominees during The Next Web Conference 2018. In this article, I’ll share their views on a frequently recurring presentation topic at the event: Artificial Intelligence (AI). Not only did I ask them about the opportunities they saw, but also about the — at least as important — challenges and risks they identified.


For the second year in a row HEX took place in the breeding ground for innovation as well as the smartest city of the world: Eindhoven. 300 people with over 60 different nationalities gathered together for this 32-hour long hackathon hosted at the 8th and 9th floor in the ‘Veemgebouw’ at Strijp-S to build state-of-the-art technology that will be part of our everyday life in a world 32 years from now. It’s no surprise that such an exciting happening attracts a lot of press and attention. As such, plenty of others have already written about the participants’ experiences and the…


As a JADS-student you have likely heard through the grapevine of the Data Science Study Association Pattern which had already spread across two cities and now it has also formally been established in the capital of the province. The new ‘Master Committee’, including its five-member body, will be officially presented during Pattern’s General Member Meeting next month. Although they are currently still in the formalisation phase in this article I can already lift the veil on their future plans and ambitions as well as a personal introduction to the people behind the committee.

As the Master Committee is a brand…


A warm welcome to the Mariënburg, the second (and now: first!) home of many students, academics and start-ups. The place where both data science and entrepreneurship is pursued, where classics revived and where the JADS-flag always flies (no not literally, we are not at Zweinstein..) Like your freshmen welcome week it’s a new beginning and another milestone in your life. By choosing for JADS you showed that you are an early adopter, an innovator, a born entrepreneur or perhaps a ‘wantepreneur’. But you’re also a guinea pig, because not only the monastery but also the courses are constantly under development…


This time the story behind the person who normally shares others’ stories. He was the marketing rockstar behind Science Rockstars, previously worked as a “Travel Scientist” for Booking.com, has built his social media presence under the name “happy bandits”, loves hanging out with extraordinary people, regularly stands in the spotlights while wearing sunglasses, teaches others the art of persuasive technology and who is on a mission to fix the future. I am talking about Arjan Haring 🔮🔨 . …

Roy Klaasse Bos

Data Scientist & Researcher | Computational Social Science | Formerly Microsoft, Volkskrant, Studyportals

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