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Over the last month, the BAI Community has been active in preparing and facilitating training, conferences and online events. Highlights include : 

Our Boot Camps

Our Spring Session will be held from March 1-10th  in Smithfield, RI on the Artificial Intelligence for Management with a deep dive into Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technologies, Image Recognition and Robotics. Our Spring faculty will be composed of Profs. Mentzer, Cielen,  Schlenker, and Zhang.  Further information can be found on the website and from Prof. Richard Glass at

Our Summer Session will be held from July 1-10th  in Bayonne, France on The Practice of Data Science with a specific focus on  Health Analytics, Smart Cities and Transportation. Our summer faculty will be composed of Profs. Sieber, CielenStockingerSchlenker.  Further information can be found on the website and from Prof. Schlenker at

Our Fall Session will be held from September 6-15th  on The Ethics of Data Science in Mysore, India in exploring the challenges and opportunities of Automated Decision-Making, Micro-Targeting, Truth by Design and Data Privacy. Our Fall faculty will include Profs. Hitz, Minhaj, and Schlenker.  Further information can be found on the website and from Prof. Richard Glass at

Trade Conferences

Dr. Lee Schlenker was a keynote speaker at the end of the year in Group Futura’s Post GDPR summit in Berlin, Germany. Prof. Schlenker’s discussion explored the relationship between “consumer trust” and data science’s “ground truths” in proposing a framework for focusing GDPR implementations around the notion of “Trust by Design”.  For further information on the GDPR Summit, and the Group Futurista, please contact Satvik Katyal at

Drs Davy Cielen and Lee Schlenker were keynote speakers in IQPC’s Airport Operational Excellence and Automation Conference January 28-30th in in Mainz, Germany. Prof. Cielen’s talk explored the current challenges and opportunities of process mining at the Brussels airport. Prof. Schlenker’s talk on “AI First” reviewed BAI’s evaluation for AI initiatives in the airport and airline industry. For further information on this conference, and the ICPC, please contact Dr. Nikolaus Siemaszko at

University Conferences

The BAI ran a graduate module on “AI and Big Data” in January for the Specialized Masters on Information Architectures at the IAE in Grenoble, France.  The module covered the foundations of Data Science, the challenges of Big Data, the of Machine Learning, and the future of Artificial Intelligence. For further information on this module, and IAE’s MSIO, please contact Dr. Armelle Farestier at

Profs. Mohamed Minhaj and Lee Schlenker facilitated the final module in February of SDMIMD’s Analytics Track, Analytics in Action, in Mysore, India.  This module explored case studies of  the operational and managerial challenges of Data Science in Community Management, Education, Fin Tech, the Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Smart Cities.  For further information on this module, and IAE’s MSIO, please contact Prof. Mohamed Minhaj at .

Community Events

The Data Science Society organized a very successful "Hack the News" online Datathon from Jan 21 to 29th with teams competing on four continents. Dr. Sergi Seriev and his team challenged the audience to develop machine learning models to identifying propaganda using NLP and text-mining. Special local events were organized during the week in Bangalore (India), Doha (Qatar), Sophia (Bulgaria), and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).  For more information on this event, and the Data Science Society, please contact Denitsa Yordanova at

In developing the BAI Community and its links to working professionals in Data Science, the BAI hosted working meetings in February with the management of Adecco, Cuurios, Cybot, Kreditech, Smart Dubai, Sopha Genetics, and ZeroG. For more information on BAI's corporate relations, please contact Dr. Lee Schlenker at

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In this issue :

Find that Panda

Putting AI First

How can human and machine intelligence together be leveraged to bring tangible benefits to the business?


The BAI Spring Session

The  Business Analytics Institute

In brief, the recent projects, conferences, bootcamps and publicatons of the Institute

The Business Analytics Institute

The  BAI 2019 Summer School on the Practice of Data Science

The Business Analytics Institute will once again be offering a 10-day Summer School this July 1-10 in Bayonne, France for senior undergraduate and graduate students on the Practice of Data Science

 The Ambassador Program

BAI University Consortium

Our academic members conduct research and consulting assignments with a variety of clients including IBM, NationBuilder, Oracle, SAP and SAS.

The Paradox of Trust

Partner Interview - Davy Cielen

Managing Director of Maiton Consulting, Davy Cielen took time out during the IQPC conference on Airport Excellence to share his thoughts on his experience, his current work, and opportunities in Data Science.


 Airport Excellence

Artificial Neural Networks: Man vs Machine

What exactly are ANNs, how do they work, how do they differ from other machine learning algorithms, and what are their use scenarios in data science?


This Newsletter has been created specifically for the BAI community to foster conversation around the use of analytics in improving business decision-making.