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ZHAW's Datalab is happy to have successfully organized the 2nd Swiss Workshop on Data Science (SDS|2015) in continuation of what has successfully started last year with the SDS|2014 event.


SDS|2015, the 2nd Swiss Workshop on Data Science, brings together opinion-leaders, practitioners, decision-makers and researchers with interest in Data Science (including, but not limited to Big Data). Its goal is to foster exchange of ideas specifically for the Swiss market and to sustain the community of Data Scientists in Switzerland.

As a follow-up to the very successful first event 2014, we plan a full day of exciting and inspiring talks, hands-on data expeditions, and ample time for networking.

To this end, stakeholders from industry and academia as well as from politics and funding agencies are invited to share their thoughts, experiences and needs on projects, agendas and education. Build your network and find future partners.

Find the official flyer here (PDF, 408 KB) (PDF 407,9 KB).


Find the complete program here (PDF, 1.8 MB) (PDF 1,9 MB).

Three parallel tracks will address needs of decision makers as well as practitioners and offer opportunities to get one's hands dirty with data. Inspiring talks will be presented by renowned Data Scientists and internationally renowned keynote speakers, and there will be ample time for discussion and networking.

Opening session (10:00 - 11:30)

Welcoming address
Jean-Marc Piveteau, president of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Keynote on "The Use of Ever Increasing Datasets in Macroeconomic Forecasting"
Jan Egbert Sturm, Director of Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich (Slides (PDF, 452 KB) (PDF 451,9 KB))

Tackling Challenging Problems in Academia and Industry: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Kurt Stockinger, ZHAW Datalab (Slides (PDF, 4.0 MB) (PDF 4,1 MB))

Executive track (11:45-12:35 / 14:00-15:15)

"MIDATA.COOP – Citizen-Controlled Reuse of Personal Data"
André Golliez, (Slides)

"Big Data Analytics - Evolving Toward Analytics 3.0"
Guido Oswald, SAS Institute (Slides (PDF, 3.4 MB) (PDF 3,5 MB))

"Cross-functional data analytics for Client Relationship Advisors for a global American Bank"
Dorian Selz, Squirro (Slides (PDF, 1.5 MB) (PDF 1,5 MB))

"50 Shades of Truth: Visualisation and Communication of Uncertainty"
Rodolphe Dewarrat & Vera Gärttling, IMSD (Slides (PDF, 1.3 MB) (PDF 1,4 MB))

"Privacy in the Big Data Era"
Olivier Heuberger-Götsch, Scigility (Slides (PDF, 1.6 MB) (PDF 1,6 MB))

Technical track (11:45-12:35 / 14:00-15:15)

"Re-engineering IoT Legacy Analytics with Big Data"
Rosaria Silipo and Bernd Wiswedel, KNIME (Slides (PDF, 1.5 MB) (PDF 1,6 MB))

"0 Lines of Code and in under 20 Minutes: Building a Customer Churn Application"
Marc Schöni, Microsoft (Slides (PDF, 1.0 MB) (PDF 1,0 MB), Video coming soon)

"Interactive Scientific Image Analysis and Analytics using Spark"
Kevin Mader and Marco Stampanoni, ETH Zurich / PSI (Slides)

"Automated Data Curation at Scale"
Bernhard Bicher and Noah Bieler, Wealthport (Slides (PDF, 398 KB) (PDF 397,6 KB))

"Distributed Machine Learning: Algorithms and Open Source Implementations"
Martin Jaggi, ETH Zurich & SpinningBytes AG (Slides (PDF, 12.1 MB) (PDF 12,4 MB))

Interactive track (11:45-12:35 / 14:00-15:15)

We invite you to a “data expedition”, where you will travel deep into unmapped territories of data. Together with people from different backgrounds, you will playfully explore your way through a full-scale data investigation and – hopefully - exit this quest with an innovative data product. Teams of data explorers help each other learn how to find data, overcome obstacles in using it, design a product and communicate it strategically.

Are you intrigued? Then you are the right person for this session! We will provide you with Twitter data on hot political discussions in Switzerland (e.g. national referendum next Sunday),and team you up with the right people. Data science experts will be there to guide you whenever you get stuck. You do not need to be a programmer or data analyst to participate – just bring your computer, your personal skills and a huge amount of curiosity and creativity!

If you did not yet register for the track, but planning to attend, please visit the registration desk.



Closing session (15:45 - 17:10)

Keynote on "The Emerging Discipline of Data Science - Principles and Techniques for Data-Intensive Analysis"
Michael L. Brodie, Research scientist and entrepreneurial advisor, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Slides (PDF, 7.0 MB) (PDF 7,2 MB))

"Mining the Voice of the Customer at Hilti"
Oliver Müller and Stefan Debortoli, University of Liechtenstein
Andreas Wagner and Karina Kisselite, Hilti (Slides / Video not available)


Find the location plan here (PDF 542,9 KB).

The workshop will be held on the 12th of June 2015 at the Eulachpassage Winterthur (Building TN at ZHAW campus Technikumstrasse). The venue is located in the heart of the city, a 2 minutes’ walk to the historic city center, 5 minutes’ walk from the central railway station, with a directly attached parking deck.

Exhibition & Sponsoring

We are very proud to have a strong support from industry and professional organizations for SDS|2015:

Organization & Program Committee

Gerold Baudinot, Martin Braschler, Mark Cieliebak, Oliver Dürr, Melanie Imhof, Andreas Ruckstuhl, Thilo Stadelmann, Kurt Stockinger