Workshops and Conferences

Upcoming events

Data Science Talk Series

The Frankfurt School Data Science Talk Series is a communication and networking platform that enables students and faculty  to interact with professionals from industries and academia, and exchange ideas on various topics related to data science and business.

Our Data Science Talk Series is also a learning platform benefiting anyone interested in data-science-related topics, including  AI, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Visualization, Deep Learning, and many other topics which are rapidly changing the business and academic landscapes.

Students from our Data Science BSc and MSc degree programmes are the target group for this seminar series. The goal is to help them better understand their role in business and center their attention on the topic that will lead them throughout their programme journey. The talk series is also a great medium to learn something new and even engender curiosity and a hidden passion that you have never realized before. Whether you are a data scientist or just someone curious about the continuous growth of data-driven applications all around us and their impact on finance, management, and other fields, please check our list of speakers below and register for any event you are interested in.

The booming field of Data Science is what connects us all in these talk series, so we are happy to welcome companies and professional individuals coming from the industries or academia to share their stories with us. For any inquiries, feel free to contact Zorica Zujic (

Speakers - Fall Series 2021

Sep 8, 2021 04:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna



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Using the force of secondary data: what the traces we leave behind tell about ourselves in the marketplace & beyond. With every interaction with digital interfaces of all kinds (smartphone, smart home, PC, etc.) we leave behind traces of data. At the same time, the „sensorification“ of the world makes everything around us more measurable than ever before – weather, soil, traffic, air quality, building structure and so on. HASE & IGEL is a startup built around exploring, integrating and using all of these novel data sources to tackle challenges in the marketplace and society: detecting trends, predicting outcomes of measures, forecasting demand, building early-warning-indicators against crises and assessing the effect of a given product, campaign or initiative. Jan Schoenmakers, founder and managing partner, tells the story of how such a company came into being (and became successful) rather far off the beaten path and provides insights on how HASE & IGEL approaches and solves the challenges posed by questions like „is there an actual market for removing microplastic from the oceans“, „will climate change make services to renovate dank basements obsolete“ or „which lockdown measures actually had a positive effect?’’.

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Sep 22, 2021 03:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna



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In 2007, Dr. Maria D’Orsogna learned of proposed oil activities in her home region of Abruzzo, Italy. Century-old wineries were to be uprooted to build clusters of oil wells, refineries, and pipelines, turning scenic Abruzzo into an oil district. Although based in California - 6,000 miles away - Dr. D’Orsogna took it upon herself to raise awareness and educate the public at large. She blended her scientific training, her experience as a professor, and her strong desire for social justice into an environmental movement that rapidly spread from Abruzzo across the country. Over the years, she traveled from town to town in Italy, educating citizens about environmental and health effects tied to hydrocarbon extraction, debating Big Oil, exposing political corruption, engaging the Catholic Church, putting pressure on decision-makers to act for the common good. While in California she used social networks and blogging to expose wrongdoings of the oil and gas industry, coordinate letter writings, keep raising awareness and spur action. Thanks to public uproar, spearheaded by Maria’s unwavering efforts, Abruzzo banned oil drilling and for the first time ever, the Italian parliament imposed a no-drill zone of 12 miles encompassing all of Italy’s 5,000-mile coastline. Overall, she helped stop at least 50 oil leases and the construction of several refineries; she also helped save roughly 60,000 square miles of sea from drilling activities, earning the nickname “Erin Brockovich of Italy”. Maria’s story is a testament of how, by engaging with the community, scientists and educators can truly make a difference.

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  • Maria D'Orsogna Part 2 - Migration, radicalization, and terrorist attacks: a mathematical perspective

Sep 23, 2021 5:15 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna (zoom and FS Campus Room S0.03).

This event will be hosted on FS campus as well as via Zoom. We invite you to hear and meet Prof. D'Orsogna on our FS Campus as well as to join us for the after talk discussions.
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The integration of migrants into existing communities, the radicalization of youth, and the persistence of terrorist attacks worldwide, are some of the most pressing issues of our times. We use mathematical frameworks and/or data analysis to analyze these complex systems and determine the efficacy of possible intervention strategies. We begin with a dynamic network model of interacting natives and migrants both seeking socioeconomic prosperity and cultural acceptance and identify the conditions under which cooperative/integrated or uncooperative/segregated societies arise. Enclaves of marginalized populations, especially disaffected youth, often lead to radicalization, a process we study through an age-dependent model where interactions are maximized at early adulthood; under certain conditions our model leads to "waves" of radical behavior ebbing and flowing over generational cycles. Finally, we study the spatiotemporal correlation of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda, ISIS and local insurgents, by analyzing the Global Terrorist Database and find that repeat and near-repeat activity depends on the adversarial, neutral, or collaborative relationship between conflicting factions.

Dr. Maria D’Orsogna received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from UCLA in 2003. She is a professor of Mathematics at the California State University, Northridge and holds an adjunct professor position in the Computational Medicine Department in the Medical School at UCLA. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Math at UCLA.

Her scientific interests cover a wide range of topics, primarily within biology and sociology using tools from statistical mechanics, game theory, numerical simulations and stochastic processes. She has worked on mathematical models of virology, cell biology, neuroendocrine systems, multi-particle swarming, crime hotspot formation, terrorism, sectarian violence, and networks of organized crime. Collaborations with experimental or social scientists usually help inform the proper approaches to be used, to understand dynamics and mechanisms, identify optimal strategies and possibly formulate new and relevant questions.

Prof. D'Orsogna is the author of more than sixty referred publications; her work is supported by the NSF, NASA and by the Army Research Office.

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Past speakers - Spring Series 2021
      • Dr. Heike Dengler - UBS Frankfurt - CFA Head Market Conformity Check - Machine Learning Applications in Financial Services.
      • Vahe Andonians - Lecturer and Practitioner, Partner alongside Moody's Analytics.
      • Dr. Ryuta Yoshimatsu & Inna Grijnevitch- D ONE Zürich
      • Dr. Yao Yang - Data Scientist - Infineon Technologies Munich
      • Dr. Sergio Solorzano - Senior Scientist/Software Engineer - EXEON Smart Cyber Security
      • John C. Lokman -  Communication and information specialist

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Past events

12 June 2021
Lucas Böttcher and Jan Nagler

Overall Topic:
Introduction to the physical description of social systems including discussion in the context of a weekend seminar of the jDPG.

28 May 2021

The MIDAS Webinar Series features research by MIDAS members, and is open to the public.

4 May 2021

Professor Lucas Böttcher, Professor of Computational Social Science at Frankfurt School

26 May 2021
John C. Lokman - Communication and information visualization specialist


7-10 July 2019

Ninth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic


2 October 2018

The Future of Work. The Digital Revolution and Its Consequences,
Kick-Off Impulse & Panel Discussion


27 September 2018

Keynote Speech & Discussion with Prof. Gregory Wheeler


18 June 2018

The Third Wave of Artificial Intelligence is game changing.