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Seminar Series

The DSI runs a regular seminar series in data science that spans different disciplines, with a variety of approaches.

Seminars in 2020-21 were run online and as part of an interdisciplinary consortium through the data science research strand of the CIVICA network, of which LSE is a partner.

Missed one of our seminars? Recordings are made available on the LSE Data Science Institute YouTube channel.

The 2020/21 CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series

The Art of Quantitative Editing
2 June 2021

The Art of Quantitative Editing
Wednesday 2 June 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Find out more and register here

Speaker

L Bronner

Dr Laura Bronner

Quantitative Editor at FiveThirtyEight


AGENDA

15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Professor Slava Jankin, The Hertie School
Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Dr Laura Bronner, FiveThirtyEight
"The Art of Quantitative Editing"

15:45 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion of the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Find out more and register here

Breaking the Social Media Prism
19 May 2021

Breaking the Social Media Prism
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Find out more and register here

Speaker

Chris Bail

Professor Chris Bail

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke University


AGENDA

15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Professor Nicolo Cavalli, Bocconi University
Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and his research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Professor Chris Bail, Duke University
"Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make our Platforms Less Polarising"

15:45 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion of the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Find out more and register here

Using Public Video Cameras to Detect Racial Distancing on City Streets
5 May 2021

Using Public Video Cameras to Detect Racial Distancing on City Streets
Wednesday 5 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Find out more here

Speaker

Melissa Sands

Dr Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced


AGENDA

15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Dr. Erica Thompson, Senior Policy Fellow, LSE Data Science Institute 
Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Dr. Melissa Sands, University of California, Merced
"Seeing Racial Avoidance on City Streets"

15:45 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion of the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Find out more here

How to Detect Fake News Before it is Written
21 April 2021

How to detect fake news before it is written
Wednesday 21 April 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Preslav Nakov

Dr Preslav Nakov

Principal Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University


AGENDA

15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Professor Slava Jankin, the Hertie School
Setting the scene: brief intro to the speaker and his research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Dr Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute
'How to detect fake news before it is written'

15:45 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion of the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market
7 April 2021

Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market
Wednesday 7 April 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speakers

Christo Wilson

Professor Christo Wilson

Associate Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University


AGENDA
15:00 BST - Welcome Introduction
Professor Giacomo Calzolari, European University Institute
Setting the scene: brief intro to the speaker and his research

15:05 BST - Seminar Session
Professor Christo Wilson, Northeastern University
'Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market'

15:35 BST - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion on the research

16:00 BST - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Tracking COVID-19 with the Financial Times
24 March 2021

Tracking COVID-19 with the Financial Times
Wednesday 24 March 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 GMT

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

johnmurdoch

John Burn-Murdoch

The Financial Times Senior Data Visualisation Journalist


AGENDA
15:00 GMT - Welcome Introduction
Professor Ken Benoit, LSE Data Science Institute Director
Setting the scene: Brief introduction to the speaker and his project

15:05 GMT - Seminar Session 
John Burn-Murdoch, the Financial Times
'Tracking Covid-19 with the Financial Times' 

15:45 GMT - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion on the research

16:00 GMT - Announcement
Upcoming seminar in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Can Police Diversity Improve Police-Civilian Interactions?
17 March 2021

Can Police Diversity Improve Police-Civilian Interactions?
Wednesday 17 March 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 GMT

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Speaker

Roman Rivera

Roman Rivera

PhD Researcher, Department of Economics, Columbia University

 


AGENDA

15:00 GMT - Welcome Introduction
Prof. Slava Jankin, Hertie School Data Science Lab
Setting the scene: brief intro to the speaker and his research

15:05 GMT - Seminar Session
Roman Rivera, Columbia University
'The Role of Officer Race and Gender in Police-Civilian Interactions in Chicago' 

15:35 GMT - Research Discussion
Q&A / Discussion on the research

16:00 GMT - Announcement
Upcoming seminars in the series and other announcements

Miss this event? Watch a recording here.

Data Science Seminar Series Launch Event
24 February 2021

Data Science in the Time of Coronavirus and What Happens After
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Watch a recording of this event here

The launch event will feature a round table discussion on 'Data Science and Digital Transformation in the Time of Coronavirus, and What Happens After'. Four notable experts from academia, government and business will give their perspectives on how social data science is being used to tackly the problems of the twenty-first century, and their thoughts on how the rapid transformations we have seen over the last year will result in lasting changes. 

The session will be chaired by Professor Slava Jankin, Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab, and Professor Ken Benoit, Director of the LSE Data Science Institute. 

Hertie School and LSE are among Europe's leading social science research institutions, brought together by the CIVICA research network which will be funding ongoing programmes in data science for social applications. 

CHAIRS

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Professor Ken Benoit
Director of the LSE Data Science Institute

Slava Jankin

Professor Slava Jankin
Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab


SPEAKERS

Martin Waehlisch

Martin Waehlisch
Innovation Cell Lead, United Nations DPPA

Caroline King

Dr Caroline King
Global Head of Government Affairs, SAP

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James Palmer
Principal, Data Innovation Hub, OfCom 

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Dr James Hetherington
Director of Data Science in Practice, The Alan Turing Institute

 

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Dr Erica Thompson
Senior Policy Fellow, LSE Data Science Institute


AGENDA

15:00 GMT - Welcome Introduction
Prof. Slava Jankin, Hertie School Data Science Lab
Setting the scene: Context and Goals for the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series

15:05 GMT - Institutional Update
Introducing CIVICA Partner Institutions' Directors

15:20 GMT - Round Table Discussion
Chair: Prof. Ken Benoit, LSE Data Science Institute
Topic: Data Science and Digital Transformation in the Time of Coronavirus and What Happens After

Panelists:

  • Dr Caroline King, Global Head Business Development, Government Affairs, SAP

  • James Palmer, Principal, Data Innovation Hub, OfCom

  • Martin Waehlisch, Head of Innovation Cell, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the United Nations

  • Dr James Hetherington, Director of Data Science in Practice, The Alan Turing Institute

Watch a recording of this event here

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Data Science Summer School 

A series of one day workshops on data science methods and applications.

The world is one big data problem and the Hertie School Data Science Lab, one of our CIVICA partners, is hosting a summer school that will offer the tools and mindset to solve it.

In July 2021, sign up to the Data Science Summer School to explore the exciting methods and technologies currently employed by industry, government, and civil society to address the world's most complex problems.

Summer school courses will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar. Workshops will include specialist instruction from academic and industry experts, covering both theory and application. Attendance is fully sponsored and more information can be found here.