Hasselt University organizes workshop on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

Coming October 29-30, Hasselt University will organize a workshop around Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs), covering topics such as

  • Causal reasoning with FCMs
  • Learning algorithms and transfer functions
  • FCM models for time series forecasting
    • Low-level models
    • Granular models
  • FCM models for pattern classification
    • Low-level models
    • Granular models
  • Software tools for FCM modeling

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BI Trip 2018: BI students visit Acumen

This blog post is contributed by Elseline Senave, Laura Verboven, and Greg Van Houdt, students of the bachelor and master program Business Informatics

Everyone with a memory to their student-life knows the feeling… You spend your precious time at the University, get heaps of knowledge thrown at you and eventually reach your breaking point when you’re working against the deadline of yet another project. It is at those moments that a student wonders whether all your efforts will actually be worth the investment. “How will any of this do me any good in my daily life?”

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It’s all about the process

The world and the industry has changed radically in recent years. Of course, evolutions and revolutions have become commonplace in modern economies. This time, however, is different. It is not the products and services that are changing, it is the way in which they are delivered to the customer that is totally different.

The guest lecture is part of the BPM course in Master of Management and the speaker is Jan Mendling, professor at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and thought leader in the area of Business Process Management.

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BI-students think outside the box: “Don’t worry, BI happy”

This blog post is contributed by Elseline Senave, Nick Baeten and Stef Breuls, students of the bachelor program Business Informatics

It goes without saying that it has plenty of perks to be a BI student. You get to explore some of the most compelling subject-matters, to tackle cutting-edge challenges and to forge a connection between what is and what shall be. But wait, it gets even better: on the seventh day, we created something called “BI-day”, which basically means that we get to dive right into the action whilst the other university students get to follow classes from dawn to dusk.

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useR!2017: Analysing Learning Patterns with R

Teaching R to students with little to no experience in programming or data analysis is a challenging task. Our talk at useR!2017 showed how different ingredients of our course Exploratory and Descriptive Data Analysis at UHasselt are used to facilitate the learning of R.

Firstly, the educational environment at UHasselt, based on guided self-study and the use of small group working sessions, allows each student to have an individual pace of learning and gives them frequent feedback.

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Students visit the Intel facilities in Ireland

Traditionally, the students business informatics of UHasselt organise a biennial trip to visit leading-edge technology companies around the world. This year, our group had the pleasure to visit the Intel facilities in Dublin. For sure, Intel did a wonderful job in having us. The staff showed real commitment and organised a very interesting day filled with talks, demonstrations and tours.

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Monitoring online teaching & learning

The world of education is changing more than ever. Since the emergence of the internet, platforms for e-learning are becoming omnipresent. The use of video lectures and other online learning materials are rapidly replacing traditional lectures and textbooks. As learning is occurring more and more online, teachers are facing new challenges. The increasing distance between student and instructor asks for new tools to track and adjust learning activities.

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From relational database to valuable event logs for process mining – A procedure

The huge potential of process mining applications is -luckily- already discovered in a variety of business settings. In industry, more and more companies are learning about its potential value. In meanwhile, academic researchers continue their quest to the best algorithm, the most meaningful metrics, the most understandable visualisations, etcetera. Whatever ‘best’, ‘meaningful’, and ‘understandable’ may be… These are food for thought and discussion on their own. But I’d like to address a different mini-research-topic-on-its-own: the event log.

An implicit assumption in process mining (both research and applications), is the existence of an event log.

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Agile project management in higher education: kick-off

Last week, the business informatics group was happy to invite Hugo de Groot, an agile coach at Cegeka, for a workshop about “Agile project management in higher education”.

In the context of an innovative education project that was earned by our research group, Marijke Swennen, one of our researchers, started in October 2016 with the introduction of agile project management at Hasselt University.

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Students Business Informatics organized their first Service Jam

Three weeks ago, the students from ‘business and information systems engineering (BI)’ at Hasselt University organized a service jam #servicejamhasselt.

“A service jam resembles a musical jam session: you take your instruments and start to experiment. The idea is to make fun and start creating, not only brainstorming.” says Geert Tewissen, service designer at Boondoggle.

Many times the creation of new products starts from the possibilities these products can offer: the solution. Yet ideally, a new product should stem from a problem. This is certainly the case for IT-driven products and services. The stream of design thinking provides counterweight to this solution-based approach. A solid service design pulls you back to the origin of your business: which problem of which person(s) are we going to solve?

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