According to the National Think Tank, the Netherlands has a shortage of data scientists. Professor of Web Information Systems Geert-Jan Houben has noticed this as well. Almost every day, he is called by companies who are willing to pay for knowledge and talent from TU Delft.
The university is responding tot this with the Delft Data Science research programme and by launching a new Master’s track in September: Data Science & Technology Part of the Master’s degree programme in Computer Science, this track focuses on the analysis and use of the enormous quantities of data that we generate. The tasks of a data scientist consist of grouping these data, converting them to other formats and creating methods for analysing them. Students wishing to follow this Master’s track have many options: 10 research groups are offering their own basic modules, from which students may choose five. Examples include modules in pattern recognition, cyber security analysis, software architecture, data visualisation, multimedia computing and web science. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences is collaborating with other faculties.
So the data scientists from TU Delft are on their way. Where will they be able to work once they have their Master’s degrees? ‘The possibilities are endless: they can work for insurance companies, education institutions, hospitals, transport companies, energy companies, government agencies and, obviously, many areas of research’, replies Houben.
‘The tasks of a data scientist consist of grouping data, converting them to other formats and creating methods for analysing them’.