PMI Euregio event

Event date: December 12, 201816:30u
End date: December 12, 2018

The convergence of blockchain, AI, and Data Visualization analytics are opening doors to more powerful and innovative solutions that manage compliance costs and reduce operational risks and will change project management.

During this event, we will have 3 prominent speakers covering these 3 topics and making it more transparent and clear what it will bring and change for us in the future.

Presentation 1: Artificial Intelligence and Project Management by Prof. dr. Rüdolf Müller

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized over the past 10 years the way we can analyze data. In particular, the techniques of deep learning allow not only to analyze numeric data, but also unstructured data like images, audio- and video.

AI algorithms are thereby increasingly able to act successfully in strategic situations, like the recent success of the poker algorithm Libratus demonstrates.

At the same time, AI approaches have their limitations in predictive and prescriptive tasks.

In this presentation Müller will share with the audience what we can expect from AI methods in the context of project management.

About the speaker:

Rudolf Müller is professor of Quantitative Infonomis at Maastricht University School of Business Economics.

Since October 2015 he leads the Business Intelligence and Smart Services Institute on the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen, NL.

BISS focuses on co-creation projects with industrial and public partners, in which recent developments in AI and other fields of data science are tested in use cases. Next to technological innovation, the goal is to develop a better understanding of the impact of these innovations in practice.

BISS offers also professional education in data science.

Rudolf Müller has 30 years of research experience in mathematical optimization, operations research, cloud computing, information systems, and the design of economic coordination and market mechanisms.

Presentation 2: Data Visualization and Project Management by Kay Schröder

In today's digital world, the interpretation of (big) data is becoming increasingly important. How can we display this data to make it clear and understandable?

Schröder discusses different aspects and methods of data visualization. He deals with the artificial aspect, the influence of cognitive perception on interpretation and the tension between data visualization and interpretation.

About the speaker:

Kay Schröder works as head of the humans data interaction lab within the BISS Institute/the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. Furthermore he works as researcher and senior lecturer at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht Academy Media Technology and Design.

Kay Schröder has been working in field of visualization for more than a decade now. He has done several international projects in the field of data visualization and communication for the Climate Programme of the United Nations (IPCC), Reed Elsevier/ LexisNexis, APG, Province of Limburg, and InterSystems and others. The focus of his work is on effective and targeted communication and the exploration of data in the context of decision-making processes and data analysis.

Presentation 3: Blockchain or: What is Trust? By Walter Bril

Blockchain is currently being regarded as one of the biggest technical innovations since the rise of the Internet. More and more articles, blogs and especially hype, are created and cause a lot of daily noise. This shows in the form of the investing hype in crypto-currencies and ICO’s. On the other hand, establishment (banks, government, mainstream media) are spending a significant part on framing, which creates even more noise.

Blockchain is often associated with technology alone, leaving out the organizational aspects.

This causes an unbalance: Applying new technology within old and established and traditional thinking models. This way, we miss the potential and opportunities that this innovation could bring humanity. This session focuses therefore on those organizational aspects and human behavior. Classical organizations need to start looking for how they want to transition towards this new era. And in some cases, they even need to ask themselves why they exist…

Out-of-the-box thinking is pretty mandatory here.

After the session the following topics should be clearer:

• The concepts behind blockchain technology, using practical and non-technical examples

• Developments around blockchain the last few years, triggered by different stakeholders

• The amplifying character of technology

About the speaker:

Walter Bril is an expert in the field of process knowledge management. For more than 25 years he has been involved in analyzing and (re) designing business processes, especially focusing on practical knowledge retention. A practical example of this is, the San Francisco based,, where he, as co-author of the Universal Process Notation (UPN), uses his knowledge and experience to help to grow this start-up.

Aligned with the vision and mission of, he literally walked the talk and co-authored the books “Blockchain Organizing” & “Blockchain Organizing for Managers”.

He’s involved in advising blockchain / process knowledge management entrepreneurs who develop their activities through the Brightlands Campus concept in Heerlen.


16.00 – 17.00 Registration, sandwiches, refreshments and visiting sponsor expo

17.00 – 17.15 Opening, welcome and introduction by the PMI Netherlands Chapter

17.15 – 17.30 Introduction of Brightlands

Marie-Claire Defauwes, Brightlands

17.30 – 18.30 Artificial Intelligence and Project Management Prof. dr. Rudolf Müller at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics  Scientific Director of BISS Institute

18.30 – 18.45 Break to visit the sponsor Expo

18.45 – 19.45 Data Visualization and Project Management

Kay Schröder, Head of the Human Data Interaction Lab, CEO Daily Interactive

19.45 – 20.00 Break to visit the sponsor expo

20.00 – 21.00 Blockchain or: What is Trust?

Walter Bril, Co-Author: Blockchain Organizing - Foundations for a new socio-economic order

21.00 – 21.30 Wrap-up, Networking & Sponsor Expo

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