28.03.2017

Success at the Datafest Competition held by the University of Wolverhampton (GB)

Category: Englisch

The winning team (f.l.t.r.): Cesar Jiminez from the Dominican Republic, Daniel Leitenberger (h-ab), Barak N. Matthew from Nigeria and Maurice Rohracker (h-ab)

Two students from Aschaffenburg University win the competition

The winning team (f.l.t.r.): Cesar Jiminez from the Dominican Republic, Daniel Leitenberger (h-ab), Barak N. Matthew from Nigeria and Maurice Rohracker (h-ab)


Seven students of Aschaffenburg University studying Renewable Energies and Energy Management (E3) as well as Industrial Engineering took part in the Datafest Competition conducted by the University of Wolverhampton near Birmingham from 14 - 16 February 2017.
The aim of this international competition, in which 37 students from 11 countries participated, was to generate insights into large amounts of difficult-to-handle real-life data within 48 hours using applied mathematics and computer science methods (“big data analytics”) and to present the results graphically.

For example the students used Birmingham Police’s crime statistics to identify the best, safest, lowest-priced etc. residential areas in the West Midlands region; they generated prognoses regarding the development of local real estate prices and they analysed behavioural patterns from 12 million Twitter tweets generated after the US presidential election among the Twitter using electorate. Among other things this allowed for the identification of so-called “social bots” which are used to influence opinion in social networks.   
Following partial all-nighters full of team spirit, intensive coding, evaluation and data processing using  MATLAB programming (and other languages) and an incredible level of enthusiasm and staying power, the outstanding final presentation of the “Data Analytical Engineers” team of Daniel Leitenberger and Maurice Rohracker from the Aschaffenburg University’s E3 degree course received the most acclaim and made them the winners.
Sincere thanks are due to Dr. Patricia Davies of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Wolverhampton and her staff for the outstanding planning and organisation of the event and the catering provided for all participants. The students of Aschaffenburg University as well as the accompanying professors Michael Möckel and Jörg-M. Sautter are looking forward to welcoming guests from Wolverhampton University to Aschaffenburg next year.