Event info
Date:18 May
Time:13:00 - 14:00
Contact person
Nicole Mastrell

Nicole Mastrell

Event Manager & PA to CEO


+45 6141 8634

Statistics versus machine learning

Should we all learn artificial intelligence?

Join on May 18 to understand the limitations of deep learning & why advanced statistical modelling is still needed – both in academic curricula and in the toolbox of any scientist or engineer

Date: 18 May 2021
Time: 13:00 CEST/12:00 BST
Venue: Online


Deep learning, big data and artificial intelligence: these are the buzzwords that we now encounter on a daily basis, both in industry and in academia. Traditional degree programs for engineers and scientists include one or two introductory classes in statistics. Should we now replace them with deep learning and artificial intelligence?

The successes of some deep learning algorithms are undisputed, but their applicability is also limited. After a brief introduction to deep learning, we illustrate current problems and limitations of this technology. We will then show a few advanced techniques from statistical modelling that engineers and scientists should have in their toolbox – even in times of AI!

During this webinar you will:

  • Get a quick overview of deep learning, its applications and limitations
  • See some advanced statistical modeling techniques
  • Discuss if we need to replace traditional statistics classes in university programs




David Meintrup, Ingolstadt University of Applied Science
David Meintrup is professor of mathematics and statistics at the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, where he is responsible for the mathematical and statistical education of engineering students. Besides his teaching and research in academia, Meintrup works as a statistical trainer and consultant, in particular for the semiconductor, solar, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In addition to numerous journal articles and other publications, he is co-author of the book Statistics with JMP: Graphs, Descriptive Statistics and Probability. He studied at the University of Münster and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.


Volker Kraft, JMP academic ambassador, Europe
Volker Kraft is senior academic ambassador at JMP. With a background in electrical engineering, Kraft has long used statistical methods to study psychoacoustics and speech communication, later applying analytics to customer advocacy in telecommunications for Vodafone and Voxeo.



Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World
Ben is the digital editor of Chemistry World magazine, producing video and podcasts to accompany the magazine and website. Prior to joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he was the producer of the award-winning Naked Scientists, making local and national radio programmes for the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia in South Africa.


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