Connect@IPSDS 2021

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DATE: JUNE 18, 2021



CONNECT is an annual Data Science conference as part of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS). Both the Master of Applied Data Science & Measurement at Mannheim Business School and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland are housed under the IPSDS umbrella.

In 2021, CONNECT is jointly organized by Mannheim Business School, the Mannheim Center for Data Science (University of Mannheim) and the Social Data Science Center (University of Maryland).

The conference is dedicated to facilitating information exchange in the area of Survey and Data Science across various sectors (academia, industry, government, and non-profits). Topics presented will cover a wide range of domains from data ethics and privacy, healthcare, data visualization, and more.
This event is aimed at the needs and inquiries of students, young professionals, researchers, practitioners and others interested in the field of Data Science and Survey Research.

The recordings of Connect@IPSDS 2021 are available here.



Gina Walejko, Ph.D. is a researcher at Google. Previously, she worked as a Survey Methodologist for the U.S. Census Bureau. Her technical areas of expertise include questionnaire design and message testing. She teaches survey methodology courses for the University of Maryland, the University of Mannheim, and the International Program in Survey and Data Science. She is Co-Author of numerous technical papers, and her refereed journal articles have appeared in publications including Science. She currently serves on the American Statistical Association’s Survey Research Methods Section Executive Council and on their Committee for Women in Statistics.




Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD is Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Associate Dean for Education at JHSPH. She received her PhD in statistics in 2004 from Harvard University. She is an expert in causal inference methods as applied to mental health, public policy, and education. Dr. Stuart is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She is on twitter @lizstuartdc. 




Markus Strohmaier is Professor for Methods and Theories of Computational Social Sciences and Humanities at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), and Scientific Coordinator for Digital Behavioral Data at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Previously, he was a Post-doc at the University of Toronto (Canada), an Assistant Professor at Graz University of Technology (Austria), a Visiting Scientist at XEROX Parc (USA), a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University (USA), and the Founder and Scientific Director of the department for Computational Social Science at GESIS (Germany). He is interested in applying and developing computational techniques to research challenges on the intersection between computer science and the social sciences / humanities.



Florian Stahl is Professor for Quantitative Marketing and Consumer Analytics at the University of Mannheim. His research addresses business related questions of the digital economy and the digital transformation of marketing process and strategies. Methodically, his research is based on empirical modeling, applied econometrics, machine learning and experimental studies (laboratory as well as field experiments). The results of Florian Stahl's research have been published in top-tier journals such as Journal of Marketing or Journal of Marketing Research and he won the 2012 H. Paul Root Award and the 2012 Robert D. Buzzell / Marketing Science Institute Best Paper Award.



Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick is Professor at the School of Communication at The Ohio State University and a Fellow of the International Communication Association. She serves as Co-Editor of Communication Research, a flagship journal of communication science. Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick’s research examines the selection, processing, and effects of mediated communication. A key thread in her work pertains to antecedents and consequences of selective exposure to mediated messages. Her publications include four books and an edited book; the latest monograph came out in 2020. Further, she has about a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals and 33 book chapters (in Jan. 2020). Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick has served as Managing Editor of Media Psychology (2012-16) and as Graduate Studies Director (2014-15) in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University, as well as the Chair of the International Communication Association nomination committee (2013-2015).


Anna Elisabeth Linek is working as a Researcher and Project Manager at the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies, supporting the development of methods and tools for the efficient expansion and transformation of existing AI modules of autonomous vehicles to new domains. In her work, she focuses on validation and testing. She studied sociology and psychology at the Universities of Leipzig and Valencia, and has worked as a Market Researcher at TNS Infratest (now Kantar TNS) and as a social scientist at forsa, widening the perspective into the national setting of research questions and research methods. As part of her work at forsa, she entered the International Program in Survey and Data Science in January 2017.



Thomas Fetzer studied law at the University of Mannheim where he also received his doctoral degree in 2000. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School with the degree of an LL.M. in 2003. Habilitation at the University of Mannheim in 2009. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carrey Law School Centre for Technology, Innovation and Competition since 2009. He has been holding the Chair of Public Law, Regulation Law and Tax Law at the School of Law and Economics at the University of Mannheim since 2012. He served as Head of the Department of Law and Dean of the School of Law and Economics from 2014-2017. Thomas Fetzer specializes in antitrust and regulatory law as well as privacy law with a focus on questions relating to digitalization.



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Agenda Connect@IPSDS 2021 (PDF; 196.07 KB)