EAA e-Conference on Data Science & Data Ethics

29 June 2021, live & online
Organised by the EAA – European Actuarial Academy GmbH

The actuarial focus has changed significantly over the last couple of years. Computational power is increasing with exponential growth, in addition more and more data is available. This combination puts the actuarial profession into a position where a new understanding has to be developed on today‘s possibilities of actuarial science and its ethical implications. The new role of actuaries within big data and ongoing digitalisation is not yet fully defined. Best practice experience sharing and exchange of ideas is needed. The EAA was delighted to offer once more to all interested actuaries and other experts a forum for knowledge exchange:

On 29 June 2021, the second EAA e-Conference on „Data Science & Data Ethics“ took place live and virtually. The programme combined keynote speeches with food for thought from well-known experts and selected talks from professionals through a Call for Papers.

All sessions of the Data Science & Data Ethics e-Conference will be available here to all actuview users free of charge from 11 August 2021. Another four pre-recorded presentations are already online.


09:30 – 09:40
Henning Wergen, EAA

09:40 – 10:40
KEYNOTE „Trustworthy AI – Obligation or Entrepreneurial Opportunity?“ (Abstract)
Maximilian Poretschkin, Fraunhofer-Institut IAIS

10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30
„Explainable Machine Learning“ (Abstract)
Xavier Maréchal / Samuel Mahy, Reacfin

11:40 – 12:10
„EHR Data Analytics-Opportunities and Challenges“ (Abstract)
Atreyee Bhattacharyya, IFoA AI & Automation in Life and Health Working Party

12:20 – 12:50
„How Privacy & Ethics Impact Assessments Strengthen AI Governance“ (Abstract)
Sarah Johanna Zech, Allianz SE

12:50 – 13:50

13:50 – 14:50
KEYNOTE „AI in Actuarial Science: Two Years on“ (Abstract)
Ronald Richman, SA Taxi

15:00 – 15:30
„NLP and Machine Learning in Social Media Opinion Mining“ (Abstract)
John Ng, IFoA Data Science Research Section

15:30 – 15:50

15:50 – 16:20
„Techniques for Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Insurance“ (Abstract)
Oliver Pfaffel, Munich Re

16:30 – 17:00
„Investigating Applications of Data Science in UK and non-UK Actuarial Teams“ (Abstract)
Valerie du Preez / Anja Friedrich / Xavier Maréchal

17:00 – 17:05
Henning Wergen, EAA


Additional on-demand recordings:

  • „Building Trust in A Government’s Use of Algorithms“ Gráinne McGuire, Taylor Fry (Abstract)
  • „Extension of Classical Data Science Tools by Text Mining for Claims Classification and Reserving“ Benedikt Funke, Oliver Wyman (Abstract)
  • „Lifestyle Mortality & Underwriting: The Data, the Science and the Ethics“ Petr Václav / Jacqui Niehaus, both RGA (Abstract)
  • „Survival Analysis & DataOps“ Razvan Ionescu / Antoine Chancel, both SCOR (Abstract)
Thank you to the sponsors of this years e-Conference:

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