In March 2020, Suzanne van Bronswijk, Nalan Baştürk, Dyllis van Dijk and Frenk Peeters won the UM Data Science Competition. The award, valued at € 5,000, was sponsored by our fund. What happened after the award ceremony? Here’s an update!

Currently, the winners are in the midst of their project ‘Treatment dropout in depression: development and evaluation of a digital expert elicitation method’. They combine expertise in psychiatry, clinical psychology and econometrics. Together, they are developing a mobile application that extracts expert knowledge to strengthen prediction models for depression treatment dropout.

Because of the current situation, the UM Data Science Competition team switched to online Zoom meetings, and tested preliminary models during an online symposium at the 2020 conference of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NVvP Voojaarscongres). This summer, Suzanne, Nalan, Dyllis and Frenk will continue building and testing the mobile application.

About the competition
The Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University is holding a competition for innovative research proposals that use data science to tackle key problems of societal relevance. We invite teams to submit proposals using computational data science approaches to draw new conclusions or hypotheses from the data. To empower women in the data science field, all teams need to have at least 50% female(-identifying) members.