About Actuarial Data Scientist Program : Module 1

Actuarial Data Scientist Program : Module 1

IA|BE is organizing for the first time in its history a training program that will offer the possibility to obtain a certificate: the IA|BE Actuarial Data Scientist  Certificate.

The objective of the training is to provide to the participants a deep understanding of key Data Science methods, their domain of applicability, key results of interest for practitioners and connections with the classical actuarial methods.

Moreover, the program emphasizes on applied programming practice and demystifies concepts such as model deployment in a corporate environment, MLOps, Object-Oriented programming, code management tools (e.g. Github), and principles of software engineering. For this purpose, Python has been chosen as programming language.

The program consists of 3 modules, each of which is followed by an assignment.

Each module consists of 4 theory sessions and 4 programming sessions.

The theory sessions will be given by the professors of the KU Leuven, UC Louvain and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

For the programming sessions, the Board of IA|BE has decided to cooperate with Reacfin and a team of KU Leuven affiliated researchers in (insurance) data science, coordinated by prof. K. Antonio.

Participants who successfully complete the 3 modules will receive the Certificate of IA|BE Actuarial Data Scientist.

Each of these modules can also be taken separately.

Important remark: The detailed content of the various sessions of the modules may still be adjusted in the course of the next few days on the basis of the information we will receive from the various speakers.

Module 1: Statistical foundations of machine learning

This module encompasses some of the classical actuarial methods such as (generalized) linear models to introduce classification and regression problems.

This module strengthen the actuarial background and develops the (generalized) linear models up to an overview modern deep learning, gradually introducing key machine learning concepts.


  • When registering for the full programme of 3 Modules : 800 € / Module
  • Otherwise : 1 000 € / Module

Practical information:

The sessions will be set up online at the start. When, in the course of the programme, it becomes possible to have the sessions physically (at the Actuarial House) and online at the same time, participants will be informed and will be able to choose the format in which they wish to participate.

In order to guarantee optimal training conditions and interactivity of the programming sessions, the number of participants is currently limited to 20.

Schedule of Module 1: Foundations of Machine Learning in Actuarial Sciences

Day 1, Tuesday 5 October
16:00 - 18:00 Linear Models and conditional expectation By ANTONIO Katrien
Day 2, Tuesday 12 October
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : Foundations of actuarial learning and the organization of the training
Day 3, Tuesday 19 October
16:00 - 18:00 Generalized Linear Models: regression and classification By ANTONIO Katrien
Day 4, Tuesday 26 October
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : LMs and GLMs
Day 5, Tuesday 9 November
16:00 - 18:00 Regularisations and links with other support vector machines By ANTONIO Katrien
Day 6, Tuesday 16 November
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : Regularization
Day 7, Tuesday 23 November
16:00 - 18:00 Neural Networks By ANTONIO Katrien
Day 8, Tuesday 30 November
16:00 - 18:00 Programming : Deep Learning
18:00 - 23:59 Assignment after Module 1

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Ticket type Price
Members (Per Module) € 1,000.00
Members (Price/Module in case of participating in the whole program of the 3 modules) € 800.00
Non-members (Per Module) € 1,250.00
Non-members (Price/Module in case of participating in the whole program of the 3 modules) € 1,000.00