International Workshop ‘Understanding insurance in an era of Big Data’

preview-1As in many other domains of social life, hypes and fears on the ‘disruptive’ potential of big data in insurance abound. The use of fine-grained data and machine learning in insurance can result in the ‘personalization of risk’, posing important societal and regulatory challenges on issues of discrimination, privacy, accountability and fairness. To move beyond these hypes and fears, robust empirical research is urgently needed. This international workshop aims to bring together strong interdisciplinary empirical research in order to discuss big data-enabled ‘personalization of risk’ in insurance and study the societal dimensions of big data technologies. During the workshop, real-time experimental practices of big data-enabled personalization of risk in car and health insurance will be discussed while instigating collaborative work across the disciplines of actuarial science, law, and the social sciences. The interdisciplinary approach is original in bringing out the context-specificity of big data in the practices of insurance. This has so far received little attention in the literature and the collaboration between actuarial scientists, humanities and law scholars adds a unique opportunity to detect and frame how big data transforms the way we know and are acted upon in insurance.

Practical info

September 12th 2018, 02.00PM-05.00PM

Researchers’ Zone, Library Faculty of Social Sciences,

Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven

This workshop is open to everyone, but registration is necessary

Registration: gert.meyers@kuleuven.be

Organisation: Gert Meyers & Ine Van Hoyweghen, Life Sciences & Society Lab, KU Leuven

Programme Workshop, September 12, 2017, 02.00 PM- 05.00PM

01.30 PM-01.45PM:        Coffee

01.45 PM-02.00PM:        Welcome

02.00 PM-03.30PM:       Session 1

Hugo Jeanningros: Insurance and prevention: using behavioural economics in a wellness programme

Katrien Antonio, KU Leuven: Title tba

Liz Mcfall, Open University, United Kingdom: Personalisation, Persons and Risk Classification

03.30 PM-03.45PM:        coffee break

03.45PM-04.45PM:         session 2

Gert Meyers and Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven: Is everybody happy? Experimenting with behaviour-based personalisation in car insurance

Maiju Tanninen & Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, University of Tampere, Finland: Distributed autonomy: smart insurance as a technological imaginary

04.45PM-05.00PM:         wrap-up discussion

Author: B.STS

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