Combining nine years of project management experience with a strong academic background in mathematics and computer science, I strive to provide a unique value-added at the intersection of data analytics and societal challenges through analysis, creation of products and services, and consulting.

Driven by openness, curiosity, creativity, agile methods and interdisciplinary approaches. Fascinated by complex systems, network analysis, data visualization, deep learning and the surprising difficulty to prove (or disprove) simple-looking statements, just to name a few things.

About me

I currently work at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft) as a technical expert for IT-related R&D projects and as a program manager for the Global Incubator Network (GIN).

Prior to joining the FFG in January 2018, I worked as a Senior Project Manager at the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, led by Austrian social scientist Bernd Marin. My main responsibility was to steer the Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe Reform Barometer project, a task that I had started in 2015 as a Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, one of Germany’s largest non-profit foundations.

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Selected Policy Publications

Jan Arpe and Bernd Marin (2017):
Österreich zwischen gut und besser: Soziale Inklusions-Bilanz in vergleichender Sicht.
Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, Economic Policy Center (WPZ) at the University of St. Gallen (eds.) (2017):
Social Policy in the EU – Reform Barometer 2016. Social Inclusion Monitor Europe.
Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Jan Arpe and Quentin Dumont (2016):
“Augmenting the Toolbox.”
In: Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.): “To the Man with a Hammer…” — Augmenting the Policymaker’s Toolbox. Pp. 13-39.
Gütersloh, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Jan Arpe, Simona Milio and Andrej Stuchlik (eds.) (2015):
Social Policy in the EU: A Cross-national Comparison. Social Inclusion Monitor Europe (SIM) – Reform Barometer.
Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Jan Arpe (2012):
“Globalization and Its Complexity. Challenges to Economic Policy.”
In: Jan Arpe, Holger Glockner, Helmut Hauschild, Thieß Petersen, Andreas Schaich, Tim Volkmann (eds.): The Economic Risks of Globalization. Expert and Public Opinion Survey Results. Global Choices 1/2012:137-155.
Gütersloh, Bertelsmann Stiftung.
German version: “Die Globalisierung und ihre Komplexität. Herausforderungen für die Grundlagen wirtschaftlicher Entscheidungen.”

Jan Arpe and Andreas Esche (2012):
In: Gunter Thielen (ed.): Zukunftsmodell Soziale Marktwirtschaft. Herausforderungen und Perspektiven im 21. Jahrhundert. Pp. 9-18.
Gütersloh, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung. Link to publishing page

Jan Arpe (2011):
“Vertrauen und Risiko aus gesellschaftspolitischer und ökonomischer Sicht.”
Critique to main article by Torsten Strulik: “Vertrauen – Ein Ferment gesellschaftspolitischer Risikoproduktion.”
Erwägen Wissen Ethik (Deliberation Knowledge Ethics) 22(2011)2:252-254. Lucius & Lucius.

Team Demographischer Wandel (2009):
Several contributions to: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bundespräsidialamt (eds.) Familie. Bildung. Vielfalt. Den demographischen Wandel gestalten.  Gütersloh, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung.

“Menschen, Mut und Miteinander: Chancen des Demographischen Wandels” (2009)
Video produced for the opening of the “Forum Demographischer Wandel des Bundespräsidenten” (“Federal President’s Forum Demographic Change”) final conference in Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, Germany. Director: Marina Kem.

Selected Academic Publications

Jan Arpe and Elchanan Mossel (2010):
“Applications of a Generalization of Russo’s Formula to Learning from Multiple Oracles.”
Combinatorics, Probability and Computing 19(2):183-199.
Cambridge University Press.
Link to pre-print version (arXiv)

Jan Arpe and Bodo Manthey (2009):
“Approximability of Minimum AND-Circuits.”
Algorithmica 53(3):337-357. Springer.
Link to pre-print version (Dagstuhl)

Jan Arpe and Rüdiger Reischuk (2007):
Learning Juntas in the Presence of Noise.
Theoret. Comput. Sci., Series A, 384(1):2-21 (special issue for TAMC 2006). Elsevier.

Jan Arpe (2006):
Learning Concepts with Few Unknown Relevant Attributes from Noisy Data.
Doctoral thesis at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, University of Lübeck, Germany, August 2006.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Reischuk.

Jan Arpe, Andreas Jakoby and Maciej Liśkiewicz (2005):
One-Way Communication Complexity of Symmetric Boolean Functions.
Theoret. Informatics Appl. 39:687-706. EDP Sciences.
https://doi.org/10.1051/ita:2005037; download PDF

Jan Arpe (2001): Berechnung sekundärer Koeffizientengruppen des SO(3) × S1-äquivarianten Abbildungsgrades. (Computation of secondary coefficient groups of the SO(3)×S1-equivariant mapping degree.) Diploma thesis at the Mathematical Institute of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany, December 2001. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Heinrich Steinlein.


Selected Talks

Social Policy in the EU

“Ergebnisse des Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe” (in German)
Presentation at the conference “Ein, kein oder welches Sozialmodell für Europa?”.
Vienna, Austria. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBAmWmZnQiU#t=46m00s, starting around minute 46:00.

“Reform Barometer: Results for the EU and for Denmark”
Presentation to DEA study group.
Vienna, Austria.

“Reform Barometer”
Presentation at “Etterbeeker Kreis”, organized by DGB Brussels Office and Solidar.
Brussels, Belgium.

“Social Policy in the EU and in Italy”
Presentation jointly held with Christoph Schiller and Thorsten Hellmann at SIM Europe Debate “Labour Market and Social Policy in Italy: Challenges and Changes”, organized by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Rome, Italy.

“Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe Results”
Presentation jointly held with Daniel Schraad-Tischler at SIM Europe Debate “Young people at risk: Can Britain learn from EU partners?”, organized by Policy Network and Bertelsmann Stiftung.
London, UK.

“Social Policy in the EU: Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe Results”
Presentation at SIM Europe Debate “Social Inclusion in the EU and in Spain: How to Reactivate the Labor Market and Youth Employment”, organized by Fundación Bertelsmann and Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Madrid, Spain.

Data Visualization

“Visual Trade Analysis with GED VIZ”
Invited presentation at IAEA Workshop on Advances in Nuclear Procurement Analysis for Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Purposes (organized jointly with Project Alpha at King’s College).
Vienna, Austria.

“Visualizing Relational Data”
Meet-up jointly organized with Matthias Rumpf (OECD) at IEEE Vis 2014.
Paris, France.

Interactive GED VIZ presentation at the Computation + Journalism Symposium, Columbia University.
New York, NY, USA.

“Advances in Data-driven Storytelling About Globalization”
Keynote at “M100 Young European Journalists Workshop”.
Potsdam, Germany.

“Explore and Share What Globalization Is About”
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) Lunchtime Seminar, University College London (UCL). London, UK.

“Let’s Visualize It! Making Sense of Globalization Through Data Visualization”
Session moderation; speakers: Maya Indira Ganesh (Tactical Technology Collective), Tariq Khokhar (World Bank) and Moritz Stefaner (Truth and Beauty Operator). Re:publica 2014.
Berlin, Germany.

“GED VIZ – Visualizing Global Economic Dynamics”
Talk at OECD / INEGI Seminar “Innovative Approaches to Turn Statistics into Knowledge”.
Aguascalientes, Mexico.

“Globalisierung besser verstehen und vermitteln”
Presentation of the visualization tool “GED VIZ” at conference “Tell-a-Viz: Data – Visualization – Storytelling”, organized by Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Berlin, Germany.
Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXxyMZsBE7g.

“Visualizing Global Economic Dynamics”

Master Class at GEN Editors Lab, hosted by ZEIT Online.
Berlin, Germany.

“Introducing GED VIZ”

Lecture at the University of Siegen, Germany.

“Visualizing Global Economic Dynamics”
 Workshop at Data Harvest Conference.
Brussels, Belgium.

Video feature produced by Deutscher Infografik Preis (German Infographics Prize): 
“Preisträger Deutscher Infografik Preis 2014: Jan Arpe im Kurzporträt” (in German).
 Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y48mJuYFiE.

Globalization and Economics

“Soziale Marktwirtschaft 2030”
 Invited impulse talk, meeting of “Kreis ohne Namen”.
Berlin, Germany.

“From Analysis to Ideas and Action: Linking Governance Metrics and Public Demand for Change”
 Presentation jointly held with Ole Wintermann at Tällberg Forum.
Tällberg, Sweden.

“Leadership Paradigms in a Complex World”

Presentation jointly held with Ole Wintermann at Tällberg Workshop.
Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The Economic Risks of Globalization”
 Study presentation at the “Future Day”, organized by Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Berlin, Germany.

Societal Trust

“Vertrauen, Demokratie, Zukunft”

Invited talk at conference “Arbeitnehmerbewusstsein und Demokratie”, organized by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and JenZiG.
Jena, Germany.

“Vertrauen, Demokratie, Zukunft”

Invited talk at workshop “Wie werden Wahlen in Zukunft entschieden?“, organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Hanover, Germany.

“Vertrauen in Deutschland”

Invited talk at workshop “Leitlinien bildungspolitischer Angebote: Politik und Sprache – eine Sache des Vertrauens!?”, organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Berlin, Germany.

“Vertrauen, Demokratie, Zukunft: Was den Bürgern Hoffnung gibt – und was nicht”

Study presentation invited and organized by Freie Wähler Deutschland e.V.
Berlin, Germany.

Theoretical Computer Science (presentations at scientific conferences)

“When Does Greedy Learning of Relevant Attributes Succeed?—A Fourier-based Characterization”
13th Annual International Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON 2007)
Banff, Canada.

“Approximability of Minimum AND-Circuits”
10th Scandinavian Workshop on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2006)
Riga, Latvia.

“Learning Juntas in the Presence of Noise”
Third Annual Conference on Theory and Applications of Models of Computation (TAMC 2006)
Beijing, China.

“On the Complexity of Optimal Grammar-based Compression”
IEEE Data Compression Conference (DCC 2006)
Snowbird, Utah, USA.

“Learning Juntas in the Presence of Noise”
Talk at the CSE Department of the University of California at Santa Cruz, invited by Prof. Manfred Warmuth.
Santa Cruz, CA, USA.

“Robust Inference of Relevant Attributes”
14th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT 2003)
Sapporo, Japan.

“One-way Communication Complexity of Symmetric Boolean Functions”
14th International Symposium on Fundamentals of Computation Theory (FCT 2003)
Malmö, Sweden.