Persistent Homology Workshop



Data topography sheds new light on the empirical understanding of information. Robust to noise and unaffected by assumed relationships it offers the chance for researchers in the business disciplines to reappraise a plethora of contemporary questions. Implications for policy and practice are limited only by the applications that we pursue.
With sessions on Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, this workshop highlights the potential of data topography through relevant pioneering work and opens questions for further development. In a world where data volumes are ever growing and the environment of global business is constantly evolving gaining deeper insight into the processes, their stability, and underlying patterns is invaluable. Providing an overview of this embryonic research field an open discussion of where next awaits.


This workshop is comprised of a workshop on the methodologies of data topography to introduce delegates to the possibilities that will subsequently be explored in the main presentation event, a day of presentations and an opportunity to network on a tour of Suzhou.
Using freely available open source software a workshop on Friday 7th December will show how accessible topography can be and how flexible it is for applications across the business spectrum.
Our main workshop day takes place on Saturday 8th December to the schedule indicated below. A full list of presentations, venues and times will be made available upon confirmation. There are still limited places available for presentations and proposals for talks are welcomed. Alongside short presentations there will be an open panel discussion and two talks on the wider direction of travel of research using data topography.
On Sunday 9th December we will organize a tour of historic Suzhou, complete with opportunities to sightsee and enjoy lunch in this famous historic city.

Friday 7th December

  • 14:00-15:45 Introduction to Persistent Homology
  • 16:00-18:00 Persistent Homology using Python
  • 18:30 Welcome Dinner

Saturday 8th December

  • 09:00-09:30 Registration
  • 09:30-09:45 Opening – Dr Woonkian Chong
  • 09:45-10:30 Invited Talk 1: Persistent Homology for Business
  • 10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
  • 10:50-12:20 Homology for Finance and Economics
  • 12:20-13:20 Lunch
  • 13:20-14:20 Engaging Management
  • 14:20-15:20 Applications in Marketing
  • 15:20-15:45 Break
  • 15:45-16:30 Invited Talk 2: Unlocking Persistent Homology
  • 16:30-17:15 Panel Discussion: Next Steps…
  • 17:15-17:30 Close
  • 18:00 Depart for Gala Dinner

Sunday 9th December

  • Tour in Suzhou City

Contact Email


  • International Business School Suzhou (IBSS);
  • Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE);
  • Research Institute of Big Data Analytics (RIBDA)


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