The Data Lab
Royal Bank of Scotland - Skills and Data Science

Royal Bank of Scotland - Skills and Data Science

March 25, 2020

We caught up with some of the team involved in the skills and data science side of Royal Bank of Scotland in our latest episode.

RBS is at the forefront of the banking world and have jumped at the opportunity presented by data science. We learn from their experiences in what it takes to pull together a great data team and how they maintain their staff through constant upskilling. 

Codeclan

Codeclan

February 12, 2020

Through their range of digital training courses Codeclan are helping to transform the careers of 100s of professionals across Scotland and delivering a steady pipeline of talent to their growing network of employer partners. The rapidly evolving digital industry impacts almost every sector in Scotland. Codeclan take care to understand the skills that are sought by employers across the country and the technologies that are changing businesses every day. There’s a skills shortage now and Codeclan aren't wasting any time. They’re transforming careers in days, weeks and months – not years – through immersive courses and shorter upskilling courses. Immersive courses and employer partner programme provide job opportunities for around 400 graduates every year. They’re creating real impact and delivering immediate value to Scotland’s growing digital economy. 

In this episode we speak to some of the team at Codeclan and learn how it all works, right from the beginnings of curating a course to where students can expect to end up working with their vast relationships with employers across Scotland. If you're interested in upskilling, or a change in career be sure to tune in. 

For more details - https://codeclan.com/

Euan Gardner, Senior Information Development Manager Strategic Development Team, NHS NSS

Euan Gardner, Senior Information Development Manager Strategic Development Team, NHS NSS

January 27, 2020

Euan initially studied Psychology where he applied deep learning to EEG data for controlling a text to speech system, having taught himself Machine Learning and Python programming.

He now works full time in a data science team in the NHS NSS specialising in machine learning and data driven solutions. His current focus is on delivering and improving the Synthetic Data System (SDS) python library for large scale synthetic medical data. He also analyses food poverty data for effective interventions.

In his spare time I research Artificial Intelligence based optimisation responses to Influenza outbreaks to try and get a PhD. He also plays guitar and pets as many dogs as he can.

If you're interested in synthetic data and what this could mean for you and your business this one's for one. A little bit more technical than our usual podcasts, however still explanations of new terminology are throughout. 

Data For Children Collaborative with UNICEF

Data For Children Collaborative with UNICEF

December 2, 2019
 
The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is a joint partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to improve outcomes for children locally, nationally and globally. It draws on the strengths of all partners to bring insight and solve problems using data and data science techniques.
Hear from delivery director, Alex Hutchison and head of business development at The Data Lab, Jude McCorry on how this came about, what's it's current status is and what the plans are going forward. 
Prof Mahmood Adil, Medical Director: Information Services Division (Scotland) & Health Protection Scotland, NHS NSS

Prof Mahmood Adil, Medical Director: Information Services Division (Scotland) & Health Protection Scotland, NHS NSS

August 5, 2019

Prof Mahmood Adil has 25 years of medical, public health and executive management experience in the NHS and USA. His current remit is to oversee the health intelligence and health protection functions of Scotland. He provides professional leadership in utilising the most comprehensive national health data, digital and informatics capability to improve broad ranging clinical outcomes and delivering effective patient and population health services. He is Honorary Professor of Health Intelligence & Service Effectiveness (University of Glasgow), Visiting Professor of International Health (University of Strathclyde), Clinical Data & Intelligence Lead (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) and National Clinical Informatics Lead (Digital Health & Care Institute, Scotland). He is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA), Yale School of Public Health and European Hospital & Healthcare Federation. He has postgraduate qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management and health informatics fields. He has a demonstrable track record of comprehensively measuring, regulating and improving healthcare quality and been adviser to a number of countries and organisations globally. 

Oliver Smith, Strategy Director, Health Moonshot, Telefónica Innovation Alpha

Oliver Smith, Strategy Director, Health Moonshot, Telefónica Innovation Alpha

July 1, 2019

Ollie is responsible for overall strategy within Telefonica Alpha’s Health Moonshot, alongside establishing and maintaining strong partnerships, and business model development. He has extensive experience in strategy and innovation across a range of sectors. Before joining Alpha he was Director of Strategy and Innovation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, responsible for investing £100m over five years in innovations across acute, primary, and integrated care, and biomedical research and digital health. He was a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Department of Health; responsible for UK Tobacco Control Policy, and wrote the government’s first comprehensive childhood obesity strategy. Oliver was also a Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Tony Blair. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University.

Joanna Bryson, Associate Professor in the Department of Computing University of Bath

Joanna Bryson, Associate Professor in the Department of Computing University of Bath

June 17, 2019

Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation. Her work has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science.Bryson's first degree is in Behavioural Science (non-clinical psychology) from Chicago (1986), she also holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and an MPhil in Psychology from Edinburgh (1992, 2000) and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from MIT (2001).

She joined Bath in 2002 in their Department of Computer Science, where she was promoted to Reader (tenured associate professor) in 2010. She founded and for several years lead their Intelligent Systems research group, and is affiliated with Bath's Institutes for Policy Research and Mathematical Innovation, as well as their Centres for Networks and Collective Behaviour and for Digital Entertainment.

She has held visiting academic positions with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, the Mannheim Centre for Social Science Research (MZES, 2011-2014), the Department of Anthropology Oxford (Harvey Whitehouse's Explaining Religion project, 2010-2011), The Methods & Data Institute at Nottingham (agent-based modelling in political science 2007-2008), and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution & Cognition Research in Austria (on the biological origins of culture, 2007- 2009).

Before coming to Bath, she conducted academic research in Edinburgh's Human Communication Research Centre (1999-2000), and Harvard's Department of Psychology (2001-2002). Additionally, she has professional experience in Chicago's financial industry (1986-1991), international organization management consultancy (1993-1994), and industrial AI research (for LEGO, 1995, 1998). Bryson has served on the Senate, Council, and Court for the University of Bath, representing the Academic Assembly.

She is presently a member of the College of the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and serves as a member of the editorial board for several academic journals, including Adaptive Behaviour, AI & Society, Connection Science, and The International Journal of Synthetic Emotions.

Stephanie Hare, Researcher and Broadcaster

Stephanie Hare, Researcher and Broadcaster

May 22, 2019

Stephanie Hare is a researcher and broadcaster focusing on technology, politics and history. Selected as a part of the landmark BBC Expert Women initiative, she shares insights on television and radio. She also has a regular radio column that goes out on BBC World Service World Business Report and BBC Radio 4 Business Daily.

This podcast follows on from her talk at Data Summit where she spoke on biometrics and the legislation that exists and also is proposed around the area. Interviewed by Head of Data Science at The Data Lab, Brian Hills, the conversation weaves between this, 5G, data rights and also Stephanie's new book which will be out later this year. 

John Mertic, Director of Program Management, Linux Foundation

John Mertic, Director of Program Management, Linux Foundation

May 9, 2019

John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ODPi, R Consortium, and Open Mainframe Project accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both as a contributor to projects such as SugarCRM and PHP, and in open source leadership roles at SugarCRM, OW2, and OpenSocial. With an extensive open source background, he is a regular speaker at various Linux Foundation and other industry trade shows each year. John is also an avid writer and has authored two books “The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM:Better Business Applications” and “Building on SugarCRM” as well as published articles on IBM Developerworks, Apple Developer Connection, and PHP Architect. In this episode he is interviewed by data scientist at The Data Lab and R Edinburgh organiser, Caterina Constantinescu. 

Liberty Vittert, Associate Editor, Harvard Data Science Review

Liberty Vittert, Associate Editor, Harvard Data Science Review

April 22, 2019

Joanna McKenzie sits down with Liberty Vittert in this edition of The Data Lab's podcast. Liberty is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Statistics beginning summer of 2019.  She is a graduate of MIT as well as Le Cordon Bleu Paris and the University of Glasgow. Her current statistical research involves using facial shape analysis to help children with facial deformities and victims of warfare, and she discusses this at length in the podcast.

Liberty is a regular TV and Radio contributor to many news organizations including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, PBS, and FNC, as well as having her own TV series on STV (ITV). Her opinion editorials feature regularly in outlets such as Popular Science, US News, Newsweek, Business Insider, International Business Times, CBS News, The Conversation, and Fox News. As a Royal Statistical Society Ambassador, BBC Expert Woman, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, Liberty is writing a series of popular science books on how to lie with numbers from the viewpoint of multiple professions. She is also an Associate Editor for the Harvard Data Science Review and is on the board of USA for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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