Data Science Seminar Series

In June 2017, the Data Science Campus simultaneously launched the Data Science Seminar series. To date, they have been a great success.

The Data Science seminar series is a friendly and informal space for the ONS data science community to share knowledge and discuss projects, innovation and challenges in data science.

Speakers present research developments fortnightly at lunch time, with plenty of time for discussion. The seminars run at the Data Science Campus, in Newport, with live streaming to all ONS sites.

How to get involved

Please contact us at should you need further information about the seminar series, or if you would like to present at the Data Science Lunches or Data Science Open.

Upcoming events

Date Title Speaker
10 April 2019 BibInsight: Making sense of research, and planning for the future Athanasios Anastasiou, Karen Tingay from ONS
26 April 2019 Accelerating Digital Health Sciences through Advanced Informatics and Analytics for Clinical Excellence (ADVANCE) Mayo Clinic, USA


Date Title Speaker
14 March 2019 AI and Business development at Stena Line Lars Carlsson, Head of AI at Stena Line

Previous  Talks

Date Talk Speaker
30 January 2019 Analytics applications to financial regulation Isobel Seabrook and Marek Biernacki, Financial Conduct Authority
22 January 2019 Using Deep Learning for automatic identification of non-agricultural land covers in parcels from aerial photographs and radio frequency interference noise locations on sentinel-1 radar images Sanjay Rana, Rural Payments Agency
16 January 2019 Optimus – turning free text lists into hierarchical data Gareth Clews, Senior Data Scientist, ONS Data Science Campus
5 December 2018 Infrastructure Complementarity and Structural Transformation: 5 December 2018Evidence from Ethiopia Niclas Moneke, PhD student, The London School of Economics and Political Sciences
28 November 2018 Latent stochastic process models for multivariate event data Maneesh Sahani, University College London (UCL), Gatsby computational neuroscience unit
17 October 2018 FlexiTerm: Flexible multi–word term recognition Irena Spasic, Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics
10 October 2018 Harnessing text using Natural Language Processing (NLP) at ONS Theodore Manasiss, ONS Big Data team and Alessia Tosi, ONS Admin Data Census
26 September 2018 Supporting Fairness and Accountability in Algorithmic Support for High-Stakes Public Sector Decision-Making Michael Veale, University College London
12 September 2018 Transactional Services for NoSQL Big Data Systems  Mohammed Younas
05 September 2018 The challenges in harmonising migration statistics Elzemiek Scott-Kortlever
International migration mirror statistics Elizabeth Pereira
25 July 2018 Converting from SAS to Python – what we learned in Data Linkage Charles Morris and Charles Tomlin, ONS Data Linkage team
11 July 2018 Decentralizing Trustworthiness of Data via Virtualisation and Visualisation: an Ethnographic Study Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Cardiff Metropolitan University
27 June 2018 Data Science Academy Accelerator projects – Overview Zoe Sargent, ONS Crime Statistics and Analysis team, and Michael Zelenka, ONS Price Development team
20 June 2018 What the Hack(athon) Sebnem Oguz, ONS Devolution team, Freyja Bibby, PPA Strategy and Engagement, and Joseph Walton, ONS Digital Service and Technology
6 June 2018 The data we want: frameworks and tools to engage with data Elena Simperl, University of Southampton
16 May 2018 1961 Census digitisation project Justin Hayes and Apostolos Antonacopoulos, University of Salford, and Bill South, ONS Census Historical Data Support team
10 May 2018 Automatically detecting outliers in economic statistics time series: How useful are machine learning methods? Andrew Banks, ONS National Accounts and Economic Statistics
18 April 2018 Using machine learning to assist the LFC diary entry process Iva Špakulová, ONS Big Data team
28 March 2018 Detecting changes in freight traffic at British ports and in GDP Jamie-Leigh Chapman, Campus-funded PhD student, Lancaster University
14 March 2018 Evaluating Calorie Intake for Population Statistical Estimates (ECLIPSE) Rowena Bailey, Data Science Campus
07 March 2018 Finding Maternal Siblings within Birth Registration data Charlotte O’Brien, Data Science Campus first-cohort data analytics apprentice and ONS Data Linkage team
21 February 2018 Happy campers: Using machine learning to identify caravans in Zoopla data Karen Gask, ONS Big Data team
07 February 2018 Understanding UK ports’ operation and freight ships’ behaviour using Big Data Ioannis Tsalamanis, Data Science Campus
31 January 2018 Understanding human behaviour and wellbeing with online photos Suzy Moat, Tobias Preis,
Federico Botta & Mario Gutiérrez-Roig, Data Science Lab
Warwick Business School
24 January 2018 Estimating population at the building level Rebecca King, University of Southampton
10 January 2018 Computer Vision for Automated Vehicle Tracking and Classification using CCTV Surveillance Mustafa Ellam, HM Revenue & Customs (Campus-funded MSc student)
13 December 2017 Artificial Intelligence that maps and monitors the UK economy based on its Web presence Sergi Martorell, Co-Founder GlassAI
06 December 2017 Data Science and International Development Emily Poskett, ONS International Development team
28 November 2017 Data Science and Statistics Professor Sofia Olhede from University College London
06 November 2017 Data Science apprentices projects
Talk 1: Social media based alert systems Caitlin Johnson, Lucy William and Jacob Thomas
Talk 2: KAPOW! Classifying Marvel and District Comics content from images and text Joe Peskett, Cerys Hopkins and Darnell Wilkinson
25 October 2017 How Human-Centred Design (HCD) has been applied to Data Science projects Niren Basu, User Researcher, Data Science Campus
11 October 2017 Using property website data to obtain small area rent price statistics Nigel Henretty and Nick Richardson, Housing & Income Analysis, ONS Public Policy Division
26 September 2017 Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for analysing human text data Theodore Manasiss and Kimberley Brett, ONS Big Data team
18 September 2017 Geo data science, including lidar and tree mapping Speaker: John Murray, Fusion Data Science and University of Liverpool
30 August 2017 Using machine learning techniques to analyse economic statistics: a case study with neural networks and HMRC Trade in Goods statistics Andy Banks, ONS Macro Reporting and Assurance team (DSC-funded MSc student)
23 August 2017 Using open source data to measure national well-being Emily Lewis, MSc student, Cardiff University
10 August 2017 Accessing web scraped data in ONS Darran Tucker, ONS Data as a Service team
02 August 2017  Using machine learning to link business data on the Business Index Matthew Greenaway, ONS Big Data team
19 July 2017  Developing statistics from image data Phil Stubbings, Data Science Campus (delivered by Tom Smith in Phil’s absence)
05 July 2017  Superfast estimates of GDP (VAT project 1) Gareth Clews, Data Science Campus
21 June 2017 Classifying Financial Service Companies Using Machine Learning Approaches (FinBins Project) Alex Noyvirt, Data Science Campus