Data Science Seminar Series

In June 2017, the Data Science Campus simultaneously launched the Data Science Lunches and Data Science Open Seminar series. To date, the two seminar series have been a great success.

Data Science Lunches

The Data Science Lunches 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.

Data Science Open

In addition to the lunch series, we host a monthly Data Science seminar hosting talks on cutting edge data science from experts across government, industry and academia.

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.


Previous and Upcoming Talks

Data Science Lunches



Date Title Speaker
1 21 June 2017 Classifying Financial Service Companies Using Machine Learning Approaches (FinBins Project) Alex Noyvirt, Data Science Campus
2 5 July 2017  Superfast estimates of GDP (VAT project 1) Gareth Clews, Data Science Campus
3 19 July 2017  Developing statistics from image data Phil Stubbings, Data Science Campus (delivered by Tom Smith in Phil’s absence)
4 2 August 2017  Using machine learning to link business data on the Business Index Matthew Greenaway, ONS Big Data team
5 10 August 2017 Accessing web scraped data in ONS Darran Tucker, ONS Data as a Service team
6 23 August 2017 Using open source data to measure national well-being Emily Lewis, MSc student, Cardiff University
7 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)
8 26 September 2017 Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for analysing human text data Theodore Manasiss and Kimberley Brett, ONS Big Data team
9 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
10 25 October 2017 How Human-Centred Design (HCD) has been applied to Data Science projects Niren Basu, User Researcher, Data Science Campus
11 6 November 2017

Data Science apprentices projects

Talk 1: Social media based alert systems

Talk 2: KAPOW! Classifying Marvel and District Comics content from images and text

Caitlin Johnson, Lucy William and Jacob Thomas

Joe Peskett, Cerys Hopkins and Darnell Wilkinson

12 6 December 2017 Data Science and International Development Emily Poskett, ONS International Development team
13 10  January  2018 Computer Vision for Automated Vehicle Tracking and Classification using CCTV Surveillance Mustafa Ellam, HM Revenue & Customs (Campus-funded MSc student)
14 24 January 2018 Estimating population at the building level Rebecca King, University of Southampton
15 7 February 2018 Understanding UK ports’ operation and freight ships’ behaviour using Big Data Ioannis Tsalamanis, Data Science Campus
16 21 February 2018 Happy campers: Using machine learning to identify caravans in Zoopla data Karen Gask, ONS Big Data team
17 7 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
18 14 March 2018 Evaluating Calorie Intake for Population Statistical Estimates (ECLIPSE) Rowena Bailey, Data Science Campus
19 28 March 2018 Detecting changes in freight traffic at British ports and in GDP Jamie-Leigh Chapman, Campus-funded PhD student, Lancaster University
20 18 April 2018 Using machine learning to assist the LFC diary entry process Iva Špakulová, ONS Big Data team
21 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
22 16 May 2018 1961 Census digitisation project Justin Hayes and Apostolos Antonacopoulos, University of Salford, and Bill South, ONS Census Historical Data Support team
23 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
24 27 June 2018 Data Science Academy Accelerator projects – Overview Zoe Sargent, ONS Crime Statistics and Analysis team, and Michael Zelenka, ONS Price Development team
25 11 July 2018 Decentralizing Trustworthiness of Data via Virtualisation and Visualisation: an Ethnographic Study Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Cardiff Metropolitan University
26 25 July 2018 Converting from SAS to Python – what we learned in Data Linkage Charles Morris and Charles Tomlin, ONS Data Linkage team


  1. Data Science Open



Date   Presenter(s)
1 18 September 2017 Speaker: John Murray, Fusion Data Science and University of Liverpool
2 28 November 2017 Professor Sofia Olhede from University College London
3 13 December 2017 Sergi Martorell, Co-Founder GlassAI
4 31 January 2018 Understanding human behaviour and wellbeing with online photos

Suzy Moat, Tobias Preis, Federico Botta and Mario Gutierrez-Roig

Data Science Lab team, University of Warwick