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.

Upcoming events

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


Date Title 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: Evidence from Ethiopia Niclas Moneke, PhD student, The London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Previous  Talks

Date Title Series Talk Speaker
37 28 November 2018 Open series Latent stochastic process models for multivariate event data Maneesh Sahani, University College London (UCL), Gatsby computational neuroscience unit
36 17 October 2018 Open series FlexiTerm: Flexible multi–word term recognition Irena Spasic, Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics
35 10 October 2018 Lunchtime series Harnessing text using Natural Language Processing (NLP) at ONS Theodore Manasiss, ONS Big Data team and Alessia Tosi, ONS Admin Data Census
34 26 September 2018 Lunchtime series Supporting Fairness and Accountability in Algorithmic Support for High-Stakes Public Sector Decision-Making Michael Veale, University College London
33 12 September 2018 Open series Transactional Services for NoSQL Big Data Systems  Mohammed Younas
32 05 September 2018 Lunchtime series The challenges in harmonising migration statistics Elzemiek Scott-Kortlever
International migration mirror statistics Elizabeth Pereira
31 25 July 2018 Lunchtime series Converting from SAS to Python – what we learned in Data Linkage Charles Morris and Charles Tomlin, ONS Data Linkage team
30 11 July 2018 Lunchtime series Decentralizing Trustworthiness of Data via Virtualisation and Visualisation: an Ethnographic Study Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Cardiff Metropolitan University
29 27 June 2018 Lunchtime series Data Science Academy Accelerator projects – Overview Zoe Sargent, ONS Crime Statistics and Analysis team, and Michael Zelenka, ONS Price Development team
28 20 June 2018 Lunchtime series What the Hack(athon) Sebnem Oguz, ONS Devolution team, Freyja Bibby, PPA Strategy and Engagement, and Joseph Walton, ONS Digital Service and Technology
27 6 June 2018 Open series The data we want: frameworks and tools to engage with data Elena Simperl, University of Southampton
26 16 May 2018 Lunchtime series 1961 Census digitisation project Justin Hayes and Apostolos Antonacopoulos, University of Salford, and Bill South, ONS Census Historical Data Support team
25 10 May 2018 Lunchtime series Automatically detecting outliers in economic statistics time series: How useful are machine learning methods? Andrew Banks, ONS National Accounts and Economic Statistics
24 18 April 2018 Lunchtime series Using machine learning to assist the LFC diary entry process Iva Špakulová, ONS Big Data team
23 28 March 2018 Lunchtime series Detecting changes in freight traffic at British ports and in GDP Jamie-Leigh Chapman, Campus-funded PhD student, Lancaster University
22 14 March 2018 Lunchtime series Evaluating Calorie Intake for Population Statistical Estimates (ECLIPSE) Rowena Bailey, Data Science Campus
21 07 March 2018 Lunchtime series Finding Maternal Siblings within Birth Registration data Charlotte O’Brien, Data Science Campus first-cohort data analytics apprentice and ONS Data Linkage team
20 21 February 2018 Lunchtime series Happy campers: Using machine learning to identify caravans in Zoopla data Karen Gask, ONS Big Data team
19 07 February 2018 Lunchtime series Understanding UK ports’ operation and freight ships’ behaviour using Big Data Ioannis Tsalamanis, Data Science Campus
18 31 January 2018 Open series Understanding human behaviour and wellbeing with online photos Suzy Moat, Tobias Preis,
Federico Botta & Mario Gutiérrez-Roig, Data Science Lab
Warwick Business School
17 24 January 2018 Lunchtime series Estimating population at the building level Rebecca King, University of Southampton
16 10 January 2018 Lunchtime series Computer Vision for Automated Vehicle Tracking and Classification using CCTV Surveillance Mustafa Ellam, HM Revenue & Customs (Campus-funded MSc student)
15 13 December 2017 Open series Artificial Intelligence that maps and monitors the UK economy based on its Web presence Sergi Martorell, Co-Founder GlassAI
14 06 December 2017 Lunchtime series Data Science and International Development Emily Poskett, ONS International Development team
13 28 November 2017 Open series Data Science and Statistics Professor Sofia Olhede from University College London
12 06 November 2017 Lunchtime series 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
11 25 October 2017 Lunchtime series How Human-Centred Design (HCD) has been applied to Data Science projects Niren Basu, User Researcher, Data Science Campus
10 11 October 2017 Lunchtime series Using property website data to obtain small area rent price statistics Nigel Henretty and Nick Richardson, Housing & Income Analysis, ONS Public Policy Division
9 26 September 2017 Lunchtime series Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for analysing human text data Theodore Manasiss and Kimberley Brett, ONS Big Data team
8 18 September 2017 Open series Geo data science, including lidar and tree mapping Speaker: John Murray, Fusion Data Science and University of Liverpool
7 30 August 2017 Lunchtime series 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)
6 23 August 2017 Lunchtime series Using open source data to measure national well-being Emily Lewis, MSc student, Cardiff University
5 10 August 2017 Lunchtime series Accessing web scraped data in ONS Darran Tucker, ONS Data as a Service team
4 02 August 2017 Lunchtime series  Using machine learning to link business data on the Business Index Matthew Greenaway, ONS Big Data team
3 19 July 2017 Lunchtime series  Developing statistics from image data Phil Stubbings, Data Science Campus (delivered by Tom Smith in Phil’s absence)
2 05 July 2017 Lunchtime series  Superfast estimates of GDP (VAT project 1) Gareth Clews, Data Science Campus
1 21 June 2017 Lunchtime series Classifying Financial Service Companies Using Machine Learning Approaches (FinBins Project) Alex Noyvirt, Data Science Campus