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Friday, 7 Nov 2014
Sayara Beg

The School of Data Science  would like to invite you to attend 5 day boot camp in London from 24-28 Nov for hands-on introduction to Machine Learning models and methods using R and Azure Machine Learning Studio.

Fundamentals of Machine Learning Bootcamp will take you through the conceptual and applied foundations of the subject. Topics covered will include Machine Learning theory, types of learning, techniques, models and methods. Labs are developed to practically learn how to use the R programming language and packages for applying the main concepts and techniques of Machine Learning.

In this bootcamp, our goal is to give you the basic skills that you need to understand Machine Learning algorithms and models, and interpret their output, which is important for solving a range of data science problems. This is an applied Machine Learning course, and we focus on the intuitions and practical know-how needed to get Machine Learning algorithms to work in practice, rather than the mathematical equations and derivatives.

Great opportunity for programmers, analysts, researchers, technology consultants and all interested in Machine Learning to learn methods for building Machine Learning applications that solve different real-world tasks. Lots of hands-on labs to step through real-world applications of Machine Learning.

Read and download the bootcamp brochure from here  [ http://www.slideshare.net/Persontyle/fundamentals-of-ml-bootcamp-persontyle-sep2014 ]

Read this blog post by Dr. Mike Ashcroft to learn more about what will be covered in the bootcamp and why you should attend.  http://www.persontyle.com/machine-learning-110/

Please take a moment to register now and avail the special 40% discount offered for the members of The O.R. Society. Visit the event page and use the promo code ORS40 to get 40% off.  5 seats are allocated for the members, which will be offered on first come first basis.  

Visit the event page to register > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fundamentals-of-machinelearning-bootcamp-24-28-nov-london-registration-14216494919

 Happy Machine Learning!



Monday, 15 Sep 2014
Sayara Beg

Do you feel nervous about speaking in public?  Do you want to develop your leadership skills and don't know where to start.

Toastmasters International has a 'learn by doing' educational program split into two tracks:  Communications and Leadership.  By completing ten projects in each stream you advance through from Competent level to Advance to Distinguished levelf.

The Analytics Network is looking for interested members who would like to help me set up a Speakers club to follow the Toastmasters International Education program. 

If this is something you would like to be involved in, then join me at this Meetup. On Monday 13th October, Satigo, 30 St Mary Axe (Gherkin), City of London, EC3A 8BF at 18:30:  Click here to confirm your attendance and ensure a security pass is ready for you on the night: http://meetu.ps/2xNyqq

Feel free to forward the invite.



Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014
Sayara Beg

Spring Networking Event

Venue: Willy's Wine Bar 107 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5JF
Speaker: Data Scientist from TIBCO Spotfire
Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 18:00 - 21:00

Calling all Data Scientists and Advance Analysts.

The Analytics Network, a special interest group of The Operational Research Society professional body, is hosting a networking event, with Michael O'Connell (http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580) from TIBCO Spotfire (www.spotfire.tibco.com) the company.

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles, so come along, network, meet fellow experts like yourself, find out what you are all doing in the world of Data Science and Advance Analytics, and swap Business Cards.

Please RSVP via the following MeetUp link:

http://www.meetup.com/AnalyticsNetwork/events/165390172/



Spring Networking Event

Venue: Willy's Wine Bar 107 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5JF
Speaker: Data Scientist from TIBCO Spotfire
Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 18:00 - 21:00

Calling all Data Scientists and Advance Analysts.

The Analytics Network, a special interest group of The Operational Research Society professional body, is hosting a networking event, with Michael O'Connell (http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580) from TIBCO Spotfire (www.spotfire.tibco.com) the company.

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles, so come along, network, meet fellow experts like yourself, find out what you are all doing in the world of Data Science and Advance Analytics, and swap Business Cards.

Please RSVP via the following MeetUp link:

http://www.meetup.com/AnalyticsNetwork/events/165390172/



Spring Networking Event

Venue: Willy's Wine Bar 107 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5JF
Speaker: Data Scientist from TIBCO Spotfire
Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 18:00 - 21:00

Calling all Data Scientists and Advance Analysts.

The Analytics Network, a special interest group of The Operational Research Society professional body, is hosting a networking event, with Michael O'Connell (http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580) from TIBCO Spotfire (www.spotfire.tibco.com) the company.

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles, so come along, network, meet fellow experts like yourself, find out what you are all doing in the world of Data Science and Advance Analytics, and swap Business Cards.

Please RSVP via the following MeetUp link:

http://www.meetup.com/AnalyticsNetwork/events/165390172/



Spring Networking Event

Venue: Willy's Wine Bar 107 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5JF
Speaker: Data Scientist from TIBCO Spotfire
Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 18:00 - 21:00

Calling all Data Scientists and Advance Analysts.

The Analytics Network, a special interest group of The Operational Research Society professional body, is hosting a networking event, with Michael O'Connell (http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580) from TIBCO Spotfire (www.spotfire.tibco.com) the company.

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles, so come along, network, meet fellow experts like yourself, find out what you are all doing in the world of Data Science and Advance Analytics, and swap Business Cards.

Please RSVP via the following MeetUp link:

http://www.meetup.com/AnalyticsNetwork/events/165390172/



Spring Networking Event

Venue: Willy's Wine Bar 107 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5JF
Speaker: Data Scientist from TIBCO Spotfire
Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 18:00 - 21:00

Calling all Data Scientists and Advance Analysts.

The Analytics Network, a special interest group of The Operational Research Society professional body, is hosting a networking event, with Michael O'Connell (http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580) from TIBCO Spotfire (www.spotfire.tibco.com) the company.

There will be plenty of wine and nibbles, so come along, network, meet fellow experts like yourself, find out what you are all doing in the world of Data Science and Advance Analytics, and swap Business Cards.

Please RSVP via the following MeetUp link:

http://www.meetup.com/AnalyticsNetwork/events/165390172/



Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014
Nigel Phillips

Dear analytics networkers,

There are only a few days left to get your abstracts in for the analytics stream at OR56 (deadline 16 th June). 

http://www.theorsociety.com/or56/

Remember, all that is required is a 200-300 word abstract describing your work. OR56 is an excellent networking opportunity, can count towards your CPD and speaking at a conference looks good on a CV.  Producing a full paper is not essential. As well as an opportunity to get alternative perspectives and share war stories the conference is an excellent staff development opportunity for junior staff.

Nigel



Sunday, 2 Mar 2014
Sayara Beg

Starting your own Start-Up

Written by Sayara Beg, Chair of the Analytics Network

This year the OR Society will be holding its 3rd Annual one day meeting on Advanced Analytics and Big Data at the BMA House in Euston, London, UK and already the speaker line up is generating intense interest – more details can be found on www.analytics-events.co.uk.

This year one focus of the meeting will be on Analytics as a specialist skill set that is singled out as a profession in its own right.  Three of the speakers will talk about how the Analytics professional can be certified, chartered or even a CEO of their own highly successful Analytics start-up.

One of our speakers is a CEO of a string of highly successful start-ups and will be talking about how his current start-up specialises in using data for behavioural and predictive analytics.  I asked him recently about his rich and extensive experience of getting engagement from venture capitalist firms to support his start-ups and what could be shared as his lessons learnt, with our readers.

“It is important to keep in mind that venture capitalist firms receive hundreds of business plans and they do not have time to look at all of them let alone evaluate them, but essentially be aware that venture capitalist firms specialise and work in preferred markets”.

Venture capitalist (VC) firms can specialise according to industry, sector or within an investment range, for example they may have a fixed overall investment amount, referred to as their ‘bite size’ and this will dictate the size of the fund.  Many VC firms have a number of funds each with a certain ‘age’ that determines the maturity of the companies they will invest in.  As our experienced start-up CEO explains, “if you have a fund of $500m to invest, it cannot be done in $500k chunks and if that fund is 5 years old, then you may only be investing in an existing portfolio companies and not looking to take on new ones”. 

There are also firms that only specialise in the company ‘stage’ to invest in, such those that are already generating revenue, or those that focus on series A or B rounds post seed investment, or those that only focus on start-up seed investments. 

What is important is that before you approach a venture capitalist firm spend considerable time understanding them, be clear in your mind about why you have chosen them and what you are asking from them.   If you are an industry specialist start up looking for $500k seed investment, don’t approach a firm who focuses on Series A rounds of $2m or greater in a completely different industry to you.

Good venture capitalist firms will always have considerable information on their websites enabling you to do plenty of careful research in advance and this will also give you a long list of prospective firms.  Then short list it down to about five approachable firms.  Get advice from experienced friends and associates to help you with that short-listing process, as their comments will be valuable.

Once you have that shortlist and you have a complete understanding on how each of your shortlisted firms work, you are ready to approach them, but wait, how should you approach them, you ask?  With a business plan, of course!

A ‘Business Plan’ is probably the most common term known to man and yet the least understood or prepared well.  You may hear that there is no such thing as a perfect business plan template to follow, but I would argue, that there is such as thing as a well communicated idea.  A business plan is exactly that, an idea that is being communicated well, on paper.  It must not be too long and not too short, yet it must cover the key points with clear explanation.

Our highly experience start-up CEO recommends visiting the ‘Insights’ page of Highland Capital Partners {http://www.hcp.com/insights} for excellent advice, and considers them to be a top class venture capitalist firm, adding “When you make your first approach, start maybe with your least favourite on the short-list. That way you will get good feedback, practice, constructive criticism to hone your pitch/presentation, before you meet the more favoured”

So, what is most important to a venture capitalist firm, you may ask?

Three things…

  1. Quality of the management team and their experience

  2. Quality of the management team and their experience

  3. Quality of the management team and their experience.

“This must come over very quickly and succinctly in the Business Plan and PowerPoint pitch”

If you have caught a Venture Capitalist firm interest and they decide to evaluate a business plan, then they dig deep and focus on what is important to them.  

Peter Bell of Highland Capital Partners explains that he looks at two things, the quality of the team and size of the opportunity.

“On the team, I look for entrepreneurs that are passionate and have hunger and relevancy.  Hunger means that they have the energy-level it takes to build an enduring business.  Relevancy means they have the smarts, the industry expertise and the network to garner an unfair share of resources in a quick period of time.   For the size of the opportunity, I look for bold products with high-sustainable margins and significant value propositions.”

When I asked what where the most common mistakes made during the approach and pitch, I was given, what appeared to me to be three very obvious mistakes, and yet apparently almost every first time start-up enthusiast, falls into one of these mistake categories:

  1. Selling/over-selling – the pitch to a VC firm is not a "sale" - the VC firm is being asked to be a co-shareholder, so it is important to ask them good, intelligent questions.

  2. Unsubstantiated claims. Have good, concise, reputable third party validation of any claim you make, (e.g. Market size, state of competition, etc)

  3. Saying too much about the idea, not enough about the team. It is well known amongst VC firms that many can see an opportunity but very few can actually execute it with a solid team – so a VC firm will be constantly be thinking ‘why does this team stand a good chance?’

Conroy Mulloy of Highland Capital Partners gives this advice to new entrepreneurs:

“A healthy dose of entrepreneurial paranoia is a good thing. Yet, don't be so afraid of competitive threats that you don't openly share your company's story. Telling your story will lead to meeting people who have relevant experience and expertise from which you could benefit. It’s these relationships that will open other doors for you in terms of funding, recruiting and partnerships as well as provide you with the necessary advice and mentorship to help you make the right decisions.”

So if you are thinking of starting your own start-up, my advice would be to begin networking and fostering partnerships with people who have relevant experience and expertise to help you make the right decisions.  The ORS Analytics Network is the perfect place to meet like-minded individuals who could possibly help you start your own Start-Up.

This article was written with input from Alan Hambrook, Zoral Group, co-founder and Chief Executive Office.   Zoral has one the largest Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning research centres in Europe.  Alan started his first software company in 1981 and since then has founded, built and run a number of successful, multi-national software companies specializing in complex, packaged software products. He co-founded the Dodge Group in 1991 (acquired by Flexi International), followed by the banking systems and analytics company Aleri Inc (acquired by Sybase) in 1998 where he was CEO and Chairman until 2004.

Alan is also the former Chairman of aiHIit Limited (AI/ML based unstructured data categorization); former Chairman of Future Route Limited, (Inductive Logic Programming and behavioural analytics); former non-executive director of Prevx Limited (behavioural malware detection); former Chairman of Packet Exchange Limited (network services provider).

Alan will be presenting at the Analytics Network Conference ‘Developments in Big Data’ on the 30th April 2014 on the subject of advanced behavioural and predictive analytics using unstructured, social and behavioural data.



Saturday, 1 Mar 2014
Sayara Beg

About the Course

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it.

Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In Andrew Ng's Machine Learning course, he discussest the most effective machine learning techniques, offers practice in implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, he will point to not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply Machine Learning techniques to new problems. He will also touch on some of Silicon Valley's best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.

Andew Ng's Machine Learning is a free online course which provides a broad introduction to machine learning, datamining, and statistical pattern recognition. Topics include: (i) Supervised learning (parametric/non-parametric algorithms, support vector machines, kernels, neural networks). (ii) Unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems, deep learning). (iii) Best practices in machine learning (bias/variance theory; innovation process in machine learning and AI). The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas

To enrol, simply sign up on  Coursera and enrol. https://www.coursera.org/course/ml

Sayara (Analytics Network Chair)



Thursday, 20 Feb 2014
Sayara Beg
06/19 2013

Spotfire’s Michael O’Connell: Why Data Visualization Matters

Michael O’Connell, Spotfire’s chief data scientist, really digs data visualization. So much so that he wrote a book about it. Since this is a hot topic in data analytics today, we want to give you a look inside the value of data visualization from O’Connell’s point of view.

michale Spotfires Michael OConnell: Why Data Visualization Matters 1. Why do you think visuals explain data better? What is the business benefit?

O’Connell: Graphics force people across the business to see what they never expected to see. Information visuals, combined with descriptive and predictive analytics, highlight the unknown unknowns in data in a way that can radically affect business practices.

See how O’Connell defines big data in this short video clip. Takeaway: visualization helps harness data that “is difficult to analyze in memory.”

2. How does the visual element of data affect decisions?

As insights emerge, game-changing decisions can be made. Summaries of KPIs enable rapid understanding of business performance. Push exception graphics highlight risks, underperforming and over-performing areas in the business to guide business decisions.

See how O’Connell defines a data scientist and her ability to “see” both the business and analytics value of data in this short video clip.

3. How do life sciences and healthcare organizations differ in their data visualization needs in comparison to other organizations?

Pharma companies are heavy users of exploratory and reporting graphics across all functional areas – in discovery research, clinical development and sales and marketing. Exploratory and reporting graphics are quite different.

Exploratory graphics are highly interactive, including brushing, marking, drill-down, drill-up, drill-sideways; they enable the underlying information to emerge and the stories behind the data to be told in ways that guide knowledge discovery.

Report graphics enable the information being communicated to jump out of the paper, publication or presentation. Report graphics communicate the salient information in a succinct and comprehensive way, summarizing the science and business direction.

4. What’s the biggest lesson readers can gain from your book?

Readers can learn best practices in the use of exploratory and reporting graphics across many scientific and business disciplines: from discovery through translation medicine; from clinical development through post-marketing and epidemiology; from operations through sales and marketing; across healthcare applications including pain/neurology, cardiology, pulmonology and other therapeutic areas.

They can see how different graphics may be effectively used to extract information from data and turn this into knowledge to drive action in science and business.

They can see what they never expected to see.

Next Steps:

  • Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on the latest insights and trends in data visualization.
  • Read a recent Forbes interview with Michael O’Connell for an extended version of “What is a Data Scientist?”
  • Check out O’Connell’s “graphics cookbook” – “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Tables: Graphics in Life Sciences.”

Amanda Brandon Spotfire Blogging Team

- See more at: http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=19580#sthash.0jrImizk.dpuf

Or join us at the Spring Networking event to meet Michael and his team.



Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014
Cara Quinton

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Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014
Gavin Blackett

Dear All

I thought you might be interested in the following meeting being run by the Society's Third Sector Special Interest Group....

OR In the Third Sector - Afternoon Meeting

Unlocking the Value of Data  for Charities and Other Voluntary  groups

With the advent of fast computers and the internet, the total amount of world data is forecast to grow 50-fold in the next decade, yet only 1% of this data is currently used productively.

This event will explore how charities and voluntary groups can use data to improve their impact and make better decisions.

Our speakers will describe their real life experiences of using data and demonstrate the benefits that effective data analysis has brought to their organisations. The list of speakers includes:

Mat Ilic is the Policy and Research Director of Only Connect.

Mat will talk about how to use data analysis to produce useful evidence in charities

Colin Stewart is a consultant Analyst at Caversham Analytics.

Using maps of data and analysis to support local decision making using quantum GIS and Microsoft Excel.

Tracey Gyateng is the Project Manager for NPC’s "Data for Impact" stream of work.

Tracey will talk about Increasing access to government administrative  datasets to measure the impact of the voluntary and community sector.

Date:                           26th March 2014

Time:                          Start time 15:00 hrs

Venue:                       15 mins walk from London Bridge station, tba.

Price:                          Entry is free of charge

To book your place please e-mail John Holt at jholt@danielholt1992.com



Advertised as being for 'geeks who love the NHS', you may be interested in NHS Hack Day.

NHS Hack Days are weekend events that brings together doctors, nurses, developers, designers, and other "geeks who love the NHS" to create disruptive solutions to problems in the health space. NHS Hack Days are ongoing and enjoy the support of prominent international health care and technology leaders.

The next NHS Hack Day is in Cardiff on the 25th and 26th of January 2014 in the Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University School of Medicine.

http://nhshackday.com/

 



Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014
Sayara Beg

A World of Financial Data at your fingertips, Strongly Tooled and Strongly Typed

Venue: University College London Speaker: Don Syme, Principle Researcher, Microsoft Research Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 16:00

Inaugural seminar of the UCL Financial Computing and Analytics Group, supported by the Analytics Network of The Operational Research Society.

The format will be speaker; Don Syme from Microsoft Research presenting, followed by a Q&A session and finishing with a networking session.

Register to attend via this MeetUp link: http://meetu.ps/27KpqF

For more details, please reach out to the organisor:

Dr Antoaneta Serguieva

UCL Senior Fellow

a.serguieva@ucl.ac.uk

+442031081063



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