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Archive: 2016 (Analytics Network)

Friday, 2 Dec 2016
Mrs Louise Allison

The Alan Turing Institute is extending an invitation to join them and some of the country’s leading scientists - including government scientists - in their third series of flagship events – the Turing Lectures.  These events are free to attend and offer fantastic networking opportunities, as well as informative talks by distinguished scientists from around the world.  

The next Turing lecture is as follows:

Turing Lecture: Stats, Decision Making and Privacy – 5 December – with UK National Statistician, John Pullinger, and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, Cynthia Dwork.

In the latest event in the series on data science in the public realm, the UK’s National Statistician, John Pullinger, will explain how data is helping Government and others make better decisions, from the National Census and many other sources, firmly based on evidence. Reflecting the importance of data ethics and privacy to making data as freely available as possible, in the second lecture Microsoft Research’s Cynthia Dwork will discuss the technical challenges of privacy and how new research may help increase access to valuable data in a way that safeguards the privacy of data owners.  

If you can’t make it in person, you can register to livestream, or subscribe to the YouTube channel where all recordings will be made available.  To find out more about events at The Turing and how to register, please visit the website.

Monday, 16 May 2016
Sayara Beg

On the meeting of 23rd May from 18:30 to 20:30, the OR Society sponsored Toastmasters International Club, Data Science Speakers, will be holding its Chartership ceremony.

On this special occasion, we have the honour of hearing the winners of the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest that recently took place, as special guests.

We are delighted to announce our special guests will be:

- Jeremy Robinson - the 2015 District Winner of the International Speech Competition who went on to compete at the Toastmaster International World Champions in Las Vegas (expenses paid by TI).  He is a member of a club in our area.  Come and listen to his winning speech.

- Thien Nguyen Phan - the recently declared 2016 District Winner of the International Speech Competition who will be going on to compete at the Toastmaster World Champions in Washington (expenses paid by TI).  She is a member of a club in our Division.  Come and listen to her winning speech.

- Meena Nayar - the recently declared 2016 Division Winner of the 2016 Evaluations Contest.  She is a member of a club in our Division

- Sue Sutherland - our very own club member and Club contest winner of the 2016 Evaluations Contest. 

With such a line up of winners, it will be an event that should not be missed.  See the winners, hear the winners, meet the winners.

The first half of the session will be winners session with some tabletopics for audiences to participate in and the second half of the session will be networking with nibbles and drinks.

Register as a guest on the club portal to tell us you are comming:

Tuesday, 5 Apr 2016
Sayara Beg

VenuePivotal Labs - 4th Floor, Bentima House, 168-172 Old Street, London EC1V 9BP

SpeakerGPAN & Pivotal Labs

Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 at 18:00 - 20:00

Pivotal Labs London and the Government Predictive Analytics Network invites you to a new event, aiming to combine the knowledge and experience of Public and Private sector practitioners of Predictive Analytics and Data Science. We look forward to welcoming you. Abstracts and speaker bios are below.

Public Sector - Understanding prison violence – a data science journey

Reducing prison violence is a priority issue for the National Offender Management Service. Although prison violence has increased recently, the Agency are committed that this should not be the new norm. We are committed to using analysis and research to understand what causes prison violence and how it can be reduced. In the last two years, we have undertaken a significant programme of analytical work to support NOMS’ Violence Reduction Project. Over the same window, we have built our data science capacity and capability to tackle this difficult issue. David’s talk will set out NOMS’ data science journey – the techniques they have used and the challenges they have faced.

Public Sector - Presenter

David Dorrell is the head of Offender Analytics & Research at National Offender Management Service.

Private Sector - From data science to smart apps

The talk will focus on how Data Science is done at Pivotal Labs. Pivotal Labs have been practicingExtreme Programming (XP) practices successfully in building software. By showcasing a live project, this talk will highlight how these XP practices are also applicable to the world of data science. 

Private Sector - Presenter

Megha Agarwal is a Data Scientist at Pivotal Labs. Prior to that she was doing risk modelling in a financial techology startup. 

Register via Eventbrite:



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