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Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Hope Meadows

One of the key aims of the Analytics Network within the OR Society is the sharing of ideas around the analytics space. On 26th April experts from EY, QuantumBlack, IBM and Flying Binary shared their insights into analytics with an audience of over 50 networkers.

 At our recent Analytics Network event held at EY, Bethan Mackay from EY, Musa Bilal from QuantumBlack, Joanna Levitt and Matthew Robinson from IBM and Prof Jacqui Taylor from Flying Binary delivered four talks sharing their insights into analytics in the areas of health, machine learning, application of design thinking to analytics and internet of things, respectively. After the talks there were drinks, snacks and networking that everyone thoroughly enjoyed - some even run out of their business cards!

I was pleased to learn that Ian Mitchell, the Operational Research Manager from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy was one of many proactive attendees. Ian who is a Secretary of Public Policy Design Special Interest Group says: “It is good to have the SIGs support one another – there are often insights from the overlaps!”. Encouraging SIGs mutual collaboration was an important point raised at the SIG and RG Chairs Meeting held on 5th April 2018 at The ORS HQ in Birmingham.

In the spring of 2015, I got involved with Pro Bono OR to put to good use my ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ analytical skills learnt as a physics and business undergraduate which I felt were dormant in the teaching career I had pursued for some time. A search for a new career direction had led me into securing sponsorship for university law course for which in the summer of 2017 I was awarded Graduate Diploma in Law. My aim now is to understand the overlap between the skills and knowledge in physics, business and law and how best to put them into practice. Operational research provides that area of overlap, which is why I attended The ORS UK CAP Launch and Analytics Network re-Launch event on 5th February 2018 and subsequently joined the Committee: to engage with and become a proactive member of a diverse community of analysts.

Being a new Committee Member it was an honour for me to host the event with such amazing speakers. During preparation for the speakers’ introductions, I discovered the immense joy I felt when learning about their individual achievements and then sharing it with a wider audience. As such, my key message to our future guest speakers is this – a short biography that we use to structure and to promote the events is a great opportunity for us to accentuate your professional progress and achievements. On behalf of a committee I invite you to take that chance, leave modesty at home and get involved. We are eager to learn from you!

Similarly we are developing the events for the rest of 2018 and beyond and would like to hear from you if you would like to discuss your views on analytics or have a topic you would like and we will find a suitable speaker.  We are also looking at events outside London so if you are involved in a regional group, please get in touch.

The Analytics Summit 2018 on 12th June is the next big Analytics event being run by the OR Society in association with the Royal Statistical Society and we are then looking to run an Analytics Network event in July.

Should you be interested in joining our committee, attending events, visiting as a photographer or videographer then please get in contact with either myself at data@kristinacareer.com or Eduardo Contreras, AN Chair, at EContrerasCortes@uk.ey.com.

To access the slides from this event please view at:

Health Analytics: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGa6HE_mFOdk2UZ2NSXzpHw_22IqwZIf 

IBM: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DtUEdheo6mxpJT5YxHSr-EMEHRGTDrs6

 

 

KristinaZadunaiskaja

Committee Member, Analytics Network Special Interest Group, OR Society

Aspiring Lawyer-Analyst

Former Legal Officer at Sovereign HA

Former Physics Teacher

 

Graduate Diploma in Law | MSci(Hons) Physics with Business Mgmt

E: data@kristinacareer.com

M: 07590577976

 



Friday, 20 Apr 2018
Mrs Amy Patrick

Nadine Keane

by Nadine Keane

Becoming a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) has so many benefits for any person practicing in fields related to operational research or advanced analytics. Since becoming accredited in early 2016, I keep finding this to be true.
From increasing my opportunities to network with fellow analytics practitioners (like when I recently spoke at The OR Society meeting in London), to providing a common language and framework that can be applied in a work setting, or by giving hiring business people something that instils confidence that I can do what I say I can, or simply by feeling that wonderful sense of achievement each time I use the increasingly recognised certification designation, CAP.

The benefits start before the certification is earned, then continue long after it is awarded. In preparing for the CAP program I found myself pulling out management science textbooks and old academic notes that I had not looked at for quite a long time. Relearning things I once knew well felt like a trip down memory lane and a chance to re-inject some of that thinking to my current practice, a real win-win. Couple this with the continuing education element of CAP® which means there’s extra yield from attending analytics related courses or applying self-directed learning
since activities that demonstrate continued commitment to the analytics profession earn professional development units (PDUs) which are needed to renew the certification every three years. I’ll even earn a PDU for writing this article!

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (InForMS) launched the Certified Analytics Professional Program in 2013, following two years of program development. The aim for CAP® at the time of launch was to set peer agreed standards for analytics professionals.

A fantastic new development in 2017 is that CAP has received a formal international endorsement by becoming accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which is the American member of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).

The CAP program, administered by INFORMS, is aimed at experienced analytics professionals who meet both academic and experience criteria. Certain supporting documentation must be submitted by applicants before being approved to progress to a three hour, 100 multiple-choice question examination. The exam assesses knowledge of aspects of the end-to-end analytics process. The analytics process is defined across seven practice domains, these are:
I. Business Problem (Question) Framing
II. Analytics Problem Framing
III. Data
IV. Methodology (Approach) Selection
V. Model Building
VI. Development
VII. Model Life Cycle Management

Before taking the exam, it is very useful to review the test questions which are available with answers provided, in the
CAP® Study Guide and the Handbook (both available at www.certifiedanalytics.org). There’s a list of references that could be studied to prepare for the exam, as well as links to continuing education and training courses that cover analytics topics which might come up in the exam. The references and courses could be helpful for candidates who need to brush up on any particular practice domain. Also, there are webinars prepared by analytics practitioners that give some guidance per each domain, available at www.brighttalk.com/channel/11147/informs.

And finally, don’t be put off if you don’t pass the exam first time. I didn’t, and it was probably one of the best events of my career in analytics! It forced me to re-look at an area that I had not used for some time.
I very willingly recommend the Certified Analytics Professional Program to any analytics practitioner. Good luck!



Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018
Hope Meadows

Future Meetings

 
 

Various

Venue: EY, 1 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AF
Speaker: Bethan MacKay, Professor Jacqui Taylor, Matthew Robinson and Didier Vila
Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 18:00 - 20:30

The Analytics Network, part of the Operational Research Society, invites you to join to our next event that will take place in EY.

On this ocassion we will have three different speakers from a wide range of industries. Each session will be followed by Q&A. Don't forget, there will be plenty of time for networking, before and after scheduled speakers.

Timetable:

6:00pm-6:30pm Registration

6:30pm-8:00pm Talks

8:00pm-8:30pm Networking

 

-Bethan Mackay, EY: Health Analytics

Health Analytics: applying different analytical lenses to standard datasets to better inform decision-makers

Hospitals collect a huge range of data points on each of their patients and staff every day and rely on many of these datasets to claim the correct income. This talk will take an example of a recent piece of analytical work carried out for the health sector to show how using a different lens on commonly used datasets has helped organisations gain a better understanding of the issues that they face and assist in more informed decision-making.

Speaker bio:

Bethan is a Manager in the Valuations and Business Modelling team at EY and specialises in Health Analytics. Bethan is a geographer by background and holds an MSc with Distinction in Geographical Information Science. She came to EY from Dr Foster where she was the lead research analyst. She is experienced in working with data from many health systems around the world. She has a special interest in spatial analysis and is the technical lead for EY’s health analytics offering, EY Precision

 

-Professor Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary: Mapping the Future towards the Internet of Things

Mapping the Future towards the Internet of Things 

In her presentation Jacqui will introduce the mega trends which will affect individuals, organisations and nations as we move towards a future where over 80% of the world’s population will be connected online. Never before in human history have we ever witnessed a phenomenon like the world wide web.

The Internet of Things requires an understanding of a new way of communicating with customers and citizens we haven’t yet met. Jacqui will take you on a journey beyond Big Data through Smart Cities towards the Internet of Things. She will share some of the projects her web science company have delivered, and the impact these have had across organisations, nations and globally. She will set the context for the changes the web will bring and the impact it will have on all our careers. An exciting future beckons for all of us who love to work with data.

Speaker bio

Jacqui, Founder, CEO of FlyingBinary, is recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her international web science work. One of the UKs most influential Women in Tech, 34 IoT Influencers on Twitter and 20 global entrepreneurs to watch, and a UK Smart City leader in 2018. She has published four books as an international web scientist and is a Visiting Professor at LSBU.

Jacqui's company has been successfully awarded all nine H.M.Government G-Cloud frameworks underpinning Secured European Cloud Services for Big Data and IoT, which implement GDPR with no reliance on Privacy Shield arrangements.

Jacqui is a Strategic Advisor to the UK Government on Smart Cities and a principle expert for the International British Standards Institute (BSI) team on the top level ISO and JTC 1 Technical Committees for Smart Cities and AI. She is part of the UK CPNI team (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) who have defined the new governance model required to secure the UK Smart Cities using new European Cyber legislation. She is also the Technical Author of 1 BSI and 2 ISO smart city standards. Twitter: @jacquitaylorfb

 

-Matthew Robinson, IBM: Applying design thinking to Analytics

Applying Design Thinking to Analytics

Visual design of analytics solutions is frequently left until the end of projects when delivery is imminent. Design is the intent behind an outcome and consideration at the start of an analytics project will help successful delivery. This presentation will introduce design principles for analytics projects and the use of design thinking with practical exercises. IBM Design Thinking will be used during the workshop.

The presenter will share recommendations for visual dashboard design to understand what makes a good dashboard visually with practical examples of good and bad practice.  

Matthew Robinson is part of the IBM European Experts Team in Data Science and Business Analytics

 

-Musa Bilal: Productionising Machine Learning Systems: Challenges and Solutions

QuantumBlack identify most common challenges around taking a machine learning solution from proof-of-concept to production and address potential solutions to those challenges, particularly around ensuring resilience of the solution around changing dynamics of the system.

Musa Bilal is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at QuantumBlack. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology

 

To register for this free event, please visit 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/analytics-network-event-tickets-44615105983 

 

To sign up to the Analytics Network please visit:

http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/SpecialInterest/AnalyticsNetwork.aspx

 

We look forward to seeing you.

Analytics Network, The OR Society



Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018
Hope Meadows

For the first time, Analyst Network North East (ANNE) hosted an event outside of Newcastle. This was a bit of an experiment to see whether the progress we had made building the OR community in the North East, over three events in 2016 and 2017, could be replicated in Darlington. For those of you who know your railways, just three stops down the East Coast Mainline (no prizes available for correctly guessing which three stops they are). I’m delighted to say it went really well.

 To get us started, we had the pleasure of Ruth Kaufman, Immediate Past President of the OR society, opening the event. Ruth told us about the strengths and opportunities in operational research today: how the profession is flourishing and taking advantage of the soft boundaries between techniques, enabling people to work in multi-disciplinary teams and have a real-world impact. Speaking of impact, Ruth also shared examples of how OR is contributing, from managing beds and waiting times in our hospitals to counting presidential inauguration crowds and even using optimization to mix animal feed.

Next up, Mark Craigie from the Department for Education (DfE) shared a presentation on applying regression modelling within the Teacher Supply Model (TSM). The TSM, which is published online, is a stocks and flows model used by DfE to estimate the number of teachers it needs to recruit each year, to have enough teachers in total to teach our kids. Mark’s talk focused on developing an understanding of how a new qualification type, English Baccalaureate, affected the TSM. He discussed the problems of data availability, analytical options considered and rejected, ending with an example of applying LOESS regression (Locally weighted scatterplot smoothing). At the end of the presentation, Mark then shared the lessons he learnt from the analysis which he is aiming to apply in the future.

 Following Mark’s talk, we tried out another experiment. Spread across two rooms, we organised the attendees into groups so they got a chance to talk to people they didn’t know. We then gave people five minutes to have a discussion, before they moved onto the next person in their group. We received really good feedback on this part of the event, as it gave people the opportunity to talk to peers, who they might not otherwise have spoken to. Well done to the organisers for pulling off some fairly complicated logistics!

After a spot of tea and coffee, we ended the event with two further presentations. Matt Linsley from the Industrial Statistical Research Unit (ISRU) at Newcastle University, shared ways in which frequentist and Bayesian approaches can be used to estimate and forecast a range of problems. For example, the quality of production of consumer products or daily gas demand forecasts in a geospatial basis. Did you know that gas travels at 20mph?

Matt Harte then finished off with a presentation about how Accenture is growing its business offer to clients across the region (and beyond), from its expanding office in North Tyneside. Through its application platforms, they are creating cloud-based solutions which enable companies to bring together different datasets and software packages into a single place. Matt shared some examples of this in practice and I think everyone (well, at least I) got very excited about how Accenture had been working with Ducati, to undertake real time optimisation of motorbike settings to improve performance.

Next up for us is a return to Newcastle for our event in the Summer, with another adventure to Durham in the Autumn. See you there!

If you would like to engage with us you can find us on twitter @AnalystNetNE or join the group on LinkedIn ‘Analyst Network North East’.

 

 

 



Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017
Hope Meadows

Analytics Network are hosting a CAP Launch event in February 2018. Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) is the premier global professional certification for analytics practitioners. The exam based qualification allows professionals to showcase credibility, enhance their skillset and open doors to new opportunities. 

INFORMS is the first professional body society to develop a certification programme for analytics professionals. Earning the CAP credential requires meeting eligibility and adhering to agreed upon standards for the profession.  Members of The OR Society are able to take the examination at a discounted price

This event will host speakers including Nadine Keane (Dunne Stores) who will be sharing her experience of CAP and the benefits it provides. 

We also welcome Anna Kobylinska (EY) who will be giving a talk on 'EY Cash Analytics'

 

Monday 5 February 2018 5:30pm-8:30pm

EY, 1 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AF

Canapes on arrival at 5:30pm. Presentations start at 6pm.

 

To attend the event, for free, please sign up on Eventbrite @ http://bit.ly/2C1P50m 

 

 



Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
Mrs Amy Patrick

ROYAL GEOGRAPHY SOCIETY   |   LONDON SW7 2AR   |   27-28 February 2018
Full details online at The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) at Imperial College London

Building on the successful workshop held in February 2016, The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) at Imperial College London has teamed up with specialists from the Warwick University, London School of Economics, Lancaster University, E3G, UK Government and Atkins and is hosting a workshop to develop a better understanding as to what Decision Makers want from the Analytical Community to make better decisions under uncertainty. The workshop will form the basis of an ongoing network which will seek to build a value proposition around Decision Makers and the User Community.  Attendance at the workshop will assist in the shaping of that value proposition.

SCHEDULE BRIEF

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2018

  • Presentationsfrom industry, policy making, and academic analysts
  • Participatory Simulationsto explore decision making under risk and uncertainty:
  • Emergency response decision making
  • Investment horizon decision making under policy (Brexit) uncertainty
  • Investment horizon decision making using scenario tools
  • Panel Session to understand what decision makers really want from the analytical community
  • Buffet networking supper

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018

  • •Simulation feedback from specialists using a diagnostic framework to facilitate identification of needs
  • •Open Forum“What next for the community?”: Highlighting areas for future research and collaboration

OUTCOMES

The confirmed specialists attending are from the following domains and disciplines: Expert Judgement, Psychology, Statistics, Decision Science, Communications, as well as a number of decision makers from government, industry and policy.

RSVP

We hope you can join us! Please  email meera.shah@imperial.ac.uk to confirm your participation, including in your response a note about the sessions you will join (Day one, Day two, or both), and dietary requirements.

CONTACT

Meera Shah, Project Administrator, CEP, Imperial College Londonmeera.shah@imperial.ac.uk

Lucas Kruitwagen, Visiting Researcher, CEP, Imperial College LondonLucas.Kruitwagen@smithschool.ox.ac.uk



Friday, 1 Sep 2017
Mrs Amy Patrick

How can our personal data be used to shape opinions, debates, and even win elections? Is big data threatening democracy? Who should we trust and what is the future of data in public life? In this Data Debate, a panel of experts will discuss what the future of data in public life could look like. This is not an OR Society event, please go to http://ow.ly/S0CM30eMf4Z for more information and tickets. 

Panel includes:

Timandra Harkness, Journalist and author of Big Data: Why Size Matters (chair)

Jonathan Bamford, Head of Parliament and Government Affairs at the Information Commissioner’s Office

Bernie Hogan, Turing Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute

Joanna Bryson, Reader, Computer Sciences, University of Bath & Affiliate, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy

Maeve McClenaghan, Data journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Data Debates is a collaboration between the AHRC, the Alan Turing Institute, the British Library, and the ESRC and aims to stimulate discussion on issues surrounding big data, its potential uses, and its implications for society.

More Details
Name: The Future of Data in Public Life
Where: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
When: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 18:00 - 20:00
Price: Full Price: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546, boxoffice@bl.uk
Go to http://ow.ly/S0CM30eMf4Z for more information and tickets.



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: http://datasciencespeakers.toastmasterclub.org



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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-and-private-sector-dialogue-on-data-science-tickets-23983882438?ref=enivtefor001&invite=OTkxMjc5MS9qb2FubmEubGVlQGp1c3RpY2UuZ3NpLmdvdi51ay8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

 



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