Past meetings archive

Analytics Network Autumn Event

Venue: London Business School, 26 Sussex Pl, Marylebone, London, NW1 4SA
Speaker: Bruce Hardie (London Business School), Harvey Lewis (EY), Michael Mortenson (Warwick University) 
Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 18:00 - 21:00

The Analytics Network, part of the Operational Research Society, invites you to join to our Autumn event that will take place at London Business School.

On this occasion, we will be hosting three different speakers covering a wide range of topics, each followed by a Q&A. At the end of the event, there will be plenty of time for networking


6:00pm-6:30pm Registration

6:30pm-8:00pm Talks

-1st Speaker: Bruce Hardie, London Business School Professor of Marketing, "Valuing Subscription-Based Businesses Using Publicly Disclosed Customer Data"

-2nd Speaker: Harvey Lewis, Associate Partner at EY, "Tax knowledge management using R, Shiny and Leaflet"

-3rd Speaker: Michael Mortenson, Senior Teaching Fellow on the MSc in eBusiness Management at Warwick University, "IoT modelling via mobile phones"

8:00pm-8:30pm Networking

For more information, talk abstracts and to register, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you.

Analytics Network, The OR Society

Newest Installation of the Data Science Masterclass

Venue: UCAS, Rosehill, Chelthenham
Speaker: Dr Gilbert Owusu
Date: Wednesday, 05 September 2018 at 18:00

Join The OR SocietyUCAS and the IMA on September 5th 2018 for an exciting data science masterclass delivered by Dr Gilbert Owusu. Dr Owusu, is the Head of Practice, Business Modelling & Operational Transformation at BT Technology, Service & Operations and will be discussing 'Leveraging AI Technologies for Delivering Better Service Outcomes'. 
Please note that all attendees must register in advance by using this registration link.

Refreshments will be provided at this event which starts at 18:00. This event will be held at at the UCAS head offices in Chelthenham. For directions to the venue and travel advice, please consult this map (pdf).

If you would like more information, please click here or contact Andy Harrison, Head of Analytical Development for UCAS, at [email protected].


Venue: EY, 1 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AF
Speaker: Bethan MacKay, Professor Jacqui Taylor and Matthew Robinson
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.


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

We look forward to seeing you.

Analytics Network, The OR Society

CAP Launch

Venue: EY, 1 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AF
Speaker: John Hopes, Nadine Keane, Anna Kobylinska
Date: Monday, 05 February 2018 at 17:30 - 20:30

CAP launch event slides

Book your place now to attend the OR Society's UK Launch of the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) qualification and learn about the special rates available to OR Society members.

Certified Analytics Professional is an exam-based analytics qualification established by INFORMS in the USA. CAP is the premier global professional certification for analytics practitioners and anyone who attains the distinction will distinguish themselves and create greater opportunities to enrich their careers.

CAP may be right for you if:

  • You want a qualification that is specifically related to analytics or
  • You want a designation recognised by people unfamiliar with OR or
  • You want an exam-based qualification.

This global qualification allows you to enhance your skillset and showcase your credibility whilst making new opportunities available. 
Read more about the CAP qualification on our website.

John Hopes, President or The OR Society, will introduce the Society's analytics initaive of which CAP is a key component.

We have a talk from Nadine Keane (Customer Insight & Advanced Analytics Senior Leader at Dunnes Stores, CAP) who will be sharing her experience of CAP and the benefits it has provided. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

We also welcome Anna Kobylinska (Senior Manager in the EY data analytics team) who will be delivering a talk on EY Cash Analytics.

Anna's bio:

Anna is an Assistant Director within Business Modelling and Analytics team with a background in stochastic modelling and software engineering. Prior to joining EY, Anna worked as a Senior Data Scientist in Microsoft overseeing churn predictive model development for Skype social network. At EY, Anna’s focus is on helping our clients manage their working capital more effectively through use of tailored advanced analytics tools. Anna oversees the development of machine learning tools used by our clients to identify high risk customers and enhance their debt collections.


5:30pm-6pm Arrival and canapes

6pm-6:15pm Welcome and intro from John Hopes (ORS President)

6:15pm-7pm Nadine Keane: CAP Journey and its benefits, followed by Q&A

7pm-7:30pm Anna Koby: EY Cash Analytics

7:30pm-8:30pm Q&A and Networking

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Turing Lecture: Stats, Decision Making and Privacy

Venue: The Alan Turing Institute, British Library, 96 Euston Road, LONDON
Speaker: John Pullinger, Cynthia Dwork
Date: Monday, 05 December 2016 at 13:30 - 17:00

In this Turing Lecture, the UK’s National Statistician, John Pullinger, will explain how data is helping us make better decisions about out futures, and presents some important questions about data ethics and security. Following on from this, Microsoft Research's Cynthia Dwork will discuss the challenges of privacy and how we can combat them.

NOTE: This is a free event, but you must be registered throug the organisers, the Alan Turing institute.

Click here to register: Turing Lecture: Stats, Decision Making and Privacy 

Speaker 1: John Pullinger, UK National Statstician

Mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions

‘Good’ data about the state of our economy and society, helps governments, businesses and citizens, to make informed decisions for the future. Demands to generate this data faster, in more detailed and tailored forms are growing, whilst the data revolution is providing rich opportunities for the data science community to come together to identify novel solutions to these demands. It also raises important questions about data ethics, data security and data quality, amongst other concerns. In this talk, John Pullinger will explore the nature of these questions, current responses to them, and the potential for building relationships between The Alan Turing Institute, the Office for National Statistics, the Government Statistical Service, and others who share an interest in developing insights from data to benefit the public.


John Pullinger is the UK National Statistician and most recent Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission. He has previously been President of the Royal Statistical Society and Chair of the Getstats campaign for statistical literacy. He has worked in statistical, research, policy and leadership roles in the UK government at the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment, and Office of Manpower Economics, as well as the UK Statistics Authority. He also spent ten years leading information services at the UK House of Commons as Librarian of the House, and developing new services to enable the public to engage with Parliament.

Speaker 2: Doctor Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research

Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis

Privacy-preserving data analysis has a long history, spanning at least five decades and numerous disciplines. Despite this extensive history, it is only in the last decade that an understanding has formed of the risk that the accumulation of small, seemingly insignificant statistical hints about confidential data, can pose to privacy. In this talk, Cynthia Dwork will discuss the implications of the loss of these ‘breadcrumbs’ of data, and show how differential privacy, a notion of privacy tailored to statistical analysis of large datasets, can control this risk, while at the same time permitting complex data analysis.


Cynthia Dwork, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, is renowned for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. A cornerstone of this work is differential privacy, a strong privacy guarantee, frequently permitting highly accurate data analysis. Dr. Dwork has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, recognizing some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, and the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dwork will join Harvard in January, 2017, as the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School.

The Annual Analytics Summit 2016

Venue: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
Speaker: Various
Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2016 at 09:15 - 17:00

From Data to Decisions: The Annual Analytics Summit is the event for practitioners and decision-makers alike.

The Annual Analytics Summit brings together experts from government, journalism, industry and academia to help you turn data into decisions. Filled with case studies, innovations and strategies, the summit is one day of learning and networking for anyone involved in organisational decision-making – analysts and decision-makers alike.

New for 2016  To help you make an impact in your organisation, the technologies and techniques used in the morning’s case studies will be fully unpacked and explored in the afternoon sessions.

Plenary Speaker
Megan Lucero, Data Journalism Editor at The Times and Sunday Times
“Data v insight: How computing and data analysis can advance accountability in journalism and society”

Megan’s team’s data mining and analysis has brought many issues into the public discourse, such as blood doping in athletics and gender gap in income equality. She also spearheaded the Times’ political data unit that rejected polling data ahead of the UK’s last general election. Her latest work includes data analysis relating to the Brexit Referendum.

Case Studies and Sessions:

“The Analytics of Hunger”
Andy Hamflett and Giles Hindle with Simon Raper and Richard Vidgen, for the Trussell Trust

“Managing Risk in the Education Sector using Data Science”
David Goody, Department for Education

“Embedding Analytics at the Heart of M&S”
Pete Williams, Marks and Spencer

“Insights into People Movement from Location Data”
Emily Digges La Touche and Alina Marin, Movement Strategies

Places available for £100 + VAT early rate (£150 + VAT full price)

See the winners, hear the winners, meet the winners

Venue: St Johns Church of Hoxton, Pitfield Street, London, N1
Speaker: Various
Date: Monday, 23 May 2016 at 18:30 - 20:30

The OR Society sponsored Toastmasters International Club - Data Science Speakers will be holding its Chartership ceremony on the 23rd May from 18:30 to 20:30.

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.

Please register as a guest in our portal and tell us you are coming:

Public and Private Sector Dialogue on Data Science

Venue: Pivotal Labs - 4th Floor, Bentima House, 168-172 Old Street, London EC1V 9BP
Speaker: GPAN & 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 practicing Extreme 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

Data Science Speakers Club Contest

Venue: The Crypt (basement) of St Johns Church, Hoxton, Pitfield Street, N1 6NP, London
Speaker: Various
Date: Monday, 14 March 2016 at 18:30 - 20:30

On Monday 14th March, the Data Science Speakers Club (sponsored by The O.R. Society) are holding their International Speech Contest.

Members will be competing with each other to deliver the best speech that will be voted to represent the Club at the Area level contest.

Visitors are welcomed to come along and experience a Toastmasters International Speech Contest.

A Speech Contest is an excellent opportunity to test public speaking and communication skills.  Data Science can reveal interesting insight and it is up to the individual to tell the story behind the data in the most engaging and captivating way.  

Every competitor has up to 7 minutes to deliver their speech, testing their ability to structure and deliver speech ensuring the content of their speech matches the audience's expectations.

Visit us and learn more about public speaking, communication and leadership skills.

Think you've mastered these skills already?  Then visit; consider joining the club and compete in a speech contest to prove it.

Analytics Network visits Cranfield University

Venue:  Building 53 Seminar Room, Cranfield University
Speaker: Sayara Beg and Daniel Sanders
Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2016 at 14:00 - 16:45
Visit of Sayara Beg (chair) and other members of the Operational Research Society’s Analytics Network to Cranfield University
6th January Building 53 Seminar Room, Cranfield University
Host Daniel Sandars ([email protected])
  • 14:00-14:30 Arrivals
  • 14:30-14:40 Introductions
  • 14:40-14:55 Sayara Beg, Analytics Network = Presentation & Discussion:
    • 'A picture can say a thousand words; what can (Big) data tell us?'
  • 14:55-15:10 Dr. Stan Maklan, Reader in Strategic Marketing, School of Management, Discussion: Making sense of “big data”
  • 15:10-15:30 Dr Nikolaos Tapoglou, Hongmei He, School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing = Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.Through-Life Data Analysis and Visualisation
    • 2.Secure Cloud and Big data analytics
  • 15:30-16:20 Dr Simon Jude, Professor Jim Harris, Dr David Parsons, Dr Ron Corstanje, Daniel Sandars, School of Energy, Environment, and Agrifood = Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.Data, Risk And Environmental Analytical Methods (DREAM) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
    • 2.Agriecological Informatics
    • 3.Harnessing the Cattle Tracing Service and other big datasets to develop better disaggregated structural models of farming for better greenhouse gas inventory estimation
  • 16:20-16:30 Dr Jörn Mehnen, School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing Presentations & Discussions:
    • 1.“Mind Palace”
    • 2.National EPSRC Centre for Through-Life Services
  • 16:30-16:40 Sayara Beg/ Daniel SandarsSumming up –ideas to take forward
  • 16:40 Close
Joining Instructions
Instructions for finding Cranfield Campus are here and the campus address is College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire.
Once on campus
A map of the central campus:
If you have a car then please go to the main reception in building 26 to obtain a car parking permit. Building 26 lies at the top left of grid D3 on the campus map
The meeting will take place in the seminar room of building 53 (The Bullock Building), which is located on the corner at c/d 3/4 coordinates. In building there is a phone in the stair well to call the host Daniel Sandars on 2757 or on his 07412 926024 to gain access to the seminar room.

Data Science Speakers Club

Venue: The Crypt @ St Johns of Hoxton Church, Pitfield Street, London N1 6NP
Speaker: A Toastmasters International Club hosted by the Analytics Network
Date: Monday, 04 January 2016 at 18:30 - 20:30

The Data Science Speakers Club is a Toastmasters International club enabling the current and next generation of Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Mathematical and Logical Thinkers  to focus on their communication and leadership development, to increase their self confidence;, become better speakers, become better leaders and most importantly, communicate effectively.

The club meets fortnightly on Mondays from 18:30 to 20:30.  Please click on this link to check the club meeting days:

Toastmasters International, a not-for-profit organisation, is a world leader in communication and leadership development.  It's membership is 313,000 strong.  These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up its global network of meeting locations.

A Toastmasters meeting is a 'learn-by-doing' workshop in which participants hone their speaking amd leadership skills in a non-pressure atmosphere.  There is no instructor in a meeting.  Instead members evaluate one another's presentations.  This feedback process is a key part of the programme's success.

To attend as a guest, please click on this link:


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