The right energy at the right time

Data Science / Machine Learning / unsupervised learning / Algorithms / k-means clusteriing / sinusoidal model / Fourier Theorem / energy / usage patterns

by Archy de Berker, ASI Fellow 2017 We take for granted that with the flick of a switch we can turn on a light, make a cup of tea, and turn on the TV to watch Game of Thrones each Friday evening. All of this requires energy. But more than…

Burns Bot Part 2: Building a Slackbot

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning / Robert Burns / GitHub / Markov chain models / Bots / Slack / Chatbots

In the previous post we discussed using Markov chain models to generate pseudo-poetry. But data science is not just about writing algorithms which give you a warm feeling and make your grandma swallow her dentures with admiration. A good project culminates with productionisation: packing your data science into a format…

Teaching a computer to write poetry: building a Burns Bot part 1

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Data Scientist / Data science projects / ASI / Fellowship / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence Data Science Machine Learning / creativity / poetry / Markov chain models / Robert Burns / Scotland

Robert (or Rabbie) Burns was a Scottish poet whose corpus includes ‘An Ode to A Haggis’ and the New Year’s Eve favourite ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Each year on January 25th people throughout the UK come together to celebrate his life, for a night that typically revolves around two of…

The Future of Policy

Machine Learning / unsupervised learning / Policy / Data Science / government

Setrak Balian, ASI Data Science, London Imagine a virtual world in which policymakers can try out different policies without having to suffer the real-world consequences. ASI Data Science teamed up with HM Department for Education to build a simulated world of teachers and schools in order to investigate effects of…

Untangling the network of rogue landlords

Data Policy / Data Science / Data Strategy / Data Scientist / Careers / ASI / Fellow / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence / Particle Physics / Lambeth Council / Rogue Landlords / Automation / Greater London Authority / Local councils

I’m making the move from particle physics to data science because I want my skills to have a more direct, positive impact on people. My project with ASI Data Science and Lambeth Council gave me that chance. Rogue landlords in the UK illegally make £4.2 billion pounds per…

Responding to the talent challenge of our age

ASI / Fellow / Fellowship / Data Science / Data Strategy / Data in Society / Data science projects / PhD / Machine Learning / Hiring / Recruitment / Data Scientist / Talent / Insights / STEM

Recruit more talent - secure your ASI Data Science fellow now by applying today. Applications for companies for the January Fellowship are closing soon! Talent, not money, is the biggest constraint facing companies who want to make the most of their data. Most organisations already have huge amounts of data,…

Changing the culture: What government must do to make the most of AI

Data Science / Data in Society / Machine Learning / ASI / Richard Sargeant / Artificial Intelligence / Future Technologies / Impactful / Data science for good / Policy / Open Data / AI / news / Public Policy / Data Policy / Government Digital Service

Artificial intelligence could transform the public sector, but adoption has been slow. As the Government Office for Science publishes its report into the subject, Richard Sargent, director of ASI Data Science and former performance lead at the Government Digital Service, says leadership and culture will be crucial for success. Read…

Adjusting your set: Predicting rare TV-watching behaviour with machine learning

Data Science / Data Strategy / Data science projects / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence / Fellowship / Fellow / ASI / Fellows Network / Data in Society / Careers / Sky / TV

It's been over half a century since a record audience of 32.3 million people watched England's triumph over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, and Britain remains a nation of avid TV watchers. According to Ofcom’s most recent statistics, 95% of households contain a working television…

Last Meetup of 2016

Meetup / Data Science Community / Data Science / Graphs / Graph Network / Graph Database

Join us for the last Meetup for 2016! 7th December Data Science Lab: Understanding Data & Graphs An evening with three data scientists who have used graphs in their work on both theory and practical applications. Sheldon Hall is a software engineer working at Grakn Labs where a distributed knowledge…

Find out more about the ASI Fellowship

ASI / Fellowship / Data Science / Data in Society / Data Engineering / Fellow / Fellows Network / Careers / Machine Learning / Data Science Community / PhD / Post-doc / Future Technologies

Data Science has burst on the scene as a new employment area where demand for candidates outstrips supply. It is also a field that values PhD candidates – particularly from quantitative subjects. If you're wondering whether the academic path is right for you, but cannot imagine wasting the technical skills you've…

Events in October!

Data Science / Data Science Lab / Data Science Community / Pascal Bugnion / Plotly / London / Meetup / Programming Languages / Data Strategy / Richard Sargeant

Transforming Large Organisations 3rd Oct Richard Sargeant, Director of Transformation at ASI Data Science and founding director of the Government Digital Service, will be hosting a fireside chat with current and past fellows about the work he's been doing in government and Google. Places are strictly limited so please message…

Q&A with ASI Alumna Fellow Lorna - From Mathematics to Data Science

Data Science / ASI / Fellowship / Fellows Network / Careers / London / Meetup / Programming Languages / Data science projects / Machine Learning / alumni / Data Science Community / Mathematics / PhD / Post-doc / Fellow / Opportunities / Tails

Lorna Brightmore, a recent Fellow on the latest ASI Data Science Fellowship in May 2016 reflects on her experience on the ASI Fellowship project with pet food business Tails. Lorna has since been continuing working in a full-time role with Tails as a Data Scientist complete with dogs in the…

A brighter data future for London

Data Science / Data Strategy / London / London Datastore / Data Science Community / Impactful / NESTA / Data science for good / Actionable

ASI Data Science is working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Nesta on a pilot project to pave the way to create a permanent London Office of Data Analytics (LODA). The model is inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York City, founded under…

From Academia to Data Science

Data Science / Data Strategy / Careers

Being a great data scientist is mostly about the way in which you approach problems. Data scientists apply the scientific method in the commercial environment, which is why scientists can often successfully transition into the field. This sounds simple enough in theory, yet many scientists with superb academic backgrounds find…

Charlotte's Experience on the ASI Data Science Fellowship

Fellowship / Finance / Getting Started / Data Science / Machine Learning / ASI / alumni / Careers / London / Meetup / Economics / ManAHL / Data Science Lab / Data Science Community / Fellows Network

Charlotte Werger, a recent Fellow on the latest ASI Data Science Fellowship in May 2016 reflects on her journey, transitioning into a new Data Science career by taking part in the Fellowship. Tell us about your background, before you decided to move into Data Science? My background is perhaps a…

London's most polluted parks identified by new ASI Data Science Project

Data Science / Data in Society / ASI / Policy / Pollution / London / Park / Air Quality / EU / Nitrogen oxide / Open Data / London Datastore / Bloomberg

The team at ASI Data Science have worked on an open data project that maps pollution levels in London parks. The air in many city parks surpass legal limits for nitrogen oxide set by the European Union. Read the full article featured on Bloomberg here Find out the air quality…

ASI Data Science Featured in City A.M. Today

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning / ASI / Data in Society / Future Technologies / Policy / Data Strategy / Science Fiction

Marc Warner, Co-founder and CEO at ASI Data Science spoke to City A.M. about the future of Artificial Intelligence. Marc discusses the debates around creating new policy and strategy to manage the vast amount of technologies developing and becoming more commonplace in society and what can science fiction tell…

How to Do Great Data Science

Getting Started / Data Science / Impactful / Tractable / Actionable / Data science for good / Effective Altruism / NESTA / Data science projects

At ASI Data Science, we run a Data Science Fellowship, do our own data science consulting, and are building a data science platform. Collectively, this means we spend a fair amount of our waking hours trying to figure out how to do really great data science. Data science is hard.…

Detecting Anomalies in the Real World - at Strata + Hadoop London!

Strata + Hadoop Conference / Machine Learning / anomaly detection / balanced forests / random forest / Data Science / supervised learning / unsupervised learning / fraud detection / foreground detection / Data Engineering / Events / ASI / Alessandra Stagliano

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to give a talk at the Hardcore Data Science track at Strata London, “the Lollapalooza of big data conferences”. The quality of other speakers were intimidatingly good (key people from the Scikit-learn and Google Deepmind, are just two examples) and the…

The Short-term and Long-term future of Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning / Algorithms / AI / Strata + Hadoop Conference / Podcast

Jenn Webb from O'Reilly chats with Marc Warner, CEO of ASI. Listen in to the podcast to hear him talk about artificial intelligence, speculating about the future and looking at current real-world business applications of AI. Also Marc talks about a survey recently conducted with data science companies in London,…

The right programming language for data science

Coding / Programming Languages / ASI / Fellowship / Applications / Data Science / Data Engineering / Scala / Pascal Bugnion / Python

At ASI Data Science, we run an eight week data science fellowship that takes the brightest PhDs and postdocs and trains them in data science. The fellows spend seven weeks working closely with a company as part of the fellowship. This is the story of one of the fellows, John.…

Q&A with ASI Alumnus Fellow Khurom - From Astrophysics to Data Science

Fellowship / Getting Started / Data Science / Programming Languages / Machine Learning / ASI / alumni / Careers

Meet Khurom Kiyani, one of our Fellows from our January 2016 ASI Fellowship, as he reflects on his experiences on taking part in the ASI programme. His ASI Fellowship project was partnered with JustEat, where he is now a Data Scientist in their team. Congratulations Khurom! Tell us about your…

Meet ASI Fellow, Sam Smith

Fellowship / Getting Started / Data Science / Programming Languages / ASI / alumni / Careers

From theoretical condensed matter Physics, to working with deep neural networks on his ASI Fellowship project with babylon health, Meet Sam, one of our Fellows from our January 2016 Fellowship, as he reflects on his experiences on taking part in the ASI programme. Tell us about your background, before you…

Predicting AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol

Data Science / Artificial Intelligence / AlphaGo / Prediction

This week, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo is challenging one of the greatest Go players of all time – Lee Sedol – in a five match series. As Go remains one of the few remaining games in which humans can still claim superiority to machines, a win for AlphaGo would be an extremely…

Data Science Approaches and Toolsets

Data Science / Programming Languages / Data Engineering / Neo4J / RBS / Lab49 / Finance

Our recent Meetup held at Lab49 in London on 3rd February focused on Data Science Approaches & Toolsets, and included some excellent talks from our speakers; Eugene Morozov from Lab49 and Stelios Gerogiannakis from RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), both industry experts in Data Science in the financial sector. Eugene…

Scala for Data Science

Pascal Bugnion / Scala / Data Science / Data Engineering

Data science is fashionable. Startups are sprouting across the globe and established companies are scrambling to assemble data science teams. The rapid increase in popularity of data science is accompanied by increased ambition: data science teams are expected to build increasingly complex applications that can scale to larger datasets, deal…

Practical Introduction into Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Science / Events / Getting Started / Algorithms

This free evening workshop offers a "Practical Introduction into Artificial Intelligence," at 4.00pm until 6.00pm on the 23rd February, at the Impact Hub, Westminster. While full artificial intelligence is still far into the future, the latest ‘machine learning’ algorithms are making progress on problems that we previously thought…

Meetups & Events 2016

Events / Meetup / Data Science

This year we are running even more Meetups and events than last year. We have a huge variety of talks and prominent speakers from the growing Data Science Industry and Academic Community. Check out our Meetup group to keep an eye on the latest events! Please note you will need…

How is data science changing asset management?

Data Science

We were fortunate enough to have over 200 guests at our latest meetup, held at BlackRock in London on 27th November. Including some excellent speakers; Sylvain Champonnois from BlackRock and Neil Curham & Sam Browning from Alpha FMC, all experts in the data science field. So, the question we were…

Machine Learning is Eating the World

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

When we talk about data science, people often think it's synonymous with machine learning. Clearly this isn't true - data science spans the spectrum from hacking to visualisation - but there's no denying that some of the most exciting advances are coming from developments in machine learning. At it's core,…

Deep Learning Starter

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

Deep learning has garnered a lot of attention recently, even from Google, who make their largest European acquisition when they bought DeepMind for $400 million at the beginning of the year. Part of this attention can be explained by the general rise in popularity of predictive analytics, but the recognition…

Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity?

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

Ethical issues abound in data science, as with any important and new technology, but they are often related to privacy and medical data. While the future impact of artificial intelligence might seem like a subject more suited to movies, it is becoming an ever more mainstream discussion. Last week, Tim…

Swimming In The Sea Of Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

There are thousands of machine learning algorithms. How should one decide to what to use, especially when starting out in data science? In all truth, there is probably no shortcut for experience. However, there are many useful resources out there to get started. Scikit-learn does an algorithm cheat-sheet, as does…