This evening’s topic is: In recent years, there has been a vast increase in our ability to collect and utilise data. The use of ’data’ is now present in all aspects of daily life, whether it be with regards to targeted advertising, monitoring pollution in the city, or mobile app-based health data. The need to handle these increasing streams of data has led to the rapid development of an, up until recently, relatively obscure scientific discipline called ‘data science’, where the classical statistician meets the computer scientist, visual artist, and many others. Although much of the data collected can be incredibly useful, it also leads to feelings of unease – as we don’t always know where and when data is being collected, what it is being used for and what we get back from it.
In this science café, we explore some interesting scientific applications of data science, including data analysis and visualisation, but we also discuss the implications of the exponential increase in data collection and usage on our society as well as our personal experience, and how we think the benefits of data science could be given back to the community.
More about our speaker: As data science specialist in the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol I support researchers in their data science needs. I provide advice, signpost to experts and conduct work myself on statistical methods, data processing and management, and data visualisation. I am also interested in finding interesting open datasets, relevant hackathon challenges, and running workshops and trainings. Before my current role I completed a PhD on statistical approaches to analyse human eye movements.