Talking Data South West
Talking Data South West the region's first conference focusing on all aspects of data: from collection and analysis through to visualisation and communication took place on Thursday 20th June 2013.
We had a fantastic response with over 100 delegates representing more than 50 organisations from around the region. It was the first event to bring together and showcase the different data activities in the South West and provided a unique opportunity to develop data skills and to network with other regional businesses. The conference included presentations from a number of keynote speakers from national organisations as well as presentation from local organisations and a poster session.
A timetable for the event including abstracts is available to download here. Information about the speakers, including slides and videos of their talks are available below.
Markus Gesmann, Lloyds of London
Markus Gesmann is not only a professional mathematician working as an analyst at Lloyd's, but a keen R user. Inspired by Hans Rosling, Markus and his colleagues wanted to introduce interactive data visualisation techniques to the insurance industry as a way to foster dialogue and communication. As the software that Hans Rosling used to create his motion charts is nbw owned by Google, Markus developed, together with Diego de Castillo, googleVis: an interface between R and the Google Visualisation API that allows R users to create motion charts.
Alan Smith OBE, Head of Data Visualisation Unit, Office for National Statistics
Alan Smith is Principal Methodologist (and Founder) of the Data Visualisation Centre at the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS produce an enormous quantity of statistics on subjects ranging from crime to education. Alan and his team's objectives are to use data visualisation tools to help communicate and make these statistics meaningful to a non-statistical audience.
David Arnold, Senior Statistician, Unilever
Unilever markets and sells products under more than 400 different brand names, such as Marmite, Dove and Persil. David Arnold is a senior statistician at Unilever working as part of a global data science team that underpins these brands and ensures that Unilever understands and meets the needs of its consumers all over the world. David’s work can be diverse requiring a broad range of statistical and visualisation methods. He is a statistical manager for personal care clinical studies, and provides statistical consultancy for consumer science and microbiomics.
Paul Howarth, Akumen – Making sense of qualitative data
Robert Allen, Landmark Information Group – How data collection from smart phones can improve agronomic decision making in potato crops
Rupa Chilvers, Tangerine Bee – Planning for the global health workforce: mixing numbers with policy
Nick Paling, Westcountry Rivers Trust – Spatial data and analysis in the improvement of aquatic ecosystem health and drinking water quality
Richard Everson, Computer Science Department, University of Exeter – Visualising and understanding multi-criterion league tables
Anna Murray, Biomedical Informatics Hub, University of Exeter – Using genetic data from across the human genome to identify causes of disease and complex traits
David Regis, The Schools and Students Health Unit – What we have learned from asking questions of young people
Will Stahl-Timmins, European Centre for Environment and Human Health – Visualising statistical data: Lessons from historical information graphics
Matthew Aldridge - The growing usage of R by commercial organisations
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