Hi! We are the newest University of Liverpool based cohort, part of the third year intake for the CDT in Data Analytics and Society. In our group we have James, Cillian, Hope and Peter. James is working with Marlan Maritime Technologies to design resilient coastal cities using big data. Cillian is working with Ordnance Survey on improving the Geolocation of emergency service response using big data. Hope is working with the Liverpool City Region researching human dynamics within an urban and regional context. Peter works with Data Fusion Ltd looking at the Geodemographics of British streets. We are part of the Liverpool University Geographic Data Science Lab: a research and teaching centre focussing on making sense of the world by using spatial data to make intelligent decisions.
We have recently hosted our fellow Year 1 students from Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield for a short course which involved using Python for Data wrangling and machine learning, taught by Dr Dani-Arribas-Bel from the GDSL. The course was designed as an introduction to data cleansing, manipulation and visualisation through use of the Python programming language, as well as both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques that will no doubt form a fundamental part of our research. Following this week, we have been sent away with an assignment to choose our own datasets and conduct some in-depth data analysis using the techniques we have learned from the course.
Over the last couple of months we have been studying for the Masters component of our CDT programme, as well as developing the ideas and thesis structures of our CDT projects with data partners and supervisors to stand us in good stead for the coming years. We are currently gearing up for a two-week internship with our data partners which will provide us with invaluable industry experience, as well as the opportunity to work with data that we will likely be working on for the next couple of years.
The Liverpool course was a great way to start the New Year and we are looking forward to the Manchester and Sheffield courses coming up in the next couple of months!