Our first Virtual CDAS Partner Engagement event

On the 24th September 2021, the Centre for Data Analytics and Society held its annual partner event online for the first time. Attended by academics from across the CDT institutions and representatives from partner organisations, the event proved a great opportunity for students to get together and share their work, catching up or in some cases meeting for the first time!

The event was planned and delivered by a selection of students from multiple cohorts and home institutions, working together under the guidance of CDT management to plan an engaging and enjoyable virtual conference. Students moving into Year 3 and 4 were split into theme groups and delivered lightning talks on aspects of their PhD projects, while students moving into Year 2 presented posters in a virtual networking space. You can view the posters at the bottom of this article.

Students gather in a virtual poster session in GatherTown
Instead of presenting in a physical space, students could view and present their research posters in a virtual room.

Representatives from the Department of Work & Pensions, Esri, Sheffield City Region, HERE Technologies and Geolytix joined the event to deliver presentations on their work and to participate in a panel discussing how data science is used in their field, and providing tips for PhD students looking to move into commercial or public sector work after graduating.

The event closed with a pub quiz in GatherTown, hosted by our student delivery group. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that next year, we’ll be able to celebrate another successful event in a real pub together!

Research posters presented by Year 2 students

Using Content And Sentiment Analysis To Understand Populism In Donald Trump’s Speeches- Ruth Neville

Text mining & sentiment analysis of Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcements- Nastazja Laskowski

Spanish house prices, What factors are important- Gladys Kenyon

Predicting strokes- Ron Bar-Ad

Predicting Outcomes of Apprenticeships Delivered within Sheffield City Region using Machine Learning- Shivani Sickotra

Police Twitter presence in the period after George Floyd’s death- Erica Kane

How Reliably Can Vivacity Cameras Count People- Mushtahid Salam

Green Homes Grant- Cameron Ward

Food choice patterns of primary school children -Ines Francois

Dimensionality Reduction for Identifying Valuable Airline Customers- Amy Jungmin Seo

A machine learning approach to understanding factors- Ellie Marfleet

 

CDAS student awarded best presentation at Nutrition Futures conference

Victoria Jenneson presented at Nutrition Society’s Nutrition Futures conference, for the student section of the society and received an award for the best presentation. Vicki gave a 3 minute lightening talk entitled “Systematic review of electronic sales data in population dietary surveillance”, outlining the purpose of the review and her findings on her PhD project so far.  The abstract for my work will be published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

Vicki said:  “I received some really lovely feedback from fellow students on how I told a story and engaged people in my research, so I’m really grateful for the presentation training we received earlier in the year from Simon Cain at Westbourne Consulting. The Nutrition Futures event concluded yesterday with talks on presentation skills, career planning, effective networking and a careers panel. I really enjoyed it and I hope to get more involved in Nutrition Society events in the future.”