Big Data What is the Future of Number Crunching?
Data collection worldwide is rising at an unprecedented rate and almost every industry depends on how information is stored, processed, and applied. Will this massive growth continue? What are the trends in the future of data analytics?
Our panel is chaired by James Fransham, a data journalist on The Economist‘s data team. He is joined by award-winning information designer and data artist Tiziana Alocci; Dénes Csala, data editor for the Economics Observatory; Anna Powell-Smith, the director of the Centre for Public Data; and Arthur Turrell, the acting director of the Data Science Campus at the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Tiziana Alocci is an award-winning information designer, data artist and lecturer specialising in visualising sound and data. Alongside her art production, she has been working commercially for over a decade as an information designer, collaborating with creative studios, brands, and organisations worldwide. In this capacity, her scope of work spans from interactive data experiences to printed editorial data visualisations, with clients including the BBC, the British Library, and Wired UK. Since 2018, she has been Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, among other international guest lecturing posts at Hyper Island (Sweden), Data, ArtEZ University of the Arts (The Netherlands), and The Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Hungary). In 2017, she co-founded Market Cafe Magazine, the world’s first independent magazine about data visualisation.
Dénes Csala is the Data Editor for the Economics Observatory and a public speaker on data visualisation, science communication and systems thinking. He holds a PhD in interdisciplinary engineering and lectures at the universities of Bristol and Lancaster, on topics of machine learning, data visualisation and exploration, as well as modelling complex energy systems. He believes that the language of data is: visualisation.
James Fransham is a data journalist on The Economist’s data team in London. As well as writing for the newspaper’s Graphic Detail section he has produced original quantitative stories for many of the newspaper’s sections. He joined The Economist as a researcher in 2009 and in 2014 was made the newspaper’s first data correspondent. He spent five years working from the magazine’s New York City bureau, in 2012-14 and 2015-18.
Anna Powell-Smith is the director of the Centre for Public Data, a non-profit which works for stronger public data. Previously she was the chief product officer at Flourish, the UK’s leading data visualisation startup, since acquired by Canva. She was also the founding technical lead at the University of Oxford’s DataLab, now the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science. Before that she was a freelance developer, working in data visualisation and web development.
Arthur Turrell is Acting Director of the Data Science Campus at the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). Following studies in physics and mathematics, he obtained his PhD in plasma physics from Imperial College London. He retains a keen interest in physics and has written a popular science book about nuclear fusion, The Star Builders. He began his career in the public sector as a research economist in the Bank of England’s data science team where he led projects combining economics and data science. While at the Bank, he chose mathematical elements of Alan Turing’s work to feature on the UK’s £50 note and published research on labour markets, real-time data, natural language processing, forecasting, and macroeconomic modelling.
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