Aviva - Founding partner of C2D3

Our founding partner is Aviva, the UK’s leading insurance company. We work with industrial partners to build a portfolio of collaborative research projects, provide professional development opportunities for their own staff and access to the full breadth and depth of the University’s talent pool in the area of data science.


October 2019 saw the beginning of two Aviva-funded PhD projects in the Mathematics and Computer Science departments: 

  • Jan Stantzuk is a PhD student on the Cambridge Mathematics of Information PhD programme. Jan is studying ‘Trustworthy machine learning for ovarian cancer imaging’. 

  • Michelle Lee is a PhD student in the Computer Lab at Cambridge, her research is titled ‘Context and fairness in machine learning’.

Quantum Podcasts 

Quantum is Aviva's data science practice, led by Dr Orlando Machado. Quantum have partnered the University of Cambridge, collaborating with some of their best minds on a variety of research projects. The latest Quantum podcasts are linked below. The full selection of Aviva podcasts can be found on Sound Cloud.

Quantum Ep3 - Why do algorithms discriminate? 

Algorithms are biased. They don't mean to be, but they are a product of the people who created them. And we all have biases. But we can better understand these biases and make the world would be a much fairer place. So that is the problem Michelle Lee is trying to solve. In this podcast, Ben Moss and Orlando Machado, Chief Data Scientist at Aviva, are back at Cambridge University to find out more about Michelle's work.

Quantum Ep2 – Can data predict dementia?

In this episode you can meet PhD student Helena Gellersen who is trying to answer, can data help us to better understand which factors influence the onset of dementia?

Quantum Ep1 – Dr Orlando Machado will see you now

In this episode you can meet Orlando, find out more about Quantum, and have an introduction to the work they're doing to make an impact on Aviva’s customers and broader society. 

About us

The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3) brings together researchers and expertise from across the academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of data science.

  • Supports and connects the growing data science research community 
  • Builds research capacity in data science to tackle complex issues 
  • Drives new research challenges through collaborative research projects 
  • Promotes and provides opportunities for knowledge transfer 
  • Identifies and provides training courses for students, academics, industry and the third sector 
  • Acts as a gateway for external organisations 

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