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Turing Data Study Group

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10.00am to Friday, 13 December 2019, 5.00pm
Location: The Alan Turing Institute, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

The Alan Turing Institute are delighted to share with you the details of the next Turing Data Study Group.

Data Study Groups are intensive five day collaborative hackathons which bring together organisations from industry, government, and the third sector, with talented multi-disciplinary researchers from academia. Organisations act as Challenge Owners, providing real-world problems to be tackled by researchers.

The events provide a fantastic opportunity for early career researchers to rapidly develop their data science skills using real-world data. The event also offers participants the chance to forge new networks for future research projects and build links within The Alan Turing Institute and industry. We encourage PhDs, postdocs and other early career researchers to apply.


The challenges put forward are:

  • WWF - Smart monitoring for conservation areas
  • Dstl - Bright-field image segmentation
  • The National Archives - Discovering topics and trends in the UK Government Web Archive
  • Agile Datum - Automating the evaluation of local government planning applications
  • SenSat - Semantic and Instance Segmentation of 3D Point Clouds

For detailed information about the challenges please visit our website. We will be releasing more challenges in the coming days.

Applications must be submitted via the Institute's application portal. If you have not already done so, you will need to first register on the system and provide basic details to create a profile, before you can see the application form. If you have any questions regarding the application form or using the online system, contact the Data Study Group Team. Before applying, read our guidance on how to write a successful Data Study Group application. Successful applicants will be notified of submission outcomes by 15 November. 

The Alan Turing Institute will cover travel costs in alignment with our expenses policy. We will also provide accommodation for researchers not normally London-based. Accommodation for researchers who are from a London university or research institute may be available for those who travel from outside London to work. Expenses for international applicants is capped at £200, which includes any costs of visa. Lunch and dinner is provided for participants during the week.

The Data Study Group involves a commitment of up to 50 hours across five days and participants are expected to attend the full duration of the event where possible. (While DSG does involve long hours, The Alan Turing Institute is committed to supporting individual circumstances, please email the Data Study Group team to discuss any adjustments you may require).

Deadline to apply: Tuesday 5 November 2019 12:00 noon GMT.

Find out more and apply