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.

Case Study: Strategic Partners of the University

Aviva case study

Insuring its Future

The Aviva story, as part of the University's case study of Strategic Partners.

"A new partnership between Aviva and Cambridge is asking what do advances in technology and data science mean for the future of insurance?"


Aviva and Cambridge partnership video

Find out how Aviva and the University of Cambridge are working together, applying cutting-edge data science to real world problems here.

Annual Reports

Annual report front cover 2021-2022

“It takes our strong relationships beyond the insurance industry to create a better tomorrow for our customers, our employees and the wider society and communities where we live, work and study.” Alessia Kosagowsky, Chief Data Officer, Chair of Aviva Quantum


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’.

October 2020 saw three new PhD students being their research:

  • Edward Kosasih, Supervisor: Dr. Alexandra Brintrup, Institute for Manufacturing
  • Jessica McMaster, Supervisor: Prof. Jon Simons, Department of Psychology
  • Jonathan Crabbe, Supervisor: Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar, Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics


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.

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 and AI. C2D3 is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

  • Supports and connects the growing data science and AI research community 
  • Builds research capacity in data science and AI 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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