Data Science Student of the Year
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Most exciting use of Data Science to address a defined business problem by an under or post graduate student of an Irish higher education institution.
Entries for student of the year would preferably be self-nominated; however supervisors may nominate their students.
For this category, for students that carry out their dissertation project in pairs, joint submissions will be accepted for the award.
Entries should provide detail on a data science research project conducted by the student that showcase why they should be student of the year.
Research projects should have been conducted by the nominee in the prior 12 – 18 months.
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DATA SCIENCE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
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We are proud to present our Judging Panel. We have assembled some of the finest intellects in the community who will judge and score all entries to select this year’s deserving winners.
Nominees will be scored on a number of different criteria, receiving a score out of 60:
Describe the research project, demonstrating your understanding of the research problem and the work you performed to gain that understanding. [20 Points]
Describe the solution that you created for the research problem, showcasing the data science tools, techniques and skills that you applied for quantitative analysis and any machine learning tools, techniques, and skills that you applied to create models or deliver predictions and/or recommendations. [20 Points]
Visualization & Story-telling
Demonstrate how you used visualization and story-telling to communicate complex data sets in a visual and accessible way and/or to reveal hidden insights. [20 Points]
Note: Nominees may provide up to 2 examples of their visualizations to demonstrate this skill.
Sarah Jane Delany
Sarah Jane is the Principal Investigator of the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) at DIT. She is also the Head of Research at DIT’s School of Computing and responsible for the postgraduate programmes including the very successful MSc in Data Analytics. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from DIT in the area of machine learning and has been involved in data analytics research for over 10 years.
Max is Head of Data Science and Solutions in AIB, Ireland. He has worked all his life in IT and predominantly in data and analytics related projects. His vast technical knowledge coupled with strategic vision make for an interesting mix of skills around data management and governance, delivery and execution, analytics and data science, visualization and MI. His expertise also lies in organizational models, data strategies, operational and execution models, data quality and metadata management, Agile, SAFe and CRISP frameworks.
Max is very passionate about the industry and grateful he was able in all these years to embrace the new, welcome change and drive transformation for companies like Oracle, Microsoft, Digital, Compaq, HP and HPE and various financial firms like Ulster Bank, Pioneer Investments and AIB. Outside of the data universe he has lived the rock star dream in the 80s, has written his own comic book line and is known as the Irishspawn in the action figures and collectibles world.
John has 20 years’ experience working in the IT Sector, BSc in Computer Science and recently achieved his MSc in Data Analytics from Dublin City University. In his current role, he works as a Software Technologist with Enterprise Ireland, focusing on software R&D projects for both multinational and Irish indigenous companies. His current focus is in the areas of Data Analytics/Machine Learning, Blockchain and Cyber Security. He is a member of the Irish Blockchain Expert Group which aims at helping to raise awareness and promote use of Blockchain within Ireland.
John recently joined the Irish Aid Rapid Response Corps roster to assist in surge capacity with Ireland’s UN Stand-by partners as part of their humanitarian and emergency response efforts. Under this role he can be deployed for 3 months as an Information Manager to help in the coordination of large volumes of data during the initial phases of an emergency.
Karen is a data science leader who loves building great teams and using data to uncover insights, drive decision making and inform product innovation. As Senior Manager of Product Analytics at Intercom, Karen leads a team of analysts, data engineers and data scientists who help Intercom design, develop and measure the success of its products. Prior to Intercom, she spent almost 8 years in industrial research labs, conducting a range of qualitative and quantitative research aimed at understanding mobile user behaviour. Most recently, Karen worked at Yahoo Research where she led a team of scientists focused on native & mobile ad analytics. She was also a Research Scientist in the scientific team in Telefonica Research.
Karen holds a PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin. Her research has been published in top tier conferences in human computer interaction, mobile computing, information retrieval and recommender systems. She is a huge advocate for women in technology and most recently founded XX+Data, a community for women who work with & love data.
Freda joined Deloitte in August 2015 through the acquisition of System Dynamics where she was director for 10 years working as part of the leadership team building a business with revenue of €25 million. Within System Dynamics, Freda was Head of Client Service Delivery responsibility for the delivery of all client services across multiple service lines including programme/project management, business intelligence, asset management solutions, ERP solutions, development solutions and support services.
Through her varied career in Technology consulting, Freda has developed a strong understanding and passion for the use of data within businesses and has a keen understanding of how Data Analytics can drive real business value.
Medb is the Intelligent Enterprise Analytics Lead at The Dock, Accenture’s global centre for innovation in Dublin which is a living, breathing innovation hub of over 200 specialist professionals with skills in artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, internet of things, digital marketing, design thinking and rapid software development and prototyping. She leads a team that researches, incubates, prototypes and pilots new technologies in the areas of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence with pioneering clients across multiple industries and sectors.
With a background in mathematics, finance and advanced analytics, Medb has held a number of roles leading highly skilled, quantitative teams in consulting and industry. She bridges the business and technical/quantitative worlds – translating business requirements into innovative analytical and artificial intelligence solutions.
Passionate about education and skills, Medb has extensive involvement in the local ecosystem, working closely with a number of third level institutions in Ireland to help shape degrees in analytics. She also has a keen interest in promoting STEM in first and second level institutions – she is on the Smart Futures Advisory Board and a member of Smart Futures Women in STEM network group.
Fionnán has a background in physics and heads up the analytics team at CurrencyFair – an online peer-to-peer FX marketplace which has traded over €4.7Bn, saving its customers 100s of millions in bank fees. Previously he built and led the data science team at Web Summit, helping scale the business from 25 to 160 employees.
DR. MICK KERRIGAN
Global Head of Decision Analytics at Dropbox. At Dropbox Tom leads a global team of decision analysts and data scientists who are at the forefront of measuring, modelling, and improving the Dropbox customer experience. Tom’s career has spanned leadership roles leading technology companies in both the US and Europe – notably LinkedIn and Ariba-SAP – with a keen focus on how insight applied at the confluence of analytics, business strategy and operations helps companies scale at pace.
Tom holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from New York University. This is Tom’s second year of involvement in the DatSci Awards, and his fifth joyful year of living in Ireland.
Prior to being appointed Director of the CeADAR Centre for Big Data Analytics, Edward was European Director of Innovation & Technology Research at Fidelity Investments. The role involved prospecting for technology and investment opportunities across Europe, understanding developments in the European innovation ecosystem, and directing technology trials.
Edward has also held various technical and global senior management roles in the Office of Strategy and Technology at Hewlett-Packard Europe based in England.
Edward holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the IEE, and is the named inventor on 76 granted patents. He has been awarded several international prizes including one from Scientific American for outstanding leadership.
Dermot is a Venture Investment Leader at NDRC where he sources investment opportunities and mentors them through to securing early customers and follow-on investment as they build ideas into globally scalable business.
Prior to NDRC, Dermot ran his own business where he developed strategy, managed innovation and accelerated digital transformation for clients which ranged from Startups to large Corporates.
Dermot was COO and CTO for Storyful where over three years he grew it from two to 35 staff, build the core technology platform and operations and managed finances and investment. Storyful was sold to NewsCorp for $25 million in 2013. Before Storyful Dermot spent over decade in GE working in Ireland and across Europe on financial services products, strategy and technology.
Dermot has also been an adjunct lecturer in the Micheal Smurfit Graduate Business School for 12 years. Dermot has an MBA and a BSc from University College Dublin. He prefers tea to coffee.
DR HELEN MCBREEN
Dr Helen McBreen is Investment Director at Atlantic Bridge – a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over $450 million of assets under management across four Funds, investing in technology companies in Europe, the US and China such as Movidius, Metaio, Swrve, 3DR Robotics, Fieldware.
To date, Helen has successfully sourced, formed and financed dozens of IP rich technology ventures and has built a credible investment track record and brings this expertise in seed investing to Atlantic Bridge.
Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge in 2015, Helen was at NDRC and a member of the NDRC Investment Committee playing a key role in the allocation of capital into new technology ventures with a particular focus on ventures in energy, health and ICT.
In 2014 Helen successful initiated and implemented ‘FutureHealth’ with the objective of finding ten new healthtech startups from across Ireland.
In 2014, Helen received peer recognition when she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM in Ireland.
Founder & CEO, Creme Global. Founder & Director, Predict Conference Chair, Irish Software Association
Cronan’s passion is in applying data and predictive models to solve problems to help people to make better decisions. His vision is a world where everyone makes better decisions, based on real data and expert models.
Prior to founding Creme Global in 2005, Cronan worked in financial risk analysis and derivative option price modelling with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank. Cronan then moved to Trinity College Dublin where he adapted the same predictive modelling methods to the food safety sector while developing the science and technology that underpins Creme Global.
In 2015, Cronan founded the Predict Conference in Dublin and became Chair of the Irish Software Association.
Cronan has received the Trinity College Innovation Award (2010) in recognition for the success of Creme Global. Creme Global has been awarded the Deloitte Irish Technology Fast 50 award in every of the last six years (2010-2015) and the Deloitte Technology EMEA Fast 500 award twice (2011, 2012).
Cronan holds a BSc in Physics from University College Dublin (UCD), an MSc in High Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), a post graduate diploma in International Sales from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and a certificate of completion from the CEO Accelerated Growth Programme in the Judge Business School in Cambridge University.
It was during his time studying Physics in UCD that Cronan realised that computing and developing predictive models would be his life’s work.
Linda Davis is the CEO of Next Generation – a talent management agency started in 2007 at the start of the recession and has seen double digit growth in the last 9 years. With a headcount of over 40 in Ireland and 8 in Poland, Ireland is the Head office for the organisation and has very ambitious plans to grow with a view to having multiple sites across Europe.
The vision of the business is to deliver real time talent to organisations to enable them to grow rapidly. As an organisation Next Generation is a full talent management solutions company from internal solutions to external RPO models. The role involves the domestic and international growth of the organisation while developing talent solutions for the ever evolving current market. Core to our activity is ensuring our customers are at the cutting edge of trends within their relevant verticals.
Head of Data Science recruitment at Next Generation, Laura Kennedy conceived and built Ireland’s first and most successful Data Science specialist recruitment function which provides trusted advice and guidance to Data Science employers regarding business and headcount planning in addition meeting their headcount needs. As a senior executive headhunter, Laura has procured the successful candidate for some of the most senior and high profile Data Science roles within the Irish market.
An active and well-known member of the Data Science community, Laura is always in touch with new developments in the Data Science industry. A familiar face at industry events, Laura is now hosting a series of Leadership Events on a variety of trending topics currently of high value to the Data Science community. Previous to her years in the Recruitment industry Laura had a successful career in financial services as a Sales Manager with Irish Life. Laura holds a BCL from University College Cork and is a Qualified Financial Advisor. She would classify herself as a gadget-freak.