£14m project to probe novel approaches to data science

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Four UK universities will spearhead a £14 million project, launched by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and designed to take novel approaches to challenges in data science.

The research will be led by the University of Glasgow, Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Oxford.

Co-investigators will be drawn from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Oxford, and Warwick, Swansea University, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Science & Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Hartree Centre.

The projects will bring together statisticians, computer scientists and, in one case, environmental scientists, with an array of public and private sector partners and stakeholders. The projects will also look to partner with other bodies like The Alan Turing Institute.

They will explore new ways of applying machine learning methods and how to develop algorithms to deal with large data, but also using novel mathematics to obtain meaning from the shape of data as well how feedback loops affect data in real time.

The research will have relevance to a wide range of sectors including health sciences, security, transport, smart cities, finance, and the environment.

Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We know the data we hold can change the way we live our lives and these important research projects will help us better understand the vast amount of data that is produced on a daily basis. Some of the best minds in our research councils and at higher education institutions will work collaboratively on these projects with industry and public bodies, helping to extract value and use data to assist with decision making."

In addition to EPSRC's funding, there will be further contributions from partners worth £3.7 million. The multidisciplinary research is involving companies and public bodies such as GSK, Unilever, Skyscanner, Dstl, the Met Office and Public Health England to name just a few.

The £14 million includes £500,000 from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which is dedicated to the Data Science of the Natural Environment project at Lancaster.