The Data Capability workshop scaled across borders
The Data Science & Engineering workshop organised by Daphne Michalsen Tsallis, a Senior Data Scientist and Data Science Capability Owner, was an example of successful remote learning.
Part of Daphne’s job is to foster greater collaboration across the Zühlke Group’s data teams and to innovate in sustainability and healthcare.
“In the data science space, sustainability, energy and healthcare are key areas we want to target,” she says. “So this year, we invited external speakers from the energy and automotive industries to help us focus on these.” Speakers included pioneers from Porsche and New AutoMotive, a transport research company that aims to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK.
Lydia Katsis, a PhD student and wildlife conservation researcher from the University of Southampton then gave a talk on acoustic monitoring for gunshot detection in tropical forests as a way to prevent poaching. She shared her data with workshop participants so they could team up for a case study and work on ways to classify audio snippets using machine learning techniques.
Does Daphne believe there’s value in the virtual workshops? “Absolutely. I think it was an excellent idea to combine training with working together in small groups,” she says, “I met new colleagues from Germany, Switzerland, Serbia and Austria, and we definitely inspired each other!” Daphne believes it also encouraged some participants to further upskill or even consider a change to data engineering and data science roles.
Daphne’s interests lie in the intersection between academia, industry, and research. She’s currently using spatial and statistical analysis techniques on client projects to extract insights from data. It’s clear that Zühlke’s broad client base and range of world-class clients provides a fertile working environment for a data scientist, especially if they’re open to learning fast.