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TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc, The Soapworks, Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3NP.


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

DSF Meetup with Talk Talk

6:00 pm-
9:00 pm
May 26th , 2020, Tuesday

Hi team, in light of whats happening with Coronavirus this event has been postponed. We will keep you up to date when we have more details. We have place-marked a date in May but will keep you in the loop once the day has been confirmed based on the next few weeks. Thank you for your continued support at this time!

Join the Data Science Festival – Manchester in partnership with Talk Talk.

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6:00: Doors open
6:30: Bella Vartanyan
7:00: Paul Burgoine
7:30: Break for food, drinks and networking
8:00: Tom Liptrot
8:30: Steve Miller
9:00: Leave building

NAME: Bella Vartanyan

TALK TITLE: Can Data Science be Agile?

TALK ABSTRACT: As appreciation that data science is a must-have discipline becomes more widespread amongst companies, there is continued discussion on whether it is a technical or business function. There are also questions on best practice for project management in this area, and many companies are experimenting with applying or adapting existing project management methodologies. Bella will discuss what she has learned about implementing principles of agile software development and product management to driving value through analytics and data science in different organisational settings.

NAME: Paul Burgoine

TALK TITLE: Modelling Traffic States using Connected Vehicle Data

TALK ABSTRACT: How can connected car data be used to inform and explain changes in road networks, diverting traffic during events and helping ETA calculations? With the vast amount of connected car data being generated, is it possible to provide a solution to describing traffic states that is scalable and useable in various scenarios? This talk demonstrates an approach using Gaussian mixture models to tackle this problem as well as extending use to predict unusual behaviour due to unforeseen circumstances on the roads.

NAME: Tom Liptrot

TALK TITLE: Transformers. The Big New Thing in NLP.

TALK ABSTRACT: Every few years I try out a new model or technique that blows my mind. GPT-2 and the transformer-based NLP model was one of these. It took me a while to get my head around them so I’m going to try to pass on what I’ve learnt in this talk. I’ll give a couple of examples from recent work at a Manchester-based startup called Cogenis.

NAME: Steve Miller

TALK TITLE: Agent-based Models: The Evolution of Cooperation in

TALK ABSTRACT: A semi-supervised pinball journey of a talk, bouncing around between behavioural economics, game theory, symbiotic slime moulds, network science and evolutionary biology, in an attempt to retrain (unbias?) your neural networks back into believing that there is more to model-building than scikit-learn and XGBoost.

For Speaker Bio’s please go to

Address: TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc, The Soapworks, Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3NP.

Bella Vartanyan
Talk Talk
Bella comes from a background of computational social science and network analysis. Having started her career in data analysis for international development, she has since moved into customer-centric analytics and data science at companies like N Brown, and, where she led an advanced analytics team. Bella is currently at…
Paul Burgoine
Paul has been using data to create products and tell stories in Data Science and Analytics teams for companies such as Coop, He is currently working for wejo, delivering insight, modelling and machine learning for connected vehicle data.
Steve Miller
Talk Talk
Steve Miller has spent most of his life in a state of confusion about whether he is a scientist or an engineer. Having spent many years working in big pharma R & D roles – initially tinkering around with human livers, subsequently building robots, digital pathologists and eventually hazard laboratories…
Tom Liptrot
Tom Liptrot is a freelance data science consultant at Ortom, ex-head of data science at, with 10 years’ experience designing, building and deploying machine learning models in businesses. He speaks on data science and AI widely, including conferences, meetups, and recently at a standup comedy show as part of…