A picture is worth a thousand words. But what does it say?

19 November 2020, 11.00 AM - 19 November 2020, 12.00 PM

Merve Alanyali, LV=

via Zoom


An unprecedented amount of data is being generated on a daily basis. Automatic processing and analyses of these data sets therefore offer numerous benefits to decision makers in governmental and commercial arena.

Due to the diverse nature of the information sources, data can come in many forms including time series data, text data or visual media such as pictures. It is therefore vital to consider these distinctive characteristics when building machine learning algorithms to extract meaningful information from an given dataset.

For photographic data, one of the most popular algorithms is without a doubt convolutional neural networks. Owing to the simplicity of the implementation via programming packages, these algorithms, however, are often treated as a black box. In my talk, I will focus on demystifying convolutional networks by explaining their components and the training process as well as covering examples from transfer learning to using convolutional nets as feature extractors. I will finish my presentation with a discussion on potential applications in insurance industry.

About the speaker

Merve Alanyali is a Lead Data Scientist at LV= with more than five years experience in academic research. She draws on an interdisciplinary background in computer science, complex systems and behavioural science. Prior to joining LV=, she worked at The Alan Turing Institute as a research associate leading a group of data scientists on a short-term collaborative project with one of the top electronics companies. She completed her doctoral degree on “Quantifying human behaviour using online images ” at the University of Warwick with Chancellor’s International Scholarship and The Alan Turing Institute Enrichment Scheme funding. She was awarded a double degree Masters degree in Complex Systems Science by the University of Warwick and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her work has been featured by television and press worldwide including coverage in Financial Times and Bloomberg Business.

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About the seminar series

This is the first in this years series of seminars. The Jean Golding Institute has teamed up with the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research to showcase the latest research in Data Science - methodology with roots in Mathematics and Computer Science with important applied implications.

Our seminar series features a range of internationally regarded high-profile speakers on topics that will be relevant to a broad audience.

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