Maths, modelling and measurement: data science at the National Physical Laboratory

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Venue: Frank Adams 1, Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester.

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute. We are responsible for realising and disseminating the seven SI base units, ensuring that measurements made in the UK are comparable to measurements the world over. This work underpins not only UK trade and quality of life, but also ensures that fundamental scientifc research is possible: without well-defined units, measurement becomes meaningless and research cannot make progress. We also carry out a huge range of research into measurement-related topics, working on everything from Earth observation to underwater acoustics, and from cancer imaging to autonomous vehicles.

This talk will describe the work of the Data Science department at NPL. Our team works with all the other areas at NPL, and with external companies and organisations, to help people make effective and reliable use (and re-use) of their data. We use mathematics, statistics, and computer science to analyse, fuse, structure, and store data and to move from data to knowledge. The talk will include a slightly deeper dive into the meaning of digital twins, and will outline the challenges to be met if the full benefit of the approach is to be achieved.


Louise Wright, National Physical Laboratory