• By Sin Mei Chiu
  • October 11, 2016

Adding more talent to our Data Science team

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve added 3 new data scientists to our team:

Stav

Stav is from Greece and he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering. At Sentiance Stav will be researching ways on improving the Venue Mapping and Semantic Time features as well as adding new ones.

Fabio

Fabio is from Italy and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics con lode (summa cum laude) from the University of Bari (Italy). After obtaining his bachelor degree he moved to the UK to pursue his growing interest in data science by enrolling in a master’s program in data engineering at the University of Dundee.

Hendrik

Hendrik holds a master’s in Physics and a postgraduate in Weather & Climate modeling, both at Ghent University. At his first job, he realized statistics were needed, started attending relevant meetups, and decided to make data science the centrepiece of his studies and career.

1. What is it about Sentiance that made you want to work here?

F:


It’s a research-oriented job; innovative and disruptive technology; “true data science”, not just a fancy job title; large team of highly competent data scientists & engineers from whom to learn (crucial – especially at this stage of my career).
H:


Sentiance has a big team of committed data scientists and engineers using the latest techniques, and I get to be a part of that team. I’m sure to learn loads this way. Before I got the job, I met some Sentiance colleagues at a data science meetup. They turned out to be incredibly passionate about their work and fun in general, so that really made it clear I needed to be in on this.
S:


The fact that Sentiance has been growing so much in the latest months speaks for itself. The technology created here is in the frontline of innovation and the growth opportunity for a Junior Data Scientists like myself is immense.

2. What will you be working on for the next couple of weeks? Are you excited for any project in particular?

F:


My first 2-week task is to make a more user-friendly internal tool for map venue labelling (data visualization). Soon I’ll move on to a very exciting project which is more on the data science side, on UBI (user-based insurance), eg. algorithms to detect driver behavior/”DNA” from mobile sensor data.
H:


I’ll be working on improving the quality of location fixes together with the mobile team. I’m pretty excited about it as there’s no known path to take here, it’ all about learning what works and what doesn’t along the way.
S:


I will be working on optimizing old features and integrating new ones, such as the Venue Mapping funnctionality. I’m specifically excited about the evolution of the Smart Home project as it poses great potential combined with the emergence of IoT technologies.

3. If you had to explain your grandmother what Sentiance does, what would you say?

F:


We use data gathered from phone sensors (eg. that sensor which makes your screen rotate when you turn the phone horizontally) to understand users’ behavior and then allow companies (our clients) to interact with their customers more efficiently (i.e. at the right time, the most appropriate content).
H:


Sentiance looks at the raw data and finds out the underlying big picture about people. Not just ‘is a person running right now?’, but ‘does that person sport regularly and live healthily?’, for example.
S:


We encode your daily activities in information and use it to facilitate your life.

4. If you could have a superpower, which superpower would it be and why?

F:


Goku’s (Dragon Ball) instant transmission/teleportation –  to easily see my girlfriend everyday, and more generally to travel around the world! But also reading in people’s mind wouldn’t be that bad, humans are so hard to understand! 😀
H:


I’d like to be able to pick up any musical instrument and play whatever I can imagine. Listening to and playing music is a big hobby for me.
S:


Definitely teleportation! I would take my breakfast every day next to a waterfall in South America or on an exotic island in the Pacific Ocean.

5. What does your ideal breakfast look like?

F:


Multi-grain bread + 100% peanut butter (a lot) + 100% fruit jam (especially figs 😛 ) or sliced banana + 2-egg omelet.
H:


Muesli with yoghurt and fruit, and some eggs.
S:


Eggs fried on butter with bacon and cheese.

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6. If there was a zombie apocalypse and you were forced to flee your home, what would you bring with you?

F:


Let’s say brass knuckles and a big kitchen knife to fight the zombies, canned food, some clothes, hiking shoes, and of course my laptop and smartphone.
H:


My phone, some speakers and a wind-up battery to power both. Zombies can’t bring you down if you’re listening to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
S:


A knife and willingness to start over :).

7. Do you have a unique talent we should know about?

F:


I wouldn’t say a unique talent but I was always very good at exercising and fitness instructing. Before I started studying maths I was even thinking of going into the fitness industry.
H:


Not really unique. I’m working at a company where everyone else has the same talent as me. I’m good at hearing music though and telling which notes are played, which is great for playing along with songs on-the-fly.
S:


I can flip my tongue 180 degrees.

8. Pass on some wisdom to us, what’s the best piece of advise you’ve ever received?

F:


Probably what my dad keeps saying since I was a child “Calm is a virtue of the strong”.
H:


My dad’s an endless loop of “When you do something, do it well” and that defined my way of thinking.
S:


No matter what, stick with science.

Welcome to the team!

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