Data Science

Since the internet boom, society has become increasingly driven by the creation and consumption of data. IBM estimates that 2.5 quintillian (that’s 1018) bytes of data are generated globally every day with 90% of the world’s data having been created in the last two years.

Data, and the information locked inside, is now recognised as a major source of competitive advantage for all sectors in the economy, and has been the subject of UK government policy and major research initiatives in areas as diverse as healthcare, smart cities, agriculture and the digital economy.

Researchers across SICSA have been pushing the boundaries of data analytics for some time now and their work over the last decade has anticipated both the ubiquity and the utility of big data.

SICSA works alongside The Data Lab Innovation Centre, which is dedicated to helping Scotland capitalise on the growing market in analytics and big data technology.  We also have a Data Science research theme, which is aimed at further developing a strong and coherent Scottish Data Science research community.

Data Science

Research & Technology Areas

  • Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing and Infrastructure
  • Databases, Data Quality, Integration and Exchange
  • Data Flows and Real-time Streaming
  • Data Security & Privacy
  • Image Processing
  • Information Visualisation
  • Mobile & Location Based Applications
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Parallel Computing
  • Search, Semantic Web and Information Retrieval
  • Text Mining & Knowledge Discovery

For more information please contact our Data Science Theme Leaders:
Dr Yashar Moshfeghi, University of Strathclyde (

Dr Stewart Massie, Robert Gordon University (