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Dr Federico Botta

Senior Lecturer in Data Science

 (Streatham) 2220

 01392 722220

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I am a Senior Lecturer in data science in the department of computer science at the University of Exeter, and I am also a fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. My research aims to provide a deeper understanding of human behaviour, both at the collective and individual level, by using novel data streams. Large data sets are constantly being generated thanks to our interactions with large technological systems, such as the Internet and the mobile phone network, or they can be collected through our usage of smart phone apps and tracking sensors. I use tools from data science, network theory, behavioural and computational social sciences to analyse these data sets and investigate different aspects of human behaviour.

Recently, I have also been working on a number of projects related to how we can study the cost, accessibility and performance of public transport in the UK. I am broadly interested in how we can use better data and data science methods to improve our transport systems, and support policy makers design better transport policies.

I regularly collaborate with a number of policy makers, and I am particularly passionate about how data, data science and AI can be used to support the policy making process.

I am an academic editor for PLOS ONE and I act as a reviewer for several international journals.

I was also a co-founder and organiser of Databeers Warwick, an informal networking event for all those interested in data stories.

I am offering to supervise self-funded PhD students in the areas of:

- computational social science and data science, in particular to study human behaviour using new forms of data (such as social media or mobile phone data)

- urban systems

- behavioural data science

- data science for public policy

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