Data Science in Action

City of Kelowna

Data in Action: Preparing for the Next Chapter of Culture in Kelowna

Student Capstone Project

Oct 21 / 2019

In partnership with the City of Kelowna, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program trained machines to uncover trends and insights into the community’s cultural needs. The knowledge gained not only helped inform the City’s Cultural Plan, it helped the local government connect in a real way with its citizens.

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Data in Action: Delivering Better Care Through Education

Student Capstone Project

Oct 18 / 2019

In partnership with QxMD—a Vancouver-based digital learning technology company—students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program created a tool to identify trending health topics within news articles and match these with relevant medical journal articles. Thus helping medical professionals better serve patients with questions related to specific news articles they’ve read.

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Data in Action: Predicting Customer Order Probabilities

Student Capstone Project

Oct 18 / 2019

Students of UBC’s Master of Data Science program in Vancouver worked with Fresh Prep to design a dashboard tool that not only helped the meal kit delivery company predict its future orders but also provided the insights needed to help Fresh Prep better serve its existing customers and improve their order rate.

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Data in Action: Helping AI Recognize Intent

Student Capstone Project

Oct 10 / 2018

Students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program worked with banking software company, Finn Ai, to pinpoint areas for improvement in the way their conversational assistants understand and respond to customer needs.

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Data in Action: Bringing Clarity to Transit Congestion

Student Capstone Project

Dec 05 / 2017

Working with Coast Mountain Bus Company, students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program designed a forecasting tool using bus route data to create more accurate schedules for TransLink’s largest operating company.

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Data in Action: Transplant Translation

Jun 01 / 2017

Data scientists are having a positive impact in the medical field – in ways never dreamed possible. Using a new automated RNA analysis platform that conducts biomarker blood tests, data scientists can monitor and treat heart transplant patients with a simple blood test instead of invasive biopsies. 

Using compiled data from the test, data scientists can identify a small number of proteins in the blood, which allows doctors to improve early diagnosis (post-transplant) of signs of acute organ rejection.

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Data in Action: Understanding the Gender Wage Gap

Jan 17 / 2017

For decades we’ve known that a gender wage gap exists, but only very recently, with the help of data science, have we been able to examine the issue from new angles, understand the contributing factors, and explore solutions to minimize or eliminate it.

When Vancouver-based Visier, a workforce intelligence solutions company, published their latest research study the data revealed a valuable insight.

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Data in Action: Informing Disaster Relief

Jan 17 / 2017

In response to natural disasters, data scientists are applying machine learning algorithms to Twitter feeds in real time to help relief teams efficiently map disasters.

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