5 things we’re excited for at SDSC London 2024


Discover the latest in Spatial Data Science at SDSC London 2024! From climate risk management to AI solutions - get your tickets now!

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5 things we’re excited for at SDSC London 2024

The Spatial Data Science Conference (SDSC) has always been a stage where experts and leaders in Spatial Data Science come together to share the latest challenges, use cases, and innovations in the industry. Check out last year’s highlights for a sneak peek into SDSC.

The Spatial Data Science Conference - London

Are you interested in attending the Spatial Data Science Conference in London? Early bird tickets have sold out at a record pace! However, regular conference tickets are still available. The conference is set to take place on May 16th at the Royal Geographical Society, with hands-on technical workshops scheduled for May 15th at Park Plaza Riverbank.

Conference: May 16th at the Royal Geographical Society

Workshops: May 15th at Park Plaza Riverbank

See the full line-up of speakers

Photos of the event speakers


This year, we’re thrilled to host leading companies such as Databricks, Snowflake, CARTO, and Fathom, who will delve into a range of topics, from analyzing London's cost-of-living crisis and vehicle collisions using spatial data to managing global datasets and predicting urban demand with advanced analytics. Check out all the workshops here.

Agenda & Sponsors

For more information and updates regarding the full conference agenda, workshop sessions, and sponsors, please check out the official event page at Spatial Data Science Conference - London and follow us on LinkedIn and X.

A photo of the SDSC keynote speech from 2023
logos of the event sponsors

5 topics we’re excited to explore at #SDSC24 London

As we gear up for #SDSC2024 in London, here are five key themes we're excited to explore, inspired by some of the most anticipated talks.

1. Managing Climate Risks with Modern Geospatial Tech

Climate change is reshaping environments and bringing new challenges impacting multiple sectors. As climate risks become more frequent and severe, understanding how to mitigate these risks is crucial for businesses and insurers.

At #SDSC24, Sudheer Pamula, Technical Lead—Pricing & Data Science, and Warda Rahim, Data Scientist at QBE, will present on utilizing cloud and Python-based spatial analytics to manage climate risk in insurance portfolio management. Their approach integrates traditional actuarial techniques with modern geospatial technology, equipping insurance companies to better prepare for and protect against climate-related issues.

For a sneak peek into the application of geospatial technology for risk management and sustainability, check out Ricardo's talk at #SDSC23 in New York about detecting wildfires with spatial data science.

2. AI-Powered Solutions for Global Challenges

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming how society addresses global challenges, including access to education. This divide includes access to technology and educational resources, which hinders learning opportunities for many students worldwide.

At #SDSC24, Isabelle Tingzon, Data Science Consultant at UNICEF, will present about UNICEF’s AI-assisted school mapping and internet connectivity prediction pipeline. This project is part of the Giga Initiative, which aims to support data-driven infrastructure development in underserved communities. The presentation will highlight how AI & spatial data science are crucial tools in supporting infrastructure development in underserved communities.

To see more examples of spatial data science applied to humanitarian causes, see how Virtue Foundation uses machine learning, AI, and geospatial technology to improve care delivery to over 400 million people lacking basic medical services.

3. Insights from Road Data Analytics

Modern cities face complex challenges in planning and transportation, mainly as urban populations grow and mobility demands evolve. Data on how drivers behave on the roads can help develop effective urban planning strategies.

At #SDSC24, Tim Rains, Geospatial Data Scientist at BT, and Chris Maydom, Data Scientist at BT, will share valuable insights from mobile network data analysis, with a focus on drivers' behaviors, especially electric vehicle users. This presentation will highlight how this data can uncover trends and patterns to enhance urban planning and promote sustainable mobility.

Interested in road analytics and mobility? Check out Connected Kerb’s talk from #SDSC23: "Selecting EV Chargepoint at Connected Kerb: What We Know & What We Don't," covering EV chargepoint selection and how real-world data and decision-making processes inform this process.

4. The Spatial Footprint of Digital Behavior

Digital activities are not just confined to the internet but also have a tangible impact on physical spaces. Understanding the intersection between the two can benefit businesses and governments looking to make more informed decisions.

At SDSC24, Julio Covarrubia, Service Line Manager at Entel, will address how digital behaviors intersect with physical spaces, creating a ‘spatial footprint.’ This concept examines how online activities, like browsing and social media use, impact the physical world, offering insights for better strategies in advertising and geomarketing to public policy.

Want to learn more about digital behaviors and spatial data science? Learn how The Data Appeal Company uses online behaviors, customer sentiment, and spatial data to expand in CPG hospitality with the case of Campari.

5. Global Connectivity Through Network Data Science

Globalization has had profound effects on international travel, businesses, and even disease spread, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studying these networks with data science can provide important insights into how global systems interact.

At #SDSC24, Ruth Wetters, Data Scientist at Knight Frank, will present on using network data science to analyze global flight connectivity. The presentation will explore how network science tools can help understand flight patterns before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic using statistical methods and algorithms like community detection and demonstrate how to visualize complex data effectively.

Interested in exploring more mobility use cases? Watch Snowflake’s SDSC23 talk about geospatial analytics and urban mobility.

Tickets are still on sale, but not for long. Secure yours to be a part of #SDSC24: https://spatial-data-science-conference.com/2024/london

Hope to see you there!