Cardiff University and Admiral team up on big data projects

Cardiff University and motor insurance giant Admiral have teamed up to work on two Data analytics Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.

The company wants to be at the forefront of capitalising on big data and is taking an academic approach to analysing the high volumes, variety of velocity of its data.

Working with Cardiff University on this, Admiral will investigate the technological capacity needed in order to design and embed a platform capable of capturing big data more effectively.

Admiral will be working directly with Dr Pete Burnap, who’s a lecturer at Cardiff school of computer science and informatics, and believes the methodological knowledge and his experience will be invaluable.

Burnap is an expert in big data research as well as software platform design and technology, and has developed a growing international reputation for his work in these areas.

The research team has recruited two associates to work on the projects – a data scientist in scalable analytics and a data scientist in risk analytics. They’ll work individually but will also contribute to the project overall.

Commenting on the partnership, Daniel Mines, data transformation manager at Admiral Group plc, said: “Rapidly advancing consumer technology and the increasingly ‘connected’ world in which we live is changing many traditional industries with insurance being no exception.

“Admiral has embraced innovation and this has been key to our success which is why we are looking forward to collaborating with Cardiff University to develop our innovative Telematics product further.

“Together we will further build our ‘Know How’ in data related technology providing improved experiences for the end customer.”

Dr Pete Burnap said: “The Social Data Science Lab has an established track record of methodological innovation and data-driven computational research that addresses significant social safety and security problems.

“We are very excited to be working with Admiral on the important social and economic problem of providing safer roads and understanding driver risk.

“The school of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University is nationally recognised for the impact of its research.

“Interaction with industry is crucial to creating impactful innovation and cutting edge degree programmes. We fully expect this KTP project to enhance and transform risk assessment processes within Admiral and provide the foundation for their cutting edge data science strategy going forward.”

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