Dr Priyasmita Sinha, KTP Data Science Research Associate - Cloud Ecosystem, talks about her role with the Centre and fintech Strategic Blue
When did you start at the Centre and what was your first role here?
I joined the Oxford e-Research Centre in August 2016 as a Data Science Research Associate (Cloud Ecosystem), working with Professor David Wallom and Dr. Neil Caithness. The position is funded by the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme. As a KTP Research Associate, I provide data science expertise to the Centre's partner organisation, Strategic Blue, a financial cloud brokerage firm based in London.
What is your background?
I did a PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Leeds, UK in 2015 with a Marie Curie Fellowship. I received a dual Masters Degree in 2011 in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from University Joseph Fourier, France, with a French Government Scholarship (Egide-CFIU) and University of Delhi, India. I did BSc (Hons) Physics at the University of Delhi, India in 2008.
Summarise the research you are doing / your research interests in a few sentences.
I provide expert support to Strategic Blue, a leading fintech startup firm based in London that works on the financial side of Cloud computing. Strategic Blue offers three core products, Cloud Options, Pricing Insights, and Blue Review, all of which need rapid scaling. I am working to develop and provide a strong foundation in data analytics and machine learning skills in Strategic Blue which would help them to develop innovative products and establish them as a leader in cloud computing services.
What would you like to do next, funding permitting?
I would like to further my expertise as a Data Scientist and continue working on Cloud Computing, broaden my expertise into new areas such as energy markets and transfer my skills to industry for strengthening and building innovative products and solutions.
Are you involved in any wider collaborations? Why are these important?
As a KTP Research Associate, my role is funded by Innovate UK. I am a part of Oxford e-Research Centre in an industrial collaboration with the Strategic Blue team. I believe this collaboration is mutually beneficial as it enables an active exchange of intellectual knowledge from academia into practical applications in the industry.
What do you think the benefits of the KTP are to a Research Associate?
The KTP Research Associateship provides recent graduates a platform to transfer knowledge from academia to industry, thereby giving an opportunity to work in both the spheres simultaneously. The joint mentorship received from industry and academia along with the various trainings associated with KTP equips the associate with necessary skills to make a smooth transition to industry.
What publication /paper are you most proud of and why?
I take pride in my first publication as a lead author in Physical Review B, a much respected peer reviewed journal of international repute from American Physical Society. The paper broadly summarises the main results from my PhD research which was done under the supervision of Professor Chris Marrows and Dr Gavin Burnell at the University of Leeds, UK. The paper provides the experimental results to show that apart from the rich behaviour shown by epitaxially grown Iron Cobalt Silicide (FeCoSi) thin fims, they are also fully spin polarized, thereby making them the ideal candidate for current and future applications in spintronic devices.
Have you received any awards or fellowships?
Apart from being a KTP associate at Oxford (2016-18), I am fortunate to have received some very prestigious fellowships and awards, I have been a recipient of Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-14), Europe Union, Egide-CFIU scholarship, Govt. of French Republic (2009-10) and Cultural Talent Search Scholarship, CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, for Indian Classical dance (Bharatnatyam).
What do you think the Centre does best?
The Centre does an excellent job in integrating different disciplines and bringing them under one roof for collective and collaborative research. It works as an academia-industry interface and has a clear focus on the transfer of academic knowledge for developing industry and business applications.