LIV.DAT welcomes 4th cohort of students

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Since its foundation in 2017, the Liverpool Big Data Science (LIV.DAT) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) has quickly established itself a hub for training students in managing, analysing and interpreting large, complex datasets and high rates of data flow.

It features a unique training approach addressing some of the biggest challenges in data intensive science to tackle a growing skills gap in this important area. Over the period 2017-2019, 29 students have joined the Centre and this academic year 7 students have been welcomed, keeping LIV.DAT one of the largest CDTs in the country. A number of the new students will spend their time at the LIV.DAT Centre as well as at another institution such as CERN, the University of Jyväskylä in Finland or Canada’s particle accelerator centre TRIUMF where they have access to specialised equipment as part of their research collaboration.

The new projects stretch across the LIV.DAT work packages where projects include studies of coexisting nuclear shapes in exotic lead isotopes, beam induced fluorescence monitor for high-intensify beams, shapes studies in neutron-rich cerium isotopes, and Machine Learning in Secondary Emission Monitor (SEM) optimisation, to list a few. More information about the students who joined LIV.DAT this academic year and their projects can be found here.

At the start of the 2020 academic year, a formal online kick-off meeting for all new LIV.DAT students was organised in order to explain the wider training concept of the centre and the roles of the people involved in LIV.DAT. Professor Carsten Welsch, LIV.DAT Director, started the event with a welcome address and general overview of the Centre and the department’s experience in the implementation of successful postgraduate training programmes. He was followed by CDT Deputy Director Professor Philip James from LJMU / Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) who highlighted the aspects that are particularly relevant for the astrophysics students and the role of LJMU in the CDT. Finally, Centre Manager Dr Theun van Veen gave an overview of the training plan, modules that are open to all students, information on the secondment to industry, and cohort-wide activities such as the LIV.DAT School on Data Intensive Science and an Advanced Researcher Career Skills School with the latter one taking place early next year.

A warm welcome to all new PhD students!