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Cambridge Spark Plans Bootcamp to Bring Data Science and AI Training to Scotland

David Paul


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The programmes and training are focused on data science and artificial intelligence (AI) and use a platform called KATE that is already being deployed across the world.

Cambridge Spark, the specialist data science and AI training group, is launching its bootcamp initiative to Edinburgh. The programmes use an AI platform called Knowledge Assessment Teaching Engine (KATE), a SaaS proprietary system for Data Science training and assessment.

The bootcamps, carried out by tech industry experts and PhDs while utilising the KATE platform in a blended learning format, run for six months including a six-week project with one of Cambridge Spark’s industry partners.

KATE is developed by Cambridge Spark and is supported by the UK’s government innovation agency and integrates research in source code analysis, compilers and recommender systems.

CEO and Founder of Cambridge Spark, Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, who has previously worked on large scale engineering projects for Google, Oracle, eBay and Goldman Sachs, says that the company’s overall mission is to “accelerate the tech capability of both individuals and organisations.”

Dr Urma Commented: “Edinburgh has all the ingredients we are looking for – top universities producing high quality PhDs and research and a business scene that wants to invest in its people in what is one of Europe’s most exciting tech hubs.

“Our bootcamps are designed to support the local data science community by helping to tackle the data science skills shortage. The bootcamp is run part-time to allow people to re-skill while continuing to do their day-to-day jobs, while our KATE platform helps our cohort improve their skills and reiterate their code without a teacher present.

“As you would expect, we are also experiencing increased interest and demand in KATE due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”


Cambridge Spark is now working on extending its network of tutors, companies and other partners in Scotland in advance of September.

Dr Urma added: “We are already building a strong network in Scotland and will be looking to grow that over the next few weeks and months.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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