This evening (20th August), the Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for data and AI, is opening its new office at ONE Tech hub situated at centre of Aberdeen, which is home to thriving digital tech scene. A major milestone for the lab, the move will help the Innovation Centre to deliver significant impact to the north east’s growing tech and data science community.
At tonight’s launch event, Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy will give a special address, while former Managing Director of McLaren Electronics, Peter Van Manen will give a talk on the importance of real-time data.
More than 130 delegates from across the local business community are expected to attend. It is hoped that The Data Lab’s move to ONE Tech Hub, will enable the Innovation Centre to continue building its network of relationships and partnerships with organisations across the region.
Van Manen, who secured McLaren Electronic Systems as the official supplier of engine control units to all competitors in Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar, will discuss the other industries which can benefit from applying Formula One’s philosophy and approach.
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“Formula One arguably manages change and risk better and more quickly than any industry in the world, and much of this is underpinned by digital technologies. The contribution of science, measurement and mathematics to the success of the sport has been tremendous and there is much that can be translated into the energy, water, transport and other important sectors,” Van Manen said.
Speaking about the launch of the new office and the celebratory event, Gillian Docherty OBE, Chief Executive of The Data Lab, said: “We are proud to officially launch our new Aberdeen office, and are incredibly grateful for the support from the local business community, as we set our sights on further growth and impact in the region.
“It is an extremely exciting time just now for technology, data science and AI here in Aberdeen. Our move means we’re now based in the very heart of the city’s tech community, which will help us significantly build on the relationships we have forged, while also creating new ones, as we demonstrate our commitment to helping businesses capitalise on the opportunities innovating with data science and artificial intelligence can present.”