Michael Farrugia speaking at the Data Science Luxembourg Meetup at the University of Luxembourg’s SnT centre on Wednesday
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Networking: The Data Science Luxembourg Meetup tackles big data challenges.
Technology start-ups often have a hard time breaking into the airline market because carriers still rely on systems built in the 1980s. So said Michael Farrugia, chief technology officer of Planitas Airline Systems, a specialist IT services firm, at the Data Science Luxembourg Meetup on Wednesday evening. Even giants such as Google, for example, have had trouble entering what remains a relatively “closed market” in terms of computer reservation systems.
The Data Science Luxembourg session was hardly a geeky confab; rather it was one of the group’s regular talks where professionals and students of all stripes learn how counterparts in other industries approach data problems.
The meetups typically attract a crowd of between 10 and 30, who come to hear a case study, participate in Q&A, and usually share in some pizza afterwards, organiser Dzidorius Martinaitis told Delano.
Each presentation focuses on a specific sector’s data challenges or a data science project, although speakers try to avoid being “too geeky” or “too industry focused” because the group is composed of a fairly diverse set of members, he said.
Some are IT professionals, some are economists or statisticians, some are PhD candidates at the university, and some work in the financial sector, for example. So presenters need to keep things fairly high-level, practical and accessible to specialists in other fields. There are “not a lot of theories” involved, Martinaitis explained.