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Winton is a global investment manager specialising in applying empirical scientific research to financial markets.

Winton was founded by David Harding in 1997 with an absolute commitment to employing advanced mathematical, statistical and computational techniques to develop profitable trading strategies for global futures and equity markets.

The company now employs over 340 people, including 145 scientific researchers with PhDs and Masters Degrees, across offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Oxford, Sydney and Zurich.

Winton currently manages assets in excess of US$25 billion for institutional clients including pension funds, foundations and sovereign wealth funds.


Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the largest independent cancer research charity in the world.

It was established in 2002 after the merger of the Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. CRUK supports the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

Every year CRUK spends hundreds of millions of pounds on a wide-range of research areas including cancer prevention, basic research that will improve our fundamental understanding of cancer, drug discovery and development, and clinical trials.

Cancer Research UK are excited to begin this annual series of conferences alongside Winton Capital Management to promote the advantages of utilising Big Data in a variety of specialities.

This is the first conference of its kind that CRUK is co-hosting; the purpose of which is to promote multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle big data challenges.

At CRUK, we recognise the increasing relevance and importance of big data in cancer research, and are looking forward to the opportunities that will arise from this conference series.

Steering Committee

Welcome to the Big Data Analytics Conference Series

Hosted by Cancer Research UK and sponsored by Winton

On behalf of Cancer Research UK and Winton we welcome you to the fourth annual Big Data Analytics Conference, entitled “Data Quality”.

The amount of data being collected across the world has been increasing at a staggering rate. This so-called ‘big data’ movement has brought with it numerous opportunities; such data are expected to become a key source for innovation, growth and knowledge. Along with these opportunities come significant challenges, relating to storage, manipulation, sharing, analysis, visualisation, and interpretation of data.

Sharing Information

There are many conferences on big data, but the defining characteristic of the Big Data Analytics Conference Series is that it aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum within which researchers in big data methodology from a wide range of disciplines, including science, healthcare, defence and e-commerce, can share ideas and solutions.

This meeting, the fourth in the series, will focus on the challenges facing Data Quality. This is an area which, in recent years, affects everyone concerned with data analysis or making decisions based on data including professionals in the health sector, the finance sector and the service industry.

The 2017 Big Data Analytics Conference will bring some of these diverse areas together, with the aim of cross-fertilising the advances.

Panel Debate

To encourage interaction between delegates, speakers and panellists, we are holding a panel debate at the end of the day followed by a drinks reception to provide opportunities to discuss key challenges, highlighted by you, along with the potential solutions.

The conference has also been organised with a number of breaks throughout the day, which we hope you will use as an opportunity to engage with others from different disciplines who face similar analytic questions.

We hope that you will find this to be a stimulating meeting, with informative discussions and the potential for new collaborative opportunities.

Conference Organising Committee

  • Florian MarkowetzFlorian Markowetz
    Leader of the Markowetz Group,
    Cancer Research UK
    Cambridge Institute
  • david_j_handProfessor David J Hand
    Chief Scientific Advisor
    Senior Research Investigator
    Emeritus Professor
    Imperial College London
  • barry_levethalDr Barry Levethal
    Founder, BarryAnalytics Ltd
    Chair of Market Research
    Society’s Census &
    Geodemographics Group
  • nick_luscombeProfessor Nick Luscombe
    Chair in Computational Biology
    University College London
    Senior Group Leader
    Cancer Research UK
    London Research Institute
  • giles_paveyMr Giles Pavey
    Chief Data Scientist