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Flowminder: data science for the humanitarian sector

Biology Seminar Series - Dr Veronique Lefebvre, Flowminder

Date/Time: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Ridley Building 2, Room 1.65


Flowminder is founded and led by researchers who realised the potential of combining new types of data with statistically rigorous methods to support the most vulnerable people in low- and middle-income countries.

From individual applied academic research projects, Flowminder is today having an impact on hundreds of millions of people.

The Flowminder team has a six-year track record of pioneering new groundbreaking methods to support public health and development in low- and middle-income countries.

We publish our results in peer-reviewed academic journals.


Véronique is a researcher in data science and signal processing, and has worked in Neuroscience (University College London, UK) and in Ecology (Imperial College London, UK) as a post-doctoral research associate.

In both disciplines her research work has focussed on developing mathematical models to understand underlying mechanisms and make predictions, and on designing novel methods to extract information from a variety of data sources.

Her expertise in data science now includes signal processing, image processing, machine learning, computational statistics, mathematical optimisation, dynamic models, probabilistic relational models, pattern recognition, and database design.

Her research endeavours have been driven by her enthusiasm for designing computational solutions to explicate data and to optimise its usage, and by her curiosity for other disciplines.

Since a travelling experience in West Africa (Senegal and Guinea) she had in mind to put her skills to use in the context of human development and she is now able to do this with Flowminder, currently working on the factors limiting financial and digital inclusion in rural Tanzania.