University of Birmingham and Turing Data Study Group – May 2022

Bringing together top talent from data science, artificial intelligence, and wider fields, to analyse real-world challenges

Learn more Add to Calendar 05/03/2022 09:00 AM 05/13/2022 05:00 PM Europe/London University of Birmingham and Turing Data Study Group – May 2022 Location of the event
Tuesday 03 May 2022 - Friday 13 May 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Event type

Data Study Groups

Event series

Data Study Groups


Hybrid format

Due to COVID-19 the Data Study Group will run online and in-person at the University of Birmingham and will be divided into two stages.

Stage 1: The precursor stage (part-time)

  • The precursor stage will last one week in the run up to the 'event stage' (online and part-time 3 to 6 May).
  • The maximum time commitment is 3-4 hours a day.
  • Online workshops / presentations / team-building in order to prepare for the ‘event stage'.

Stage 2: The event stage (full-time)

  • This in-person event will take place at the University of Birmingham, in Birmingham, UK. 
  • The 'event stage' will run over one weeks (9 to 13 May).
  • We expect participants to spend around 9–10 hours per day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday working on the challenges, please note that it is not uncommon for participants to work 12 hours days during the week should they wish. The event will finish early/mid-afternoon on Friday 13 May.

Please apply through Flexi-Grant. Participants are expected to attend the full duration of the event. This is a full time engagement and engaging part time impacts other team members and your learning potential. The Alan Turing Institute is committed to supporting individual circumstances, please do not hesitate to email [email protected] to discuss any reasonable adjustments.


The challenges are:

  • Rolling Stock Brake Condition Assessment (Siemens Mobility)
  • Casting the Future: understanding failure in turbine manufacture (Rolls-Royce)

Please visit the University of Birmingham website for further challenge details


About the event

What are Data Study Groups?

  • Intensive 'collaborative hackathons' hosted at the Turing, which bring together organisations from industry, government, and the third sector, with talented multi-disciplinary researchers from academia. (Please note this format is currently different due to COVID-19).
  • Organisations act as Data Study Group 'Challenge Owners', providing real-world problems and datasets to be tackled by small groups of highly talented, carefully selected researchers.
  • Researchers brainstorm and engineer data science solutions, presenting their work at the end of the week.

How to apply

Applications are being accepted through Flexi-Grant – apply now to avoid disappointment.

Apply now

Why apply?

The Turing's Data Study Groups are popular and productive collaborative events and a fantastic opportunity to rapidly develop and test your data science skills with real-world data. The event also offers participants the chance to forge new networks for future research projects, and build links with The Alan Turing Institute – the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

It’s hard work, a crucible for innovation and a space to develop new ways of thinking.

Read reports from previous Data Study Groups to see challenges and outcomes.


Read our FAQs for Data Study Group applicants.


Find out more

Learn more about being a DSG participant including FAQs

How to write a great Data Study Group application

Queries can be directed to the Data Study Group Team