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What can machine learning reveal about beautiful places?

  • SAGE Publishing 1 Broadgate Circle London, England, EC2M 2QS United Kingdom (map)
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Does spending time in beautiful settings boost people’s happiness? The answer to this question has long remained elusive due to a paucity of large-scale data on environmental aesthetics and individual happiness.

Hear from Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe, a data science researcher at the Alan Turing Institute and Lead Data Scientist at Popsa, as she discusses her research utilizing online data and applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to images of urban locations in order to explore which visual features of the environment might impact the wellbeing of city residents. Read more of Chanuki’s latest research ahead of the talk here.

Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is a data science researcher at the Alan Turing Institute (the UK national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) and the Lead Data Scientist at Popsa (using AI to automatically curate photo content into beautifully designed physical products). Chanuki's research entails using big online datasets and deep learning to understand how the aesthetics of the environment influences human wellbeing. For example, how might we design our future cities to be conducive to our wellbeing?

Her research has been featured in the press worldwide including the Economist, Wired, The Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, Guardian, Telegraph and Scientific American. She received her PhD from the Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Prior to embarking on her PhD, Chanuki had a successful design career that included running her own digital design consultancy for over eight years.

Beer/wine/soft drinks and pizza will be available from 6pm with the talk beginning at 6:30pm.

Please note: Our events are free and space is limited. We may overbook our venue to make sure we have the largest audience possible. Having a ticket does not guarantee entry so please arrive in plenty of time.

The SAGE Ocean Speaker Series explores the intersection of social science, big data and technology. These free after-work events are for anyone who is interested in how we can harness new technologies to advance our understanding of the world. Our aim is to provide a platform for you to present your research, advice and experiences to the London social science, publishing and tech communities.