Data science students set to help Milton Keynes with expansion plans

_DSC1244 - Copyright UCMK - shared by Paul Sant -croppedA space technology awareness initiative could lead to industry experience opportunities for future UCMK Data Science students.

MK:Smart partners, UCMK and Satellite Applications Catapult, recently hosted the “Space for You!” showcase, where the Milton Keynes business sector was invited to see how experts and space start-ups can make real use of space technologies.

Through a series of talks and demonstrations, businesses were shown how satellite technology can collect data in relation to the challenges – such as water and energy consumption, and transport – Milton Keynes faces as the city expands and its population grows.

The event was part of the MK:Smart project, which is working to develop innovative technology solutions to support the city’s economic growth.  At the heart of the project is the MK Data Hub, which will collect and process vast amounts of data produced by data sources, including satellite communications.

And students enrolled on to UCMK’s new Data Science course – set to start in September 2014 – could be presented with the opportunity of internships and placements through the MK Data Hub.

Dr Paul Sant, Associate Dean of UCMK, said: “I am delighted that UCMK is playing a part in promoting the opportunities the space industry has to offer.  Our new Data Science students will be able to gain valuable industry experience working on real life programmes through the MK Data Hub.”

“And, for businesses, advancements in technology, new business models and reduced launch costs all mean that the space sector can provide unprecedented opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs.  It is a great time to become an ‘astropreneur’.”

For more information about the BSc (Hons) Data Science course available at UCMK click here.