Imperial’s Data Science Institute

The Data Science Institute (DSI) is a major Imperial College London initiative that brings together Imperial’s existing data science activities and expertise and provides a focus and a catalyst for new partnerships.

The DSI supports multidisciplinary collaborations between the College’s academic experts in many disciplines such as healthcare, financial services, climate science, and city infrastructure to create solutions to complex problems. Alongside research, the Institute fosters the next generation of data scientists and engineers by developing a range of postgraduate and executive courses.

The DSI includes 7 Academic Labs, has attracted over £50m in funding for data science research, technology and infrastructure and has published over 300 papers.

The Institute’s Data Observatory (DO) was one of the first and largest visualisation suites in Europe. It provides a multi-dimensional and immersive environment to analyse large and complex data sets and to work collaboratively.   Thanks to its many research collaborations both across college and with a variety of external academic and industrial partners, the DSI is establishing its role as an international hub in data science.


 Dr Ovidiu Serban (Programme Director)


Ovidiu Șerban is a Research Fellow at the Data Science Institute (DSI)Imperial College London. His current work includes real-time Natural Language Processing, Data Curation and Large Scale Visualisation Systems.

Ovidiu’s research topics are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Affective Computing and Interactive System Design. He holds a joint PhD from INSA de Rouen Normandy (France) and “Babeș-Bolyai” University (Romania), while working at LITIS Laboratory in France.

In his youth, Ovidiu worked at the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST), Imperial College London; Computer Lab, University of Cambridge, UK and ISR Laboratory, University of Reading, UK.