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Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visits the DSI’s Data Observatory


President of Portugal visits the Data Observatory

Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visits the DSI’s Data Observatory

The President of Portugal paid a visit to the Data Science Institute’s Data Observatory as part of his trip to celebrate Day of Portugal.

Imperial was visited by the President of Portugal last week to meet the College’s Portuguese students and staff and to hear about their innovative ideas and ongoing projects.

Joining him on the visit was João Gomes Cravinho, the Foreign Secretary, Paulo Cafôfo, Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, Nuno Brito, the Ambassador of Portugal to the United Kingdom, and Nadhim Zahawi, the UK's Secretary of State for Education.

As part of his visit, the President took a trip to Imperial’s Data Science Institute where he saw presentations in the Data Observatory from Professor Sanjeev Gupta on Mars Rover data, and social media and pandemic correlations from Dr Ovidiu Serban and Andrianirina Rakotoharisoa.

The institute's Co-Director Dr Mark Kennedy welcomed the group and gave an overview of the DSI.

The largest open sourced data observatory in Europe

The Data Observatory

The Data Observatory at Imperial is the largest open sourced data observatory in Europe, powered by the Open Visualisation Environment and comprised of 130 million pixels, 64 monitors and 313 degrees of surround vision.

The circular wall of screens helps provide an opportunity for academics and industry to visualise data in a way that uncovers new insights and promotes the communication of complex data sets and analysis in an immersive and multi-dimensional environment.

For more information on the President’s visit to Imperial see this Imperial News Story.


Gemma Ralton

Gemma Ralton
Faculty of Engineering


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