Acting director of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, Stellenbosch University
I am a medical doctor by training, with a PhD in medical sciences (focused on HIV epidemiology). My work has involved the development of individual-based simulation models and the application of statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to describe and analyse the behavioural and biological processes underlying HIV epidemics. I recently became the acting director for DiSeCT, the new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University.
The term data science was coined by scientists working at the social networks LinkedIn and Facebook in 2008. A few years later, they dubbed it the sexiest profession of the 21st century. This relatively new,...