Big Data specialist boosts its talent pool

A software company which specialises in mining data to derive new insights from previously unsearchable information has boosted its talent pool.

Nalanda Technology, a leader in precision data search and discovery technology, has recruited two data science graduates from the University of Stirling, as it seeks to expand its Nalytics platform.

Leslie Salami and Moreno Vardanega worked with the Glasgow-based company from June to September whilst on student placement from their MSc Big Data course, which is supported by The Data Lab.

The duo have now been formally appointed by the company after gaining distinctions for their final dissertations.

Using Nalytics, Leslie’s project focused on using Natural Language Processing techniques to enhance the care that can be provided by health and social care services. Moreno’s work looked at how to employ ‘sentiment analysis’ techniques to search Hansard (the official record of proceedings at the House of Commons containing over 2 billion words) to analyse politician’s views on any topics such as Brexit, renewable energy and Iraq war.

Morena Vardanega

Morena Vardanega

“Leslie and Moreno really impressed us with their level of technical knowledge and dedication to completing their research projects using our Nalytics software,” said David Rivett, co-founder and COO of Nalanda Technology.

“I was more than happy to be able to offer them both full-time positions on completion of their courses.”

He added: “The IT industry is facing a real skills crisis at the moment.  Data scientists who know about big data and search are like gold dust.  As a young start-up company Nalanda is delighted to be able to support the growing UK data science sector and I would encourage other technology companies to work closely with the universities to nurture and develop the data scientists of tomorrow.”

Nalytics is the first complete search and discovery package capable of searching all unstructured data from any device. Proven to find that proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’ at speeds never seen before, this smart search tool means previously hard to reach data, due to search engine limitations, can now be retrieved and made meaningful.

The platform is monetised according to an annual subscription per user service, which starts at around £1,000. Markets being targeted include law enforcement, local government, health, legal, recruitment, libraries and the media.

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