Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


EDF & UCL Launch new Data Science Intern Programme

15 March 2018

EDF Energy has launched an exclusive Data Science Intern Programme at UCL

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Author  Tim Bodley-Scott, Business Development and Marketing Manager

Research theme logos - Infrastructures for Smart Services and Applications; Sensing, Information and Data Processing
Data science | Energy | Consumer benefit

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has launched an exclusive data science internship programme with UCL .

The new internship is led by members of ICCS and the departments of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and involving Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science departments.

The year-long internships, starting this September, will focus on applying data science techniques such as data mining, statistical analysis and predictive modelling to commercial business problems.

The insights derived from these advanced analytics will work to enable improvements in operational efficiency and decision-making and deliver better products and services for customers. As well as receiving on-the-job training and coaching, there will be the opportunities for the intern to receive appropriate classroom training in specialised data science techniques.

The company has recently established a data science function, with a focus on exploring and examining data using innovative statistical and analytical approaches to derive insights which will improve operational efficiencies and enable high-value customer propositions.

John Hutchins, Head of Connected Homes at EDF Energy Blue Lab said:

We operate in a complex and competitive marketplace which requires novel approaches to maintain our market-leading position and to continue to provide the best value for our customers. We’re here to make ideas and innovations come to life and to make energy better for the UK, our customers and our people.
Our ambition is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through the development of new technologies and business models. We work on growing and nurturing start-ups, our colleagues, students and innovators who are passionate about these concepts.
We need high performing people who have the skills, experience, systems knowledge and leadership abilities to provide support and guidance in line with our ‘right first time’ policy and we believe that UCL data science interns can provide this.

EDF Energy provides gas and electricity to more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home.

The company has recently launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

There are many examples of business problems where advanced analytical techniques can be applied including increasing customer retention, reducing customer debt and providing insights to aid commercial strategy.