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The Master of Data Science program at UBC works with an extensive network of partners including start-ups, government, higher education, IT, finance, etc.... These partners were key contributors to the the design of the program, and also continue to provide students with the opportunity to get real-world experience in a variety of different roles and industries through their eight-week capstone project.

Featured Capstone Projects

Biba Ventures - MDS Vancouver

Using Machine Learning to Predict Playground Usage

A team of UBC MDS Vancouver students worked with Biba, a smart playground company, to build several learning models in order to estimate the number of monthly sessions at particular playgrounds within a given month.

Statistics Canada - MDS Okanagan

In the past, Statistics Canada developed network accessibility measures based on the distance of driving and walking to compute proximity scores for various types of amenities. However, the importance of public transit as a primary mode of travel has not been included and accessibility measures based on time using transit have never been incorporated into proximity scores. This is why Statistics Canada enlisted the help of a team of students from UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program to help develop a high-performing, efficient and scalable model for computing and visualizing public transit accessibility across Canadian metropolitan areas.
 

UBC Linguistics - MDS Computational Linguistics

As a result of a question posed by UBC Linguistics and French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies faculty, a group of UBC MDS Computational Linguistics students embarked on the first phase of a project that could improve graded readers for any language. The capstone project focused on A1, A2, and B level documents for the Spanish language, but it laid the foundation for the creation of a universal reader.  

Capstone Projects

    Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey and UBC

    Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mental Health: Lessons from the CCWS

    Citysage by Reliance Foundry

    LiDAR Object Detection and Classification for Cities

    Corporate Finance Institute Education Inc.

    • Project #1: Recency, Frequency, and Monetary Value Analysis (RFM)
    • Project #2: Sales Forecasting

    Defined Finance Ltd.

    DeFi Dashboard: Follow and Forecast the Money

    Glentel

    Project #1: Practical People Analytics for Predicting Employee Performance
    Project #2: Practical People Analytics for Predicting Retention

    Goldspot Discoveries Corp.

    Project #1 Detection and Mitigation of Data Drift and Model D
    Project #2: Panorama Stitching of Core-Photos

    Hero Ventures

    Seahorse Strategies: Data Analytics for Stock Market Trading

    Olyns

    Prune CNN Models to Help People Go Green

    OraQ AI

    NLP to Untangle the Complex Web of Dental Conditions

    Population Health Surveillance and Epidemiology, Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia

    BC Chronic Disease Visualization and Trend Analysis with R Shiny

    Riversol Skincare Solutions Inc.

    Forecasting the Success of Online Lead Generation

    Rocketbrew Inc.

    Creating (figurative) ecommerce shopping aisles with ML 

    Sensing in Biomechanical Processes Lab (SimPL)

    Towards a Simplified Method for Video Confirmation of Head Impact Events in Contact Sports

    Sensorimotor Physiology Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, UBC

    Decomposition of Muscle Activity for Sensorimotor Neuroscience

    Sitewise Analytics

    Determining Restaurant Sales Performance Drivers through Feature Selection

    Suncor Energy Inc.

    Modelling Heat Exchanger Units to Optimize Cleaning Schedules

    Teejlab Inc. and UBC Sauder

    An Analytical Framework for Quantifying API Risks

    TRIUMF

    RICH AI

    Trusting Pixels

    • Project #1: Image Comparison Analysis
    • Project #2: Photo Within Photo Detection

    UBC Animal Welfare Program

    Cow Bonds: Visualizing and Assessing Changes in the Social Networks of Dairy Cows

    Vancouver Whitecaps

    • Project #1: Disruptive Defending – Using Optical Tracking and Event Data to Evaluate MLS Players’ Defensive Performance
    • Project #2: Passing Perfection – Using Optical Tracking and Event Data to Evaluate MLS Player's Passing Tendencies

    Viewpoint AI

    Decision Support: Choose your Best Career Path
     

    Westland Insurance

    Predicting Customer Retention

    World Bank

    How Quickly Can South Asia Transition to a Green Economy?

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Science and Technology Branch

    Exploring Optimal Machine Learning Models for Predicting Crop Yield at Township Level

    Hockey Canada

    Growth and Retention Strategy – Data and Research Analysis

    JustPractice Technologies Inc.

    Juma - Image Import

    Siemens Healthineers

    Anomaly Detection in Biosensor Waveforms

    Statistics Canada

    • Project #1: Assessing Google Trends Data
    • Project #2: Innovating with Web-Scraped Data to Inform Impact Canada’s Challenges
    • Project #3: Analysis of Rural Business Performance

    Terra Sense Analytics Ltd.

    Increase Performance of a Deep Learning Instance Segmentation Model Using Data Augmentation and Model Refinement

    BGC Engineering

    Social Landslides: Improve NASA Global Landslide Catalog with Automated Social Media Mining

    British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCI)

    What Can SEC 10-K Textual Disclosures Tell Us About Climate Risk?

    Corporate Finance Institute Education Inc.

    Course Writing Style Analysis / Learner Feedback Analysis

    CultureFoundry

    Ojibwe Conjugator Python Rewrite

    Heyday by Hootsuite

    Is it “Yes” or “No”: Negation-Aware Named Entity Recognition in the E-commerce Domain

    Katalon Inc.

    Autonomous Software Testing Generation

    SAP

    ClearlyDefined: Intelligently Summarizing Software Licenses

    Seasalt.ai

    Project #1: Bridging the Chasm: from Voice Data to Voice Intelligence
    Project #2: AMA About Your Business in a Mirror World

    aDolus - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Unearthing Hidden Vulnerabilities in Mission Critical Software

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - MDS Okanagan

    2020: Improving Cherry Grading

    Analytika - MDS Vancouver

    • 2021: Transforming Customer Experiences
    • 2020: Project #1: Smart Agriculture
    • 2020: Project #2: Wells Timelines

    BC Centre on Substance Abuse - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Using Data Science to Identify and Visualize Novel Compounds in Illicit Drug Checking Samples

    BC Stats - MDS Vancouver

    • 2021: Understanding Voting Method Choices in the 2020 BC General Elections
    • 2020: Text Analytics: Quantifying the Responses to Open-Ended Survey Questions
    • 2019: Quantifying the Responses to Open-Ended Survey Question
    • 2018: Discovering Thematic Categories from Survey Comments
    • 2017: Empowering Employee Engagement through AI - Government of BC

    BCMEA - MDS Vancouver

    2019: Improving Labour Forecasting to Promote the Competitiveness of BC Ports

    Better Dwelling - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: Does News Report Manipulate Financial Markets

    BGC Engineering - MDS Vancouver

    • 2020: Project #1: How high’s is the water mama?…Data Driven Flood Forecasting
    • 2020: Project #2: Undisclosed Tailings Dams…Automated Tailings Dam Detection from Satellite Data
    • 2019: Automated Landslide Detection and Delineation from LiDAR Images
    • 2018: Anomaly Detection and Flood Forecasting using Real-time Hydrometric Data

    British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) - MDS Vancouver

    2021: What Can SEC 10-K Textual Disclosures Tell Us About a Firm’s Earnings Quality and Future Stock Returns?

    Cenovus - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Using Time Series Temperature Data to Determine Well Productivity

    City of Kelowna - MDS Okanagan

    2019: Preparing for the Next Chapter of Culture in Kelowna

    Coast Mountain Bus Company - MDS Vancouver

    2017: Bringing clarity to transit congestion

    CRIM - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: Discovering Words by Their Neighbours: a Dissimilarity-Based Concordance

    Destination British Columbia - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Predicting Conversion Rates for Tourism Advertisements on Facebook and Instagram

    Dialpad - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: ASR Data Inspector

    Dialpad - MDS Vancouver

    • Project #1: Detecting Emerging Topics, Trends and Anomalies from Call Center Transcripts
    • Project #2: Understanding & Predicting Customer Satisfaction Using Vocal Features

    E-Comm 9-1-1 - MDS Vancouver

    • 2020: SOP Consolidation to Save Lives and Property
    • 2019: Saving Lives and Protecting Property with a Predictive Staffing Model

    Finn AI - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Helping AI Recognize Intent

    Fleetmetrica Inc. - MDS Okanagan

    2021: Developing a Fleet Risk Model Using a Machine Learning Approach
    2020: Driver Risk Assessment Model Using Telematics Data

    Fresh Prep - MDS Vancouver

    2019: Predicting Customer Order Probabilities

    Gerontology and Diabetes Research Laboratory (GDRL) - MDS Vancouver

    • 2021: Project #1: Machine Learning Approaches to Diagnosing Lipohypertrophy at the Bedside
    • 2021: Project #2:  Machine Learning Approaches to Falls Prediction in Long Term Care

    GetintheLoop - MDS Okanagan

    2019: Customer Engagement Factors for Online Marketing

    Glentel - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Voice of Employee and Customer

    Glentel - MDS Vancouver

    2021: People Analytics

    2020: Making sense of people data

    Goldspot Discoveries - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Automated Drill Core Logging Through the Lens of Machine Learning and Deep Learning
    2020: Core Photo Analysis

    Government of Canada Web Analytics Team - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Capturing What Users go to Canada.ca to Do
     

    Government of Canada Web Analytics Team - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Determining the Use Cases Across Data Science Sub-Fields for the Government of Canada's Web Analytics Operations

    Hero Ventures - MDS Vancouver

    • 2020: Seahorse Strategies: Seahorse Momentum Indicator (SMI)
    • 2019: Seahorse Strategies: Predicting the Stock Market

    Hootsuite - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Customer Segmentation Using Hootsuite Product Usage Data

    Indeed - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Automatic Inference of Reader Attributed from Blog Content

    Informed Opinions - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: NLP for Social Change – The Gender Gap Tracker

    Interior Health - MDS Okanagan

    • 2020: Patterns of drug checking service use and results associated with a music festival in BC’s Interior region
    • 2018: Determinations of Populations affected by Fatal and Non-fatal Overdoses

    JustPractice Technologies Inc. - MDS Okanagan

    2021: Identifying Patient Care Gaps Through the Analysis of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Data

    Kelly Klee Insurance - MDS Okanagan

    2020: Predictability of Kelly Klee Customers

    MDA - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Image Captioning of Overhead Earth Observation Imagery

    Merchant Growth - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Merchant Score: Intelligent Credit Decisioning for Risk Management

    Microsoft - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Web traffic Prediction for msn.com

    Minerva Intelligence - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: Mineral Occurrence Text Extractor

    MNP Technology Solutions - MDS Okanagan

    2021: E-commerce and it's Challenges

    Newsly Technologies Inc. - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Audio Listening Preferences

    Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research - MDS Okanagan

    2019: Using Machine Learning for Sentiment Analysis in Survey Text Responses

    Orbis Investments - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Earning Calls Deception Analysis

    Pay by Phone - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Crowdsourced parking locations

    PaybyPhone - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Anomaly Detection

    Projectlink - MDS Okanagan

    2021: Market Analytics

    Properly Inc. - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Image Processing: Quantifying the Home Condition from Property Images

    Providence Health Care Providence Health Care - MDS Vancouver

    2019: Forecasting of Staffing Needs

    QxMD - MDS Vancouver

    • 2019: ​Project #1: Generate cross-product recommendations
    • 2019: Project #2: Delivering Better Care Through Education
    • 2018: Building a Recommendation System for Medical Research Papers

    Realtor.com - MDS Vancouver

    • 2021: Project #1: Identifying Real Estate Investment Opportunities Using Machine Learning
    • 2021: Project #2: Will They, or Won't They? Return User Prediction
    • 2020: Photo-realistic Neighborhood Image Synthesis
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    • 2019: Estimate the Value of Key Local attributes used in buying decisions

    Rio Tinto - MDS Vancouver

    2017: Tools for Analyzing Mining Drill Data

    Riversol - MDS Vancouver

    2020: E-Commerce Domination in Highly Competitive Markets Driven by Data Science

    SAP and Teejlab - MDS Vancouver

    2019: Enhancing the Teejlab Analyzer for Data Service Agreements

    Scotiabank - MDS Okanagan

    2019: Sampling Methodology for Time-Dependent Data

    Seasalt.ai - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Happiness in One Model: Cross-Lingual NER for Low-Resource Languages

    Seekers Media - MDS Okanagan

    2019: Marketing Campaign Visualization and Audience Impact

    Semios - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Binary Classification of Leaf Wetness Using Sensor Data

    Sensing in Biomechanical Processes Lab (SimPL) - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Extracting and Visualizing the Human Brain State Using EEG Data

    Siemens Healthineers - MDS Okanagan

    2021: Image Classification of Biosensor Prints

    Statistics Canada - MDS Okanagan

    • 2021: Project #1: COVID-19 - Canadian Employment Wage Subsidy: An Analysis​
    • 2021: Project #2: Incorporating Public Transit into Measures of Accessibility
    • 2021: Project #3: The Effects of Proximity to Services on Canadians’ Housing Conditions
    • 2020: Bringing Understanding to the COVID-19 Outbreak in Ontario 

    Statistics Canada - MDS Okanagan

    In partnership with Statistics Canada, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program used clustering methods, principal component analysis and principal component regression to provide greater insight into the spread of COVID-19 among of long-term care homes. The project showcased how leveraging various open data sources can produce comprehensive and meaningful results.

    TeejLab - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Automated Legal Risk Assessment on Web Service License Changes

    Tetrad - MDS Vancouver

    2019: Forecasting Restaurant Sales with Mobile Device Location Data

    The Deetken Group - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Evolving Vancouver: Forecasting the Evolution of Vancouver's Business Landscape

    The Sea Around Us - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Estimation of Worldwide MPAS Protection through a Novel Questionnaire

    Thomson Reuters - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2021: Improving Search with Deep Learning for a Marketing Leading Accounting Research Platform
    2020: Next Generation Conceptual Tagging

    Translink - MDS Vancouver

    • 2020: Project #1: Vision over Transit Incidents & Claims
    • 2020: Project #2: “Why is my bus late?” Understanding Bus Delay in Metro Vancouver
    • 2020: Project #3: Optimizing Transit Stops

    TRIUMF - MDS Vancouver

    2019: NA62 Particle Classification

    Two Hat Security Research - MDS Okanagan

    2020: Identification of Patterns and Metrics to Distinguish Toxic and Non-Toxic Reddit Communities

    UBC (Urban Data Lab) - MDS Okanagan

    2021: UBC Sustainability Performance Dashboard​

    UBC (Urban Data Lab) - MDS Okanagan

    2020: Building Energy Use Profile Visualizations

    UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology - MDS Vancouver

    2017: Visualizing massive open online courses

    UBC Sauder School of Business - MDS Vancouver

    • 2019: Extracting a Corporate Social Network from SEC Filings
    • 2018: Extracting Features from Financial Documents for Predicting Firm Performance

    UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: Analysis of BC Negligence Decisions over 20 years

    Unbounce - MDS Computational Linguistics

    2020: Closing the Feedback Loop: Identifying Customer Pain Points through NLP

    Unbounce - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Using Survival Analysis to Finding Leading Indicators of Customer Churn

    University of British Columbia - MDS Vancouver

    2021: Defend UBC

    Urban Logiq - MDS Vancouver

    2020: Project #1: Analysis of Connected Vehicle Driving Behaviour as a Predictor of Accidents
    2020: Project #2: Contextual analysis of amenity gaps in at-risk communities

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    2019: Indicators of Crash Severity

    Vancouver Whitecaps - MDS Vancouver

     

    • 2021: Project #1: Football Fortune Telling: Predicting MLS Performance
    • 2021: Project #2: Match Fit - Using Optical Tracking Data to Evaluate MLS Players’ Power, Fitness & Fatigue
    • 2020: Project #1: Modelling the Physical Performance of the Vancouver Whitecaps

    Related Article

    • 2020: Project #2: Winning the Goal Differential Race

    Visier - MDS Vancouver

    2018: Automated Human Resources Insight Discovery

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