Meet Daniel, District’s new data services engineer

Daniel joined the team just as the country went into full lockdown – and boy, has he hit the ground running. Considering we’ve never met face-to-face (I feel a District social brewing…) Daniel has understood exactly what District needs, and we’ve even published a recent article on the new District Analytics that Daniel has been working so hard on over the past couple of months.

So, we sat down (virtually) with Daniel, to ask him a few more questions about his experience and interests, and to get to know him a little bit better – here it is!

Daniel, can you tell us a little bit about your prior experience?

I originally moved to the UK to do my PhD at the University of Surrey, where my research was concerned with information extraction in the Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) domain. I decided to stay in the UK and joined a digital technology innovation centre as an IoT technologist. There I was able to deepen my research as well as gain more hands-on experience working on large international and national research and innovation projects, collaborating with both small and large industrial partners as well as academic institutions and city councils.

What are your particular areas of interest or skills?

My expertise is centered around the domains of Smart Cities and IoT, in particular at the data and application layer. I enjoy the technical challenges of integrating multiple heterogeneous data sources and extracting actionable insights. Coming from a research background I have published papers on unsupervised machine learning methodologies designed for analysing data streams that I developed. I am skilled at working on prototype solutions and delivering a product by closely working with the engineering team in an agile process. Now I am focusing even more on the engineering and application side, building out a data pipeline to deliver business intelligence both internally and to our customers.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love cooking, both perfecting dishes I am familiar with, as well as trying out new recipes from all around the world. I am a big fan of card and board games. My sport of choice is indoor climbing and in particular bouldering. I play the guitar and while my band days are behind me, I’m still always up for a jam session.

What drew you to District? 

For me, it is very important that my work has an impact in the real world. District already had contracts in place with bigger and smaller clients that were using their product, guaranteeing that the work I will be doing will be relevant. Coupled with the fact that there are plenty of overlaps in the proptech sector with my experience in working in smart cities and smart building projects as well as the plan to integrate IoT solutions into the future product, the decision to join District was an easy one.

What are you most excited about in the new role?

Joining District gave me the opportunity to take the lead on the evolution of the data infrastructure and building out the data science function. For me, this has been a perfect fit as I have been developing my skills towards such a role in my previous experience.

From your experience in data engineering, what is one of the biggest learnings you’ve gained?

I have found time and time again that delivering a simple solution first and then iteratively improving upon it, adding more complexity as needed, is the way to go. This way you can start gathering and incorporating real-world feedback into your solution from the get go – rather than spending too much time developing a model that later mismatches the reality of the situation and then requires a complete overhaul anyway.

What movie is your favourite guilty pleasure, and why?

Troll 2, the first movie my girlfriend and I watched when we started dating. There is also a ‘killer’ documentary to go with it.

 

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