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Sami Kanza - Open Science

Sami has recently been appointed Enterprise Fellow Network+ Coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated  Investigations for Scientific Discovery Network (AI3SD) – an EPSRC-funded network that brings together researchers to show how cutting-edge  artificial and augmented intelligence technologies can be used to push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

She is also part of a team of early career researchers from Chemistry and Computer Science at Southampton –Talk2Lab - that are using  automated echo technology to make laboratories more efficient and safe for staff and students. Talk2Lab, led by Chemistry’s Professor Jeremy Frey, incorporated Amazon’s Alexa into smart technology, allowing it to access critical information about the lab and its equipment and freeing up scientists  to carry out impactful research.

The project attracted international praise from US research and development company Pistoria and led to an article  in Scientific Computing World. Samantha’s PhD combined Computer Science and Chemistry.She said: “I had an amazing time doing my Web Science PhD as I had the privilege of  working with some amazing people. It really showed me the value of interdisciplinary projects and taught me how to appreciate the skills and  approaches of disciplines outside my own. I knew I wanted to find a discipline to apply my technical skills to, and I’ve found that I really enjoy  applying modern technologies to the scientific domain. I’ve been lucky enough to get a job and be involved in research projects that do exactly that.”

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