8 Jan 2019

Meet the Team: Oli Turnbull

I was born and bred in the wonderful city of Nottingham until the age of 18 when I went to Girton College, University of Cambridge, to study Mathematics.  I applied to the Blenheim Chalcot Data Science Graduate Programme in my final year and upon being successfully accepted they introduced me to Instrumental where I now work as a data scientist.

What does your role entail?

I use the data available to Instrumental to solve their business problems and build new products. This can involve anything from writing analysis articles on whether or not ‘danceability’ is a good predictor of a song’s popularity, to building classification algorithms for the Instrumental Database. It’s pretty open-ended, but that’s exactly the sort of challenge I like to get stuck into.

What’s the best part of your job?

Being a 10-minute walk away from Borough Market!!

What did you want to be when you were little?

A palaeontologist, then an actor, then a neuroscientist.

In your spare time, what do you get up to?

Exploring the streets of London, watching terrible live comedy and drag shows and eating far too many kebabs. I am also pursuing a part-time master’s degree in Mathematics.

What’s your earliest memory?

Falling off a carousel in France, at just under 2 years old.

What is the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Seeing the Gorillaz live this year has to be up there… having said that, the most consistently good gig I’ve seen multiple times has to be Mungo’s Hi Fi, which is always loads of fun. I have high hopes for when I see Azealia Banks in January though, so watch this space...

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Learning a language really different to my native one, like Russian or something. That or photographic memory.

If you could choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?

The personality (and, most importantly, speaking voice) of comedian Joey Diaz, inside of an alpaca, my two favourite things. It would give me brash New Jersey life advice from an adorable animal. 

What Invention Do You Think Will Be Popular In 20 Years?

Quantum Computers. I studied them for a while and let me tell you there are some really cool ideas coming out of that field.

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