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Skyscanner: Data Science Challenges in Travel

** We will be streaming live at: https://youtu.be/gm8YdU1iIOw

In the middle of the summer the hottest topic is getting away from the city hectic for a short break. There is no better time than this to invite Skyscanner to join us for a great meetup dedicated to meta-search engines for travel and more specifically for flights!

Topic: Data Science Challenges in Travel
Speakers: 
Konstantin Halachev, PhD – Skyscanner
Plamen Aleksandrov – Skyscanner

Konstantin Halachev graduated the Sofia University, before moving to the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany to do a PhD in bioinformatics. He then briefly worked on personalization in e-commerce, before accepting the challenge to play with Skyscanner’s data in their newest office in Sofia.
Plamen Aleksandrov also graduated from Sofia University, and specialised in Meta-search Heuristics for Discrete Optimization in JKU Linz, Austria. He later worked on a flight search engine and discovered the nitty-gritty specifics and complexities of the Airline Distribution Industry, before joining Skyscanner in Sofia.

Time: Wednesday, July 29, 19:00
Registration starts at 18:30
Venue: betahaus

Summary:
Have you ever searched for a flight online? Do you wonder when and where you can get the best price for your travel plans? And, why are there different flight prices? Now, do you want to hear about why it is hard to do a meta-search engine for travel, and especially for flights? In the first part, we will go into the details of what makes flight search complex, touching on the various data science and airline industry challenges. Then, we’ll present a few intriguing applications one can do with data of a popular flights meta-search engine.

About Skyscanner:
Skyscanner is a leading travel search site offering unbiased, comprehensive and free flight, hotel and car hire search services, used by over 40 million unique visitors every month. Skyscanner opened its office in Sofia in October 2014 and is quickly growing its team here to help solve complex travel problems and continually improve their product.

The meetup will end with informal networking and beer in the betacafe.

To attend this event you need to register and take your FREE ticket from Eventbrite.

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