Dr Layik Hama

Dr Layik Hama


Research Fellow at Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). I am a gradaute of School of Computing with my PhD on geological data visualization for learner geologists in the field. I have been developing software applications in various specialities such as Linked Data and Knowledge Bases, Android and iOS applications, various NoSQL/SQL DBMS, Tripple Stores. I try to be functional in my choice of programming languages but my first language was Java. I am new to data science but I know it leads to very interesting computation subjects (all practice at the moment with the theory at the automnomous driving seat).

After my PhD, I lead a startup to replicate www.freebase.com. Freebase (MetaWeb) was acquired by Google and is now the basis of Google Knowledge Graph. The data behind Freebase is/was open source but not the technology/database behind it. I consider myself an advocate of open source software first but understand the need for proprietary codebase.


  • Developing sustainable transport data science tools
  • Data analysis and visualisation

Research interests

I work with datasets from various sources and utilze the power of R and NodeJS. Currently workingo on what can be called an "eAtlas" or "Turing Geovisualization Engine" which is a Turing Institute - LIDA project (an SPF). The source code can be found here, work began in May 2019. It is a geo-visualization front/back end which can be used to explore spatial datasets. In terms of method, it is a continuation of my last project. Last project was a World Health Organization (WHO) active tranport planning toolkit open sourced here. I have generalized the technology used in the WHo project as an open source toolset to empower other data scientists to analyze and deploy their geospatial analysis proejcts as web applications.

I hav been interested in software abtraction and the power of simplicity of using programming languages. That is why we are also working on developing tools to be used by data scientists. But my interests also stretch to health data and Electronic Health Records, too.

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  • PhD, 3D Geological Data Visualisation Techniques in field education. University of Leeds.

Student education

For academic year 2018-2019 I am supervising one MSc student in Data Science and Analytics, we are looking at "contributory factors" of crashes within STATS19 dataset.

Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics