Dr Layik Hama

Dr Layik Hama


Research Fellow at Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). 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.

Currently, with Dr Nik Lomax and Dr Roger Beecham, I have been working on a Turing Institute funding for a geospatial visualization tool (eAtlas) since May 2019 – source code here. We are showcasing visualizating methods to explore outcomes of other Turing projects. The research question is a vision by Sir Alan Wilson (Alan Turing Insitute) for a complex visualization tool that can support variety of datasets. Current work is just a baby step in this vision and would require much larger funding and effort to come to fruition. There are similar efforts around the world with examples coming from Australia such as AURIN and cancer eATlas.

I joined LIDA in May 2018. Since then I have been worrking on visualization and data analytic methods and tools.


  • Developing scalable data science tools
  • Data analysis and visualisation

Research interests

I am interested data analytics and visualization. I have also 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. 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 was supervising one MSc student in Data Science and Analytics, we were looking at "contributory factors" of crashes within STATS19 dataset.