Can data & analytics help the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team win?

Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team) during the 2020 ABB Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix in Marrakesh, Morocco 28/02/2020-01/03/2020
Shutterstock: Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team) during the 2020 ABB Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix in Marrakesh, Morocco

It’s official – data runs the world. But it’s people who can use maths to understand data that will shape the future.

As National Analytics Lead for Modis Australia, Jeremy should know.

At Modis, he is at the bleeding edge of digital technology and business innovation, using maths and data skills to solve problems for companies and build new technologies that transform the way organisations work.

“The world’s economy is powered by data,” says Jeremy Dennis.

“Everything we do creates a piece of data that is processed, stored, analysed, reported on and used to develop new products, services and, in many cases, disrupt entire markets.”

Jeremy Dennis, National Analytics Lead, Modis
Image provided: Jeremy Dennis, National Analytics Lead, Modis

For example, his job has seen him help solve crimes in partnership with the police.

Jeremy’s team built an algorithm that works like a colony of digital ants scampering their way through a complex web of data to spot patterns of criminal activity so that the police can zone in on criminals.

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More recently, Jeremy has been working with the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team to help them win the championship.

“Millions of data points are captured that represent everything about the race car 200 times per second,” he says. “We are analysing this data to find any opportunities to improve performance, no matter how small.”

Mercedes Benz EQ formula with Modis
Image provided: Mercedes Benz EQ formula with Modis

Maths and data skills have clearly been key to Jeremy’s career, but he also sees these skills as being crucial for almost all future business careers.

“Traditional jobs are being retired and entirely new jobs are being created at a pace never before experienced,” he says.

“This will bring opportunities in every single industry for people who understand data, and maths is the language used to understand data.”

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The possibilities are endless… people with maths and data skills are increasingly needed in everything from medicine – where analysts uncover patterns in data to discover new treatments and drugs – to social media – where digital content managers track and react to trends so they can boost their company’s online presence.

“It’s impossible for me to express the scale of amazing opportunities that are available to people who understand maths and data,” Jeremy says.

This article is part of the Careers with STEM maths and data 2021 issue. To learn more about the Modis technology for the Mercedes Benz EQ formula click here.

Ben Skuse

Author: Ben Skuse

Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.

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