Malaysian Team Wins Inaugural Global Datathon

News & Events Mar 5, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 DECEMBER 2018 – In their aim to make the world more self-sustainable through technology, insights and intelligence as ASEAN’s first and only comprehensive data science training institution, where learning, networking and professional growth is integrated, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), recently won the world’s first Global Datathon Challenge. The participants, comprising four members from CADS’ data science team, were selected as winners from 30 teams around the world, with 24 of the top teams entering the semi-finals.

Organized by the Data Science Society, the participants were given five cases to choose from; two Predictive Analytics cases, an Internet-of-Things (IoT) case, a classification case and a retail case. The CADS team succeeded in solving the Kaufland Case which fell under the IoT category. The winners received a one-year membership to the Data Science Society.

According to Sharala Axryd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CADS, “Data science is a team sport. The components are there – cross-functional collaboration, combined expertise, a strategic approach and precise execution. After all, people are 2.33 times more valuable than technology. Competing in industry competitions, such as the Global Datathon, will greatly contribute towards honing our team’s knowledge and skillsets as well as establish an internationally-recognized benchmark. Through our win, we have proven that Malaysia is highly capable of producing talented data scientists who can succeed on the world stage across industries.”

The CADS team were made up of Teoh Keng Hooi, a Cognitive Science graduate from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak with experience in performing end-to-end analysis; William Ardianto, a master’s degree holder in the field of Computer Science with four years’ experience in research and prototype development; the only female in the team, Narjes Khatoon Naseri, who has a master’s degree in Software Engineering and is an expert in applying mathematical and artificial intelligence approaches to optimize planning and timetabling systems and Yee Xun Wei, currently a third-year undergraduate student in Bachelor of Computer Science (Information Systems) from Universiti Malaya. He is the only undergraduate in the team and has shown great potential both as an intern at CADS and as a future data science professional.

During the competition, the participants were faced with real-world challenges of companies by performing temporal, spatial and predictive analysis. They worked with high volumes of sensors data collected within various devices where the goal was to create machine learning models for quick processing of billions of distinct IoT data records.

The Global Datathon is a weekend-long online competition where participants are challenged to work on a real-world business case from the areas of IoT, Retail, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The competition required participants to study their chosen cases for a week prior to creating and building a solution. They were allotted 48 hours to come up with a solution and submit their article and analysis code pertaining to their case.

“Every effort we embark on in building game-changing data science talent in the nation is aligned with the Malaysian government’s ‘Industry4WRD’ aspiration. The Industry 4.0 blueprint’s objective is to make Malaysia the one-stop center for smart manufacturing, prime destination for high-tech industries and a total solution provider for the manufacturing sector and services in the region, all of which are in line with what we aspire to do. It is towards this end that we are focusing on nurturing data professionals and to be in the driver’s seat of Malaysia’s digital transformation,” concluded Sharala.


About The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

Established in October 2015, The Center of Applied Data Science was set up to respond to the critical need for real world qualified data scientists and data professionals in the face of digital disruption. Its aim is to nurture a new generation of Data Professionals who can meet and exceed the needs of today’s data disrupted world through an accelerated and rigorous program of best-of-class mentorship that will solve real business challenges within organizations, as well as real-world situations outside. The Center of Applied Data Science partnered with The Data Incubator, New York, US to bring ASEAN’s first Data Science accelerator program to transform the brightest science and engineering talents in South East Asia into qualified, top-notch quality data scientists. Further information about The Center of Applied Data Science is available at

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  1. The Edge Market – Malaysia’s CADS wins global datathon challenge
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