Enhancing Research with Robust Data Analysis
Underwriters Laboratories leverages data science to contribute to research, inform policy and solve challenging safety, sustainability and security issues. We collaborate with scientists, leaders and data providers to spur innovation in the use of data to provide insights and solutions for our focus areas.
Organizations are quickly discovering the convergence of mathematics, statistics, computer science and the availability of data that enables powerful insights and new solutions to complex problems. UL uses its data analytics capability to make a long-lasting impact on safety by aggregating, analyzing and publishing hidden or underutilized data, and by applying data science to its work.
Achieving Sound Solutions via Expert Capabilities
To advocate for data-driven solutions, it is essential to understand the data we have and generate, the data our partners and stakeholders have and generate, and the available open source data we can access. One of the sources of “power” of data science is the aggregation of multiple, seemingly disparate data sources, and conducting experiments to merge, relate or synthesize insights from the superset of data. This is one element of the UL Data Science team’s core capabilities. Others include the following:
- Providing data resources, tools and methods to researchers, advocates and policymakers;
- Conducting analyses, in conjunction with expert partners, to quantify, predict and solve safety, security and sustainability challenges;
- Bringing awareness to safety, security and sustainability issues by using data to tell stories, inspire inquiry and drive action.
Optimizing Results Across Focus Areas
Data science improves the ability of our organization to accomplish its mission. Through the support of safety research, standards development, education and outreach, data science enables better decision-making on projects, programs and initiatives. These capabilities are also leveraged to document impact and provide insights into future safety, security and sustainability challenges.