Big Data Panelist: Mr. David Excell
Co-Founder and CTO, Featurespace
Mr. David Excell co-founded Featurespace in 2005, and has more than 15 years’ experience in behavioural expertise, software development, and turning research into commercial reality. Previously, he was a research engineer at the Wireless Signal Processing Group at National ICT Australia (NICTA), as well as a self-employed consultant offering business-to-business IT services. He has been awarded more than ten prizes and scholarships for his academic and commercial achievements, including the 2011 ITC Enterprise Award for Young Entrepreneur.
Identifying Harm Among Machine Players: Findings From a Multicomponent Research Study
Co-presented with Ms. Heather Wardle
In 2014, the Responsible Gambling Trust commissioned NatCen Social Research and Featurespace to investigate whether industry-held data from gambling machines could be used to identify harmful patterns of play. If so, what are the impacts for problem gambling interventions? A range of different research projects were conducted on loyalty card customers.
For the first time fine-grained transactional data is used to explore how patterns of behaviour on machines vary between problem and non-problem gamblers. The limitations of this approach and of using loyalty card data in this way were also assessed.
BCLC New Horizons will be the first time these research results will be presented to an international audience. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of the approach and the implications for problem gambling interventions.