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Steven Naylor

Senior Scientist and Research Lead

Steve Naylor

Steven is a Senior Scientist in HSE's Science Division, working within its Data Analytics team, and a technical lead on its Discovering Safety Research Programme. He's part of a diverse team of scientists who collectively deliver projects for HSE, other government departments and for industry, utilising capabilities in data analytics, information systems, statistical modelling, epidemiology and quantitative risk assessment.

His own area of technical specialism is in the application of data analytic techniques, including data mining, text mining and natural language processing, and predictive analytics, to generate intelligence from routine health and safety datasets, to support better organisational health and safety decision-making.

Steven is passionate about realising the potential for AI, machine learning, cognitive and big data analytics, industry 4.0 technologies and quantum computing to help address the world's most complex problems in a safe and ethical manner for the benefit of all.

Research Interests

  • Application of data analytic techniques, including data mining, text mining and natural language processing, and predictive analytics
  • Health and safety risk intelligence

Previous Projects

  • Leading indicators of health and safety performance on construction projects (HSE's Discovering Safety Programme, Lloyd's Register Foundation and Wood Group)
  • Development of tools to enable the text mining of risk intelligence in health and safety reports (HSE's Discovering Safety Programme, Lloyd's Register Foundation and University of Manchester)
  • Test of the feasibility of using machine learning tools to predict key health and safety endpoints using routine health and safety data (HSE's Discovering Safety Programme, Lloyd's Register Foundation, Oxford University, Mind Foundry and Oxford Semantic Technologies)
  • Lloyd's Register SafetyTech Accelerator looking to leverage advanced technology solutions, incl. image recognition, auto reg-compliance checking and data redaction tools, in health and safety contexts (HSE's Discovering Safety Programme, Lloyd's Register Foundation, Costain, Ohalo and Clarifai)
  • Development of a risk treatments database to support better design and planning decisions on construction projects (HSE's Discovering Safety Programme, Lloyd's Register Foundation and Thomas Ashton Institute)
  • Benchmarking of the conventional health and safety performance of UK nuclear site licensees using lost time injury rate data (Office for Nuclear Regulation)
  • Keeping the UK building safely, minimising CovId-19 risks through intelligent use of data (Thomas Ashton Institute) 

Notable Achievements

  • As detailed above, Steve is Technical Lead on a number of projects being delivered as part of Discovering Safety, a worldwide programme of work funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation and delivered by HSE that looks to use data and analytical techniques to improve health and safety outcomes.

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