Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe

Quantifying the Connection Between Scenic Beauty and Our Wellbeing

Intuitively, we often seek out beautiful scenery when we want a respite from our busy lives, but do such settings actually help to boost our wellbeing? While architects and policymakers have puzzled over this question for centuries, quantitative analyses have been held back by a lack of data. Now, vast volumes of online data alongside developments in deep learning are opening up new opportunities to analyse the beauty of our environment. In this talk, I will explain how I used over 1.5 million ratings of over 200,000 images covering Great Britain from a website called Scenic-Or-Not to find answers to this age-old question.

Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is a data science researcher at the Alan Turing Institute and the Lead Data Scientist at Popsa (using AI to automatically curate photo content into beautifully designed physical products). She formerly worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Channel 4.

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