Yu Shyang (Alan) Tan



Dr Alan Tan is currently the acting Research Group Leader for the Data and Geospatial Intelligence group in Scion. His expertise and research interests are in Applied Machine Learning, Distributed systems, Big data processing and analytics and High-performance computing. Alan and his team are investigating how data science, remote sensing, autonomous systems and bioinformatics research can be applied for developing new technologies for transforming New Zealand’s forestry sector into a high-tech and productive industry. Alan is keen to explore opportunities in collaborating on applied data science research and had been on the MBIE-led New Zealand delegation to Singapore for the discussions around cross nation data science research collaborations.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science

Research capabilities

  • Machine learning
  • Distributed systems
  • Big data processing
  • High performance computing and virtualisation
  • Data visualisation and analytics

Career highlights

Building up the data science capabilities and team within Scion. Leading the team on developing new technologies for NZ forestry sector.