Pulse Lab Jakarta


Pulse Lab Jakarta combines data science and social research to help make sense of our interconnected, interdependent, and complex world. The Lab is a joint initiative of the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia, via United Nations Global Pulse and the Ministry of National Development and Planning (Bappenas) respectively. As the first innovation lab of its kind in Asia, Pulse Lab Jakarta is working to close information gaps in the development and humanitarian sectors through the adoption of big data, real time analytics and artificial intelligence.

Research and Policy Impact

In consultation with the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations Country Team, PLJ identifies various national development priorities for applied research. The projects are multidisciplinary with an emphasis on using results to better development and humanitarian action.

Using datasets drawn from mobile communications, remote sensing, and social media, among others, the Lab has generated insights for policy and practice on topics ranging from fuel subsidies to natural disasters. Across our research projects, many of which are delivered alongside partners from the UN and government, the Lab relies on the expertise of its team of data scientists, data engineers, statisticians, policy specialists and ethnographers.

Become A Pulse Lab Partner

Pulse Lab Jakarta is keen on forming partnerships with companies and organisations within the region and beyond to collaborate on research. Partnerships may be established by:

  • Becoming a data philanthropy partner and share your data for analysis.
  • Becoming a research partner and work on a project with PLJ.
  • Becoming a technology partner and build prototypes and/or test new tools.
  • Presenting a big data analysis tool or method at a training session or workshop.
  • Sponsoring a fellow to join the Pulse Lab and work on data visualisation, data analysis, GIS mapping, and/or software development.
  • Providing funding, or in-kind, support for PLJ’s work.

If your organisation is interested in collaborating with Pulse Lab Jakarta, please contact the team at plj@un.or.id

Read Our Latest Annual Report

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Pulse Lab Jakarta Annual Report 2018

2018 was a seminal year for big data analytics in the public sector in Indonesia. The sophistication of demand for our services from public sector stakeholders increased and there was a greater realisation amongst our data partners in the private sector of the potential of their data to inform public policy and promote social good. Pulse

News, thoughts and ideas about big data and AI, data privacy and ethics from the lab in Jakarta. Read posts from the whole network on the blog.

Below you can find our eight latest examples of our collaborative research, prototypes and experiments, where we analyse digital data to advance global development, support humanitarian action, and promote peace. For more, go to the research projects page.

The Jakarta Team

Angga Gumilar

Project Assistant for Government Coordination

Anissa Zahara

Data Engineer

Dharani Dhar Burra

Visiting Scientist

Dwayne Carruthers

Communication Manager

Faizal Thamrin

Humanitarian Data Advisor

Hendrik Hendrik

Full Stack Engineer

Lama Ahmad

Project Associate, Social Systems

Lia Sparingga Purnamasari

Research Assistant

Muhammad Rizal Khaefi

Junior Data Scientist

Narawan Bhavabhutanonda Na Mahasarakam

Urban Mobility Programme Assistant

Pamungkas Jutta Prahara

Junior Data Scientist

Rico Setiawan

Research Assistant

Rio Susanto

Office Assistant

Verena Riyaningsih

Administrative Associate

Vitasari Anggraeni

Fintech Challenge Fund Coordinator

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