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2018 Systems that Learn Conference in London

February 27, 2018
 
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John Andrews
CEO, Celect
John has spent the last two decades helping retailers, distributors, and brands optimize their omni-channel strategies and operations. Prior to Celect, John was VP of Product Management & Strategy for Oracle Commerce, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition where John was VP of Marketing & Product Management. John started his career within Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. John holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Boston College and received his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.

About Celect
Celect is a cloud-based, predictive analytics SaaS platform that helps retailers optimize their overall inventory portfolios in stores and across the supply chain, resulting in double-digit percentage revenue increases. This groundbreaking advance in machine learning and optimization allows retailers to understand how an individual customer shopping in store or online chooses from an assortment of products, revealing true demand. The technology builds on a fundamental advance in customer choice modeling called by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory one of the 50 greatest innovations it has ever produced.
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Colin Bannon
Chief Technology Officer and Director of Design
BT Global Services
Colin was appointed as the Regional Chair for the West Midlands in July 2015. Alongside his Regional Chair role, Colin is chief technology officer for BT Wholesale, heading up the team responsible for helping to shape BT’s strategy and predict technology trends and future use. In April 2015, Colin was named as one of the 50 CTOs to watch by Global Telecoms magazine. This recognition highlights Colin’s expertise in designing, deploying and running next generation networks, as well as his background in strategy, architecture, professional services and technology. Although based in the West Midlands, Colin’s work involves regular trips to BT’s research hub at Adastral Park, in Suffolk.

Colin, who is from Leamington Spa and based in Birmingham, has worked for BT for more than 10 years and brings with him a wealth of experience. Colin’s wife, Emma, also works for BT, and they have a six-year-old son. Colin is the vice chairman of the Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club and is a volunteer for Action for Children and Barefoot Computing, an initiative to improve computer and IT literacy in schools.
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Josh Bottomley
Global Head of Digital, HSBC
Josh Bottomley is Global Head of Digital for HSBC. He and his team are responsible for driving innovation, new digital ways of working and the design, development, deployment and commercialisation of digital platforms and products within HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management.

Prior to HSBC, Josh was Global Head of Display for Google in California, where he was responsible for driving growth in Google’s largest non-search business.

Before this he spent 12 years in general management roles in publishing, data and business services, including LexisNexis and the Financial Times. His early career was at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey.
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Arlene Ducao
CEO, Multimer
Arlene Ducao is a graduate of MIT Media Lab and the CEO of Multimer, a location analytics system that supports human-centered spatial design and decisions. It does this by collecting, visualizing, and analyzing geolocated, indoor and outdoor biosensor data transmitted by common wearables, including smartwatches, heart rate straps, and brainwave bands. By collecting and analyzing biosensor data through Multimer, organizations can more deeply understand how their users, employees, and customers truly experience a space.
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Aldo Faisal
Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology
Imperial College London
Dr Faisal is an Associate Professor in Neurotechnology jointly at the Dept. of Bioengineering and the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London. He is also Associate Group Head at the MRC Clinical Sciences Center (Hammersmith Hospital) and is affiliated faculty at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (University College London).
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Simon Hepworth
Director, Enterprise
Imperial College London
Simon joined Imperial in 2009 with 14 years' corporate experience in the automotive and electronic sectors, having worked for Ford Motor and Visteon. Simon holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
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Nick Jennings
Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)
Imperial College London
Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREng is Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at Imperial College. He is responsible for promoting, supporting and facilitating the College's research performance and for leading on the delivery of the Research Strategy. Nick also holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Corporate Relations. The MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Mr. Koster also served as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Francesco Montomoli
Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and Co-founder, UQuant
UQuant is a spin-off from the Imperial College London Uncertainty Quantification Lab. Co-founded with Richard Ahlfeld, it develops hybrid approaches between data analytics, machine learning and physical engineering simulations (CAE). Finalist in 2017 as one of 7 best Deep Science Start-ups in Industry 4.0 by Hello Tomorrow.
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Una-May O'Reilly
Principal Research Scientist
Leader, Evolutionary Design and Optimization Group
Director, The Alfa Group: Any Scale Learning for All
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Una-May O'Reilly is a Fellow (elected in 2004) of the International Society of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, now ACM SIGEVO. She is a recipient of the EvoStar Award for Outstanding Achievements in Evolutionary Computation in Europe. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a M.C.S. and Ph.D. (1995) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She joined MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1996.

Currently a principal research scientist at CSAIL, Una-May is founder and co-leader of the AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) group at CSAIL, MIT (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). ALFA focuses on scalable machine learning, evolutionary algorithms, and frameworks for large scale knowledge mining, prediction and analytics. The group has projects in clinical medicine knowledge discovery, wind energy and MOOC technology.

Una-May serves as Vice-Chair of ACM SIGEVO. She served as chair of the largest international Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO, in 2005. She has served on the GECCO business committee, co-led the 2006 and 2009 Genetic Programming: Theory to Practice Workshops and co-chaired EuroGP, the largest conference devoted to Genetic Programming. In 2013 she inaugurated the Women in Evolutionary Computation group at GECCO.

Una-May is the area editor for Data Analytics and Knowledge Discovery for Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (Kluwer), and editor for Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), and action editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research.

Una-May holds multiple patents (some pending): One is for a genetic algorithm technique applicable to internet-based name suggestions. It was brought to practice in Nymbler.com. Another, brought to practice in the DELPHI system, is for a dataset-size invariant approach to accelerating machine learning model search. A third is for a copula-based wind energy assessment method that supports advanced software for analyzing, valuing, and financing renewable energy projects. Two others, associated with the STEALTH project, relate to taxable income measurement and extraction, as well as the assessment of tax audit likelihood. The methods can identify effective, economically-valid strategies that simultaneously reduce or minimize tax liability and the likelihood of being audited. Reciprocally, they can identify effective tax auditing policies to help facilitate the efficient allocation of limited auditing resources.

Dr. O’Reilly holds advisory roles with Evervest, Aspiring Minds, PatternEx and is a co-founder of ProvidentiaTax.
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Henry Oakes
Co-founder, TRACK
Co-founded with Byron McCaughey, TRACK uses tech to help people better manage their property-finances. By collecting, aggregating and synthesising 4 disparate sources of data (property value, mortgage balance, ownership structure, and personal finances), we present users with one digestible view, so that they can make smarter decisions.
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Alex Pentland
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Head, Human Dynamics Group
Director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
MIT Media Laboratory
The Human Strategy
Day 1, 14:00
Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs MIT's Connection Science initiative and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program and is a founding member of advisory boards for the World Economic Forum, AT&T, Telefonica, United Nations, and Nissan. He previously helped create and direct MIT's Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital's Center for Future Health.

Forbes magazine declared Pentland "one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world," along with the founders of Google and the CTO of the United States. Pentland is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in big data analytics, computational social science, organizational engineering, and wearable computing. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the World Economic Forum, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features including "Nova" and "Scientific American Frontiers." His most recent book is Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science.

Interesting experiences include winning the DARPA 40th Anniversary of the Internet Grand Challenge, dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.
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Maya Pindeus
CEO, Humanising Autonomy
Humanising Autonomy envisions a world of natural interactions between autonomous systems and people. They are developing a deep learning platform of computer vision of human behaviour and body language to improve an autonomous vehicles decision making.
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Tor Jakob Ramsøy
CEO & Founder, Arundo
Founded in 2015, Arundo's proprietary software for asset-intensive industries enables "edge"-state streaming and analytics, rapid cloud deployment of machine learning models, and enterprise-scale models management.

Our approach is unique. We enable our customers to take control of their data across a broad range of assets leveraging existing investments to accelerate time to insight and action. Arundo provides industry context with asset hierarchies that help take advantage of trapped or previously unutilized data. With our customers, we are revolutionizing operational performance by delivering solutions that are shaping the digital journey, unleashing the business value of data, and enabling human and machine collaboration at scale.

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Marie-Teresa Vander Sande
Program Director
Marie-Teresa manages the relationship between companies and other organizations headquartered in the US, UK and Iceland, and the senior administration and faculty of MIT. As Program Director for Corporate Relations, Marie-Teresa convenes teams of researchers and faculty members to provide ongoing emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice to the companies and government groups in her portfolio. She is noted for organizing networking activities across portfolios of ILP member companies.

Marie-Teresa has also worked at GE, Arthur D. Little, Millipore and as an independent consultant and writer. She earned two degrees in Materials Science & Engineering- a BS from Cornell University and an MS from Northwestern University.
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Eduard Vazquez
Head of Research, Cortexica
Cortexica is a London based, leading global provider of B2B AI solutions for Digital Transformation. Providing clarity and insight from within the noise around AI, Cortexica works with the world’s leading brands providing Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Video Analysis Software Systems, supported by industry specific professional services. Cortexica was spun-out from the Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London, originating from a research project to reverse-engineer the human visual cortex.
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Julia Zanghieri
IBP Programme Manager, Imperial College London
Julia leads the activities and the development of the Imperial Business Partners programme. She joined Imperial from LSE where she worked as Business Partnerships Manager, supporting the design and development of long-term, sustainable research partnerships between the School and the corporate sector. Julia has a background in International Affairs. Julia holds an Msc in Innovation Management and Technology Policy from Birkbeck, University of London and a Bsc in International affaris from University of Trieste.
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