June 5th 2015
Join some of the most forward-thinking AI experts for an inside peek into how we can expect AI technologies to empower and disrupt the way we live, work and play.
Bringing together expert leaders in their respective fields, be that cutting-edge startups, leading academics or large company executives, we will delve into each main area of artificial intelligence. Whether its product recommendation engines, predictive search, text and speech synthesis, computer vision, we are moving towards a world of ubiquitous technology. A world where the rate of advancements in technology impacting the way we live, work and play is accelerating at an exponential rate. How will this change you or your business in the future?
Morning (10am – 1pm) – Technology Deep Dive
Join us for a series of fireside chats and presentations with some of the smartest people in computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, predictive search and augmented reality. We will evaluate the status quo of these technologies within robotics, life sciences, fraud and security, financial services, advertising, and logistics.
Afternoon (2pm – 5pm) – General applications of AI for businesses & implications for wider society
Here, we will explore the ways in which artificial intelligence is shaking up businesses as well as the downstream implications for society as a whole, from technological unemployment to singularity.
|Dr Ben Medlock, CTO of Swiftkey
Ben co-founded SwiftKey and invented an intelligent typing system for smartphones that has transformed the text input industry. The software has become the global best selling app on Android and is preinstalled on more than 250 million mobile devices worldwide. Based on advanced natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning, the system adapts to individual language usage and device interaction, making touchscreen typing fast and enjoyable. SwiftKey won "most innovative mobile app" at the 2012 GSMA awards, and the company was ranked as the world's 6th most innovative mobile business by Fast Company. Ben developed his expertise in NLP and machine learning during eight years of computer science research, which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has reviewed for a number of prominent international journals, and his academic work is published in ACL, the leading conference for NLP research.
|Mustafa Suleyman, Co-Founder and Head of Applied AI, Google DeepMind
Mustafa was co-founder & Chief Product Officer of DeepMind Technologies, a leading AI company backed by Founders Fund, Li Ka-Shing, Elon Musk, and David Bonderman amongst others, which was bought by Google in 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. He is now Head of Applied AI at Google DeepMind, responsible for integrating the company’s technology across a wide range of Google products. At 19 he dropped out of Oxford University to help set up a telephone counselling service, building it to become one of the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK. He then worked as a policy officer for the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. Mustafa went on to help start Reos Partners, a boutique consultancy with eight offices across four continents specializing in designing and facilitating large scale multi-stakeholder ‘Change-Labs’ aimed at navigating complex problems. As a skilled negotiator and facilitator Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as The UN, The Dutch Government and WWF.
|Jaan Tallinn, Co-Founder, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute; Founding Engineer, Skype, Kazaa
Jaan Tallinn is a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in Cambridge, UK as well as the Future of Life Institute in Cambridge, MA. He is also a founding engineer of Kazaa and Skype.
Tallinn is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on P2P technologies and is often credited for helping to establish Estonia’s global reputation for world class software and engineering talent. As a result of Kazaa and Skype, he currently holds the world’s record for the largest number of software downloads at almost 500 million.
In 1989, he helped create Kosmonaut, the first Estonian computer game to be published outside his country. In 1996, he graduated from the University of Tartu with a BSc in Theoretical Physics.
|Dr Rand Hindi, CEO of Snips
Dr Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Snips. He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, as a "30 under 30" by Forbes, received the Excellence Française award, was the founding ambassador of the Sandbox network in Paris, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Kairos Society fellow. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Bioinformatics from University College London (UCL), as well as two graduate degrees from Singularity University in Silicon Valley and THNK in Amsterdam.
|Dr Gabriel Brostrow, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UCL
Dr Brostow is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Computer Science at UCL. His research group explores problems relating to Computer Vision and Computer Graphics. Previously, he held a visiting researcher appointment at ETH Zurich's CVG Group, and a Marshall Sherfield Fellowship in the Computer Vision & Robotics Group at Cambridge University.
Dr Brostow holds a PhD with Irfan Essa at Georgia Tech and undergraduate degree at UT Austin.
|Dr Ferenc Huszar, Data Scientist, Balderton Capital.
Ferenc leads the Data Science work at Balderton Capital, a leading European focused venture capital fund. Prior to Balderton, Ferenc was Chief Data Scientist at PeerIndex, a London-based media analytics startups, where he analysed influence and information propagation in social media. Ferenc earned a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was part of the Machine Learning Lab developing Bayesian statistics approaches for cognitive science and quantum physics. He also holds an MS in Computer Science from Budapest University of Technology.
|Calum Chace, AI novelist
Regular contributor to the Singularity weblog and author of Pandora's brain, an AI novel: Around half the scientists researching artificial intelligence (AI) think that a conscious AI at or beyond human level will be created by 2050. If they are right, the consequence could be an intelligence explosion, in which the AI rapidly and enormously exceeds human cognitive ability.
|Dr Stefan Leutenegger, Deputy Director and Lecturer in Robotics, Imperial College London
Dr Leutenegger is Deputy Director and Lecturer in Robotics at the Dyson Robotics Lab of Imperial College London. His work explores the interface of real-time computer vision, mobile robotic localisation and mapping, including application to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Dr Leutenegger holds a PhD in Unmanned Solar Airplanes from ETH Zurich, and a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering with focus on robotics.
|Dr Daniele Quercia, Urban Computing Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs.
Daniele is a computer scientist, has been named one of Fortune magazine's 2014 Data All-Stars, and spoke about “happy maps” at TED. His research area is urban computing. He was Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, a Horizon senior researcher at The Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from UC London. His thesis was sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge and was nominated for BCS Best British PhD dissertation in Computer Science. During his PhD, he was MBA Technology Fellow at London Business School.
|Dr Jun Wang, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) and Founding Director of MSc/MRes Web Science and Big Data Analytics, University College London
Dr Wang is Senior Lecturer in University College London and Founding Director of MSc/MRes Web Science and Big Data Analytics. He is also co-Founder/CTO of MediaGamma, a UCL adtech spin-out using financial methods and machine learning to buy online advertising. His main research interests are in the areas of information retrieval, data mining and online advertising. His research has been dedicated to building an Intelligent (text and non-textual media) System that can access, retrieve, change and design the media content and its representation in such a way that it is adapted to the environment and context, and suitable for an individual person.
Dr. Wang obtained his PhD degree in Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; MSc degree in National University of Singapore, Singapore; and Bachelor degree in Southeast University, Nanjing, China.
|Dr Blaise Thomson, Founder of VocalIQ.
VocalIQ is the world’s first self-learning dialogue API - putting real, natural conversation between people and their devices. Previously, Blaise spent several years researching new approaches to building spoken dialogue systems; first for a Ph.D. and then as a Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge.
|Dr Tristan Fletcher, Director of Machine Learning Research, Thought Machine.
Tristan heads up the machine learning team at Thought Machine - a start up revolutionizing personal finance with AI. He's an expert in applying state of the art machine learning techniques in the practical domain: from algorithmic trading, portfolio management, supply chain optimization and medical research to fine wine pricing at Invinio. Tristan holds a PhD in Machine Learning from UCL and an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
|Dr Martin Goodson, VP Data Science, Skimlinks.
Martin runs the Data Science team at Skimlinks, specifically working on large scale machine learning and behavioural modelling. Before Skimlinks, he worked at Oxford University, researching the genetic determinants of personality and applying machine learning to genomics data sets. Since then, he’s been working in the digital marketing world focusing on the statistical modelling of consumer behaviour and Natural Language Processing.
|Alex Housley, Founder and CEO of Seldon
Alex Housley is the founder and CEO at Seldon, a predictive AI platform released under a permissive open-source license in February 2015, after three years of R&D. Seldon is on a mission to make machine intelligence accessible to developers and analysts by building a fully-integrated ecosystem that connects the world’s leading open and closed AI platforms.
Alex is a creator of audacious projects that challenge the status quo. His Genome Laser sequenced the late Dr. Charles Townes, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor of the laser, and blasted his DNA into space with a giant laser.
|Dr Guillaume Bouchard, Research Scientist, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Dr Bouchard is a researcher in statistics and machine learning, focusing on statistical learning for large amounts of relational data. This includes text understanding, user modelling, and social media analytics. The main application areas of his work includes link prediction (predictive algorithms for relational data), social media monitoring, transportation analytics, and machine learning for education. His work aims to build a next generation of computer language programs that are actually in natural language.
Guillaume holds a PhD in statistics from INRIA Rhône-Alpes and Université Joseph Fourier (France), an engineering degree in mathematics from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, and a masters in Applied Mathematics with a specialization in probability theory.
More speakers to be announced in due course