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Monty Barlow - Director of Machine Learning, Cambridge Consultants

Monty Barlow leads the machine learning capability at Cambridge Consultants, with a particular focus on the practical application of artificial intelligence to industrial problems.
Throughout his career he has sought challenges which require high performance computation and algorithms to solve, in diverse domains such as telecommunications, security, transport and healthcare. In 2014 he founded a research lab within Cambridge Consultants to develop and industrialise deep learning technology for client programmes.

Claus Bendtsen - Director & Head of Quantitative Biology, AstraZeneca

Claus Bendtsen heads Quantitative Biology as part of Discovery Sciences within AstraZeneca. His department provides global support in areas of informatics, mathematical modeling, image analytics and non-clinical statistics. Prior to joining AstraZeneca he held positions at Novartis and Merck & Co. Earlier in his career he co-founded three start-ups and worked in academia. He holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and an MBA.

Professor Andrew Blake - Director, Alan Turing Institute

Professor Andrew Blake is Director of the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to joining the institute in 2015, Professor Blake held the position of Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before assuming the directorship in 2010. Before joining Microsoft Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

Stan Boland - Founder, FiveAI

Stan Boland co-founded and was CEO of two VC-backed communications silicon and software companies, Element 14 Inc. and Icera Inc., one bought by Broadcom and the other by NVIDIA, for an aggregate value of over $1 billion. Before that he was CEO at computer pioneer Acorn and a BoD member at its then associate ARM. His early career includes spells at Rolls-Royce and ICL (now Fujitsu Services). He is a graduate in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Vishal Chatrath - Co-founder and CEO, CEO and co-founder Vishal Chatrath was the first employee and management team member of VocalIQ, a speech-related AI company which was acquired by Apple in 2015. Prior to VocalIQ he founded Chleon Automotive, an auto telematics company and also led Nokia’s automotive team which developed MirrorLink, an open technology standard for connecting smartphones and cars.


Pilar Manchon - Director of Cognitive Interfaces, Amazon Cambridge Development Centre

Pilar Manchon holds a degree in English Philology, a MSc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language, a MBI, and a European PhD in Computational Linguistics. She was the CEO and founder of Intelligent Dialogue Systems (INDISYS), a Spain-based AI company that developed human-like multimodal conversational agents that helped organizations provide excellent services and customer care to millions of users.
After several rounds of funding and an incipient internationalization strategy, the Indisys was acquired by Intel in 2013. She was then asked to join the Intel leadership team in California, and later on became the Sr. Director of Voice and Digital Assistance in the Client Computing Group at Intel’s headquarters.
Pilar is now the Director of Cognitive Interfaces in the Machine Learning group at AWS, Amazon.

Owen McCormack - Co-founder and CEO, Hoxton Analytics

Owen is a data scientist with a background in finance. His passion for new ideas and innovation led him to set up Hoxton Analytics whilst studying at UCL in 2014. Prior to that, he worked in finance and earned his CFA charterholder status whilst valuing equities at PwC.

Ingmar Posner - Founder, Oxbotica

Ingmar is a founder of Oxbotica, a leading provider of mobile autonomy software solutions which underpin a variety of public and commercial autonomous vehicle programmes such as the LUTZ and GATEWay projects in the UK. As well as his role in with Oxbotica Ingmar holds an Associate Professorship in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford where he serves as deputy director of the Oxford Robotics Institute and heads up the Applied AI Lab specialising in machine learning solutions for robot perception and decision making.

Jon Salkeld - Technology Director, Mobility, BP

Jon is Technology Director for BP’s Mobility Taskforce. He joined BP in 2011, initially as Global Product Development Director for Automotive Lubricants, before moving to head up technology for the step out innovation unit Castrol innoVentures. A specialist in the commercialisation of disruptive innovation, he previously held senior business, strategy & technology leadership positions at QinetiQ & ICI, with earlier experience at Schlumberger.

Dr Boris Shulkin - Vice President Research & Development, Magna

Boris Shulkin leads Magna’s activities in technology incubation, product strategy, technical due diligence and intellectual property assessment of new technologies and high-tech startups. He holds multiple academic degrees and patents, has more than two decades of experience in the automotive industry, and has been with Magna since 2003.

Ian Simmons - Vice President Business Development, Magna

Ian Simmons focuses on validating innovation opportunities for Magna, along with developing cooperative relationships with customers as well as coporate venture groups, government agencies, educational communities and other research institutions. He also manages outside investment in partner-technology companies to commercialize inventions for the Magna product groups. Ian has been with Magna since 2003 and has worked in Europe and North America during his 30-plus years in automotive.

Chris Turner - Director of Advanced Technology Marketing, ARM

Chris Turner is the director of advanced technology marketing in ARM’s compute products group where he plans the introduction of new technology to ARM Cortex processors with associated partnership and ecosystem initiatives. Chris has more than 30 years of experience in communications, computing software and semiconductors gained from a range of executive, business and technical management positions at Cambridge Consultants, Virata Corp, Olivetti Research, Acorn Computers and Philips. At ARM, his interests include autonomous driving, computer vision, machine learning, functional safety and 5G mobile communications. Chris is a Chartered Engineer, registered European Engineer (Eur Ing) and a Fellow of the IET.

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