Open source and open data: Open for Innovation and Open for Business

Brought to you by The Academic & Industry Group

‘Open’ is a driving concept in IT, driven by ideas of fairness and utility as much as commercial pressure. Open source has revolutionised the way that software is developed and distributed – where once it was used because of cost it is now used where quality, performance and reliability are key.

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Open data is fundamentally changing the amount of information available to people and organisations but brings concerns about data protection, privacy and cost.

Join us for this stimulating half day event kindly hosted by IDEALondon and jointly led by the Academic & Industry and Software/Open Source SIGs bringing together experts from industry and academia to discuss and debate the issues and to share their experience in these crucially important areas.

Academic groups, research labs and commercial businesses alike are trying to maximize the impact of their development, research or influence by releasing software and data under open licences. In doing so they face several challenges, such as how to best gain maximum impact, how to protect IP and to what level, and how to choose the appropriate licence.

The Academic & Industry SIG is championed by Marc Bailey, Nokia Technologies, Claus Bendtsen, AstraZeneca, Claudio Marinelli, Scannerfutures, Bozidar Radunovic, Microsoft Research and Ian Wassell, University of Cambridge.

The Software/Open Source SIG is championed by John Bechtel, Badger Pass, David Berry, PTC, Phillip Burr, ARM, David Roberts, Jabooh Software Services.

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Hosted by IDEALondon

From the heart of London’s Tech City, a unique collaboration of industry leaders has joined forces to support digital innovation. Our mission? To champion a new generation of high-growth start-ups and help create the digital success stories of tomorrow. Created by Cisco, DC Thomson and UCL, we are the Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance London (IDEALondon) – a talent hotbed like no other. Sharing a common goal of driving UK innovation, IDEALondon is a unique alliance between the global leader in IT and communications, an international media company and one of the world’s top education and research institutions.


Jozef Dobos - Founder & CEO, 3D Repo

Dr Jozef Doboš is the founder and CEO of 3D Repo Ltd, a spin-out from his Engineering Doctorate in Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation (VEIV) at University College London. In 2009, he received his Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College London and in 2011 a Master of Research in VEIV from UCL. With 3D Repo, Jozef won numerous awards including the MongoDB World Innovation Award in the open source category, the Breakthrough Information Technology Industrial Exchange Award, the UCL Enterprise Bright Ideas Award and Cognicity Challenge by Canary Wharf Group. In 2014, he was finalist of the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award as well as the EPSRC UK ICT Research Pioneers Award. Jozef is a Professional Member of the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

John Fox - Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

John Fox trained as a laboratory scientist in Cambridge and then spent an inspirational period with two of the founders of AI, Allen Newell and Herbert Simon. Their views of human and machine cognition are still distinctive and important today. John and his colleagues at Cancer Research UK and Oxford have built on their insights to study medical reasoning, decision-making and planning and translated the results into practical AI technologies that can carry out these and other tasks in complex domains. Medicine is possibly the most challenging field in which to do this well but it has yielded insights that have led to versatile technologies for engineering versatile “AIs"and human-friendly services (J Fox S Das, Artificial Intelligence in Hazardous Applications, MIT Press 2000).

Andy Harter - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RealVNC

Andy Harter is an innovator and entrepreneur. He was Director of Engineering and Research at the AT&T Cambridge Laboratory where he led many hardware and software projects and their successful commercial exploitation. He was responsible for VNC® and its seminal role in establishing the remote access market through open-source initiatives. Andy has a MA and PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and Trustee of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Visiting Fellow of Cambridge University Computer Laboratory and a Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge. He is Chair of the Cambridge Network.

Marta Teperek - Research Data Facilitator, University of Cambridge

Marta Teperek works as the Open Data Project lead at the University of Cambridge. The aim of the project is to support researchers at the University of Cambridge in sharing research data. One of the most important aspects of the project is communication with researchers, and supporting them in research data management. Marta is responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining services supporting research data sharing – both information services and physical infrastructure. Marta organises regular advocacy events, informing researchers about resources and services available to them at the University of Cambridge, and she also develops and delivers workshops and training for researchers to provide them with guidance on research data management.

SIG Champions

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is a Visiting Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications. He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board and now chairs the Editorial Board of the CW Journal.  John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

Kevin Morris - Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Kevin Morris received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Professor of RF engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol. He has authored or co-authored 100 academic papers and he holds five patents. His research interests principally concern looking at methods of reducing power consumption in communications systems including the area of RF hardware design with a specific interest in the design of efficient linear broadband power amplifiers for use within future communications systems. Professor Morris is currently involved with a number of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) research programmes including FARAD and SENSE and industry funded research programmes within the U.K. He is a member of the UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UK-ESF) Strategic Advisory board.

Joachim Wabnig - Research Leader, Nokia

Joachim Wabnig has been educated as a theoretical physicist (PhD from Umeå University, Sweden). After postdoc placements in Oxford and Cambridge working on quantum technologies he joined the Nokia Cambridge Lab in 2011. Since then he has been working on a wide range of topics including quantum computing, quantum key distribution, compressed sensing and machine learning. He is now leading the machine learning and analytics team in Cambridge and is looking at applications in digital media and digital health.

Ian Wassell - Senior Lecturer, Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Dr Ian Wassell joined the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory as a Senior Lecturer in January 2006. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Engineering for six years. He received the PhD degree from the University of Southampton in 1990 and the BSc., BEng. (Honours) Degrees (First Class) from the University of Loughborough in 1983. He has in excess of 25 years experience in radio communication systems gained via positions in industry and academia and has published more than 200 papers. His research interests include broadband wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, radio propagation, coding, communication signal processing, compressive sampling, and image processing and classification.

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IDEALondon, 69 Wilson St, London, EC2A 2BB

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