Artificial Intelligence & Mobility– the business implications

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), or cognitive computing, is changing the world – so we are told. The level of media interest has never been higher.

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Widespread and radical transformation of society, jobs, and all aspects of business are almost de rigour in any forecast.

Many smaller 'AI' businesses have scaled rapidly or been swallowed up through acquisition, large corporates are investing heavily in AI research. Cambridge is a hot bed of innovation in AI.

But within society generally, and even within the engineering community, the understanding of AI technologies can be low – not helped by the 'buzz word bingo' now associated with the topic.

Sponsored by Magna International

Leading global automotive supplier.

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Sponsored by Arm

We design the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products.

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Sponsored by BP Ventures

BP Ventures identifies and invests in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, accelerating cutting edge innovations across the entire energy spectrum.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


CW Welcome from our sponsors Magna, ARM and BP Ventures


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & Mobility from the pilot SIG Champions


AI – what it is, …and what it isn’t Session chaired by James Chapman, Qualcomm

‘Overview of the Landscape’
Pilar Manchón, Director, Cognitive Interfaces, Amazon
‘Beyond Machine Learning to Artificial Intelligence’
Professor Andrew Blake, Director, Alan Turing Institute
‘Five things you should know about Artificial Intelligence’
Monty Barlow, Director of Machine Learning, Cambridge Consultants



Refreshment break and networking


Use Cases – enabled by AI Session chaired by Phil Claridge, Mandrel Systems Ltd

‘The Role of AI in Mobility’
Ian Simmons VP R&D; Dr Boris Shulkin, VP R&D, Magna
‘The Role of AI in consumer and industrial electronic-based products’
Chris Turner, Director of Advanced Technology Marketing, ARM
‘The Role of AI in Pharma / Healthcare’
Claus Bendtsen, Head of Quantitative Biology, AstraZeneca


‘The Creation of a CW Artificial Intelligence SIG’ Session chaired by Phil Claridge, Mandrel Systems Ltd


Lunch and networking


AI Innovation through start-ups – what are the opportunities and challenges? Session chaired by Laurent Brisedoux, Amazon

Session Introduction
Jon Salkeld, Technology Director, Mobility, Castrol innoVentures, BP and Ian Simmons, VP R&D, Magna
• Owen McCormack, CEO, Hoxton Analytics
• Stan Boland, CEO, FiveAI
• Vishal Chatrath, CEO,
• Ingmar Posner, Co-Founder, Oxbotica



Engaging with innovative start-ups

Showcase presentations and informal networking with refreshments


Event Closes


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 - Head of Computational Biology, AstraZeneca

Claus Bendtsen (AstraZeneca)

Andrew Blake - Chairman, Samsung AI Research Centre

Andrew Blake is a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines. He is especially interested in segmentation as optimization, in visual tracking as probabilistic inference, and in real-time, 3D vision – see his principal publications on these topics. Some of the main themes of his work are captured in books including "Visual Reconstruction" with A.Zisserman (1987, MIT press), "Active Vision" with A. Yuille (1992, MIT Press), "Active Contours" with M. Isard (1998, Springer-Verlag) and "Markov Random Fields for Vision and Image Processing" with C. Rother and P. Kohli (2011, MIT Press).


He trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge UK and at MIT, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, in Edinburgh and Oxford, ultimately as Professor of Information Engineering at Oxford University. He joined Microsoft in 1999 to found the Computer Vision group in Cambridge, before becoming Director of Microsoft’s Cambridge Laboratory in 2010 and a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist.


Currently he is a consultant in Artificial Intelligence. In particular he is Chairman of Samsung’s AI Research Centre SAIC in Cambridge UK. He is consultant and Scientific Advisor to the FiveAI autonomous driving company, and serves as an advisor to Siemens.


In 2010, he was elected to the council of the Royal Society and was appointed to the board of the EPSRC in 2012. He was Director at The Alan Turing Institute 2015-8. He has been Honorary Professor of Machine Intelligence at the University of Cambridge since 2007 and is a Fellow of Clare Hall. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 1998 and Fellow of the Royal Society since 2005.


He twice won the prize of the European Conference on Computer Vision, with R. Cipolla in 1992 and with M. Isard in 1996, and was awarded the IEEE David Marr Prize (jointly with K. Toyama) in 2001. The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him their Silver Medal in 2006, and in 2007 he received the Institution of Engineering and Technology Mountbatten Medal (previously awarded to computer pioneers Maurice Wilkes and Tim Berners-Lee, amongst others.) He was named a Distinguished Researcher in Computer Vision by the IEEE in 2009. In 2011, with colleagues at Microsoft Research, he received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Gold Medal for the machine learning at the heart of the Microsoft Kinect 3D camera.


Exactly 80 years after Einstein, in 2014, he gave the Gibbs lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (see transcript) – the 6th British scientist to do so in 90 years. The BCS awarded him its Lovelace Medal and prize lecture in 2017. He holds honorary doctorates at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield.

Stan Boland - CEO, Five AI

Stan Boland (Five AI)

Vishal Chatrath - Co-Founder, CEO,

Vishal is CEO and co-founder of, a Cambridge-based AI company whose mission is to enable leaders and organisations to make better business decisions by optimising resources.’s decision-making engine, VUKU, can process data in real time, adapt to uncertainty, act on sparse information and learn from experience. The company’s goal is to ensure that business is powered by people; empowered by AI.

Vishal's experience spans fundamental research, manufacturing, operations, R&D, product management, corporate strategy and business development. Vishal was previously Head of Automotive at Nokia, Founder of Chleon Automotive and Chief Business Officer of VocalIQ, which was acquired by Apple in 2015.

Pilar Manchon - Director, Amazon

Owen McCormack - CEO, Hoxton Analytics

Ingmar Posner

Ian Simmons - Vice President Business Development, Magna International

Ian Simmons has served as Vice President Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R&D since 2012. Simmons is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities with start-ups, universities, venture capital companies and entrepreneurs. As a result of his work in the last 12-15 months, Magna has entered into partnerships with more than 15 companies and invested over $90 million.

Simmons joined Magna in 2003 as Executive Director Sales and Program Management for Magna Steyr North America. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager, Magna Steyr North America and in 2010 this role was expanded to President of Magna Steyr North America.

Simmons, who has worked in the automotive industry for more than 35 years, began his career in 1976 with student training at the Ford Motor Company in the U.K. Upon leaving Ford in 1982 he undertook engineering assignments in Europe with Volkswagen and DAF Trucks.

In 1990 Simmons held the position of Manager of Business Development for Hawtal Whiting Plc. in the U.K., where he was responsible for sales activities throughout Europe. In 1993 he accepted a transfer to the company’s U.S. operation to become Vice President of Sales. In 1995 Simmons became Vice President of Operations for the Hawtal Whiting technical center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Simmons returned to the U.K. in 1997 as Director of Business Development for TWR Ltd. supporting TWR Group sales and operational tasks for the technical services division. He subsequently returned to the U.S. in 1999 and joined Porsche Engineering Services as Head of Sales in 2000. Simmons holds dual U.S. / U.K. citizenship.

Simmons has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 20 years.

Chris Turner - Director, Turner-Bilton Consulting

Chris Turner is an independent consultant based in Cambridge UK offering coaching, mentoring, short-term and pro-bono consulting, due diligence and decision support services for start-ups, scale-ups and larger technology companies.  He also acts as a non-executive director.  Chris has over 40 years’ experience in communications, computing, software and semiconductors gained in executive, management, business development and engineering roles at Arm, Cambridge Consultants, Virata Corporation, Olivetti Research, Acorn Computers and Philips.  His last position at Arm was Director of Emerging Technology & Strategy for the Embedded & Automotive line of business.  Before that Chris managed the Cortex-R real-time CPU product line and led development of Arm’s functional safety capability.  Chris is a Chartered Engineer, registered European Engineer (Eur Ing) and Fellow of the IET.

SIG Champions

Laurent Brisedoux - Senior Manager, Amazon

Laurent has been heading the Amazon R&D team in Cambridge, part of the Lab126 organization, since its creation in 2014. His group is responsible for developing software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Cloud Cam, Echo Look, Echo Show and many more innovative products to come. Prior to that, Laurent was in charge of the development and productisation of imaging technologies at Broadcom. He joined the Broadcom Mobile Multimedia group in 2004 with the acquisition of Alphamosaic, one of the Silicon Fen ’success stories’. Laurent is also a junior angel investor and working with several technology startups in the Cambridge area.

Phil Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.

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Richard Dearden - Senior Director and Advanced Analytics Project Leader, AstraZeneca

Richard is a Senior Director in R&D Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Astrazeneca in Cambridge, UK. He leads a team doing a wide variety of data analytics, artificial intelligence and optimisation projects in the areas of clinical trial design and clinical supply chain. Richard is also an industrial advisor for the University of Birmingham-based National Centre for Nuclear Robotics. He has spent six years in industry, previously working at Schlumberger’s Cambridge Research Centre where he led a robotics and AI team working on drilling automation and other oilfield applications.

Prior to joining Schlumberger, Richard was Reader in Intelligent Robotics at the University of Birmingham, where he was a principal investigator on a number of UK and European-funded research projects, including work on robotic manipulation with the German Space Agency, DLR, and on autonomous underwater vehicles with the National Oceanographic Centre. He has over 70 academic publications in the field of artificial intelligence, largely in the areas of automated planning under uncertainty, robotics, machine learning and fault diagnosis.

From 1999 until 2005 Richard worked as a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Centre, and for part of that time ran the Model-based Diagnosis and Recovery Group. He worked primarily on the Mars Exploration Programme, including work on planning daily activities and fault diagnosis for Mars rovers. His team also developed the Livingstone 2 fault diagnosis engine which was used for a number of project including being successfully deployed on-board the EO-1 satellite mission.

Richard studied Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and obtained his doctorate on Markov decision problems and reinforcement learning in structured worlds from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Gunter Haberkorn - Senior Manager Product & Technology, Magna International

Gunter works in the Corporate R&D Department and has years of experience in complete vehicle engineering. He is looking into Product and Technology trends within the automotive industry with a special interest in autonomy, mobility solutions, manufacturing and electrification and especially technologies which can support advancements in these areas.

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Vicky Schneider - Senior Scientific Programme Manager, Amazon

Currently Senior Scientific Program Manager at the Amazon Development Centre in Cambridge, UK. Vicky works in the Machine Learning Team and is involved in a variety of academic engagements around ML and AI, including outreach, education and training initiatives. Previously Deputy Director of EMBL Australian Bioinformatics Resource ( and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Vicky remains an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is an academic visitor at the University of Cambridge where she collaborated with the Bioinformatics Training Team.  Before Australia, Vicky was at the Earlham Institute (Norwich), as part of the Senior Management Team and Head of Training and Outreach which evolved to Head of Scientific Training, Education and Learning Division. In the previous years Vicky has been responsible for the strategic coordination and implementation of the EMBL-EBI’s User-Training programme which has pass now ten years and continues to provide training for the scientific users of the EMBL-EBI’s data services. Prior to joining the EMBL-EBI in 2007 Vicky held an Assistant Professor position at the University of Bern and the Institute for Aquatic Sciences (EAWAG) and postdocs at the University of Zurich and University of Rome (Torvergata). Vicky studied biology at the University of Rome and obtained her PhD on the evolution of sex at the University of Leiden (NL) and Lyon (France). Vicky has been extensively involved in the acquisition, management and implementation of funded research and training projects throughout her career.

Peter Whale - Founder, Vision Formers

Peter is founder of Vision Formers, a specialist consultancy that helps visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn their ideas into reality. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands. Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and co-leads its Artificial Intelligence special interest group.

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