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 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.
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 (www.embl-abr.org.au) 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 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.
Leila is passionate about applying innovative approaches in bridging the worlds between health and technology. She has worked in the health sector for over 10 years and understands the importance of identifying opportunities of engagement and the evolving needs of patients/clients. She has worked in Sweden, UK and Kenya and has been instrumental in implementing innovative health promotion initiatives and identifying potential avenues for improving user engagement. She has previously worked with product planning, putting the user at the centre of the design process and ensuring a holistic view is taken of the product experience.
She has the ability to horizon-scan, spot needs, and creatively reinterpret a broad strategy. Leila is also the founder and organiser of Digital Health Cambridge, a meet-up group that brings together various stakeholders, clinicians, investors and startups in Cambridge to foster a multi - stakeholder partnership. She is currently an eHospital support link at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she trains and supports colleagues regarding best practice using Epic (electronic patient record system). A digital strategy which enables clinicians to use the latest in computer technology to help them to consistently provide high quality patient care.
Peter Ferguson - Director for Healthcare Technologies , Arm
Peter is director for healthcare technologies at Arm and has been actively involved in the delivery of mobile and healthcare solutions since starting his Medical Electronics PhD in 1994. Based in Cambridge, UK, Peter is responsible for driving Arm's health strategies in Medical Sensors and Genomics. His remit is helping the healthcare industry to utilize Arm's high efficiency technology in developing new products and services. Peter has more than 20 years' experience working in the healthcare, mobile tech and pharmaceutical technology market and has been instrumental in delivering innovative mobile health solutions including wearable ECG, Mobile Devices, Adverse Event Systems and Portal Hospital solutions in the UK and China.
Peter is currently Deputy Director and technology theme lead for the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Cooperative for Brain Injury. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians as well as a Fellow of IPEM. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Healthcare Photonics at the Centre for Process Innovation. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience directing and delivering a comprehensive range of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services at the highest level. Most recently Peter was the Clinical Director and Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Notable projects under his leadership were introduction of RFID technology at Addenbrookes to enhance utilization of medical devices in the patient environment and the integration of medical devices into clinical information systems in an e-hospital programme. Peter’s other Career highlights includes Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency. He also served as President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) promoting the use of Physics and Engineering for patient benefit at national and international level.
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With 30 years of Health & Education innovation Siddhi provides support and advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs globally.
With a background in Pharmacology, Business Management and Coaching, she enjoys mentoring, advising start-ups and young people to help them achieve their aspirations. She wants to foster collaborations and is a passionate connector and
actively involved in many networks including Cambridge Wireless, London Tech Advocates Blockchain Steering Group, and, as License holder for TEDxLeicester, a member of the global TEDx tribe of shapers and thinkers. Her experiences in health and education innovation have been gleaned within the NHS, Education, Consultancy and Pharmaceutical sectors; and has managed projects with budgets of up to £32M. Currently she is focused on the application of AI and Blockchain technology for improving health and create social impact As an experienced businesswoman in leadership, relationship management and effective project management, she believes success is based on building long-term sustainable partnerships and collaborations both at a local and global level.
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Nigel Whittle - Head of Medical & Healthcare, Plextek
Nigel is Head of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek, spearheading engagement with a range of clients in the medical device sector, helping them develop innovative technology around sensors, data collection, communications and related areas. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in the global life science industry, in a wide range of senior scientific, commercial and managerial roles. He conducted research work at Genentech and Celltech, then at Cantab Pharmaceuticals he was responsible for all company product development, taking proprietary products into late-stage Clinical Trials. With the IP Group he established a programme of technology commercialisation from Kings College London, including start up and flotation of companies. Later, working for UK Trade & Investment, Nigel worked with a portfolio of overseas pharmaceutical companies to secure high-level investment into the UK’s R&D capabilities. More recently he has worked as a business consultant both as an independent and at Sagentia. His current interests include the development of wearable technology to support clinical studies, and the use of monitoring systems for assisted living.
Paul Winter - Senior RF Consultant, TTP plc
Paul Winter is a programme manager and RF engineer in the Communications and Wireless group at TTP. He has led numerous projects in commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors developing connected devices and precision instrumentation. Paul has a heritage in developing products integrating multiple wireless standards including GPS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and proprietary ISM band radios, deployed within multi-sensor systems for in-home and on-body applications, often coupled to 'Cloud' based analysis and visualisation services. In healthcare Paul has applied aspects of wireless, antennas and electronics to a number of medical devices including inhalers, glucose testing and point of care diagnostic instruments. Paul has also led several incubation projects for TTP's Carbon Trust Incubator, covering a wide range of cutting edge technologies. Paul joined TTP in 2006; prior to this he worked as a radio engineer for Global Communications developing high volume consumer in-home satellite and digital TV distribution equipment, as well as portable equipment for the 'on-location' broadcasting industry. Paul has a Masters degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Charted Engineer.
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