Feeding AI

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At this event you will work with Connected Devices and AI experts to explore the input needs of machine learning algorithms. What options are there for generating and utilising data?

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About the event

Whether you call it machine learning or artificial intelligence, algorithms are becoming as important a building block as transistors were in the early days of the silicon revolution. But they are hungry components, which need data.

We will be bringing together leading experts and practitioners to share their visions of how AI will change the way we design products and think about data. This event will look at the dietary needs of AI – how we generate data - and the interplay between devices and algorithms, whether in the cloud or at the edge. Sessions aim to cover:

  • The reasons for companies that produce or sell components/devices to invest heavily in AI
  • Top down vs bottom up approach. Is it better to start with data-generating hardware, or algorithms?
  • The changing shape of the marketplace. What approaches are the major technology manufacturers taking? How are the traditionally separate software and hardware spheres collaborating?
  • Where is the best (long-term) location for machine learning? The cloud or the edge?
  • What connectivity is required? Is this a solved problem, or are there improvements to be made?
  • Garbage in, garbage out. Will hardware development be the true driver of insight and change?

It’s becoming clear that there is no one answer to a solution’s architecture, nor where learning takes place.

Following this event all delegates are invited to join the CW Founders' Dinner drinks reception, which is being held in the same location. The Founders' Dinner is an invitation-only event and offers business networking opportunities for Founder member organisations within the CW network. To find out more, contact hello@cambridgewireless.co.uk

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWFeedAI.


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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to the event from Simon Mead, CEO, Cambridge Wireless.


Introduction to the event by Connected Devices SIG Champions, Paul Green, Iotic Labs


Nick Hunn, CTO, WiFore Consulting

‘Life at the edge of the IoT’

As the debate over connectivity settles down, the next big question is where AI lives in the IoT value chain? Just because we can transmit data, doesn’t mean we need to. Nick sets the scene for a discussion about edge and autonomy over cloud.


Hoi Lam, Lead Developer Advocate, Google

'Democratising AI: The Android Opportunities'

How should we think about the opportunities of on-device machine learning? Hoi will present a framework of how developers could think about machine learning in a holistic way - from UX and model training to inference and deployment. The tools available to developers today and the latest update / direction that Google / Android is heading. The talk will focus mostly on on-device / edge inference.


Refreshment break


James Westley Senior Engineer and James Peet, Silicon Design Engineer, Cambridge Consultants, Cambridge Consultants

‘An Engineer's ML Toolbox’

AI cannot live only in the cloud - cost, power and privacy mean that edge inference has an important role in delivering AI in the IoT age. James and James will take us through some real world implementations of AI applications, including the machine learning tools at an engineer's disposal and how AI hardware can be optimised to meet the tight cost and power requirements of IoT devices.


Amy Cameron, Senior Analyst and Matt Pooley, STL Partners

‘Bridging the gap between the centre and the edge’

Telecoms operators are both users and enablers of AI. Within their own networks, they are beginning to use machine learning to make more efficient use of their assets. At the same time, they are exploring how to leverage their networks to deliver edge computing and bridge the gap between centralised and on-device AI. Amy and Matt will discuss how telcos are using AI within their networks and their role in the edge computing value chain.


Panel Session with all speakers, Chaired by AI SIG Champion, Peter Whale, Vision Formers


Closing remarks from Connected Devices SIG champion, Tim Whittaker, Cambridge Consultants


Delegates are then invited to the networking drinks reception of the CW Founder Dinner.


Event closes


Amy Cameron - Principal Analyst, STL Partners

Amy leads STL Partners’ research into telcos’ adoption of AI and automation, looking at how they should prioritise initiatives and organise themselves to make the most of these technologies. Other areas of interest include the intersection of blockchain and digital healthcare with telecoms. Before joining STL in 2017, Amy was Head of ICT Research at BMI Research, where she also covered telecoms markets in the Middle East and Africa. Amy speaks fluent French and intermediate level Mandarin and holds an MSc in Chinese Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Hoi Lam - Lead Developer Advocate , Google

Hoi is the Head of Developer Relations for Android Machine Learning and also a sector executive for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He was part of the launch team for Wear OS by Google (previously, Android Wear), Chromecast, Google Glass Enterprise Edition, and the Google Beacon Platform. Prior to Google, he founded Exahive to disrupt the mobile commerce market place. Hoi was an Equity Research VP at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup covering technology companies. Before banking, he was a product manager / application architect at Accenture. Hoi holds a Master and Bachelor degree in Space Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Matt Pooley - Practice Lead - Virtualisation, STL Partners

Matt leads STL Partners’ consulting and research activity around network virtualisation. He works with leading operators and tech companies across the globe on understanding the telco cloud opportunity, strategies and routes to deployment. His particular interest is how NFV has delivered (or not!) on its grand promises. Matt speaks regularly at industry events, and has authored research on topics as broad as innovation, network experience, and SD-WAN deployment models.

James Westley - Senior Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

James is a mechanical and fluids systems expert at Cambridge Consultants. He has led and delivered projects across a wide range of sectors and disciplines, from sore throat sprays to automated maggot farms.

SIG Champions

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotics

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Tim Whittaker - Head of Professional Audio Visual, Wireless & Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge Phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in areas including telecommunications, software, silicon, medical devices, machine learning, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs over 900 world-class engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge UK, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial, energy and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio
standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

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Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA

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