Senses working overtime - the future of human machine interaction (HMI)

Brought to you by The Future Devices & Technologies Group

In recent years, the rate of progress in human machine interaction (HMI) has been startling. At this event we take a deeper dive into the enabling technology behind this revolution and will aim to plot a course into the future to see how UX design might adapt to these new paradigms.

About the event

Natural speech interaction is now in common use and technologies such as gesture recognition and haptic touch are moving from R&D into real products. Various technical advances are driving this revolution (such as AI), but at the same time, society is desperately searching for a more natural way to interact with the myriad of machines with which we interact with on a daily basis. As the Internet of Things grows, humans will need a more efficient way to interact with these things than a keyboard and mouse! 

In this afternoon event, we will take a deep dive into the enabling technology behind this revolution and target different human senses through innovations such as optical displays, haptic touch, voice recognition and even brain interfaces. 

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Rouzet Agaiby - Business Development Manager, FlexEnable

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Senior Specialist, Beko

Graham Anderson is Senior Specialist at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Nadia Aziz - Innovation leader for Emerging Technologies, NTT Data UK

Nadia Aziz is the Innovation leader for Emerging Technologies at NTT DATA where she leads development of innovation applications in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)technologies, AI, sensors and wearables. She also leads engagement and due-diligence with start-ups for innovation competitions and partnerships with NTT DATA. She is active in Digital Health community and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event in 2018.

Prior to NTT, she helped C-level executives with Mergers & Acquisition and Digital Transformation initiatives in UK and France in IoT and automotive industries.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. David is currently working at, a Cambridge-based SME that is building the world’s most reliable autonomous vehicle software stack where he is putting in place the organisation, process, tools and frameworks required to meet this ambitious vision. Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director Product Marketing, Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK)

Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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Raspberry Pi, 37 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1NT

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