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The Artificial Intelligence Group

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About the group

The AI SIG has been created to inform and support the CW member community in the opportunities and challenges raised by AI.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is enjoying a renaissance, as improved compute capability, availability of massive quantities of data, ubiquitous access to cloud-based server farms, and fruitful advances in academic research, create the perfect disruptive storm. Seasoned researchers talk about the advent of an AI summer – often having personally endured difficult ‘AI winters’ in the past, where AI failed to deliver on the over-hyped expectations of others.

With AI in the news almost every day now, there is an urgent need for us all to become better informed, and to be able to separate the hype from reality for the benefit of the businesses we represent.

The AI SIG invites leading researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, problem owners, and others with a perspective, to share their knowledge and experience with us through thought-provoking SIG events. Over time, we seek to cultivate a community of learners and practitioners, turning the promise of AI into practical solutions with market and societal benefits.

The goals of this SIG are:

  • to demystify the topic of AI for members
  • to explore practical solutions for members looking to build AI capability into new businesses, or transform existing businesses
  • to chart out a roadmap for AI, navigating the risks of either being too hyperbolic or too cautious
    to explore how AI is likely to disrupt particular industry verticals, and how to ensure you are amongst the disruptors rather than the disrupted!
  • to understand the opportunities to optimise AI through next generation hardware and software architectures
  • to consider the societal and ethical issues around the applications of AI

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SIG Champions

  • Laurent Brisedoux — Software Development Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

    Laurent Brisedoux 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 application, device and cloud software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Dash, Echo and many more innovative products to come. Prior to that, Laurent was in charge...

    Laurent Brisedoux 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 application, device and cloud software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Dash, Echo and many more innovative products to come. Prior to that, Laurent was in charge of the development and productisation of imaging technologies at Broadcom, managing a group of 50 people across multiple locations worldwide. He joined the Broadcom Mobile Multimedia group in 2004 with the acquisition of Alphamosaic, one the Silicon Fen ‘success stories’. Laurent is also a junior angel investor and working with several technology start-ups in the Cambridge area.

  • James Chapman — VP Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies International

    James is Qualcomm’s VP responsible for its roadmap of Voice & Music products. Before joining Qualcomm as part of the acquisition of CSR, he was responsible for CSR’s connectivity product line. Prior to CSR James has held senior software management roles at Broadcom; he was also the Head of Research for TTP Communications. James’ 20 years in the high-tech industry...

    James is Qualcomm’s VP responsible for its roadmap of Voice & Music products. Before joining Qualcomm as part of the acquisition of CSR, he was responsible for CSR’s connectivity product line. Prior to CSR James has held senior software management roles at Broadcom; he was also the Head of Research for TTP Communications. James’ 20 years in the high-tech industry started with a degree and PhD in theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford.

  • Mr 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....

    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.

  • Gunter Haberkorn

  • Mr Peter Whale — Founder, Peter Whale Consulting

    Peter is a technologist and business leader, with a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, which have touched the lives of many millions of people. Currently exploring transformative possibilities in AI, IoT and future connected devices. Peter is co-author of the 'Essentials of Mobile Handset Design', published by Cambridge University Press. Peter is a board...

    Peter is a technologist and business leader, with a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, which have touched the lives of many millions of people. Currently exploring transformative possibilities in AI, IoT and future connected devices. Peter is co-author of the 'Essentials of Mobile Handset Design', published by Cambridge University Press. Peter is a board member of Cambridge Wireless, and is a champion of the CW Artificial Intelligence SIG and Future Devices SIG.

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