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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 — Senior Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

    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...

    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.

  • 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.

  • Dr Vicky Schneider — Senior Scientific Program Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

    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...

    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 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...

    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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