Opening Address

Keynote Speakers

Transforming development and use of the Internet of Things

Action and insights from data: Delivering the next generation of big data capabilities

Ensuring a safe and trusted cyber society

A Connected Nation: How can the UK survive and thrive in a digital world?

Closing Remarks


Opening Address

Professor Anthony Finkelstien, UCL/Alan Turing Institute

Anthony Finkelstein is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is a graduate in systems engineering holding a BEng, MSc and PhD. Currently he is Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL), a leading UK research university, where he works in the broad field of software systems engineering. He served as Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences from 2010-2015. He is now based for his research and scholarly work at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for the Data Sciences.

Anthony Finkelstein is on the Council of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He was formerly Head of UCL Department of Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

Keynote Speakers

Richard Harper, Microsoft Research

Professor Richard Harper is a sociologist and scientist who studies how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies. He is Principal Investigator of the Microsoft Research group, before which he led research teams at Xerox (Euro)Parc and was the director and founder of The Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey.

Richard has published over 160 scientific articles on topics covering a wide range of technology, from mobile phones, to search engines, to artificial intelligence and the Cloud, and has written 13 books, most notably the award-winning “The Myth of the Paperless Office” (IEEE award) and “Texture” (AoIR book of the year 2011). Richard also invents, and has filed dozens of patents on a variety of new concepts including, for example, mobile communication apps, wearable security systems and family life appliances.

He has worked with a variety of technologies, from exploring how to re-imagine the basic use experience of search engines, to creating new data infrastructures. Richard’s public engagements reflect this diversity, from addressing the Scottish Parliament on culture and technology to conversing on the subject of time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Contemporary Music in honour of his leadership in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.

Samantha Chadwick, BBC R&D

Samantha is the Head of Partnerships, BBC Research and Development and is part of the Leadership team at BBC North, UK. She manages strategic partnerships for BBC Research and Development within the BBC Digital Division. The outcomes from R&D’s diverse portfolio of partnerships ensure that ground-breaking advances and innovations add value to services and outputs from the BBC to audiences and to the wider industry and academia, and also help to develop a fluid talent pool of skilled people fit for the future. Samantha is also an Impact Assessor for HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) assessing the impact that research carried out in academia has beyond Higher Education, with benefits to economy, society and culture.

Transforming development and use of the Internet of Things

Chair: Sian John, Symantec

Sian John CISM, CISSP is a security strategist for the UK and Ireland at Symantec. As such she serves as the security CTO for the UK and Ireland enterprise business, engaging with senior individuals from customer organisations and feeding back their requirements to Symantec’s security business unit.

Sian leads Symantec’s engagement with large customers, working with contacts at a senior level to understand their business priorities, and providing guidance on security and risk management issues. Sian has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, both as a security architect and as an independent security consultant, working on projects to map customers’ business requirements to security solutions. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and a media commentator on a range of security-related topics.

Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton

Jeremy Frey obtained his DPhil on experimental and theoretical aspects of van der Waals complexes, in the Physical Chemistry Labs, Oxford, followed by a NATO/SERC fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He is Professor of Physical Chemistry and head of the Computational Systems Chemistry Group at the University of Southampton, where his experimental research probes molecular organization in environments from single molecules to liquid interfaces using laser spectroscopy from the infra-red to soft X-rays. In parallel he investigates how e-Science infrastructure can support scientific research with an emphasis on the way appropriate use of laboratory infrastructure can support the intelligent access to scientific data, with a focus, but not exclusively on chemical informatics.

He is strongly committed to collaborative inter and multi-disciplinary research and has successfully led several large interdisciplinary collaborative Research Council UK (RCUK) research grants, from Basic Technology (Coherent Soft X-Ray imaging), e-Science (CombeChem) and most recently the Digital Economy Theme’s IT as a Utility Network+, where he has successfully created a unique platform to facilitate collaboration across the social, science, engineering and design domains.

Jessica Rushworth, Digital Catapult

Jessica Rushworth is currently on secondment from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Digital Catapult where she heads up government engagement and policy. Jessica’s last role in DCMS was as the Head of Future Technology in the Digital Economy Unit where she led the development of IoTUK, a national programme designed to accelerate the UK’s Internet of Things capability.

Prior to her work at DCMS, Jessica has worked in cyber security policy in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and in the Cabinet Office. Jessica also has a degree from Leeds University, where she studied German and Microbiology.

Andy Stanford-Clarke, IBM

Professor Andy Stanford-Clark is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM's global Internet of Things team. He is an IBM Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and specialises in the Internet of Things, remote telemetry, energy monitoring and management, Smart Metering and Smart Grid technologies. He has a particular interest in home energy monitoring, home automation and driving consumer behaviour change.

Andy has been working in the area we now call the Internet of Things, for more than 15 years. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Action and insights from data: Delivering the next generation of big data capabilities

Chair: Sofia Olhede, UCL/Alan Turing Institute

Sofia Olhede has been a professor of Statistics at University College London in the Department of Statistical Science since 2007. She is currently also an Honorary Professor of Computer Science, as well as Scientific Director of UCL’s Big Data Institute, and UCL's University Liaison Director to the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to that she lectured for five years at Imperial College London, where she was awarded her MSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Sofia’s research interests include the theoretical underpinning of Big Data Analysis, including the analysis of network data, and heterogeneous observations in time and space. Sofia is a member of the Programme Committee of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, was conference chair of the popular workshop Theory of Big Data, and is organizing a Newton Institute programme on the statistical analysis of networks in the latter half of 2016.

Patrick Callinan, Channel 4

Patrick Callinan specialises in leveraging data from databases, surveys and digital and social channels to generate product insights. Previously, he lectured in Industrial Economics and was a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research during the 2000 DotCom. After joining McKinsey in 2009, Patrick worked on analytics, strategy, marketing operations and transformational change projects in various industries. He was also involved in recruiting and mentoring and in McKinsey’s pro-bono projects on technology policy and the role of big data in economic development.

Patrick joined Channel 4 in October 2014 as Lead Data Scientist, leading a team in work on recommendation engines, machine learning, and other “big data” projects.

Rosie Prior, dunnhumby

Giles is dunnhumby’s Chief Data Scientist. Since joining the company 1998 as Head of Analysis for Tesco, he has held a variety of lead innovation roles within dunnhumby, including Global Head of Customer Insight and Global Head of Retail Solutions and Innovation. Over his time there he has developed and leads dunnhumby’s four hundred strong data science community, working to improve predictions from Big Data, in real-time.

Giles attained Mas in Physics from Oxford University and in Marketing from Kingston Business School. He is a member of the Standards Board of the Market Research Society, and is on the Governance Boards at Imperial College, Oxford and UCL. Giles is also a fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and has been made Honorary Senior Research Associate in Computer Science at UCL.

Sian Thomas, Food Standards Agency

Dr Sian Thomas is the Head of Information Management at the Food Standards Agency. Her responsibilities include Data Protection and Security in addition to innovation and supporting collection of some of the organisations most important Management Information datasets.

Innovation with data to contribute to the delivery of the Agency's 2015-2020 strategy is central to her role. This includes working with Information Asset Owners to structure datasets so they are suitable for big data approaches.

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Marta Poślad, Google/University of Cambridge

Marta Poślad is a Senior Policy Analyst at Google, focussing on Public Policy & Government Relations in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, where her research focuses on digital participation and direct democracy.

Before joining Google in 2012, Marta spent 2 years working as a Public Affairs Consultant at Grayling, a leading Public Relations, Government Relations, and Investor Relations Consultancy firm. Marta studied Political Science and Law at the University of Warsaw, before attaining an MPhil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Ensuring a safe and trusted cyber society

Chair: John Baird, EPSRC

Miranda Mowbray, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Miranda Mowbray is a data scientist working at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs, finding new ways of analysing data to detect attacks on computer networks. She completed her PhD research on Algebra, at London University and was awarded a fellowship of the British Computer Society in 2009. She has been an invited speaker at numerous events, most recently at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad and the Women in Maths conference organised by the London Mathematical Society.

She has received the Best Paper Award at CloudCom 2009, for her paper ‘A Privacy Manager for Cloud Computing’ and the 2007 Experimental Social Science Laboratory (ESSL) Scientific Impact prize, for her paper ‘Electing the Doge of Venice: Analysis of a 13th Century Protocol’. Notably, she was awarded two hexadecimal dollars by Donald Knuth, for spotting mistakes in The Art of Computer Programming in 2011.

Lilian Edwards, Associate Director, AHRC

Lilian Edwards is a leading academic in the field of Internet law. She is on the Advisory Board of the Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Internet Privacy Research and is the Professor specialising in Internet law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She has also worked at the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Southampton, while retaining close links with the renamed SCRIPT (AHRC Centre) at Edinburgh and the Oxford Internet Institute.

Lilian co-chairs GikII, an annual series of international workshops on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture. She is also Deputy Director of CREATe, an RCUK research centre about copyright and business models. She won the Barbara Wellberry Memorial Prize in 2004 for work on online privacy. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law (now SCRIPT).

Robert Nowill, Cyber Security Challenge UK

Bob is Chair of The Board at The Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd, and an independent security Consultant Director and Advisor through Herne Hill Consulting Ltd. He is also a non-Executive Director and Board Member of Information Risk Management (IRM) Ltd, and the Chair of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) Accreditation Committee.

He was the Director for Cyber and Assurance at BT until the end of 2013. Before joining BT in 2005, Bob was the Director of Technology & Engineering and Board Member at the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and held a number of other roles there before that. His career has also included periods with UK MOD (Defence Procurement Agency and Research Agencies), in The Netherlands with The SHAPE Technical Centre, and research at Cambridge University Engineering Department.

He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge where he attained his degree and PhD. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the IET and of the BCS, and a Founder Fellow of the Institute of Information Security Professionals.

A Connected Nation: How can the UK survive and thrive in a digital world?

Chair: Shini Somara, BBC

Shini is a factual-entertainment presenter for BBC One UK, having reported on pioneering technology and innovation for a variety of networks including BBC World News, BBC America, Sky and Discovery. After having gained her doctorate in fluid dynamics at Brunel University, London, Shini went on to cover technology stories on a broad range of topics from climate change and space, to health and medicine.

To build her knowledge and experience in communicating science on a mass scale, Shini has worked for a variety of independent production companies including Oxford Scientific Films, Windfall Films and RGB Digital. Most recently, she has spent a couple of years based in Los Angeles, hosting TechKnow for Al Jazeera America.

Chris Jacobs, GO-Science

Chris Jacobs leads the Government Office for Science's contribution to the horizon scanning programme, jointly run with the Cabinet Office, with a particular focus on emerging technologies. The programme provides Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and other senior officials with analysis to help ensure that policy making is resilient to the challenge of long-term uncertainties.

Chris has a degree from University of Leicester, where he studied Combined Science, Economics, Psychology and Biological Sciences.

Dr Jake Kennard, University of Bristol

Dr Jake Kennard is an early career researcher working at the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol where he specialises in integrated quantum photonic technologies. The recipient of an EPSRC industrial CASE award, he received his PhD in 2014 jointly at the University of Bristol and the National Physical Laboratory in experimental hybrid light-matter quantum information platforms.

Jake is currently a member of the Quantum Communications Hub, a five year, £24 million targeted government investment aiming to transition quantum encryption systems from the laboratory to industry and the wider public. His wider research interests include quantum computation, communications and integrated optics. Jake is also interested in the commercial aspects of his work, recently beating 104 entries to win the 2015 Bristol New Enterprise Competition.

Tim Whitley, BT

Dr Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as Managing Director of Research and Innovation for BT and Managing Director of BT’s R&D Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and partnerships with world leading universities.

Tim holds a BSc in Physics, a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems, is a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge, England and is a Board member for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. He is a member of the Standards Board of the Market Research Society and of the Governance Boards at Imperial College, Oxford and UCL. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in Computer Science at UCL.

Rachel Cooper OBE, Lancaster University

Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, where she is also Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and co-Director of ImaginationLancaster; an open and exploratory design-led research centre, conducting research into people, products, places and their interactions.

Professor Cooper undertakes research in areas of design and innovation across all industry sectors. Recent projects include: 'Vivacity 2020' Sustainable Urban Design for the 24 Hour City, (EPSRC funded 2003 -2008); Urban Futures, (EPSRC funded 2008-2012) developing alternative scenarios for sustainable regeneration; 'Design for Flexibility' in Primary Care (EPSRC 2008- 2011). Professor Cooper has also written extensively, with her most recent book ‘Handbook of Design Management’ published by Berg in 2011.

Professor Cooper is co-director of Highwire, Digital Economies Innovation Doctoral Training Centre at Lancaster University and is a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network. She is President of the European Academy of Design, and Editor of The Design Journal, and a member of the EU Design and Innovation Leadership Board.

Closing Remarks

Jane Nicholson, Associate Director, EPSRC