Speakers List - AI & Machine Learning Live 2018


Alexandra Cristea

Professor of Computer Science

Durham University

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Head of the Innovative Computing research group at the Computer Science Department, Durham University. Her research includes user modelling, personalisation, semantic web, social web, authoring, AI, with over 250 papers on these subjects (over 3600 Google Scholar citations, h-index 31). Especially, her work on frameworks for adaptive systems and her pioneering work on adaptation languages are highly cited. She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Prof. Cristea has been highly active in various international research projects. She has given keynote and invited talks in many countries, e.g. Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Finland, Romania. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education for East European countries, educational expert for the Romanian prime minister, EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member.

Charles Ewen

Chief Information Officer

Met Office

I am responsible for the development and implementation of our ICT Strategy and for the internal technical teams within the Technology Information Services Directorate - and work closely with our science teams to operate our High Performance Computing capability. The Met Office relies heavily upon cutting-edge IT to improve the quality of forecast services and increasingly to make those services accessible and effective for customers and the public.

I have worked for the Met Office in a number of senior technology roles since 2008 and, prior to that, worked in the Business-to-Business online retail and distribution industry. During this time I used relevant technologies to transform businesses from traditional retail approaches to being internet and technology able. As well as a number of consulting appointments, I worked within the Premier Farnell group of companies for over 10 years. I have run my own small technology company and started my career as an Electronics Engineer in the defence industry.

André Freitas


School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

André Freitas is a lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. Prior to Manchester, he was an associate researcher and lecturer at the University of Passau (Germany). His main research work concentrates on understanding what are the general principles and the universal semantic machines behind the next generation of intelligent systems which will commoditise intelligence. In order to achieve this goal, he concentrates on approaches which employ a multi-disciplinary perspective, bridging diverse areas in Artificial Intelligence.

website: http://andrefreitas.org/


Dr David Hoyle

Head of Data Science and Lead Data Scientist

AutoTrader UK

Dr David Hoyle has nearly 30 years' experience in statistical and mathematical modelling. After gaining a PhD in Theoretical Physics he embarked on an academic career that included research at the University of Cambridge, and leading his own research groups at the University of Exeter and the University of Manchester. For the last 7 years he has worked in the private sector, initially joining a specialist stress testing modelling team within Lloyds Banking Group. This was followed by working for the customer science company dunnhumby, where he built Bayesian forecasting models for some of the world's largest retailers. He now jointly heads the Data Science team at AutoTrader UK, which is the UK and Ireland's largest digital automotive marketplace, with over half a billion visits a year to its website.

Tom Kelsey

Reader in Health Data Science

University of St Andrews

Tom Kelsey FRSM is a Reader in Health Data Science at the University of St Andrews. He is Scientific Director of the Wallace-Kelsey Research Foundation, which conducts data-driven research into the late effects of treatment on survivors of childhood cancer. He is noted for his work in AI search, population-based studies and data-driven modelling in endocrinology and physiology. He serves on the board of the NHS Scotland Managed Services Network for Children and Young People with Cancer.

He received a B.Sc. degree in mathematics from Heriot-Watt University, a M.Sc. in numerical analysis from the University of Dundee and a Ph.D. degree in computational mathematics from the University of St Andrews, where he continues to work. He has held visiting research positions in Uruguay, Denmark and England. He has published over 70 papers, in journals such as The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology and The European Journal of Cancer.

Natalia Konstantinova

Lead Software Engineer (R&D)

First Utility

Natalia Konstantinova is a great enthusiast, with over 10 years' experience in the application of Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, IT and machine learning technologies to real world problems. She got her PhD from the University of Wolverhampton and worked in various fields such as machine translation, ontologies, information extraction and currently dialogue systems and chat bots. She is currently a lead software engineer in the R&D department of First Utility, the UK's largest independent energy provider, supplying gas and electricity to around one million UK homes.

Natalia is still participating in academia by serving as an Associate editor of the Cambridge Journal of Natural Language Engineering, collaborating over research papers and organising conferences and workshops. She is a strong believer that modern technology can transform businesses and our everyday life. 

Orlando Machado

Chief Data Scientist


Orlando is currently Chief Data Scientist at Aviva.

Starting his career in academia, he has spent over 20 years helping organisations get value out of their data...long before ‘data scientist' was crowned the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century'.

He leads a team of data scientists, statisticians, insight analysts and targeting specialists whose aim is to understand customers better than they understand themselves, learning from vast volumes of data to create relevant and engaging products and experiences.

He is a regular speaker at industry events, and is passionate about the opportunities to use emerging technologies to evolve and transform established industries.

Prior to joining Aviva in 2016, Orlando has been:
- Chief Data Scientist at MoneySuperMarket, the UK's largest price comparison website
- Head of Customer Insight at dunnhumby, a company at the cutting edge of data science for more than 20 years
- Head of Analytics at Wunderman, one of the world's largest communications agencies.

Orlando is based in Aviva's Digital Garage in London's fashionable Hoxton Square. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick.

Ian Penny

Chief Information Officer

Hiscox Group

Ian is a seasoned IT professional with a wealth of global, blue-chip experience, and an eminent industry leader. Ian brings expertise in leading all aspects of IT including strategy, development, engineering, operations and programme execution. At Hiscox, he leads the Group's IT reporting to the CEO Bronek Masojada.

Prior to joining Hiscox he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Barclays, where he was responsible for the group's IT infrastructure development and led the bank's cloud computing initiatives for three years. Prior to this, Ian was Managing Director, Engineering and Architecture at JPMorgan and was based in the US for seven years, designing platforms for risk analytics, cloud development, and high-volume customer channels. He has previously worked at Pfizer and Goldman Sachs.

Ian is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and has worked extensively with the Venture Capital and start-up community to build applied technology solutions. He began his career as a distributed systems research scientist funded by the UK Government and has published papers on parallel computing and low latency networking.

Christina Scott

Chief Technology Officer


Christina Scott joined News UK as Chief Technology Officer in February, 2016 and is responsible for overseeing Technology and Product teams.

In May 2017 Christina was appointed News Corp Deputy Chief Technology Officer, maintaining her UK CTO responsibilities.

Christina has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, having previously worked in technology teams at a number of companies including the BBC, FT and ITV Digital, where she specialised in digital transformation.

In 2016 Scott was awarded the CIO of the Year award in the Women in IT awards and previously has been highly recognised in a number of top technology and female executive rankings.

In 2018 Christina was ranked third in CIO 100 2018 which recognises the most transformative and disruptive CIO's in the country.

Duncan Stott

Chief Information Officer


Duncan is Chief Information Officer for Kier, the UK's largest regional builder. Kier has 20,000 staff and £4bn revenue and is building Hinkley nuclear power station and other critical national infrastructure. Kier is using automation to drive service improvement and reduce cost and enabling staff to handle more complex challenges.

Armando Vieira

Data Scientist

Direct Line Group

Armando Vieira is a physicist turned into a data scientist. He started working on machine learning after his PhD in physics in 1997. From the beginning he is an aficionado of artificial neural networks, and recently he has been focusing on deep neural networks, especially for unsupervised and semi-supervised learning problems. He has more than 70 publications and he is the author of the book "Business Applications of Deep Learning", he is currently writing a white paper on Ethics of AI. He is the founder of Alea.ai and works as a Data Science consultant on several companies and start-ups. More on Armando.lidinwise.com

Zoë Webster

Director of AI and Data Economy

Innovate UK

Zoë is Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK. Zoë leads a team of experts working to identify, support and accelerate high growth-potential innovation in the UK, based on cutting-edge AI and data research and technology.

Zoë joined Technology Strategy Board in 2007 as a Technologist with the role of developing and implementing the UK's innovation strategy for Information and Communication Technology. Since then, she has held the roles of Head of Enabling Technologies, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Head of Resource Portfolio and Deputy Director - Strategy.

Zoë has a computer science background and a PhD in artificial intelligence where she developed and evaluated stereotype-based user models for personalised information filtering. Prior to joining Innovate UK, she worked QinetiQ and SEA researching, developing and demonstrating machine learning and information filtering algorithms for a range of applications including health and retail.

Zoë is a Chartered Engineer.


Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 and The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.