Speakers List - AI & Machine Learning Live 2019
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Pardeep Bassi

Head of Data Science

LV=

Pardeep is Head of data science at LV=, leading a team of data scientists and data engineers to implement machine learning across all of the business. This includes: pricing, claims, marketing, operations and all other functions.

Dr Kuan Hon

Director - Privacy, Security and Information Law

Fieldfisher

Dr W Kuan Hon is a Director with the Privacy, Security & Information team at leading data protection law practice Fieldfisher, specialising in advising UK and international clients on data protection/security law, particularly technology-related issues. An English solicitor and New York attorney, Kuan has degrees in both law and computing science, including a joint law/computer science doctorate.

Kuan is an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy and an i100 volunteer at the National Cyber Security Centre. Kuan previously sat on the British Computer Society's Information Privacy Expert Panel. She regularly speaks at events, having presented e.g. for the UK Cabinet Office, ENISA and CERN. Kuan's articles, many with collaborators, have been published e.g. by the IEEE, Journal of International Data Privacy Law, Society for Computers and Law and Stanford Technology Law Review.

Natalia Konstantinova

Lead Software Engineer

Shell

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 at Shell.

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. 

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.

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Tom Allen

Special Projects Editor

Computing & The Inquirer

Tom Allen is the Special Projects Editor for Computing and The Inquirer. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry; trading LCDs and quantum dots for big data and the IoT.

As well as writing, Tom regularly interviews C-level IT leaders, organises events across the three titles and complains about improper use of the Oxford comma.

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor

Computing & The Inquirer

Graeme Burton, Group News Editor at Incisive Media, works across a portfolio that includes Computing and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

John Leonard is Incisive Media Business Technology Group's Research Director. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

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Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing & The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing 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.