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What happened at our 'Think you know your ABCD?' AI event in Cambridgeshire?

28 Jun 2018
IoD East of England events

Think you know your ABCD?

On the 19th June, over 40 people attended our 'Think you know your ABCD?' event at Barclays Eagle Labs in Cambridge. Our wonderful speaker from ICAEW, gave us an overview of all the essential components of technology in the modern age from AI through to cyber, blockchain and Big Data. We welcomed Joe Cooksey, Barclays, Digital Engagement Manger, who spoke to us about cyber in the modern world.

We discovered during the course of the event more about how AI will have a profound effect on society and what advancements there are in financial trading, marketing, medical diagnostics, security and user interfaces. We also discovered more about how the technology is changing and developing and how voice personal digital assistants such as Alexa lead the way for the 'Augmented human', where in many industrial fields and at home humans and AI work together.

We welcomed from Industry

Paul Beastall, Director of Technology Strategy at Cambridge Consultants

Paul leads the digital service and technology strategy teams within Cambridge Consultants. With more than 20 years' experience in wireless and fixed broadband networking, Paul has led a range of projects for operators, product development organisations and government departments. As a consultant, Paul's work has provided strategic insight on the impact of new technology on users, business models and regulation. Paul graduated from the University of York with an MEng degree in electronics systems engineering and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET. In 2018 Paul was appointed to the Advisory Board for UK5G.

Benedikt von Thuengen - CEO, Speechmatics

Benedikt has been involved in multiple start-ups and young companies. Benedikt is fascinated by the enormous scope that speech recognition has to transform industries and change our world forever.

CTO David Milward– Linguamatics .

David Milward is chief technology officer (CTO) at Linguamatics. He is a pioneer of interactive text mining, and a founder of Linguamatics. He has over 20 years experience of product development, consultancy and research in natural language processing (NLP). After receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge, he was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of information extraction, spoken dialogue, parsing, syntax and semantics.


With thanks to Barclays Eagle Labs and our kind sponsors at The Gazette.

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