Computational Intelligence
Unconference UK 2014

Bringing people together to talk about Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Systems.

Provisional Schedule - 26th July 2014

We have two speaking venues within the BT Centre in London: Plus three networking/discussion spaces:

The Auditorium Schedule

The Auditorium
Time Topic Who
10:05 - 10:20 Introduction to the CI Unconference Daniel LewisDaniel is the chief organiser, and the co-founder, of the Computational Intelligence Unconference. He is currently a PhD Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Bristol, where he is researching and developing new Fuzzy Data Mining Techniques. Previously he worked in the field of Semantic Web & Linked Data. (Daniel Lewis - Personal Website)
10:30 - 11:00 How knowledge is assessed and continually assessed. Are current data/information mining approaches suitable? John MortonJohn Morton advises and counsels CxOs, Directors and Business Managers on the capabilities and value of new methods and technologies to provide business enhancing services. He uses pragmatic business and enterprise approaches to create and implement large-scale solutions and transformations for a number of Blue Chip companies. He has particular focus on Big Data and High Performance Analytics where data is being used to drive business yield, business growth, monetise data, redefine competitive advantage and exploit information. (John Morton (LinkedIn))
11:00 - 11:30 Computational Approaches to Tracking Human Intelligence, Learning and Health Stuart CalimportStuart created the Google Solve for X Moonshot - The Human Memome Project to showcase and create a conversation around the analysis of and relationship between ideas and longevity. He is motivated by personal and global health and longevity because he values life and aliveness. He is confident and passionate about applying and leveraging personal informatics, lifestyle design, human enhancement, cybernetics, lean methodology and The Hero's Journey to increase longevity. He is also a "cyborg operative" (The Human Memome Project | Stuart Calimport Personal Website)
12:00 - 12:30 Love in a Cold Climate - Preserving and Enhancing Our Humanity in a SuperIntelligent World Rohit TalwarRohit, of Fast Future Research, is a global futurist, strategist and award winning speaker noted for his humour, inspirational style and provocative content. He advises global firms, industries and governments on how to survive, thrive, spot and manage emerging risks and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. Profiled by the Independent Newspaper as a top ten global future thinker, his interests include the evolving role of technology in business and society, emerging markets, the future of education, sustainability and embedding foresight in organisations. Rohit helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging ideas, new business models, and disruptive developments in science and technology could impact individuals, society, business, industries and government. He currently leads studies on transformative drivers of change for the next decade, science and technology developments over the next forty years, impacts of emerging technologies on the legal sector, human enhancement and the Shadow Economy. (Fast Future Research)
13:30 - 14:00 Visual Analytics, Big Data and Applications George KallosGeorge is a Research Engineer at British Telecom, in their Innovation and Design Lab. His research focuses on data visualisation for network and cyber security. (BT Innovate & Design Lab Website | George Kallos - Personal Website)
14:30 - 15:00 Superintelligence - how afraid should we be? David WoodDavid, of Delta Wisdom and the London Futurists Meetup, has extensive experience in technology past, present and future. Having worked in executive and leadership roles for Psion, Symbian and Accenture, he finally setup an independent consultancy (Delta Wisdom) which provides intelligence for profound change. He has a history of giving vibrant and interesting talks as a catalyst and a futurist, from different perspectives - including mathematical and business perspectives. (Delta Wisdom | London Futurists Meetup)
15:00 Tea Break
15:30 - 16:00 SoFWIReD: Southampton Fraunhofer Web Science, Internet Research & Development Dr Sepi ChakavehSepi is a Researcher in Web and Internet Science at the University of Southampton. For the past 18 years Sepi has worked in the emerging field Media technology which resulted in a number of innovative systems & applications with focus of "Media Synergy". This includes the first web-based e-learning portal to interactive & 3D applications for mobile web & TV alike. Sepi's current research include analysis & implementation of Dynamic & Smart Media on multiplatform devices but with emphasise on the web and networked digital systems. (Dr Sepi Chakaveh | SoFWIReD)
16:30 - 17:00 Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning Ajit JaokarAjit Jaokar is the founder of futuretext. futuretext applies machine learning techniques to complex problems in IoT (Internet of Things) and Telecoms domains. futuretext's work is based on Ajit's teaching positions at Oxford University and the Technical University of Madrid. ( futuretext )

This talk is based on a paper which explores the application of Machine learning algorithms to IoT data. We explore specific areas like sensor fusion, Real time algorithms and Deep Learning.

17:00 - 17:25 3x 5-minute Lightning Talks Speakers to be confirmed on the day
17:25 - 17:45 A.I. Award Ceremony The Innovation CouncilThe Innovation Council was setup by the The London Artificial Intelligence Futurists. Our mission is to promote UK based Researchers and Start-ups working in the field of A.I and computational intelligence. The A.I. Tech sector is large and active in the UK however is mostly invisible, under-valued and not self-promoting. We are trying to fix that. We want to give recognition to the U.K's coolest, most exciting people and A.I. projects. Nominations are now open on the UK Innovation Council Website
17:45 - 18:00 Closing of the CI Unconference Daniel LewisDaniel is the chief organiser, and the co-founder, of the Computational Intelligence Unconference. He is currently a PhD Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Bristol, where he is researching and developing new Fuzzy Data Mining Techniques. Previously he worked in the field of Semantic Web & Linked Data. (Daniel Lewis - Personal Website)

Media Suite Schedule

Media Suite
Time Topic Who
10:30 - 11:25 Slot 1A: Lightning Talks - Scheduled on the Day Lightning Talks are 5 minute talks. They will be scheduled "on-the-day". There will be an opportunity for 5 or 6 talks. Please come with ideas.
11:25 - 11:30 Slot 1B: 5 Minute Scheduled Talk Damien GeorgeMicro Python is a lean and fast implementation of the Python 3 programming language that is optimised to run on a microcontroller. The Micro Python board is a small electronic circuit board that runs the Micro Python language.
Damien has research interests centred around model building using extra dimensions, and the phenomenology of such models at the electroweak scale as is relevant for their testing at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In this area his current work looks at the phenomenology of soft-wall models, as well as truncated Randall-Sundrum (RS) spaces with brane localised scalar curvature terms. He also has a separate interest in using the method of Lie-point symmetries, in combination with model building, to obtain an exhaustive list of possible relationships between parameters for a given Lagrangian, in order to aid in understanding and extending the standard model.
If there is demand Damien will perform a Micro Python demonstration in one of the Foyers later in the day.
(Micro Python Website | Damien George Personal Website)
11:30 - 12:25 Slot 2 Innovation Showcase:
  1. Project BEESWAX (website) - Optimisation for beehive placement. Recipients of a TSB Innovation Voucher.
  2. Simplish (website) - text-simplifying tool that changes standard English into Basic English of only 1,000 words. They hoped to get funding through Kickstarter, but are currently submitting for at least one innovation award.
12:40 until done Icebreaker & Energiser Session offered by Nihat Tsolak Nihat Tsolak

Nihat who has a background in Risk Management & Compliance, is also a coach and a consultant with over 15 years international experience in training and facilitating workshops. Nihat holds an MBA in Business from Imperial College and Masters in Psychology from Glasgow University. Further details on Nihat's professional background at [Nihat Tsolak - LinkedIn Profile]

Nihat is trained in Improvisational acting and drama by Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro), in Laughter Yoga by Dr. Madan Kataria (Author of 'Laugh for No Reason') and in stand up comedy by Logan Murrey (Author of 'Be a Great Stand-Up: Teach Yourself'). Nihat puts positive psychology into practice with fun, play and laughter.

13:30 - 14:25 Slot 3 Deep Learning London The aim of "Deep Learning London" is to bring together people interested in the family of machine learning methods that are concerned with learning distributed, hierarchical ("deep") representations. Neural Networks being the most popular implementation.

Discussion Leader:

Piotr Mirowski

Talk Title: Learning representations of images, sound and text

Talk Description: We will review the basic building block of deep learning: learning sparse or compact representations using stacked auto-encoders. Learning representations of input data can be done in an unsupervised or semi-supervised way (with partially labelled data) and relies on the simplest optimization algorithm: stochastic gradient descent. In this hands-on tutorial, I will share simple Matlab code for training sparse code representations of handwritten digits and present applications to text categorization and music genre recognition.

Piotr Mirowski is a data scientist who works as a software engineer at Microsoft Bing in London, where he focuses on NLP and deep learning techniques for search query formulation. He is passionate about deep learning, statistical language models and time series analysis, passions he acquired by doing his PhD at New York University under the guidance of neural network expert Yann LeCun. Piotr loves to solve real world problems and has focused his studies on many different projects, including epileptic seizure prediction from EEG and inference of gene regulation networks. In his previous job as a research scientist at Bell Labs, Piotr delivered an electric load forecasting solution to a power utility, hacked a Kinect-powered mobile robot that mapped the WiFi signal strength (for indoor geo-localization) and coded Simultaneous Localization and Mapping from the pocket (reconstructing a 3D trajectory using only sensors present on a smartphone). He loves backpacking and improv theatre acting. (Personal Blog | Microsoft Bing)
14:30 - 15:25 Slot 4 AVAILABLE
15:30 - 16:25 Slot 5 London Artificial Intelligence FuturistsThis is a group for anyone interested in, or even wants to shape, the future. In particular we are focusing on the development and the impact of Artificial (General) Intelligence (AGI), Human Level Human Level Machine Intelligence (HLMI), Machine Learning, Robotics, Personal Robots, Intelligent Agents, Semantic Networks, theories about Human Intelligence, etc. The acceleration of technology provides more and more possibilities to achieve HLMI. Organised by London AI Futurists, and Lindsay Smith of Telrock.
16:30 - 17:00 (Short) Slot 6 CI Unconference Unscheduled time for Lightning Talks and Unworkshops

Upper Foyer Schedule

Upper Foyer
Time What
09:30 - 10:00 Arrival, Registration and Tea/Coffee A big thank you to our food & drink sponsors! Try to find a representative on the day to thank them personally.
10:00 - 12:30 Networking and Discussion Space Scheduled on-the-day talks and demonstrations may also happen here. Check the flip-charts, or check online here to find out what.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch: Food & Drink A big thank you to our food & drink sponsors! Try to find a representative on the day to thank them personally.
13:30 - 15:00 Networking and Discussion Space Scheduled on-the-day talks and demonstrations may also happen here. Check the flip-charts, or check online here to find out what.
15:00 Tea Break
15:00 - 18:00 Networking and Discussion Space Scheduled on-the-day talks and demonstrations may also happen here. Check the flip-charts, or check online here to find out what.

Lower Foyer Schedule

Lower Foyer
Time What
10:00 - 12:30 Networking and Discussion Space Scheduled on-the-day talks and demonstrations may also happen here. Check the flip-charts, or check online here to find out what.
13:30 - 18:00 Networking and Discussion Space Scheduled on-the-day talks and demonstrations may also happen here. Check the flip-charts, or check online here to find out what.

"The Hub"

The Hub (Maximum 10 People)
Time What
10:30 - 17:30 Scheduled on the day Space ideal for hacking together code, or small workshops. Bookable on-the-day in 30-minute or 1-hour slots.

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