Professor Michael Denham is Professor Emeritus at the University of Plymouth, UK where he was Director of the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, an internationally renowned research centre. He received his PhD from Imperial College before commencing a 40+ year career in academic research, working in dynamic systems, computer science, engineering design, neural networks and computational neuroscience. His lifetime work has allowed him to develop a unique scientific perspective at the interface between machine intelligence and neuroscience.
Dr. Kamelia Dimova has 10+ years of research experience in computational neuroscience and machine learning. She has MSc degrees in Physics and Cognitive Science, and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Plymouth. She has been a researcher at the Riken Brain Research Institute, Japan, and with UK and EU-funded research projects in brain-inspired computation
Sir Hossein Yassaie is a recognised figure on the world technology stage and an entrepreneur with a deep belief in technological innovation and disruptions that can solve real problems, move markets and make significant differences for the better. His work and activities, both technically and entrepreneurially, have deeply impacted many key areas from digital TV and radio, PC and game consoles through automotive, computing and most notably mobile devices through the smart phone revolution.
He now has a number of non-executives chairmanships/directorships and investments in disruptive/global tech companies including Ultrahaptics, Pure, Atomos, Uniphy, Mindtrace and others. His activities span across technological areas from next-gen user interfaces through artifical inteligence(AI)/machine learning(ML), advanced multimedia and comms with market areas including automotive, consumer, robotics, health, professional and industrial segments . He is passionate about helping start-up and smaller companies to achieve global success and scale and continues to believe in disruptive technology strategies and the power of innovation.
He was the CEO of Imagination Technologies Plc until Feb 2016, where he created the highly successful silicon IP business which powers billions of the world’s leading mobile, consumer and automotive devices. Prior to Imagination he was with Videologic, STMicroelctronics and Inmos where he worked on advanced computer and multimedia processors. Hossein also created the iconic consumer brand, Pure, through developing & exploiting disruptive digital radio technology.
In 2013 Hossein was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours 2013. The award was given in recognition of his services to technology and innovation.
Professor Steve Furber is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Manchester. In the 1980s at Acorn Computers he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. His group at Manchester carries out research into asynchronous and low-power systems and over the last 10 years has developed the SpiNNaker neuromorphic computer system. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, has achieved an outstanding international research reputation, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Ashwin Kumaraswamy is an Investment Director with Mercia Fund Managers Ltd. He has c. 10yrs venture capital experience and prior to was an entrepreneur in the semiconductor sector. At Mercia he is a member of the NPIF - Mercia Equity Team and part of the Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing & Engineering sector Investment Team. He sits on the board of number of deep-tech unlisted companies in UK. He has been involved in all aspects of creating venture backed businesses, including sourcing new opportunities, working with founders and management teams to build valuable propositions.