Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Virtual Conference: Smart Connected Manufacturing

TFNetworkSummer21 - Virtual Conference 

Smart Connected Manufacturing

Date: 21st - 23rd June
Registration opening soon!

Industry 4.0 refers to a new phase in the Industrial Revolution that focuses heavily on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data. 

Industry 4.0 marries physical production and operations with smart digital technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science to create a more holistic and better connected ecosystem for companies that focus on manufacturing and supply chain management. While every company and organization operating today is different, they all face a common challenge - the need for connectedness and access to real-time insights across processes, partners, products, and people. Technologies like Cyber Security, 5G, Internet of Things and AI will all play their part in delivering the fourth industrial revolution.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Thought Leadership event: Dr Lionel Paolella, Cambridge Judge Business School, on Diversity and Inclusion

Thought Leadership Event
Speaker: Dr Lionell Paolella, Cambridge Judge Business School
Title: Fostering diversity and inclusion: Challenges and new approaches
Registration: Click here to receive a MS Teams invite.

Dr Lionel Paolella is a University Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School, and an Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School (Center on Legal Profession). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS) in France, after which he took a MA in Sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), a MS in Management and Organization Science (University Paris X), and a PhD in Strategy (HEC Paris). Before joining the University of Cambridge, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago (Booth Graduate School of Business) in 2011, and a Chazen visiting scholar at Columbia University (Graduate School of Business) between September 2012 and December 2013.

Lionel’s main line of research explores how market categories – a set of firms that share cognitive and cultural similarities – affect the social evaluation and performance of organisations, e.g. in the international legal services market or the Islamic banking industry.

Lionel currently teaches the core Strategy course in the MBA curriculum, and he is also involved in Executive Education programmes (Strategy, General Management, Professional Service Firms). He received the Cambridge Judge Teaching Award in 2017, the MBA Faculty of the Year Award in 2018, and he has been listed among the Best 40 under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2019.

This talk is designed to help participants navigate diverse settings more effectively and improve their ability to create, work within, and lead diverse teams within their organization. It will offer participants the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as discrimination, relationships across difference and bias, and how they relate to organizational issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Several topics will be discussed:

  • What individual and organizational factors cause discrimination
  • The common pitfalls and the best practices in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • How to implement changes in favour of diversity in your current organization, and how to avoid unintended (negative) consequences

Monday, 22 March 2021

Dr Jon Chamberlain, University of Essex

Conference Talk!
At our TFNetworkSpring21 conference on "Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate"

Dr Jon Chamberlain
is a senior lecturer and applied research scientist in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. His primary research interest is in the design of human-machine interaction and how groups of users work together to solve problems and display collective intelligence. 

He works across a number of disciplines, including information retrieval in healthcare, community resilience in social networks, citizen science for biomonitoring, games to collect human language information and using 3D technology to preserve coral reefs.

The rugged and complex structures of the chalk bed in Norfolk’s Cromer Shoal Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) provide habitat for a wide range of marine species. The edible crab Cancer pagurus (also known as Cromer crab) and lobster Homarus gammarus are common in this area and are target species for fisheries that are embedded in the history and culture of North Norfolk coastal towns.

In 2019, an investigation was undertaken by Natural England with the assistance of Essex researchers to categorise and quantify any impacts from human activity such as pot fishing, recreational angling and boat anchoring. Using a hand-held multicamera rig, Dr Jon Chamberlain led the dive team to rapidly survey the underwater areas and, back in the lab, reconstructed the environment using 3D models. This enabled very precise measurements of reef complexity to be correlated to biological measures taken in situ.

A co-authored report on the findings was released at the end of 2020. In response, several projects are underway for 2021 to adapt fishing practice and policy, to increase our knowledge of the area and to involve citizen scientists for large-scale data collection.


Peter Brady, Orbital Global

Peter Brady is the CEO of Orbital Global and VirtTuri. Co-founder AI Festival.

Peter talked about MYSPIRA 

A collaboration between Orbital, the NHS and the University of Suffolk via its first ever Knowledge Transfer Partnership, to develop an augmented reality / gamification tool called MySpira, that improves understanding of asthma and asthma self treatment in children. 

This was born out of the identified issue that 93% of asthma patients misuse their inhalers and there is a direct correlation between this and deteriorating healthcare outcomes, rising mortality and rising admittances to a & e units. 

This technology has underpinning research that won an award at the international COPD and asthma conference in Dubai last year. The app has featured on BBC Click and is on the verge of roll out to CCG partners. More info here: https://www.myspira.com and I also spoke about this for the Norfolk and Suffolk Grant Mentoring scheme on this page: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/grants-and-funding/innovation-grant-mentoring - my interview video is in the bottom right.

Postgraduate Researcher Profile, Dr Kyle Martin, Robert Gordon University

Dr Kyle Martin
, Lecturer at Robert Gordon University

Kyle is an early career academic with a keen interest in both research and teaching. His research interest is primarily machine learning; specifically case-based reasoning, deep metric learning and explanation.

With a strong belief in the importance of bridging the gap between theoretical research and real-world application, Kyle has been fortunate to work alongside several company partners since the beginning of his research career. This includes his PhD, where we worked with BT to develop machine learning systems capable of providing dynamic support for telecommunications engineers in the field. A key outcome of this work identified the importance of having an explanation strategy capable of explaining the outcomes of intelligent systems to their multiple intended user groups. The research would motivate further collaboration between BT and Robert Gordon University, resulting in formation of a consortium with partners from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and University College Cork (Ireland). The consortium successfully applied for European funding of ~1M Euro through the CHIST-ERA programme, with Kyle as a co-investigator in RGU. 

Kyle has strived to become an active member of the research community within both CBR and explanation, presenting his research at conferences including IJCNN and the SGAI AI Conference, and publishing a journal paper on his work completed in partnership with BT, towards explanation for multiple stakeholder groups (KUIN). He has also organised and chaired both local and international workshops on both deep metric learning and explanation.

Fun Fact:
When I was younger, I partnered with some friends to produce a documentary that was aired on live TV and accessible through Sky.

TFNetwork engagement
TFNetworkSpring21: "Maximising the Value of Research" panel

How2..Join - TFNetworkSpring21: Creating Value for Economies

Tommy Flowers, our Innovation Champion who built and designed Colossus the first programmable electronic computer. Not many now remember the time when ticker tape was the means for deploying the code and when computers sounded like mechanical engines.

His engineering knowledge added the magic to the mix that shortened WWII by two years and saved millions of lives. 

Collaboration - Innovation - Skill make incredible things happen, and during this conference we look at what worked, and we explore what this ever changing world will demand of us in the future. 

TFNetworkSpring21 - Creating Value for Economies

23rd - 25th March

for a 10:15 start on Tuesday, 23rd.

One link for all 3 days!

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Postgraduate Researcher Profile Abdirazak Rage University, University of Surrey

Abdirazak Rage
University, University of Surrey

Abdirazak received his M. Eng degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia in 2014, and his B.Sc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Omdurman Islamic University, Omdurman, Sudan in 2012. He is currently pursuing the PhD degree with the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, UK.

His current research interests include network slicing, software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualisation (NFV), game theoretic and deep reinforcement learning based resource allocation, Quality of Service, and management and orchestration of 5G network slices.


TFNetwork engagement
TFNetworkSpring21: "Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure: NG-CDI" panel