UK – Leeds

Be part of the Neurons.AI global community of AI Practitioners.
Join this event and meet local professionals working in AI, Machine Learning and Data Science. We also get representation from VCs and Startups joining us too. This will be an opportunity to talk with people across a diverse range of industries who are apply machine learning to solve their specific business problems. Our meetings are a mix of social networking and knowledge sharing with experienced speakers talking about their application of AI and Machine Learning. A great opportunity to meet new people and build your network of people working in this amazing industry. Bring an open mind, a willingness to meet and talk with new people and enjoy good vibes.

Tuesday 24th April (5:30pm to 8:00pm)

People’s Holdings
New York House, 1 Harper Street · Leeds LS2 7EA



5:30pm Arrive – Drinks and Poutine!
6.00pm Welcome / Introduction – Barry Singleton
6.15pm Joseph Battle – People’s Holdings
6.30pm David McKee – University of Leeds – The Internet of Simulation
6.45pm Jessica Shailes – AI & E-Privacy
7.00pm Professor David Hogg – University of Leeds “AI / Machine Learning”
7.15pm Stuart Sherman – IMC BA – Blind men and elephants: What’s missing from your big data?
7.30pm Drinks and Networking
8.00pm Close

for Speaker Profiles please scroll down

Chapter Leader & Event Host
Barry Singleton


Speaker Profiles

Jos Battle, CEO, People’s Holdings
Jos is the founder of People’s Holdings and an expert in business development. He’s an entrepreneur and has successfully started up businesses across a range of sectors. Jos is a pioneer of doing business the right way. He places particular emphasis on the importance of relationships and people (hence the company name) and believes business success is all down to who you work with and who works for you. He’s a supporter of the community and as such is a trustee of several different Yorkshire based charities and can be regularly found doing mental things to help raise funds for them.

David McKee, Research Fellow, School of Computing, University of Leeds
Research Fellow in the Distributed Systems and Services research group with a specialisation in real-time systems, service-orientation, and simulation. With an MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering from University of York, David is an academic with a keen eye on commercialisation and has held various roles in companies from technical through business advisory, and is currently the acting CEO & CTO at Slingshot Simulations.

Jessica Shailes, Head of Digital Marketing, The Ideal Marketing Company
As Head of Digital Marketing at a successful full service marketing agency and owner of an ecommerce company, Jessica is an expert in implementing strategic innovations in marketing and technology. Having worked in marketing for over a decade, she has been directly involved in employing the techniques and practices dictated by the evolution of social media, websites and advertising. Jessica aims to be at the forefront of new initiatives; her participation in Google’s Squared Online Digital Marketing programme resulted in her being named as an inspirational leader by her peers and programme leaders. Jessica was named one of the top 5 most connected women in marketing by LinkedIn UK as part of International Women’s Day.

David Hogg, Professor of AI, University of Leeds
David is internationally recognized for his work on computer vision, particularly in the areas of video analysis and activity recognition. He has been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, Chair of the ICT Strategic Advisory Team at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, and most recently Chair of an international review panel for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence commissioned by EPSRC.

Stuart Sherman, CEO, IMC Business Architecture, Scaled Insights
Stuart runs one of the most innovative AI companies in the world, pioneering a new class of AI, “Behavioural AI”.  Stuart studied Managerial Sciences in university, specifically Behavioural Economics, and Organisational Behaviour. Stuart went on to start an early Management Information Services company which, in the late 1980’s, ran a private network for mail and file transfer between Toronto, New York and Mexico City. Selling that company, Stuart founded one of Canada’s first Digital Agencies – before the Internet was a household thing! That company was sold in 1999 to WPP and Stuart transitioned into Finance, creating an innovative sub-prime lender, which built a substantial automotive loan portfolio, sold shortly before the financial crisis of 2007. After that Stuart once again got interested in Technology, and specifically the early stages of AI. Today you will find him working with some of the worlds’ largest companies, designing and implementing AI designed to change the way they understand their Big Data.

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