Speakers and Exhibitors at the Analytics Summit 2019

Meet the Speakers


AS19 Plenary Speaker:

The OR Society is delighted to announce that Steve Caughey, the Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data, will be joining us as Plenary Speaker on the topic of the centre and its work.

This £30M investment brings together industry, the public sector and world-leading academics to develop the skills, ideas and resources needed to exploit the opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data. In short, the centre helps organisations get the skills they need to obtain insight from their data. In his talk, Steve will further explain the purpose of the centre and how it intends to work with public sector organisations to build a shared data ecosystem, help upskill employees, share best practice and initiate cross-organisational data projects.

Steve worked as a software engineer and systems architect for a number of telecommunications companies before joining the influential Arjuna research team at Newcastle University in 1990. He was instrumental in commercializing the prototype work of this group by co-founding Arjuna Solutions in 1998. Steve led this startup company to acquisition, by Hewlett-Packard in 2000, bought back the company (renamed as Arjuna Technologies) in 2002 and sold part of the product suite to RedHat in 2005. As CEO he was responsible for strategy, corporate development and partnerships.


Extracting Value from Data Analytics: Focus on People, not Data

Payal Jain, MD JCURV & Chair Women in Data, UK

Abstract: SAP found that 86% of organisations believe there is further value to be extracted from their data; but 74% of the organisations surveyed believe it’s too complex to monetise this value. It makes for bleak reading for the boardrooms that were persuaded to make these investments. So how can Chief Data Officers (CDOs) turn this ship around?

This talk will define the building blocks for an effective data analytics function. Real life case studies from FTSE 100 firms will be shared where they have transformed their data function by focusing on people, not data. With the advances in AI and the focus on bias and ethics, this talk addresses that the skills sets required in data moving forwards and what are our roles as data leaders will be in the future.

Bio: Payal is a Managing Director at JCURV, a management consultancy company who’s mission is to increase the agility of UK PLC by helping companies radically change the way they leverage data.  Previous to this, Payal has held several executive roles in the Banking and Finance industry for the last 18 years including Existing Customer Management and Loans Director at Vanquis Bank and Managing Director of Strategic Analytics at Barclays, responsible for all the analytics in the UK and European Credit Card and Lending division across 8 countries. 

Payal is the Chair of Women in Data, who’s mission is gender parity in all data roles, especially at a senior level.  In 2016, Payal was recognised as the most influential data professional in the DataIQ Top 100 leaders in the UK and shortlisted as Woman of the Year in the 2019 Credit Awards.

Making AI Human Again: The Importance of Explainable AI (XAI)

Erik Pazos, Data Scientist, QuantumBlack A McKinsey Company

Abstract: Proliferation of machine learning techniques have led to more companies driving their decision-making process with complex models. In this increasingly fast paced world, it is becoming more difficult to understand how AI systems are making our everyday decisions. Along with increased regulation, there is a growing demand to build explainable models without compromising performance. In this session we will present how QuantumBlack is using XAI to drive adoption, diagnose bias, and deliver impact across organisations.

Bio: Erik Pazos is a data scientist at QuantumBlack.  He is involved in banking, telecommunication, pharma projects as well as helping our internal Explainable AI (XAI) effort. Prior to QuantumBlack he worked in digital advertising for two years, building machine learning algorithms to better predict customer behaviour. Erik has a PhD from UCL in Statistical Sciences, looking into MCMC algorithm applied to diffusion processes.

Ethics and Fairness in AI: A Systemic Approach

Didier Vila, Global Head of Data Science, Quantumblack A McKinsey Company

Abstract: This workshop will be focused on ethics and fairness, areas that are becoming increasingly more important for industrial applications. There will be knowledge sharing between industry and academia through a use case, which will highlight the great opportunities between quantitative accuracy, ethics and fairness and how to manage this potential trade-off. The session will enumerate the critical underlying risks, mitigations and practical checklists that have been formalised at QuantumBlack.

Bio: Didier leads Quantumblack’s global Data Science practice, bringing more than 10 years of experience applying data science to pressing business challenges across industries. Didier leads and supports a team of more than 40 data scientists worldwide. His driving passion is to deliver tangible impact for clients through data science, while creating a positive and rewarding environment for the development of each of our data scientists.

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User-centred Analysis and Visualisation

Emma Cosh, Analytics & Data Visualisation Consultant

Abstract: If the purpose of analysis and visualisation is to inform people and drive actions, how do you ensure your work has the best chance of succeeding. This talk introduces a framework and some tips and tricks for putting users at the heart of data visualisation and making it as engaging as possible.

Bio: Emma is a freelance analytics and data visualisation consultant. Her work has been featured in The Guardian and Tor.com, and been long listed for The Information is Beautiful Awards. She started out in operational research and statistics, and gradually shifted from building models and leading analytics teams to communicating and visualising data, making it easy to understand and beautiful to look at.

Movement Insights – Measuring the Performance of Bath’s High Street

Allison Herbert, the CEO of Bath Business Improvement District
Simon Babes
, Managing director at Movement strategies

Abstract: Bath Business Improvement District (BID), together with city stakeholders and Bath & North East Somerset Council, are pioneering the use of Movement Insights, a new SaaS product developed by Movement Strategies Ltd. The web-based dashboard provides the BID access to a range of tailored insights to measure the performance of the city centre from a new perspective, focusing on the behaviour of people including residents, employees and visitors.

Movement Insights brings together a number of rich data sets including Mobile Network Operator (MNO) data, credit/debit card transaction data, footfall data, public Wi-Fi data and sentiment analysis. The paper provides a brief overview of the data sets, the methodology and the product, as well as focusing on the value of the insights to the Bath BID and their stakeholders.

Allison's Bio: Allison Herbert has a background in economic regeneration, working across deep rural communities, market towns and the city centre of Bath from within and outside of local government.  As Chief Exec of Bath Business Improvement District (BID), she is responsible for a programme of activity and campaigns which deliver tangible benefits to 700 city based businesses.

Simon's Bio: Simon has delivered a significant number of high profile projects over the last 20 years in the UK, Asia and Middle East in the transport, sports & entertainment, cultural and smart cities sectors. Simon has led the development of Movement Insights, a new SaaS product delivering insights derived from multiple 3rd party data sets. Prior to joining Movement Strategies, Simon established successful consultancy businesses in China and Malaysia having studied Engineering at Durham University and started his career with Ministry of Defence and then moving to London Underground Ltd. He is currently a Board member of the UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA).


Workshop: Details to follow


Workshop: How to break up data silos? Opportunities and barriers


Workshop: How to break up data silos? Opportunities and barriers


Workshop: Tutorial on explainable machine learning in R


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