AICON Curators 2020

Tom Gray

Tom Gray

Innovation CTO and Director

Tom is Group CTO and Director of Innovation at Kainos

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“Tom is a 30-year tech veteran and is Group CTO and Director of Innovation at Kainos Group plc. Tom is an active investor in local and national tech startups and holds a number of non-exec director positions in tech startups. Tom Gray graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, holds a BSc. in Computer Science, and has studied Innovation Management at MIT Sloan. Tom has been the driving force behind many of Kainos’ most innovative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AppCamp, CodeCamp and Code4Derry. He founded and curates the content for the annual BelTech conference, which has a strong focus on emerging Digital technology. From 2016-2018, Tom was Director of Digital Catapult NI, established Digital Catapult’s NI presence and was responsible for the development of the Immersive Lab. Tom is Deputy-Chair of the MATRIX ICT panel and a member of the CCEA Regulatory Advisory Panel. He is Chairman of the Ulster University Industrial Liaison Board, and holds a number of non-exec director positions in tech startups. Tom is past-Chair of the IET in Northern Ireland.”
Dr Adrian Johnston

Dr Adrian Johnston

Director of Operations

Adrian is the Director of Operations for Digital Catapult NI.

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“He is tasked with accelerating the adoption of emerging digital technologies within NI based companies. Prior to Digital Catapult Adrian worked for Seagate Technologies for 20 years and lead the Advanced Analytics team. With a PhD in Informatics and AI, he has led industrially led research in advanced manufacturing and the implementation of AI, IOT and factory automation in complex data environments. In addition to Digital Catapult, Adrian is a member of the UKRI Expert advisory group on AI and a member of the Matrix Science panel.”
Harry Davies

Harry Davies

AI Programme Lead

Harry runs the Applied AI programme at Tech Nation.

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“Tech Nation is part of the UK Government’s AI Sector Deal to champion the UK’s most exciting AI scaleups. 51 companies have been through this programme now, all using AI to solve real world problems.Previously, Harry ran programmes at Wayra UK and worked on initiatives like the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator.”
Ruth McGuinness

Ruth McGuinness

AI Business Development Director

Ruth is the AI Business Development Director at Kainos

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“She is responsible for connecting organisations with AI solutions within government and private sectors. Ruth previously led an Emerging Technology function within PwC UK, with a focus on developing AI, RPA and Data Analytics solutions for financial services clients. Prior to this, she was a board member at Tascomi Ltd, a technology company that develops cloud applications for local government. Prior to this, she was a board member at Tascomi Ltd, a technology company that develops cloud applications for local government.”
Fiona Browne

Fiona Browne

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Datactics

Fiona is Head of Artificial Intelligence at Datactics

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“Fiona Browne is Head of Artificial Intelligence at Datactics with over 15 years research and industrial experience. Datactics specialise in data quality and matching at scale providing software solutions to clients in banking, financial services and government. Prior to this Fiona Lectured in Computing Science at Ulster University teaching Data Analytics and undertaking research on applied artificial intelligence and data integration. She was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast and a Senior Software Developer at PathXL. Fiona received a BSc (Hons.) degree in Computing Science and a PhD on Artificial Intelligence in Bioinformatics from Ulster University.”
Austin Tanney

Austin Tanney

Head of AI

Austin is Head of AI, Kainos

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“Austin has spent the last 20+ years working in the commercial sector in a range of companies from start-ups to multinational corporations with a focus on Life Science, Healthcare and Technology. He has worked on a broad range of AI and data analytics projects in the public and private and healthcare sectors. Austin is the co-founder of AI Con and co-founder of AINI, Northern Irelands AI community. This year at AI Con Austin has chosen to think a little differently and focus on the impact of AI on Art, culture and society.”