Eric Topham

CEO and Data Science Director | T-DAB London, United Kingdom
Eric Topham


Eric pursued an academic career before transitioning to the commercial world of data science via the public sector. Whether in academic research or the private sector, Eric is driven by the challenge of solving big problems using data and the scientific process.


Parallel Session | Congress Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Systems Forum

AI-19 – Machine Learning at the Extreme: Teaching AI to Sail

Jack Trigger
Jack Trigger Trigger Racing Director and Skipper
Eric Topham
Eric Topham T-DAB CEO and Data Science Director
Pedro Baiz
Pedro Baiz WisConT Co-founder and CTO
Roman Kastusik
Roman Kastusik The Data Analysis Bureau Data Scientist
Stanislas Hannebelle
Stanislas Hannebelle Department of Computing, Imperial College London MSc Student
30-10-2019 18:15 30-10-2019 19:00 Europe/Madrid AI-19 – Machine Learning at the Extreme: Teaching AI to Sail

Adoption of AI in IoT applications currently presents multiple challenges. Everything should start by identifying the most important problems and opportunities for end users. In high-performance sailing, a clear opportunity was identified: improving the autopilot. This talk explores the technical efforts and achievements using recurrent neural networks, deep reinforcement learning, and optimisation techniques, combined with domain knowledge to produce an autopilot that can operate either as a digital twin of the sailor, or develop its own style and strategy. Discover how solution co-creation between end user, subject matter experts, data scientist, academics, among others, takes place using an agile approach. You will see how implementation of solution, which spanned culture and process changes (not just technology) was undertaken (digital transformation program).

Room AI & Cognitive System Forum
Wed 30 18:15h - 19:00h Room AI & Cognitive System Forum

Pedro Mier

Pedro Mier holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineer ing from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, MBA from ESADE and PADE from IESE. He is currently President of AMETIC (Association of Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications Companies of Spain), Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRYO Aerospace & Electronics, Board Member of the Premo Group and Committee of CTTC. member of Space Angels Network and Member of the Sc ientific Advisory