The researchers, industry experts, and business development professionals who help deliver data-driven activities and partnerships
Professor Yvan Petillot
Professor Yvan Petillot is the joint academic lead of the National Robotarium and Chair of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems theme of the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering
I’m a professor of robotics and autonomous systems at Heriot-Watt University specialising in field robotics. I have a strong interest in technology transfer and engagement with industry and co-founded SeeByte Ltd in 2001, which is now a world leader in marine autonomy solutions. As Chief Technology Officer for the company until 2010, I coordinated the commercial application of university research.
Professor Helen Hastie
Professor Helen Hastie is the joint academic lead of the National Robotarium and director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
I’m a professor of computer science at Heriot-Watt University and my special interest is in human-robot interaction. I’ve worked in both industry and academia and bring this experience to the National Robotarium, where the goal is to establish a strong link between industry and academia, working together closely on joint initiatives.
Director of the Bayes Centre
Michael is a specialist in AI techniques that enable people to interact with each other effectively. For over 20 years, he has been developing algorithms that can be used to coordinate the activities of multiple actors in online collaboration platforms, electronic marketplaces, or transportation systems, ensuring they satisfy key ethical objectives such as fairness, transparency, and diversity-awareness. As Director of the Bayes Centre, he has contributed significantly to the University’s tech innovation activities in data science and AI within the Data-Driven Innovation Programme since 2018.
Programme Lead for the Health and Social Care DDI Talent Programme, Usher Institute
My role is in developing the DDI Health and Social Care (HSC) Talent programme in line with City Region Deal aspirations. This includes building data science expertise across the learning spectrum from new students to in-career professionals and lifelong learners.
DDI Chancellor’s Fellow
Dr Williamson’s research focuses on the points at which digital technologies, science and data interact with education policy and governance. These are critical areas in the age of Big Data, given its potential to influence policy and practice from pre-school to post-graduate settings.
Syed Ahmar Shah
DDI Chancellor’s Fellow
Syed Ahmar Shah moved from the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford to take up a Chancellor’s Fellowship here in the Usher Institute and Informatics at the University’s Medical School, bringing with him a strong background in biomedical engineering and an impressive track-record in inter-disciplinary projects involving health care professionals, statisticians and fellow engineers.