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Keynote Speakers

Ned Gulley

Ned Gulley

Ned is Design Lead for eProducts and Services at MathWorks. Ned joined the company in 1991 and has led the development of the Fuzzy Logic Toolbox™ and the MATLAB Interface team. Currently he divides his time between working on the Web version of MATLAB and enhancing the MATLAB Central Web community, which he has been leading since 2001. He is particularly interested in the overlap between technical and social computing. Prior to joining MathWorks, Ned was an aerospace engineer working on flight control research and simulation at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Ned holds a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and an MSE in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Stanford University.

Joe Hicklin

Joe Hicklin

Joe works at MathWorks as part of the development team. Currently he assesses new technology, helps direct product strategy, and supports development teams. Joe joined the company in 1989 and led the development of Simulink and Handle Graphics®. Joe holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.S. in computer science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho.

Additional Speakers

Matt Francis

FTSE Group
Matt is head of Product and System Architecture at FTSE Group, the global index provider. He oversees the architecture and design of the company’s production infrastructure, including its data management and index calculation systems. He was instrumental in the design and delivery of a range of major FTSE Index Series, including the well-known FTSE Global Equity Index Series. Matt also managed FTSE’s move to providing real-time data and streaming index services.

Matt joined FTSE Group in 1997 and has a background is in software development. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied zoology from Leeds University and a master’s in information technology from Kingston University. He is also a chartered IT professional by the British Computing Society (CITP).

Tom Hebbert

Tom is the Supply Chain Development Director at Tesco. He leads the change programme within Tesco to continuously improve how the supply chain operates. The work starts with suppliers and covers all store formats from Express convenience stores to large out-of-town Extra stores, and includes all types of products, from fruit and vegetables to televisions and camping equipment.

The change programme breaks down into three main areas: operational change work, supply chain system improvement, and research and development. The work focuses on improving availability for customers, while removing unnecessary stockholding and lowering costs within stores and the supply chain. Tom joined Tesco six years ago and has worked across the business in a number of cross-functional change roles.

Before joining Tesco, Tom worked in strategy consulting and venture capital. He has a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from University of Cambridge.

Adrienne James

Adrienne joined MathWorks in 2007 as a senior trainer and has delivered courses to customers from many different industries in both onsite and public settings. Since May 2010, Adrienne has primarily focused on supporting customers in the finance industry. Prior to joining MathWorks, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in computational biology groups at AstraZeneca (Cheshire, UK) and at Novartis Forschungsinstitut (Vienna, Austria). She also worked as a graduate trainee at Reuters. She has a Ph.D. in mathematical sciences from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University; her doctoral research was in the area of mathematical and computational modelling of intracellular signalling. She holds an M.Sc. in information technology from University College London and an M.A. in mathematics from University of Cambridge.

Chris Laws

Chris joined McLaren in 2003 and has since held a number of roles within the engineering office of the F1 team, developing their vehicle model and most recently spending three years leading their simulation development team. In this role he kept designers, race engineers, and aerodynamicists supplied with the ever-developing set of analysis tools essential to keep McLaren fighting for wins. Although he is occasionally allowed out to experience the sleep deprivation and noise of the garage, he is happiest when the word “toolbox” is preceded by “signal processing” or “parallel computing.” He has an M.Eng. in electrical and information sciences from University of Cambridge.

Jos Martin

Jos is currently the principal architect for parallel computing tools at MathWorks. Before moving to a development role within MathWorks, he worked as a consultant in the U.K., writing large-scale MATLAB applications, particularly in the finance and automotive sectors. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2000, he held a Royal Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His area of research was Experimental Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC), a branch of low-temperature atomic physics.

Hitesh Mistry

Hitesh is a computational biologist at AstraZeneca developing models on cancer signalling pathways and multiscale models of the heart. Prior to this, he held a position within the mathematics department at the University of Dundee as a postdoctoral researcher developing mathematical models of certain aspects of the cell cycle in collaboration with Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals. His mathematical background contains aspects of ODEs, PDEs, and both discrete and continuous stochastic modelling.

Sam Roberts

Sam joined MathWorks in January 2005, and now focuses on supporting customers in the pharmaceutical and finance industries. Before coming to MathWorks, Sam worked for GlaxoSmithKline as a statistician, applying multivariate statistics to predict drug toxicity from very large genomic and proteomic datasets. Prior to that, he performed research in artificial intelligence and machine learning at Edinburgh and Oxford universities. Sam holds an M.A. in mathematics and philosophy from University of Oxford and an M.Sc. in artificial intelligence from University of Edinburgh, and he carried out DPhil-level research in machine learning at University of Oxford.

John Walley

John is part of the application engineering team at MathWorks and currently supports customers using parallel computing tools. Before joining MathWorks in 2008, John worked at QinetiQ, a defence technology company, where he carried out research into new target tracking techniques for radar and optical sensors. John holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and an M.Sc. in mathematical modelling and scientific computing from the University of Oxford.

Marta Wilczkowiak

Marta joined MathWorks in March 2005 and is working with customers on image processing and data analysis applications. Before coming to MathWorks, Marta carried on research in computer vision at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) and University of Cambridge. She was particularly interested in combining image information and geometric constraints for creating virtual models of urban environments. Marta holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG) and an M.Sc. in applied mathematics and computer science from Warsaw University of Technology.