My New AI Adventure with CognitionX

I wanted to share the exciting news that I have joined CognitionX as their Senior Technical Talent Advisor and Community Development Manager here in London.


With over 20 events in the last 4 months and our a daily and weekly AI news briefings, CognitionX is already the most active AI, machine learning & data science community in the UK. We bring together 1000s of experts, data providers, software vendors and businesses through both in-person dinners and events, and soon through an online software platform that goes live later this month… (watch this space).


I’d love to personally invite you to join the community, sign up to our news briefing and catch up in person at one of the dinners or events we have planned.



You can sign up to the community here:


News Briefings

And you can subscribe to the daily or weekly news briefing here:



One of our most exciting upcoming events is a talk on the 26th September by the great Hermann Hauser (founder of Acorn and ARM which was just sold for £24bn) on, “What is Intelligence?”.


Talent Services

And if you are currently looking for a new role, would like some advice or just to hear about the many opportunities across our network – sign up to the community and I would be happy to help.


I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you at one of our events soon.

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Data Science & Big Data Analytics New Budget Season 2015

With the economy slowly improving, IT leaders are more optimistic that the corporate purse string will loosen up in 2015, and they’re eager to bring new technologies into the world in addition to just keeping the lights on. Computerworlds annual forecast survey of IT executives shows that budgets are indeed continuing to make a nice recovery. Some 43% of the 194 respondents said that they expect their IT budgets to increase. That’s up from 36% in last year’s study.

This year’s average anticipated up is 13.1%, and overall, the expected changes in IT budgets reported by all respondents average out to 4.3 %. IT is expected to gain kick up spending on security tools, Customer-facing technologies and information exchange/collaboration technologies that comprise the so called SMAC stack – social and mobile tools, analytics systems and cloud computing.

The one trend that we can expect is not only the amount of data increasing, but also a great boost in the market, which will flaunt the solutions for Data Science & Big Data Analytics. Data Science & Big Data Analytics is expected to follow in the footsteps of cloud computing because, just as cloud computing has become conventional, it is expected that Data Science & Big Data Analytics will also become mainstream. However, the basic question that arises is usually centered on how long it will take for solutions to become practical as well as sustainable for traditional firms.

With that in mind if you have any further questions which may help in shaping the budget process for your team please contact me on or call me on 02074481407 / 07881351363


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Sydney base for IT, Big Data, Oil and gas and recruiter. | Opus Opens | The Global Recruiter Magazine

Sydney base for IT, oil and gas and recruiter. | Opus Opens | The Global Recruiter Magazine.

Specialist recruitment company Opus Recruitment Solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of it’s first overseas office in Sydney. The office will be operational from 15 September 2014 and will be headed by Craig Harman. Opus Recruitment Solutions, specialists in the IT and oil and gas sectors, has enjoyed continued growth year-on-year, having recently announced it is on course for achieving record growth in 2014 of £23m. With the company already overseeing a number of key international assignments, particularly in the fast-growing IT and oil and gas sectors in the Asia Pacific region, the decision to open a permanent base in Australia was an obvious one.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO Darren Ryemill said: “We have always enjoyed an international reach and have delivered on a number of key assignments throughout the region over the last 12 months. “The move to open a new permanent base in Sydney is in response to the needs of our clients and candidates alike who are looking to strengthen their position an extend their reach throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Craig Harman, will assume the role of regional business manager – Sydney, when the office formerly opens on 15th September 2014. Mr Harman previously worked for Computer Futures in the UK before relocating to Australia in 2010. Over the last four years, he has worked with two of Sydney’s leading specialist recruitment firms and successfully established two new divisions before joining Opus and helping them to establish their Australia base.

Mr Harman said: “Opus’s decision to open an office here is a strong signal of intent and about the company’s confidence, capability and ambitions at both national and international level and it marks a significant milestone for the business.

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“This is a fantastic opportunity for Opus who have moved quickly to take advantage of its international connections and build our customer base in what is the first major step of the company’s global expansion strategy.”

The Sydney office will work closely with the Opus’s other offices in Bristol and London and it is anticipated that the company has plans to open two additional overseas offices within the next six months. Mr Ryemill added: “This is just the start of our international intentions. With the continued rise in global mobility, precipitated skills shortages for many business-critical roles within the sectors we specialise, our aim is to ensure that we build upon our current strengths and capabilities in foreign markets.”

The company currently employs 75 staff and plans to increase its headcount to 90 by the end of Q4 2014. Opus is currently seeking to add to its growing team of recruitment consultants based in Sydney as it looks to quickly establish itself as a leading provider of specialist talent for the IT and oil and gas sectors.

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A plain English guide to how natural language processing will transform computing


Buzz phrases such as “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” and “natural language processing” are becoming increasingly commonplace within the tech industry. There is a lot of ambiguity around these phrases, so I’ll explain the substance behind the technologies and why I believe they’re transforming the way we live, work and play.

When I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007, I left with a compelling sense that the technology I’d been working with for the last five years had the potential to change the world. I’d recently completed a Ph.D. on the application of a new set of tools and techniques from the emerging field of Machine Learning (ML) to a range of tasks involving human languages — a field known as Natural Language Processing (NLP). If this sounds confusing, I’m not surprised! Many of the concepts are inherently complex. However, to try and make things clearer, ML is about…

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Hot Jobs Cloud & Big Data IT in London

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I am currently looking for 6+ #datascientist to work in London for multiple clients – please get in touch with me ASAP

Location: London, United Kingdom
Salary/Pay Rate: £70 000 – £80 000 per annum
Employment type: Full Time

Data Scientist – Business Intelligence Manager / Senior Data Analyst, statistics, physics, mathematics, Computer Science ,Engineering, Data Mining ,Big Data (Hadoop, Hive, Map Reduce)

A Tier 1 Investment Bank in London is looking for Data Scientists to be part of their Business Analytics Division. This is an exceptional job opportunity to work as a Data Scientist/ Business Intelligence Manager / Senior Data Analyst on this global analytics team using a number of big data technologies to produce complex behavioural models, customer uptake product analysis and new product innovation.

The Data Scientist / Business Intelligence Manager / Senior Data Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Generate/Review large sets of data through the advanced use of quantitative and statistical analytical techniques
  • To Design build and utilise the consumer behavioural forecasting models with different sectors of the business, in order to maximise business opportunities
  • Lead the initiatives to improve the accuracy, availability, granularity and coverage of company data.
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My clients are especially interested in hearing from gifted scientists who not only have exceptional data analysis and problem solving abilities but also have what it takes to discern the hidden patterns and signals within the financial markets.

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This is a superb career opportunity in the Big Data space .This Company invest a tremendous amount of time and money on skills training and personal development, so it will be a huge opportunity to progress your career from a technical Big Data skills and personal growth perspective.

Please send your CV for immediate interview for this exciting, dynamic Data Scientist / Business Intelligence Manager / Senior Data Analyst position.

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