Exist Insight ISSUE01

ExIST Quarterly Event 2016

Written: 11 January 2016

In partnership with the Exeter City Futures initiative our next ExIST event on the 4th February will unpack the IoT and what it could mean for Exeter and its region: the focus of the session will be on Health, Transport and Energy.

IoT and Urban Innovation

Elizabeth O’Driscoll, Head of Innovation, Exeter City Futures

Elizabeth joins Exeter City Futures from BAE Systems where she has 13 years’ experience developing complex systems, defining technology strategy and leading transformational change. After completing her PhD at Bristol University Liz joined BAE Systems’ renowned Advanced Technology Centre where she ran the Autonomous & Intelligent Systems and Information Processing department before joining the team responsible for defining the technology strategy to deliver the BAE Systems future product portfolio. In 2014 she moved to the Naval Ships transformation programme leading the knowledge capture of the cross-functional activities focussed on £11BN Type 26 Frigate. Liz is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineering.


Big Data and Health

Dr Ignat Drozdov, Director, Bering Limited

Dr Drozdov is the Managing Director at Bering Limited. Dr. Drozdov works in the field of Machine Learning and Precision Medicine. His models have predicted prospective risk of type 2 diabetes and myocardial infarction as well as patient response to radiotherapy.  Dr. Drozdov published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and is a beneficiary of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) award (to Bering Limited), working alongside academic institutions in the UK (Oxford University, University College London) and European industry partners.

Bering Research are currently applying advanced machine learning and big data techniques to the Symphony dataset.



Investment Trends in Transportation Systems

Laurence Oakes Ash, Andromeda Capital

Laurence spent 12 years in investment banking in both London and New York where he was head of Autos, Industrials, Technology, Media and Telecom sectors.  Overseeing annual dealflow of £30bn, he invested and made markets in IPOs through to well-known international companies taking a specialist interest in emerging technologies and macro trends.  He joined Andromeda Capital in 2014 focusing on investment strategy and financial operations.  He is currently a director of Exeter City Futures and is managing the launch of a £100m Intelligent Mobility Venture fund.  He is an experienced commercial chartered accountant and holds a first in Mathematics from Durham University.


Future Energy Networks

Ralph Hudson, Power System Architecture Lead, Energy Systems Catapult

Ralph Hudson leads the system integration strategy for the Energy Systems Catapult.  His work focuses on technology implications of the drive towards clean energy for the UK in particular around the electrification of heat and transport. He has held previous positions within the simulation and modelling team of the Transport Systems Catapult where he continues to advise on strategies for smart infrastructure. Ralph is an experienced senior systems engineer and an Alumnus of the University of Exeter.