Kulvinder Panesar

Kulvinder Panesar | York St John University

Kulvinder Panesar

I am Dr Kulvinder Panesar. I am highly motivated, driven and strategically focused senior computing professional and an academic for over twenty years.

My current role is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at the School of Art, Design and Computer Science at York St John University, and joined in January 2018. My PhD title: ‘a linguistically centred text-based conversational software agent’, and was awarded in August 2017. It was multi-disciplinary spanning agent thinking, linguistics, computer science, computational linguistics, natural language processing (NLP), knowledge representation (KR), Semantic Web (SW), and artificial intelligence (AI). This research work was a response to explore the long-standing issue within natural language processing (NLP) conversational software agents (CSA), to investigate and refine the accuracy of the interpretation of meaning to provide a realistic dialogue to support the human-to-computer communication.

My teaching experience is underpinned by Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), assessors’ award and more recently fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, composing fifteen years of undergraduate and eight years of postgraduate teaching. Further, my final year project and postgraduate supervisory has been eight and three years respectively. Teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) topics include: software engineering design patterns and development; final year and master projects, systems analysis, computer science topics, management information systems and strategy; enterprise computing and e-ecommerce strategy solution, databases and networks. Additional TLA plans for 2019-2010 include mathematics for computer scientists, data science and artificial intelligence. Additional roles include: course directorship for BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering; module leadership, project supervisor, placement co-coordinator; ‘study abroad’ academic advisor and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadorship.

In the wider research and development space, NLP in AI, meaning and knowledge representation in conversational software agents continues to have exciting revelations due to advances in technology with AI benefits (and challenges), in particular in the Chatbot era, and hence I am continuing post-PhD activities. These include internationally based outputs such as book chapters, journal articles and conference proceeding papers – development work supported by scholarly activities in AI, advanced machine learning and cloud solutions. I am very keen to engage in research programmes (groups) in this area, and thus to inform research-led teaching in the next few years. As a regular attendee at meetup.com group, I enjoy local technical events, participating in discussions and pursue networking links.


Krupali Bhagani

Krupali Bhagani | John Lewis

Krupali Bhagani

Being one of the few females on the Computing course at University, it was hard to grasp the concept and feel motivated or have a role model to aspire to.

Nevertheless, my final year project was a prototype of a collaboration platform for John Lewis Oxford Street.

From then on, I discovered a passion for coding. Computer club for Girls began in February 2013, where I amongst a group of females created a weekly computer club at our local school. This initiative allows the girls to engage in various topics of interests ranging from coding to spreadsheet skills. The club has now been running successfully for over 6 years and still remains a pillar to the community and mentors alike. This inspired me to also begin a Saturday coding club (bi-monthly) during the same period. Each coding club, 75 children experience a range of activities from Scratch, HTML, Python and Micro-bits. Over a 1000 different children have attended the club over the 6 years.

Having had the experience of running coding clubs, I became the Director of Coderdojo London, a non profit organisation have built up a network and skills, where I present at conferences about our journey so far. Recently I was also appointed Chair of British Computing Society, Central London Branch. I organise events, speak at various conferences and engage in panel discussions. My passion is to be the role model that I never had.


Krittika D'Silva

Krittika D'Silva | University of Cambridge

Krittika D'Silva

I am currently a Gates scholar and PhD student at the University of Cambridge studying Computer Science. My PhD research focuses on machine learning applied to spatio-temporal urban mobility models.

For my undergraduate studies I pursued a double degree in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering and worked in three research labs. I designed devices to improve prosthetic sockets for individuals with lower limb amputations, built software for low resource settings, and examined ways to use DNA molecules for long-term data storage. I received the Outstanding Senior Award in Computer Engineering, UW Presidential Scholarship and CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Finalist for my research work.

In 2015 and 2016, I interned as a Software Engineer at Google. In 2015, I built Android animations for the infrastructure underpinning many of Google’s Android applications. In 2016, I worked on the Chrome team and built a number of features for Chrome's default media controls.

In 2018, I worked at the United Nations Pulse Lab in Indonesia, an innovation lab formed within the UN to harness data science insights for policy. I used mobile phone data to model the impact of natural disasters in the South Pacific to support future disaster relief efforts. A report on my work was presented to the government of Vanuatu to support their policy efforts.

In 2019, I worked at NASA in Mountain View, California using AI to support medical care in space. NASA deep space missions will require advanced medical capabilities, including continuous monitoring of astronaut vital signs to ensure optimal crew health. My research examined how we use biosensor data collected from NASA analog missions to train AI models to simulate various medical conditions that might affect astronauts.


Kinjal Dave

Kinjal Dave | BAE Systems

Kinjal Dave

A dynamic and creative self-starter demonstrated through my proactive voluntary work.

I am highly motivated and constantly eager to take on new challenges being a former youth councillor elected by the local young people to represent their voices. I joined BAE Systems AI in November 2016. Prior to this I studied Nuclear Engineering at University of Cambridge and Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. My seniors and colleagues describe me as efficient and motivated who is never happy with second best.

I was successfully selected through a process of interviews for a ten-week long research placement at the NDE Department (Non Destructive Evaluation group) based at Imperial College London. This was a greatly valuable experience as it allowed me to apply my prior knowledge into unfamiliar circumstances while giving me practical laboratory experience. I assisted a PHD student whose research involved high accuracy wall thickness loss measurements using ultrasonic sensors. Performing practical experiments and writing reports on the findings has not only augmented my patience and perseverance but also developed my analytical and evaluative skills. I wrote guidelines on processing metals and safety handling and disposal of industrial chemicals. My role was to design and model a test rig that successfully monitors the corrosion of thickness over time; I optimised the test rig (cutting extra material) so that it could be re-used saving the project a lot of time and money.

Working for a company that values talent and believes in diversity and inclusion has been very inspiring! I have had a pleasure of working on a wide range of projects during my time at BAE Systems AI. I was a PMO (Project Management Office) for the Export Control Programme. My main objective was to Co-ordinate with the PMs to maintain adherence to the reporting cycle. I took charge of articulating on-boarding procedure for new starters which involved. The Export Control Co-ordination Programme has the strong focus of the CEO and is being run by the Office of the CIO to co-ordinate activities across the in-scope businesses. AI/EITS have been engaged to provide support for the transformation through the delivery of shared services that can be consumed by the various businesses. I articulated on-boarding process for new starters which involved

• Designing of an internal software tool – IT glossary (where any new acronyms relevant to the project could be stored) and a My IT requests tracker (where both software and Hardware requests can be stored internally and tracked as a database for increase in accountability and efficiency)
• Designing and Implementation of a new framework – weekly reporting of the status reports to view the progress made by all the project managers on the team.

Recently, at BAE System I was a part of a highly specialised team of scientists working on High Power Systems and directed energy systems. My work predominantly involved computing and modelling of dielectric properties of different materials. I supported the delivery of ceramic material under the research programme for power generation. This included rigorous testing and 3D modelling of the material. I lead the testing team as I took the initiative to run computer simulations followed by test rig designs and physical testing of the material under various conditions (power, temperature etc.)


Kelly Diamond

Kelly Diamond | Sainsbury's

Kelly Diamond

A Product person who gets excited about the challenge of working with and removing legacy technology whilst delivering solutions that touch 70% of the UK population... how did that happen?

With a degree in Business Studies and dedicating a lot of the time to a dissertation in Managing Diversity in the Workforce the last place Kelly thought she would be working was within a Technology division, but, she's never looked back since using technology to solve real business and customer problems.

After completing a two year group strategy focused graduate scheme at Morrisons she landed her first role as Strategic Pricing Manager. An exciting role in the Commercial division competing with the retail discounters but faced with real customer issues she turned to technology to solve them for example 'Our customers don't trust our pricing' and suddenly there was a public price tracker showing the pricing and promotional history as well as market comparisons. It didn't stop at websites and the idea of price intelligence became appealing, this was her first role within tech (unknowingly).

Moving to Sainsbury's into a Product Owner role felt natural and Kelly was able to work with scrum teams to develop colleague tools and digital products such as the Food to Order website but she kept noticing a common problem... the constraints of legacy technology. In 2017 a small cross-functional team started looking at the architectural landscape of the commercial systems and a business case was created for a multi-million pound and multi-year programme to commence to remove the largest merchandising system at Sainsbury's. Kelly was promoted to Domain Lead and has been leading this programme ever since in a purely agile way, slicing and building Sainsbury's out of legacy with now over 100 colleagues working on this effort and delivering incremental business and customer value. In 2019 Kelly took on a wider remit of products across the 4P's (product, price, promotions and place) and took the role of Principal Product Manager.


Karrie Liu

Karrie Liu | Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd

Karrie Liu

Aged 17, Karrie left her family to pursue a first-class education beyond the Hong Kong education system.

Karrie’s achieved the equivalent of two masters degrees, including 1st class integrated bachelor/masters in Maths with Modern Applications from University of York (UoY). Since graduating Karrie has applied her skills in the healthcare and life sciences industries, as a healthcare analytics consultant. Her 12 years’ experience focuses on adding transformational value to staff and service users by leveraging real-world data assets. Using analytic techniques and technology, Karrie builds Artificial Intelligence and applies machine learning to problems – for example predicting treatment pathways for patients and NHS usage. At IQVIA, Karrie worked in a team developing a mobile application to help patients digitally record how they feel and share data with healthcare professionals.

Karrie’s passion for applying technology, correctly, to reveal data insights and tell stories extends beyond the workplace. Her volunteering includes:

• Trustee and council member at The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA);
• Chair of Early Career Mathematicians Committee;
• Advisor for Mathematics department at UoY;
• Analytical advisor for India’s WaterHarvest charity
• Mentor and diverse role model at STEMette Mentoring Programme;
• Chaired two national industry conferences;
• Using cooking and technology to teach math’s to children – removing stress and fear of learning

Resulting in national recognitions:

• Chartered mathematician
• Scholarship awarded by the IMA – for promoting maths and it’s uses in business and life


Kamila Hankiewicz

Kamila Hankiewicz | Untrite Ltd / Girls in Tech London

Kamila Hankiewicz

I'm an entrepreneur and a founder of a software company Untrite. We provide a platform using Machine Learning to remove data fragmentation in the organisations.

We help clients remove data fragmentation and repetitive tasks through a platform providing better business insight on opportunities which previously went unnoticed. Untrite platform allows to search information across your organisation and uncover links between previously unconnected data. A simple search which e.g. can help an employee assigned to a new project find out who was working on it before before and who else could help. To grasp all the data created in one place. A single ‘point of truth’.

I also actively work in non profit international organisation Girls in Tech. I founded Polish chapter of an international NGO Girls in Tech (girlsintech.org) 5 years ago. After that, I took over London chapter and built an amazing team of women who all share the same mission - to help women get in STEM and boost their careers. I remain as an Advisory Board Member at Girls in Tech Poland.
Through my work in Girls in Tech and private business venture she supports both entrepreneurial and intrepreneurial women and run events catered for both groups: hackathons, mentorship programs, catalyst conferences, demo days for female-led startups or small workshops. Last year we organised a series of events: The Tech Spectrum and Startup Fuckups, showing everybody who aspire to work in tech that it’s not only software jobs but a range of equally exciting different types of roles. I invite inspirational women working as innovation directors, business analysts, data scientists, CEOs etc to talk about their journey. I have also organised many discussion panels inc. subjects of social responsibility, entrepreneurship vs. intrapreneurship.

I actively publish and try to present the good, bad and the ugly of running your own business on my own social media and guests articles on other mediums.

I am very passionate about new technologies and a huge advocate of possibilities it brings for humanity.


Jyoti Choudrie

Jyoti Choudrie | University of Hertfordshire

Jyoti Choudrie

Professor Jyoti Choudrie holds the position of Professor of Information Systems at Uni-versity of Hertfordshire.

She has extensive years’ experience specialising in investigating the social inclusion and adoption of Information and Communications Technologies on society’s ‘marginal groups’, the adoption, use and diffusion of innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Small to Medium Size Enterprises and large organizations. This is based upon the principles and mechanisms of variables taken from the theories of diffusion, adoption, usage and implementation in the social, organisational and government realms and how they can be brought to fruition using modern internet related technologies; for instance, Broadband, Smartphones and online social networks to guide and improve individuals’ experiences of modern technology. This was achieved due to sponsored research funding schemes-Royal Academy of Engineering, Microsoft and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy projects with organizations such as, British Telecom and AoL. To ensure that her expertise remains in the area, she has written for established journals such as, European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Journal of Information Technology, and Journal of Business Research. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, commented in trade magazines such as, Computing and Computer Weekly and newspapers, Times Online, Guardian, spoken in industry and academic conferences as a keynote speaker and offered consultancy services to organizations like AoL, BT and Xerox. She has been invited to comment on the radio about the issues of broadband adoption, the digital divide and policies and the impacts of technology on older adults.


Joud Hadaie

Joud Hadaie | Oliver Wyman

Joud Hadaie

I am an Associate (junior project lead) at Oliver Wyman, in the Digital practice. I aim at providing deliverables that help client drive tangible impact.

Having graduated with a degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut, I wanted to gain business and consultancy skills, so I joined Oliver Wyman as a business management consultant less than four years ago. After a year, I combined technical and consulting skills and affiliated in the Digital practice, where I work on creating innovative robust scalable solutions to our clients.

Combining both technology and consulting at Oliver Wyman, allowed me to create fast, profitable, impactful and innovative client solutions.
When I first joined the digital practice, I owned and developed python calculation engines for top tier financial instructions. Earlier this year, I shifted into a product owner role owning a technical solution deployed at multiple clients. Leading multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the overall success of the solution and working in agile ways.

At work, being a strong advocate for diversity, I am a leader of the OW’s diversity network. I believe that delivering diverse and successful solutions require having diverse teams.


Jennifer Kenyon

Jennifer Kenyon | Cisco Systems

Jennifer Kenyon

Jenny’s first internship was at the White House during the Obama Administration, where she worked on an environmental project focused on implementing the latest building technology in order to reduce Federal emissions.

She developed a passion around the power of technology to drive positive impact, and later did an internship and graduate role at Cisco Systems, where she is currently a business analyst focusing on the company’s global transformation from pure hardware to a combined hardware and software model. Her charismatic approach to obstacles and uncanny ability to translate strategy into execution has earned her an innovative reputation and showcased the potential of young women in the tech industry and the leadership ability of emerging talent.

However, it is her extra-curricular role which has propelled Jenny towards being a future tech leader. Jenny co-leads Cisco’s global ‘Back to Business Network’ which focuses on retaining employees after periods of leave by providing them with tools, mentoring, and a community to raise challenges associated with being working parents, primary caregivers for elderly relatives, or coping with the loss of a loved one. This year, she published a widely read e-book for managers on ways to prepare for an employee’s planned leave, successful re-integration of birthing and non-birthing parents into high-performing teams, and leading without biases. She has earned a reputation for bringing others along on a journey to combat lingering stereotypes in the UK's tech industry around early in career innovation, working parents, and especially women in the workforce, in order to drive an inclusive, supportive, and conscious culture, as well as a broader positive reputation of UK tech companies.