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PATCHS: Langworthy Medical Practice Case Study

Advanced spoke to Dr Ben Brown of Langworthy Medical Practice about its adoption of PATCHS, the online consultation tool that is backed by Advanced. We asked Ben how PATCHS is helping Langworthy overcome day-to-day challenges during the pandemic, and discussed the huge difference it is making to staff and patient care. What was life like…

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Operational Resilience and Impact Tolerance: Are you ready for the next wave?

Operational Resilience and Impact Tolerance: Are you ready for the next wave? Humanity will make history if C19 is a single wave pandemic. The bubonic plague lasted in Europe between the 14th and 18th Centuries with 3 major waves. In 1346 it wiped out one third of Europe’s population; in 1361 an estimated 10-20% of the remaining…

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Operational Resilience and Impact Tolerance in a post-coronavirus world, Chris Crowther

In early December 2019 the Bank of England, Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority published six consultation papers (CP) on operational resilience and impact tolerance. The papers set out a series of proposed rules and policy statements which are expected to make their way into confirmed policy by the second half of 2021. This…

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Operational Resilience in Your Life, Andrew Cortis

Andrew Cortis, Perimeter Group I would like you to take part in an experiment, if you are brave enough you can run it live but a cognitive exercise will perform just as well. It’s going to cost you nothing, just the simple the push of a button…ready….ok…..don’t charge your phone this evening, then set off…

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Bloc Hotels: Using AI to Power Hotel Revenue Management

At Bloc Hotels we have spent the past 5 years developing our own proprietary revenue management system to help manage our room inventory and optimise room pricing.

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Modelling fertility in rural South Africa, Rob Eyre

Modelling fertility in rural South Africa, Dr Rob Eyre

Modelling fertility in rural South Africa, Rob Eyre Individuals living within the study area of the Agincourt HDSS. (Image by A Khosa, courtesy of agincourt.co.za) One of our data scientists Rob Eyre recently published a paper in 

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Data Analytics

5 Challenges to Standardised Data Analytics Platforms

The data analytics industry is growing fast with large established players vying for market share with exciting new start up companies. With such a range of services available it is very difficult for businesses to know what is the best approach. Should they use a standardised data analytics platform? If so, which one? Or should…

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Complexity Science – the hard thing about data science

From my perspective there are two main challenges in data science. The first is the Big Data problem and the second is the complex system problem. The Big Data problem refers to how we store and process large quantities of data. At its simplest, this requires developing faster and more efficient methods of storage and…

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A path to causal inference

The aim of data analytics is to infer the relationships between variables in a system in order to predict and/or control said system. For example, we may wish to understand the relationship between a stock’s return and its volatility in order to profit from changes in these variables or to reduce risk. For instance if…

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Marcus Ong

Marcus Ong PhD FIMA

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus is the CEO and Co-Founder of Spectra. Passionate about using AI to transform businesses and society, Marcus founded Spectra to help enable and promote the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. As an experienced data scientist, he’s worked in both academic and professional settings, and is a Fellow of the IMA.

Marcus is an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick and a Fellow at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He was previously a Derivatives Trader for Citigroup, as well as an NCA Special for the National Crime Agency, where he advised on the applications of Machine Learning and Data Analytics.

Marcus holds a PhD in Complexity Science with Finance and an MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick, a BSc in Physics from the University of Durham, and a Charters in both Mathematics and Science from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Youssef Taleb PhD


Youssef Taleb PhD

Senior Data Scientist

Youssef is an experienced Data Scientist and full-stack developer. He has developed AI-powered products for a diverse range of industries from defence to healthcare and marketing. He is passionate about finding creative ways to solve problems and using cutting-edge models and technologies.

Youssef holds a PhD and MSc in Statistics from Imperial College London, and an MEng in Telecommunications from Telecom SudParis, Institut Mines-Telecom.

Chris Crowther SIRA


Chris Crowther SIRA

Chief Information Officer

Chris is the CIO of Spectra overseeing information assurance and security. He has over 25 years experience and is CESG Certified as a Professional Lead Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA)

Chris’s experience includes senior roles within the UK military and other Government departments, the US Military and Federal Government, the United Nations, KPMG and Airbus.

Christelle Nagabe

Christelle Nagabe

Junior DevOps Engineer

Christelle is a Junior DevOps Engineer. Her main focus is managing, supporting, and developing CI/CD pipelines and Infrastructure-As-Code in order to ensure Spectra’s products are efficiently automated and robust.


Sean Conner

Shareholder Representative

Sean is an experienced financial professional, who has worked in the capital markets for over 30 years. He represents and looks after the interests of shareholders on the Board.

Robert Brady PhD


Robert Brady PhD

Non-Executive Director

Robert is advises Spectra on Business Development. He has extensive business experience having previously listed his company, Brady PLC the largest European supplier of software for global commodity trading, on the London Stock Exchange.

Robert is the Treasurer of the Cambridge Angels and was previously an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School, and an Industrial Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory.

Rob Eyre PhD


Rob Eyre PhD

Senior Data Scientist

Rob is an experienced Data Scientist and full-stack developer. He focuses on the development of AI solutions and the products that utilize them.

Rob holds a PhD and MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick, and an MSci in Theoretical Physics from University College London.

Prof. Robert MacKay


Prof Robert MacKay FRS FIMA FInstP

Advisor

Robert is the Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick and its Centre for Complexity Science, which includes its doctoral training centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) Renowned Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Research Council “Recognising Influential Scientists and Engineers” scheme.

Robert’s principal research interests are in the statistical behaviour of complex dynamical systems, and he aims to shed light on the concepts of emergence, tipping points, and nudges. He is currently involved in research projects on Management of Complex Systems, Energy Storage, Behavioural Science, and Internet Science.

Prof Robin Ball


Prof Robin Ball FInstP

Advisor

Robin is an Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warwick, after previously being the Head of Physics. His principal research interests include statistical physics with an emphasis on self-organising systems. Examples of this are fractal aggregates, polymer microstructures, protein folding, dynamics of fracture and granular, and colloidal materials.

Matt Fleming


Matt Fleming

Data Engineer

Matt is a Data Engineer specialising in building robust, scalable, and cloud-based data pipelines for machine learning applications.

Joe Withers

Joe Withers

Data Engineer

Joe is a Data Engineer at Spectra. He develops scalable data pipelines and is interested in working to improve data reliability, efficiency, and quality.

Gwynneth Derere


Gwynneth Derere

Product Manager & Employee Representative

Gwynneth is the Product Manager and Head of Training for PATCHS. With over 10 years of experience, Gwynneth is an accomplished clinical systems product specialist. She has expertise across requirements management, implementation, and software training. Previously, Gwynneth worked across a wide range of care settings with health professionals, delivering and supporting market leading software.

Dr Ben Brown, MBChB


Dr Ben Brown PhD

Chief Medical Officer

Ben is the Chief Medical Officer of Spectra Analytics, as well as a practicing GP and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Ben is an expert is developing advanced analytical clinical software. His work has been published in over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he has won awards from the International Medical Informatics Association, British Computer Society, and Royal College of General Practitioners.

In addition to his medical training, he has qualifications in Health Informatics (PhD), Public Health (MPH), and Leadership (MSc).

Charlotte Watson PhD


Charlotte Watson PhD

Data Scientist

Charlotte focuses on developing custom AI solutions, and has a keen interest in improving AI transparency and usability.

Brendan Spillane PhD


Brendan Spillane PhD

Advisor

Brendan is a representaive for Warwick Ventures. He focusses on busines development and building sales pipleines for startups.

Dr-Daniel-Sprague


Dan Sprague PhD

Chief Technology & Science Officer

Dan co-founded Spectra Analytics with Marcus in 2014, and has led as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Science Officer since its founding. Dan leads the Data Science and Data Engineering teams at Spectra, overseeing the Artificial Intelligence, software development, and technology infrastructure.

Dan is also an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick, and was previously a consultant for USAid.

Dan holds a PhD and MSc in Complexity Science from the University of Warwick and a Physics (MPhys) from the University of Oxford.