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Spectra Interview: Bhavan Chahal, PhD Data Science Intern

Great interview with our recent PhD Data Science intern Bhavan Chaha

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£1m Funding Award to Improve Primary Care using AI

Spectra Analytics is delighted to announce a £1m funding award from InnovateUK to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve NHS Primary Care. The PA TCHS project, in collaboration with the…

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Spectra Expands Leadership Team

We are delighted to announce that Spectra are expanding our leadership team. Dr Daniel Sprague Chief Technology Officer & Chief Science Officer In his CTO role, Dan leads Spectra’s technology…

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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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Cervus Defence and Spectra Announce Analytics Partnership

Today we are proud to announce a strategic partnership between Cervus and Spectra that will design, build and deliver world class analytics into the international Defence training and force development…

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CogX Live

CogX – The festival of all things AI

Complexity Science and Merve Alanyali. The content of talks were wide ranging, but largely focused on the impact of AI and the broad issues in the future of AI. Ones of particular…

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Warwick Complexity Centre 10 Year Anniversary

Great to be part of the 10 year celebrations for the Warwick University Complexity Centre at the Shard this week. They have fantastic academics and students producing some great research…

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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 One of our data scientists…

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Spectra win InnovateUK Grant!

We are excited to announce that Spectra has won an InnovateUK grant to develop AI triage for primary care with the University of Manchester. The aim is to reduce GP…

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Spectra join British delegation to Cyber Tech Tel Aviv 2018

We were very excited to win a place on the Click here to read the articleMarcus Ong representing Sprectra Analytics at Cyber Tech Tel Aviv 2018

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Science is Vital

Science is Vital

Please support the Science is Vital campaign to raise the science budget from less than 0.5% GDP to 0.8% GDP; the G8 average. Science and engineering form a vital part…

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Spectra win European Commission Grant!

Spectra is excited to announce that it has recently won an European Commission grant to study how mobility-impaired users utilise the London transport network. We are going to help identify…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Complexity introduces Spectra

Complexity introduces Spectra!

The Warwick Centre features Spectra on its Newsletter The Warwick Centre for Complexity Science has written an article about Spectra on its newsletter, titled 'Complexity Students have Big Hopes for…

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Origins of Spectra – An Interview with our CEO Dr Marcus Ong

Ever wondered how Spectra began or what is Big Information? Then check out the interview with our Founder and CEO Dr Marcus Ong in February’s issue of Mathematics Today.

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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

Lead 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.

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

Head of Software Development

Rob manages the development of our software products, including PATCHS. He is an experienced full-stack developer, having worked on a variety of products and projects across a range of industries.

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


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


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


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


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.