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OLIVERLEMON & VERENARIESER


When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, Professors Oliver Lemon and Verena Rieser are internationally accredited for their breakthrough insights and devel- opments in AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing applied to intelligent and adap- tive interfaces. Their interests in multimodal technologies has led to Heriot-Watt’s Interaction Lab become a global centre of excellence in advanced Conversa- tional Artificial Intelligence. This excellence has led Heriot-Watt to become a top three finalist in Amazon’s global Alexa Prize for two years in row (2017 and 2018).


COMPANY TRAVELNEST


This impressive Edinburgh team (former COO if IPoS, sold to iZettle, and advisory board including former Skyscanner CTO and COO), led by 24-year-old Doug Stephenson. It is funded by Scottish private equity group Pentech, Mangrove, and Frontline Ventures.


TECHNOLOGY SERVERLESS


‘Deployment and operation of code will be simplified for software teams, while bringing efficien- cies for cloud hosts through greater utilisation of computing resources,’ according to former CTO of Skyscanner Alistair Hann, who has recently been installed as the CTO of the NHS’s NDS.


COMPANY BERINGARLTD


A Scottish SME that designs and manufactures in Scotland, Berin- gar’s technology helps buildings ‘talk’. Beringar’s sensor technology collects 15 data points in real-time including occupancy, tempera- ture, air quality, sound and light. Data gathered is used to uncover patterns in building use and


environmental data. This is set to revolutionise the way large prop- erty estates - such as those owned by the NHS - are managed.


TECHNOLOGY BLOCKCHAIN


Women’s Coin Foundation is a technology platform delivering new payment solutions (including a women’s coin cryptocurrency) using Blockchain and pre-pay- ment cards with profits support- ing humanitarian work globally and establishing women’s empow- erment through women-owned businesses, according to Lynne Cadenhead, Chair, Women’s Enterprise Scotland.


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PROFESSOR BILL BUCHANAN


Edinburgh Napier University’s Professor Bill Buchanan has been pushing the boundaries of research and innovation in cyber- security for a number of years and has been involved in several highly successful Scottish spin outs. His work is held in very high regard and he has helped enhance Scot- land’s reputation as an emerging global leader in cybersecurity.


TECHNOLOGY QUANTUMCOMPUTING


‘Quantum computing - and the near-limitless computational possibilities it could open up - has been a dream of computer scien- tists since Alan Turing’s theoreti- cal work in the 1930s. Now that dream is becoming a reality: the likes of Google, Microsoft and IBM are investing heavily in the space. Essentially, quantum computers are capable of moving many times beyond the calcula- tion limits if conventional com- puters which, among many other things, could enable the design all sorts of miracle materials, like more efficient solar cells, better clean fuels, and far more effective drugs,’ says Brian Corcoran, CEO Turing Fest and Scottish Tech Startup Awards founder.


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