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ConTech 2018 Schedule

Day 1 – 29th November


09:00 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
10:00 – 10:45 Opening keynote


‘Starting Your AI Journey’

Andrew Burgess, Adviser, Speaker & Writer on Artificial Intelligence & Robotic Process Automation, AJBurgess


 10.45 – 11:45 Transforming content through data science and AI – assessing the impact and landscape


Speaker: Michael Puscar, Founder, Oiga Technologies


From large content systems to small boutique publishing operations, data science has the potential not only to transform our understanding of our audience, but also the way we create and manage our content, making it more relevant and agile. Our speaker and panellists will discuss the potential impact of this new tech on the world of content.



Ann Michael, President, Delta Think

Alice Zimmermann, Google Assistant Partnerships, UK, Google

Martha Sedgwick,

Associate Vice President Product Innovation, SAGE Publications

Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton


11:45 – 12:15 Refreshments and networking


12:15 – 13:15 Using data science tools to drive new business – an overview of the opportunities


Content for the voice-activated world Alice Zimmermann, Google Assistant Partnerships, UK, Google


The future is here: how to deliver answers from smart content with artificial intelligence tools. Jabe Wilson, Consulting Director, Text and Data Analytics, Elsevier


From products to services – how data technology put customers at the centre of our business Tim Aitken, Product Manager Inspec, IET


Applying machine learning to educational content to get actionable data Daniel Mccrea, Head of Publisher Services, Adaptemy



13.15-14.15 Lunch and networking


14.15 – 15.00 Data-driven content product demos

Nishchay Shah, CTO , Editage

Ada – A Manuscript “Readability Assessment” Screening Solution for Publishers


15.00 – 16.00 Building compelling, user focused data-driven content products


Anatomy of a modern data-driven content product Sam Herbert, co-founder of 67 Bricks


Re-invigorating a middle-aged publisher with machine learning, AI and open data

Jonathan Griffin, Managing Director, IFIS Publishing &

Jignesh Bhate, CEO, Molecular Connections


Daniel Hoadley, Head of Marketing, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales

Automating content workflows – how AI and machine learning can create leaner, faster publishers


Deploying AI and deep learning to better analyse research projects and discover new collaborations, Christian Grubak, CTO, Chronos


Applying machine learning to taxonomy creation at GOV.UK

Sona Hathi, Content Strategist &

Ellie King, Data Scientist,

UK Government Digital Service


Machine Learning for subject index extraction from scholar texts and tagging in LaTeX Vidas Daudaravicius, Research Manager, UAB VTeX


16.00 – 16.30 Refreshments and networking


16.30 – 17.15 Afternoon keynote


“My Artificial Muse”; How can A.I. collaborate with humans in creative and artistic processes?

Albert Barqué-Duran, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Science & Artist City, University of London




Day 2 – 30th November


09:00 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments and networking


10:00 – 10:45 Opening keynote


AI, Blockchain and data science – the next evolution of the knowledge economy

Max Gabriel, CDO, Taylor & Francis and Managing Partner, Informa Ventures


10.45 – 11.45 Building trust in this age of AI and data science

Speaker TBC


Panel: Managing bias and protecting truth in the world of data-driven content

Chair: Nick Kind, Independent Strategy Consultant, and Executive Advisor to Area9 Group

Or Levi, Founder & CEO,

Sarah Gates, Senior Policy Adviser – Data Ethics / Data Strategy, UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Laura Simonite, Account Manager, Publons

Yasemin J Erden, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy, St Mary’s University


11:45 – 12:15 Refreshments and networking


12:15 – 13.00 Data-driven content product demos


13.00 – 14.00

13.15 – 13.45

Lunch and networking

Lunchtime special session 

Pharma 4.0: Embracing Opportunities for Information in a Digital Healthcare World

Helen Malone, Director of the Information Hub at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and President of the Pharma-Documentation-Ring (PDR)

14.00 – 15.00 Harnessing the power of large data-rich knowledge sets


Speaker TBC shortly


Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to power data management Manisha Bolina, Channel Partner Manager, Yewno, Inc


Building an open repository for scientific institutions to analyse and process data Yann Mahé, Director Innovation & Business Development, MyScienceWork

Using data science techniques to enrich published and legacy content


Jason Markos, Director, Platform Capabilities at John Wiley and Sons



Identifying new knowledge by applying state-of-the-art methods in AI and machine learning Umesh Nandal, Senior Natural Language Processing Scientist, Elsevier & Gordon Broderick, PhD Director, Centre for Clinical Systems Biology
Rochester General Hospital


Leveraging AI to deliver actionable intelligence for the research ecosystem Sadia Shahid, Head of Business Development,


15.00 – 16.00 Appraising the opportunity for automated content creation and distribution


Bringing AI into the newsroom

Antoine Amann, CEO & Founder, Echobox


‘JAMES, your digital butler’ – collaborative project from The Times & The Sunday Times and Twipe Danny Lein, CEO, Twipe


What do AI and NLP have to do with content creation automation? Sabine Louët, CEO, SciencePOD

Delivering value by liberating the hidden data within your content


Content performance: data, experimental data and statistics Andrew Robinson, Senior Publishing Consultant, Ixxus


Using modern content technologies to extract value and drive change across an industry – Jo Collins, NEN – Netherlands Standards Association


Searching by example – bringing semantic similarity to document search with Sage Matchmaker

Alan Maloney, Information Architect SAGE Publishing


16.00 – 16.30 Refreshments and networking


16.30 – 17.15 Closing session


The ConTech Data Science Premium.

The conference delegation will work together in facilitated groups reviewing the conference content specifically looking at:


The opportunities that data driven content strategies can offer

The threats posed, factors to manage and areas to focus on in the coming months

The best ways to realise value in the next year


Delegates can leave the conference with a clear understanding of their own data science premium target.


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