Oxford spinout uses machine learning to solve the toughest problems

Oxford spinout uses machine learning to solve the toughest problems

machine-learningDeriving insights from huge chunks of data has come on at quite apace in recent years, with projects able to detect everything from oil prices to terrorist threats by wading through big data.

An Oxford University spinout, called Mind Foundry (@MindFoundry), is deploying its advanced machine learning algorithms to solve the kind of problems that would traditionally require large teams of data scientists.

The company, which has recently raised £1.2 million in seed funding, has based its algorithms on the work of Professors Stephen Roberts and Michael Osborne, who lead machine learning research at Oxford's Department of Engineering Science.

Stephen Roberts said: 'We live in an era in which the success of organisations and advances in science and technology are increasingly reliant on the fast and accurate analysis of data. But driving these advances is a deluge of data which is outstripping the computational ability to process it, let alone act upon it. We live in an age of big data – but not necessarily big insight. Mind Foundry has the capability to turn this data into actionable insight.'

The machine learning techniques used by Mind Foundry have already been used by companies in sectors ranging from energy to financial services, with the researchers joined by experienced chief executive David Pool, who joins from data insight analytics company Ijento.

Michael Osborne said: 'Mind Foundry will enable decision-making from insights generated while the data is being created. This will take organisations beyond business intelligence query tools towards predictive modelling. This is particularly applicable to real-time business recommendations, high-frequency trading, or warning of potential problems or maintenance requirements in industrial systems.'

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Birmingham City University is proud be putting the Arts into STEM with STEAMhouse, its new collaborative centre for business innovation and creation.

Why Urban M? The thinking in the making

Project Director, Dr. Steve Harding, Birmingham City University, on the thinking that led to the Urban M project.

Five reasons why businesses can benefit from working with a university

Rich Adams, Corporate Projects Manager at the University of Plymouth, outlines five reasons why businesses can benefit from collaborating with a university.

Enterprise by Design

Bangor University brings students from different subjects together to compete in multi-disciplinary teams, addressing a real business challenge.

Innovative and visionary University of Birmingham collaboration

University of Birmingham works with marketing agency to explore the impact of figurative messages within advertising using state-of-the- art technologies.

Triggering innovation in new markets through partnership

The story of a top rated KTP between ‘Window Cleaning Warehouse’ and Cardiff Metropolitan University sparking innovation in new markets.

Design expertise strengthens UK markets

The Design Academy project links design expertise with the ‘real world,’ and fosters greater collaboration between the faculty disciplines.

Mastering the art of virtual post-graduate study with collaboration technology

Dr Toby Thompson on how Cisco collaboration technology has helped Cranfield University deliver the first completely virtual engineering post graduate course.

Introducing the UK’s Artificial Intelligence Research Centre

Tom Kneen, Head of Innovation Business Development at Cisco, discusses Cisco's partnership with UCL to create an Artificial Intelligence Research Centre.

Aiming higher – innovation through collaboration in higher education

Alex Denley, Deputy Director – Innovation & Transformation at South Bank University’s Technopark, discusses Cisco’s Webex collaboration technology.

Closing the skills and talent gap to deliver the industrial strategy

As the State of the Relationship captures so well, universities and businesses are collaborating to target skills needs in particular sectors and regions.

An army of apprentices

The British Army is offering its soldiers the chance to study for a university degree in management and leadership, delivered by the University of Portsmouth.

The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator at Keele University

The living lab will facilitate the research, development and demonstration of new smart energy technologies, in partnership with SMEs and industry leaders.

Placing locality at the heart of engagement

Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centres are currently home to 240 SMEs in Leeds and Wakefield, helping innovative new businesses grow.

Delivering students fit for 21st century industry

Together with industry partners, Pearson Business School is designing a new innovative degree apprenticeship scheme.

Strategic Industry-University Partnerships: Success Factors from Innovative Companies

In a new book, industry practitioners discuss how they see and develop successful collaborations between their global companies and universities.

How blackcurrants could help end bad (for the planet) hair days

The University of Leeds has developed a new hair dyeing technology, using natural dyes extracted from blackcurrant waste from the manufacture of Ribena.

University of Leeds drives innovation and growth

Universities have a key role to play in economic and societal development. Hear how the University of Leeds' new Nexus building is playing its part.

Innovation in the Curriculum

New College Durham and Business Durham worked in partnership to develop a new level 5 module titled Innovation, Idea Generation and Enterprise.

Solving the Digital Skills Gap

The Institute of Coding will transform how digital skills are delivered within higher education and across the workplace. Just as the potential is large, so is the challenge.

Orthopaedic care prospers under Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University’s Orthopaedic Research Institute works with health organisations, businesses and researchers to improve orthopaedic practice and care.

Provider, employer and learner: the changing dynamic

Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, reflects on the changing dynamic between provider, employer and learner.

Gamification prompts regional SME growth

Delivered by Aston Business School, the TRAN-SIP project focuses on transforming SMEs to improve their revenues through the adoption of advanced services.

City’s Social Enterprise Festival: Meet people. Solve problems. Change lives.

City’s Social Enterprise Festival was a public platform focused on making an impact through innovative workshops, debates and competitions.

Monetary policy, financial investment and the role of central banks

Simeon Djankov, Executive Director of the Financial Markets Group at LSE, discusses the goals and observations made through LSE’s collaboration with Swiss Re.

Securing the internet of the future

As the internet continues to grow rapidly, guaranteeing our security online becomes more and more critical.

Demand-driven inventory forecasting

Graded ‘outstanding’ by Innovate UK, the KTP has supported the University’s longer term strategic partnership with Panalpina.

Pioneering pain relief

University spin-out, Medherant, is developing the world’s first ibuprofen pain relief patch, based on research conducted at the University of Warwick.

What drives successful collaboration between businesses and universities?

Famouth University's LAUNCHPAD is a new way of incubating high growth Tech start-ups that completely reverses the way business and universities work together.

Collaboration drives robotics in offshore sector

Imagine an offshore energy field that is operated, inspected and maintained from the shore, is completely future-proof and will add £6bn to the UK’s economy...

IDEALondon: a blueprint for business university collaboration

Nestled in the heart of London’s Tech City, IDEALondon is an innovation centre with a difference...

Dementia-friendly home developed in partnership with Loughborough University

Loughborough University, HLP Architects and BRE Group work together to develop new "dementia-friendly" home.

University of Huddersfield and the 3M BIC: where industry meets academic collaboration

The 3M BIC in Huddersfield has made a substantial impact on the growth of many local and regional businesses, focusing on the needs of SMEs.

Aston University partnership with innovative IT company, Zenzero

This KTP will introduce elements of artificial intelligence, drawing on Aston's expertise in computational intelligence and machine learning.

Innovation, collaboration, and business growth in Aberdeen

The collaboration highlights how the University of Aberdeen is actively collaborating with local SMEs to develop new relationships.

Power Up: UK Skills

Deloitte’s latest Power Up: UK skills report examines the opportunities for employers, educators and policymakers of recognising transferable skills.

Creating the tools for tomorrow's researchers

Sir Martin Wood founded Oxford Instruments in 1959 as a spin-out company to manufacture superconducting magnets for research. See what they're working on today.

Going global: enhancing partnerships for maximum mutual benefit

Thales and University of Bristol enter new phase of strategic engagement.

iCub team wins UK science photography prize for second year running

A humanoid robot learning about how to play from a young child, has won a top UK science photography award

10 ways the University of Birmingham is transforming business

Robust, tangible and productive collaborations that are having a direct impact on the way business operates.

Twycross Zoo Animation

The Business Engagement team has brought the project at the heart of the University of Birmingham’s strategic relationship with Twycross Zoo to life.

Collaborative innovation in action

The paradigms of what the industry thought it knew has shifted on its axis, creating a world where start-ups have reshaped the marketplace.

Loughborough University collaborates to support entrepreneurs

Loughborough University has launched a free toolkit to help entrepreneurs understand their customers’ needs – and boost their business success.

Inspiring change: Cisco transforms student experience

Digital and physical environments to be interwoven, with intent-based networking at University of Northampton's new Waterside campus

Encouraging the professional development of HVAC professionals

BISPA, Loughborough University’s dedicated training centre supports innovation in BIM.

Enigmma variations

The overall objective of the programme, which is implemented jointly by a number of organisations, is to enhance the capacities of Georgian authorities.

Max Roser’s ever-changing world

In June 2014, Dr Max Roser made this ground-breaking publication available online, having worked on it since 2011.

Supporting the nation’s auditors

This long-standing relationship has not only benefited the NAO, but has indirectly contributed to saving taxpayers’ money.

Building bildr

bildr, a mobile phone app, is a product created by the Frameworks project that helps Oxford graduate students and staff track how their career is developing.

Man AHL and the University of Oxford launch centre for machine learning

The Oxford-Man Institute, founded in 2007 as an innovative collaboration between the University of Oxford and Man Group, to become part of the Department of Engineering Science focused on machine learning

Oxford spinout uses machine learning to solve the toughest problems

Deriving insights from huge chunks of data has come on at quite apace in recent years, with projects able to detect everything from oil prices to terrorist threats by wading through big data.

Researchers team up on robotic eye surgery

Oxford researchers team up with Dutch company Preceyes to work on robotic eye surgeons