EMI is a pure R&D entity, developing technologies that enable machines to understand and control complex systems (including other machines) non-invasively. Using proprietary mathematics and high-performance computing, including new massively-parallel GPU cards, candidate mathematical models are evolved (literally!) from noise-polluted partial information. This is done using new techniques, superior to "off-the-shelf" solutions such as neural networks.
EMI has formed
company Turbine MachineGenes, to enable machine-intelligent
reconstruction of high-value high-complexity engines and other relevant
industrial systems worldwide.
At EMI and TMG, our software evolves candidate mathematical models and conducts machine-intelligent testing of their assumptions and ambiguities, exploring the worst-case effects of "known unknowns" by playing against a machine-intelligent adversary. Then, by communicating the consequent processes, models, assumptions and advice clearly and interactively to human operators - by being transparent, where neural networks are opaque - our software is able to generate high-confidence machine-intelligent strategies to control engineering systems and implement these strategies for real-world applications.
Current applications of our algorithms include analysis of civil aviation engines and (elsewhere) the development of an artificial pancreas. Other areas of interest include military aviation and maritime engines, oil and gas wells, power generation, complex industrial systems and other high-performance applications.
Our team is comprised of an experienced mathematician, research engineers and consultants from academia and industry. Investors in TMG include UniQuest, the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland.
Dr Nigel Greenwood (Founder)
Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellow (2005, 2007); former Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. An applied mathematician with particular expertise in novel forms of artificial intelligence, he received his BSc with a first in pure mathematics in 1989 and a PhD in applied mathematics in 1994, both from the University of Queensland. Former senior analyst, Department of Climate Change. Inventor of multiple patents and patent applications in medical and engineering applications of machine intelligence.
Dr Ingo Jahn (Consulting Engineer)
Current lecturer in School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, UQ; MPhil (Oxon.); DPhil, Turbomachinery Laboratory, Oxford; former research technology leader at Rolls-Royce plc for Oil Systems; Whittle Laboratory, 2016, expert in scramjet engines, hypersonic vehicle control, control and optimization, advanced seals for gas turbines and oil system design.
Air Marshal (Ret’d) Errol McCormack AO
Errol McCormack joined the RAAF as an aircrew cadet in March 1962 after completing an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner and three years of a Diploma of Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering.
On graduation he was assigned fast jet and completed tours in South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Borneo) on the F-86 Sabre, Vietnam on the Canberra bomber, US on the F-111A and the RF-4C Reconnaissance Phantom.
As a senior officer he completed two tours in Operational Requirements, two tours at staff college (RAAF and Joint), one tour in Operational/Air Command and two tours in diplomatic posts (Air Attache Washington and Commander IADS, FPDA, Malaysia/Singapore).
He has commanded at squadron, wing and Air Force levels.
Errol McCormack retired from the RAAF as Chief of Air Force in May 2001. Since then he has sat on local company boards and consulted for many local and foreign companies dealing with Defence. He is a member of the Board of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, a think tank that he formed in 2008.
Sir Michael Craig-Cooper CBE TD DL
Sir Michael is a Special Adviser (formerly Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee) to the National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc. Solicitor (articled to the then President of the Law Society of England and Wales), subsequently with Allen and Overy, International Nickel Company of Canada Ltd, Carre Orban and Partners, and Chairman, Disciplinary Appeal Committee of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Member, Court of the Drapers Company (Master 1997/98), and active with many other pro bono bodies including The Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners). Trustee of various bodies including The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme and The Lord Mayor’s Fund for Charities. Member, Council of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor.
He is co-author, with Lord Sheppard and Bain & Co Partners, of books on management, including ‘Management Audit – the management of change’ and with Lord Lane of Horsell and Professor N.Graham Maw, ‘On Corporate Governance’.
Greg is a long-serving senior advisor, manager and director in the defence sector, with experience over 30 years across high-tech start-ups, small to medium enterprise, Defence primes and Government. He has first-hand experience and knowledge of the key challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses competing in a globally competitive marketplace.
Until January 2021, Greg was the Defence Innovation and Commercialisation Advisor within the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC). In that role Greg assisted Australian companies from across the country to commercialise their innovations and technologies in the Defence sector with a strong focus on the linkage to Defence innovation funding such as the Defence Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund as well as Plan Jericho and Project Greyfin.
This funding assisted the incremental development of Australian technology to provide specific capability benefits to the Australian Defence Force.
Greg has held senior roles with Australian Defence Industries Ltd (ADI), Thales, Systemic, the Defence Industry Innovation Centre (DIIC) and the CDIC. Greg is a mentor with the UNSW Hacking for National Security program, the CEO of Hampden Court Advisory and Systemic.
Terry Woodcroft MBA
Terry first joined the advisory board to represent the interests of UniQuest (the main commercialisation company of the University of Queensland), an initial investor in Turbine MachineGenes. With more than 25 years’ international experience leading emerging hardware and software businesses from concept formulation through to market entry and profitability, Terry’s career in start-ups through to Fortune 500 businesses spans the process control, networking, point-of-sale, e-health and telecommunications industries.
As Global Product Manager of enterprise software selling to the world’s largest telecommunications companies, her products lines attracted revenues in excess of £100M annually. she has consistently achieved international business success for her products and successful trade sales to larger established enterprises.
Terry has worked with investors to start up companies and close licensing deals based on early-stage university technologies. In this role she has been involved with the new companies to guide them through to major funding and product launch milestones. Terry is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Queensland, has an MBA in Technology Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John Bender serves as Chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings Ltd., an investment office associated with one of the founding families of an Anglo-Dutch publishing concern. Amongst his responsibilities is the coordination of activities in the Far East. He is also on the advisory board of a hedge fund specialising in systematically traded strategies. Between 1988 and 2001, Mr. Bender covered Asian equity markets at Morgan Stanley, Barings and HSBC with the benefit of having spent much of his life in Hong Kong.
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