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 engines and other relevant
industrial systems worldwide.
Team MachineGenes has progressed to Round 2 of IBM Watson's XPRIZE competition.
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, wher 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.
Dr Brruntha Sundaram (Engineer)
Current postdoctoral researcher at EMI/TMG; BE (Mech), 2010, UQ; PhD, 2016, UQ; former piping engineer at WorleyParsons, expert in probability density function methods for combustion, mixing models, sparse Lagrangian methods and multiple mapping conditioning for premixed and non-premixed combustion.
Sir Michael Craig-Cooper CBE TD DL
Special Adviser (formerly Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee), 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.
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’.
Terry Woodcroft MBA
Terry first joined the advisory board, representing the interests of UniQuest (the main commercialisation company of UQ). 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 currently works with investors to start up companies and close licensing deals based on early-stage university technologies. In this role, she remains 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, with a particular focus on China. 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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