The Non-Linear Impact of AI, Robots, and Atoms, Paul Clarke, CTO of Ocado

Date/ Time: 1st May, 2019 @ 19:30

Location: Lecture Room 23, Balliol College

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Join us to hear about how robotics, AI and new technologies are disrupting and augmenting industries with Paul Clarke, CTO of Ocado Technologies. Pizza will be provided at the end of the event.


From the growing intersection of technologies such as IoT, Big Data, Robotics, Electric vehicles, AI and many more, smart mobile machines are developing. These machines are able to interact with us and their surroundings and can collaborate, sharing what they learn about their environment. This talk will explore this intersection both in terms of what Ocado is doing in that space but also in terms of the wider applications such as with the future of mobility.

About the Speaker

Paul Clarke is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. Ocado Technology works with large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably and profitably. After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. Paul's current role includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies to disrupt other sectors and the technology vision and future proofing of the business. Paul read Physics at Oxford University before then entering the computer industry.

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