Find out more about our team

Find out more about our team

Who are we and why should you care?

We’re a research-led start-up, backed by some of the tech industry’s biggest investors – who share our belief that AI should be smarter.

We believe by 2025 principled decision-making using autonomous AI agents will drive the world economy. With the first team to combine world-class expertise in Probabilistic Modelling, Reinforcement Learning and Multi-agent behaviour, we are well positioned to lead this shift.

Vincent Adam

Machine Learning Researcher

Vincent has recently obtained a PhD from UCL in theoretical neuroscience and machine learning. He previously studied engineering and cognitive science in France. His main endeavour has been reverse engineering the mind from observing behaviour.

His work has focused on perception and relied heavily on the framework of probabilistic modelling. Outside of work, Vincent's recipe for happiness involves always having a good book around, exercising a lot and trying out new things.

Latest challenge: learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM-Kalman

Jack Anderson

Quality Assurance Team Lead

Jack has more than 16 years experience focused on testing & quality in all stages of SW development. With Scottish parents and a childhood living on RAF bases, the best he can say is he is from ‘Britain’. He is responsible for helping provide confidence in the quality of the software we develop.

To unwind from a day's work he spends his time trying to keep up with his two children, or out driving a big red truck as a firefighter for the Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service.

Team Leader

Test Team

Finance

Alex Anderson

Senior Dev Ops Engineer

Alex is a software engineer with 17 years experience across medical imaging, defence, VFX, finance and mobile telecoms. Originally from Australia, he moved to the UK in 2006 and decided to stay. He recently joined the Platforms teams at PROWLER.io.

He enjoys being creative and paints when the inspiration strikes. He also has a passion for real ale and proper pubs, and can often be found enjoying the former from a cozy seat in the latter.

Senior Dev Ops Engineer

Platform Red

Adam Antonik

Head of AI Financial Modelling

Adam has worked in hedge-funds in the UK and Shanghai. Having completed a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London, he did post-doctoral work in Paris before turning to the dark side of quantitative finance.

He takes cutting-edge machine learning research and turns it to trading strategies, understanding of the effects of interactions in financial networks, as well as portfolio optimisation.

He also enjoys wine and a good argument, preferably at the same time.

Finance

Matthew Arcus

Senior Software Engineer

Matthew has lived in Cambridge most of the time since studying maths and philosophy here several decades ago. After moving into software development he's worked with all kinds of systems, languages and applications, but Prowler is his first excursion into machine learning.

Outside of work, Matthew tries to be reasonably cultured with trips to art galleries and concert halls, but also can't resist playing around with computers & software just for fun.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Green

Artem Artemev

Machine Learning Engineer

Artem is originally from Russia and has moved to Cambridge recently in pursuit of scientific and engineering equilibrium. He worked on artificial intelligence, computer vision tasks and distributed systems for last 8 years.
At PROWLER.io, he works on probabilistic models as a machine learning engineer.

Artem contributes to open source projects and likes when work and hobby are intersected. Somewhere in between, he plays basketball and enjoys cycling on weekends.

Machine Learning Engineer

PM Hopfield

David Beattie

Software Engineering Team Lead

David is a SW engineer with over 15 years’ experience delivering complex software systems. Originally from Northern Ireland he has been in England since his university days.

His primary role at Prowler.io is integrating cutting edge research into the core platform.

With two young children, three Alpacas and an endless list of DIY jobs, he enjoys trying to keep fit and enduro motorbike racing if he has any spare time.

Team Leader

Principal Software Engineer

Reinforcement learning

CRL

Mikhail Beck

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Mikhail is a software developer and quantitative analyst. He is Russian but has lived in the UK for almost two decades. He spent years developing models in the sports betting industry. With his list of sports exhausted, he is now looking to apply his experience to the field of self-learning agents.

Away from his monitor, he is a keen Latin dancer. If there is one thing he takes seriously it must be salsa. That's of course if he is not skiing.

Machine Learning Engineer

Platform Blue

Matthew Bedder

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Matthew is a Machine Learning Researcher with a diverse research background. Having previously worked in both aerospace and medical research, he now focuses on AI for games, and brings to PROWLER.io both expertise in both Monte Carlo Tree Search and experience working with the games industry.

Outside of work, Matthew enjoys whisky, jazz, video games, and combinations thereof. Most people who meet him think that he's rather tall, but he prefers to think that everyone else is just a bit short.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

SRL

Reinforcement learning

Joy Bemrose

HR Consultant

Joy provides professional HR support to SMEs and has a special interest in ensuring people are motivated and have a positive experience at work, enabling them to perform at their best.

She is responsible for ensuring that we have appropriate people policies and plans in place to support our rapid growth. She lives near Cambridge with her partner, daughter and two cats.

She is also a big Zumba fan, and enjoys running, which is good news because food is another passion.

Management

Nic Bone

Senior Software Engineer

Nic is a software engineer with a deep mathematics background and a keen interest in human and artificial psychology. Originally from Seattle, he recently landed in Cambridge after a family adventure in Germany. He contributes to platform development at PROWLER.io.

He strives for optimisation and exactitude in most aspects of life, but enjoys telling tall tales to amuse his children.

He is fond of puzzles and games, salads, and exploring the countryside with his goldendoodle while pretending not to notice his cats covertly trailing them.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Lucas Bordeaux

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Lucas has been working on AI since the last century, starting with a PhD in automated reasoning. He has since been involved in software projects touching most branches of AI. He's from France, has lived in Italy, has a little girl who's half-Greek, and settled in Cambridge in 2005.

At PROWLER.io, he's a senior machine learning engineer. Although he was already defeated by game-playing algorithms long before they were any good, he's hoping he can teach better skills to the teams of autonomous agents that PROWLER.io is raising.

Lucas likes to think he plays the guitar and runs 10Ks. When asked when he last did either, he usually replies 'two months ago'.

Machine Learning Engineer

PM Hopfield

Haitham Bou-Ammar

Head of Reinforcement Learning and Tuneable AI

Haitham is a senior machine learning researcher with over 7 years of experience, gathered at top-tier universities including Upenn and Princeton, in lifelong, transfer, and reinforcement learning (RL). He is originally from Lebanon and will be moving to the UK with his family this year. He is responsible for proposing novel, scalable, and efficient algorithms for RL.

He is interested in basketball and is a huge NBA fan. He is always in for a pick-up game.

Putting it in his disciple's (i.e., Michael Jordan's) words, "... I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

Team Leader

Reinforcement learning

CRL

Alexis Boukouvalas

Machine Learning Engineering Team Lead

Alexis is a senior machine learning engineer with 7 years experience working as a software engineer in the query processor Microsoft SQL Server team and 10 years research experience in statistics.

He has published more than twenty cited peer-reviewed publications in developing novel statistical models and applying them in computational biology, psychology and other domains.

Prior to Cambridge, Alexis has lived in the US and northern England. He loves strong coffee and is a keen cyclist.

Team Leader

Machine Learning Engineer

Multi-agent Systems

Robert Bowman

Machine Learning Engineer

Rob joined after graduating from Cambridge University where he studied computer science. His studies were focused on artificial intelligence and he wrote his final year dissertation on reinforcement learning. At PROWLER.io he is working as a Machine Learning Engineer.

In his spare time he likes to learn new things, currently he is focusing on design and trying to improve his culinary skills.

Machine Learning Engineer

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

Craig Brind

Principal Software Engineer

Craig is a Software Engineer with more than 20 years of experience building commercial machine learning systems. He's moved around a lot: born in England, grew up in Scotland, worked in Dublin for a while before settling in Cambridge. He drives the development of tools for supervised learning in our platform and also infrastructure for our products.

He enjoys playing his guitar which he built from parts himself. Living in his first home with a garden, he's trying ever more adventurous barbecue ideas.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Green

Václav Čadek

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Václav holds a Masters in Machine Learning and has a background in Fintech and Computer Vision. After switching from Java to Python several years ago, he really enjoys trying to reach the Zen of Python.

His daily routine starts with a cup of alternatively brewed coffee and if he is not getting his hands dirty with some Pandas data frames, he likes to impress girls with his knowledge of various flora while randomly picking class names from an Iris dataset for almost every flower. Surprisingly, this strategy yields little success.

As a true fan of Jamie Oliver, he works hard to improve his cooking skills almost every day. When the opportunity to join PROWLER.io came up, he packed some kitchen equipment together with his V60 and Aeropress and moved from Prague to Cambridge.

Machine Learning Engineer

CRL

Reinforcement learning

Sofia Ceppi

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Sofia has a PhD in Information Technology Engineering and her research career has mainly focused on designing incentives for multi-agent systems.

Originally from Italy, she moved to Southampton as a visiting researcher 5 years ago, and then to Edinburgh and Cambridge. At PROWLER.io, she is a Senior Machine Learning Researcher.

She is a licensed Zumba teacher even if she doesn't teach (yet). She loves experimenting with new arts & crafts techniques and always hopes to create something aesthetically pleasing.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Multi-agent Systems

Marek Chalupnik

Senior Product Manager

Marek's multi-disciplinary background spans economics, engineering and operations research. He has more than ten years experience in product development. Originally from Poland, he moved to the UK to pursue his PhD at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.

On completion, he decided to stay and take part in the city's technology boom. He's a Product Manager responsible for driving commercial application of our groundbreaking research.

Marek has a strong passion for trail running and open-water swimming and is a big fan of organic, locally-produced food. He's known for making salads with ridiculously high kale content.

Finance

Senior Product Manager

Vishal Chatrath

Co-Founder and CEO

Vishal is a serial entrepreneur and global manager whose work experience spans fundamental research, manufacturing, operations, R&D, product management, corporate strategy and business development. He has lived in 18 cities in 6 countries ranging from the equator to the arctic.

He is a keen barefoot runner and avid reader with a love for the oddball. He seems to have a special attraction to mud and stormy weather.

Team Leader

Business Team

Marketing Team

Harald Dahle

Senior Product Manager

Harald has worked in product development for over 20 years. He was born in Norway, and has lived in Mexico as well as in the UK. He works in the product team, responsible for the delivery of customer value.

He enjoys sailing, and rugby; as a player when younger, but now coaching and refereeing. He practices guitar in his free time and used to perform in a ukulele band, where he played a Bolivian charango.

Senior Product Manager

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

Marc Deisenroth

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Marc is Lecturer in Statistical Machine Learning in the Department of Computing at Imperial College.

He is originally from Germany and has been moving around the world for nearly 10 years before his last move to the UK in 2013. He is also a scientific advisor here at at PROWLER.io

Marc enjoys outdoor activities, such as typical British hillwalking, and the fusion of classical music and metal.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM-Kalman

Advisor

Greg Doran

Software Engineering Team Lead

Greg has 10 years’ experience as a software engineer and has more recently become involved in dev. ops. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Loughborough University then moved to Cambridge in 2010 to work with exciting technology companies. He is responsible for supporting the scientists in accelerating their experiments using automation of cloud and in-house infrastructure.

One of his hobbies at home is cooking various meals as well as sampling tasty foods. He often gets annoyed when people describe calzone as a "folded pizza”.

Team Leader

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Nicolas Durrande

Senior Machine Learning Scientist

Nicolas was Associate Professor at Mines St-Étienne (France) in the department of applied mathematics before joining PROWLER.io. He specialises in Gaussian process models and kernel methods and joined the company to bring his expertise on the topic. One of his numerous passions is moving house between France and the UK. He is also a keen long-distance runner. He hasn't tried combining these two hobbies yet.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM-Kalman

Vincent Dutordoir

Machine Learning Researcher

Vincent graduated as a Computer Science Engineer from Ghent University, where he specialised in software development and machine learning.

He is originally from Belgium but moved to Cambridge to work for PROWLER.io. He is currently a Machine Learning Researcher in the probabilistic modelling team. He spends his leisure time performing kitchen alchemy for friends.

On Saturday mornings, a friendly football game or a flex in the gym are necessary to keep his blood flowing.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM Hopfield

Carl Edward Rasmussen

Chairman

Carl is professor of machine learning in Cambridge.

He believes that probability theory is the foundations of information, modelling, inference, learning and rational decision making. He is chairman at Prowler.

Carl occasionally leaves Cambridge to run up mountains, as he has already conquered all the peaks of Cambridgeshire.

Stefanos Eleftheriadis

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Stefanos grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a senior machine learning researcher with a PhD in Computing from Imperial College London.

He is on the prowl for model-based reinforcement learning with Gaussian processes.

Stefanos is a keen team sport fan and photography enthusiast. Beware of him, he is a true PROWLER.io with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM-Kalman

Janna Etchells

Marketing Communications Manager

Janna has over fifteen years of experience in PR, communications and marketing. Originally from Finland, Janna has studied and worked in the U.S and is now based in the UK Janna is a firm believer in consistent communications driving strong brands.

Her experience spans multinational tech corporations, non-profits and start-ups.

At PROWLER.io Janna is responsible for driving awareness for the company and its offering. Outside of work, she loves spending quality time with her family and is happiest by the sea.

Marketing Team

Neil Ferguson

Software Engineering Team Lead

Neil is a software engineer and architect with over 15 years' experience, having spent the last 10 years building large-scale machine learning systems for various startups.

He recently moved to Cambridge after living in London for many years. At PROWLER.io he is responsible for designing and developing our software platform.

Outside of work Neil loves skiing and rock climbing, and spending time with his family whilst pretending to be characters from children's books.

Team Leader

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Simon Fothergill

Senior Data Scientist

Simon is a senior data scientist at Prowler with a Ph.D. from the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge and 12 years of academic and commercial experience in applied machine intelligence.

He has a preference for highly analytical, conceptual thought and moderately expressive behaviour. He loves learning, building things that do stuff, yoga, cooking and is an active musician in a range of local ensembles playing from Holst to Ellington to Disney. He is always looking for members of the community big band he leads :)

Senior Data Scientist

Platform Green

Jordi Grau-Moya

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Jordi is a Machine Learning Researcher interested in the intersection between optimal decision-making and information theory.

He is originally from Barcelona, Spain, and moved to Germany to pursue his PhD studies at the Max Plank Institute for Intelligent Systems. At PROWLER.io he is investigating robust autonomous decision-making in unknown environments.

He loves cooking, binge-watch TV shows (especially sci-fi) and going running, or at least he claims he does.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

CRL

Reinforcement learning

Steve Guest

Software Engineering Team Lead

Steve is a SW engineer with over 15 years of experience in both games and more serious software. He has been living in Cambridge for most of his life and is now helping to build our core platform.

He is a keen dancer and regularly teaches Salsa classes as part of a team. In the summer months you may also find him on a cricket pitch.

Steve is frequently outsmarted by his cat who enjoys disassembling his kitchen on a regular basis.

Software Engineering Team Lead

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

Alexandra Hayes

Technical Writer

Alexandra spent several years in various roles in electronic publishing and user experience design before switching to technical writing, and is a certified member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.

Outside of work, she spends her time playing the violin, singing, trying to resist buying more books, and expounding to anyone who will listen on the genius of Bach and Miles Davis, and the inadequacies of Ipswich Town's defensive lineup.

Platform Blue

Technical Writer

James Hensman

Head of Probabilistic Modelling

James is a senior machine learning scientist with more than fifty peer-reviewed publications. Having worked at multiple universities he now lives in Ely with his family.

He leads the company’s research in the area of probabilistic models.

James loves the great British summer, and will happily barbecue in the rain. He is a terrible beer snob.

Team Leader

Probabilistic modelling

Sue Hill

Personal Assistant to Vishal Chatrath

Sue has been a PA to a number of Senior Executives in the telecoms industry supporting start-ups, floats, mergers and buy-outs over the last 20 years.

She loves chocolate, interior design, digging about for antiques and unreliable classic cars owning a few and even holding a heritage race car licence. She no longer has the licence but still has the attitude!

Her guilty pleasure is Thin Lizzy and she once spent 3 days practising her curtsy before meeting Prince Phillip.

PA

Management

Ellie Jackson

Office Manager

Ellie is our Office Manager. Originally a property manager she's now a professional mother with a knack for event organising and food ordering.

She lives in the centre of Cambridge, loves French wine, met Usain Bolt and supports Hull so she possesses a truly cosmopolitan nature as well as a lot of patience.

Ellie tries to maintain her Australian accent by practising regularly and was once mistaken for Dame Edna. She is an avid collector of tat, cats and shoes and is best avoided during The Ashes.

Management

Joel Jennings

Machine Learning Engineering Team Lead

Joel is a Machine Learning Engineer in the Multi-Agent Systems group. He is originally from England having moved to the UK with his family when he was born.

Originally from a Mathematics/Physics background, he has been working as a software engineer for the last 3 years.

Joel took up programming when he became too big to pursue his dream of caving professionally. He enjoys reading, watching films and long walks on the beach.

Team Leader

Machine Learning Engineer

Reinforcement learning

SRL

ST John

Machine Learning Researcher

Ti moved from Berlin to Cambridge and did a PhD in computational physics, combining Gaussian process-based machine-learning techniques with the coarse-graining of molecular simulations, and is now working on making probabilistic models work for even larger-scale coarse-graining to humans and beyond...

Ti enjoys cooking and food (mostly of the vegetarian variety), relaxing in the sunshine, and exploring the outdoors: hiking, sailing, swimming, climbing on trees, hanging upside down in the air and whatever other adventures may present themselves!

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM Hopfield

Vivek Khandelwal

VP Business Development & Marketing

Vivek has been driving business development and marketing for startup companies since last 10+ years. Prior to that he has held product marketing, product management and product development roles in larger companies.

Vivek is leading the business development effort in USA, and also driving marketing globally.

He loves playing golf, and believes the game has a lot to teach about life and business. When not golfing, he keeps himself occupied by investigating the origins of the universe and human consciousness.

Business Team

Marketing Team

California

Dongho Kim

Co-Founder and CTO

Dongho’s research interests are various fields of machine learning and in particular decision making under uncertainty via reinforcement learning. He is originally from South Korea and a former postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University Engineering Department.

He is co-founder and CTO at PROWLER.io.

He used to play the keyboard and write songs in a rock band. He has also been practising guitar with games like Rocksmith.

Team Leader

Kee Eung Kim

Advisor

Kee-Eung is an associate professor at the School of Computer Science, KAIST, Korea.

His research interest is in machine learning approaches to decision making and he is an advisory board member to PROWLER.io.

He loves music and is currently trying to learn to play electric guitar given that he is a really bad singer.

Advisor

Felix Leibfried

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Felix is a Machine Learning Researcher with an educational background in artificial intelligence and neuroscience. He is from Germany and moved to the UK just recently after completing his PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tuebingen, Germany.

At PROWLER.io, he works on algorithms for efficient autonomous decision-making in environments approaching real-world complexity.

He is a big sci-fi and comics fan with a tendency to arachnophobia.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

MBRL

Reinforcement learning

Joy Linsdell

Senior Software Engineer in Test

Joy has more experience than she cares to admit to in all stages of SW development, specialising in Telecommunications QA and Test. London born and bred, she went to university in the Midlands and never quite made it back home again.

At PROWLER.io she is committed to ensuring that the quality of our software does justice to the inventiveness of the highly talented individuals that develop it.

In summer, she loves to potter about in a veteran VW camper van, and in winter she hibernates under a warm pile of unfinished craft projects.

Senior Software Engineer in Test

Test Team

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

Emily Mackay

Director of Product Management

Emily is a senior business leader with over 15 years of experience in strategy and operations.

She is originally from the north of England, but now Cambridge is home. She is the glue binding together various product ideas and processes, ensuring we bring to life the best possible platform.

She is usually found atop a pedal bike, intent on sustaining her aversion to vehicles. In more restful moments she’s usually nurturing her garden, and thinking she should really do some violin practise.

Business Team

Team Leader

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

John McLeod

Senior Software Engineer in Test

John is a software engineer in test with 8 years experience writing software in academia and industry. He grew up just outside Cambridge, and after some years away living amongst hills is pleased to be back on flat ground again. He is responsible for improving the efficiency and quality of the software development process.

He is a keen church bell ringer. He can often be found in picturesque villages causing a tremendously traditional racket

Senior Software Engineer in Test

Test Team

SRL

Reinforcement learning

David Mguni

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

David is a senior machine learning researcher specialising in multi-agent systems. David was born in London and has stayed put in the south east of England ever since.

After having worked in finance, he studied stochastic game theory for his PhD with a skew towards financial theory.

He enjoys slow walking, light jogging and on a rare occasion, running.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Multi-agent Systems

Edd Miles

Senior Systems Engineer

Edd is a Systems Engineer with over seven years experience in running complex IT systems for software companies. He graduated with a Bioinformatics degree from the University of Birmingham in 2010 and promptly moved to Cambridge. He hasn’t managed to escape since.

In his spare time, Edd likes to travel round the UK and Europe playing in (and helping to run) collectible card game tournaments. When he’s not gaming, he can normally be found running up and down the Busway, in training for his next half marathon.

Sys Admin

Senior Systems Engineer

Platform Red

Peter Moffatt

Senior Software Engineer

Peter is a software engineer with over 6 years experience in software development. He moved to Cambridge in 2011 after completing an MEng in Computer Science from Warwick University. He is responsible for developing the software platform.
He plays table tennis competitively and also enjoys bouldering and woodworking. At home he likes to cook, watch TV and and dabble in electronics.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Red

Lynn Munday

Financial Controller

Lynn is a Chartered Accountant who works with technology start ups and SMEs in the Cambridge area. She has lived and worked in Cambridgeshire for over 20 years. She is the Finance Manager and is responsible for the finance department.

Lynn is a keen gardener and grows a large variety of fruit and vegetables each year.

Management

Enrique Munoz de Cote

Head of Multi-Agent Systems

Enrique is an associate professor of computer science with more than 50 academic papers published in top-tier journals and conferences in AI, including a book on multi agent learning.

His interests lie in the intersection between machine learning, AI and economic theory. He has studied in Mexico, the USA, Italy and the UK and speaks three languages. He is responsible for heading the multi-agent team.

He is a mélomane and terrible guitar player who grew up listening to rock. He is not wholly convinced that combing his curly hair is the way to go.

Team Leader

Multi-agent Systems

Thomas Nicholson

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Tom has a SW engineering background with a particular focus on machine learning, although has also held positions in kindergarten education and Karaoke bar singing.

He originally moved to Cambridge to pursue a Master's degree and stayed here with PROWLER.io. He is responsible for bridging the gap between SW engineering and machine learning research.

He is into all things rock, having a taste for classic hard rock and being regularly found climbing on cliffs and mountains around the country. He has a strong questionable-tattoo game.

Machine Learning Engineer

Finance

Jesper Nielsen

Machine Learning Engineer

Jesper has a Ph.D in Bioinformatics and six years of industry experience as a Software Engineer. Originally from Denmark, he has also lived in the U.S.A. and Germany and is currently located in England. Jesper works as a Senior Software Engineer at PROWLER.io.

Jesper's hobbies change often, but currently he enjoys outdoor activities and swing dancing. After having lived in four different countries he is getting tired of relocating.

Machine Learning Engineer

Multi-agent Systems

Sergio Pascual Diaz

Machine Learning Engineer

Sergio is a graduate of the MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Born and raised in Spain, in 2012 he moved to the UK to study Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Aside from his academic interests, he spends an unreasonable part of his time playing basketball and watching football.

The rest of his time goes into tech-blogs, Netflix & Youtube videos, home-brew beer and other (unfinished) DIY projects.

Machine Learning Engineer

CRL

Reinforcement learning

Michael Pedersen

Senior Software Engineer

Michael is a software engineer from Denmark with a background ranging from research in theoretical computer science (formal languages, modelling & simulation) to commercial software development.

He obtained his PhD from Edinburgh University and then held a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University.

In 2013 he took the leap into industry and has since been involved in several successful startups. In his spare time he runs around after his toddler, plays the piano, and dreams about places with waves.

Principal Software Engineer

Finance

James Pettinger

Senior Software Engineer

James moved to Cambridge 17 years ago, after graduating with a Master’s degree in Autonomous Systems from Exeter University, to work for a company specialising in handwriting recognition. Around 12 years ago he joined a start-up building software that allowed large companies to collect, analyse and report on sustainability and supply chain data. That gave him the opportunity to “wear many hats” - leading client projects, management and building processes – but he has always been a developer at heart.

Outside of work he has two small boys who keep him very busy and sometimes let him sleep. He’s an avid comedy and science fiction fan and assures people he’s an excellent cook, as long as you like paprika, chili and lime.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Ryan Rhys Griffiths

Machine Learning Engineer

Ryan is a graduate of the MPhil program in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he completed an MSc in Chemical Physics at Imperial College London.

Outside of Machine Learning, he is a keen chess player. A former British and Irish junior champion, he holds the Fide Master title and has two 'International Master' norms.

Machine Learning Engineer

Multi-agent Systems

Hugh Salimbeni

Machine Learning Researcher

Hugh is a second year PhD student at Imperial College London, working with Marc Deisenroth on hierarchical extensions to Gaussian process models. He was previously a mathematics teacher. He is currently a research intern at PROWLER.io, working with James Hensman and the Gaussian process team. He is a keen opera and classical music fan, with a particular interest in the music of the second Viennese school. He also likes to play the piano from time to time.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Sami Salomaa

VP, AI for Finance

Sami is an applied mathematics engineer with more than twenty years experience building innovative and complex business models at the crossroads of finance and technology. Originally from Finland, Sami has spent much of his life as an expat around the world. He heads our initiatives in the financial sector.

In his spare time, he prefers to build solid things that solve simpler problems, like huge natural light sky panels to help his family cope with winters in the far north.

Business Team

Finance

Elvijs Sarkans

Principal Software Engineer

Elvijs is a mathematically inclined Software Engineer with particular interest in all things machine learning and big data.

When he's not debating linear algebra and Hardy spaces, you can find him playing floorball. Whenever his musical preferences are Under Pressure, he reminds himself that 80s Totally Eclipsed all other music.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Green

Jane Saunders

Senior Software Engineer

Jane is a software developer with over five years experience. Having studied at Cambridge she has failed to move away, partly because of all the great people in the town. She is working on the platform team, taking all the clever ideas of the researchers and turning them into something useful for others, i.e a product.

She enjoys playing board games and roleplaying as a way to hang out with mates without actually having to talk to them.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Tom Seeley

Head of Operations

Tom has been managing computer systems for nearly 20 years, at various times focusing on infrastructure, networking, security and devops. He has spent most of his life living in or around Cambridge. He is responsible for the leading the Operations team.

When not keeping his children entertained, he enjoys working on an unnecessarily complex home network with a spot of computer gaming thrown in for good measure.

Team Leader

Platform Red

Juha Seppa

SVP, Product Delivery

Juha is a SW engineer with over 20 years of experience in product development. He is originally from Finland and moved to the UK with his family in 1999.

He is responsible for heading up our product delivery and engineering activities.

He is a keen classic rock fan and loves going to concerts with his wife. He seems to have a large collection of band t-shirts, and a somewhat questionable sense of style.

Team Leader

Nikolay Sirotinin

Software Engineer

Nik is a software engineer with an MSc in Computer Games Engineering from Newcastle University and some industry experience in Javascript. He was born in Moscow and raised in Yorkshire. He works as programmer on the platform team.

He likes animals, burritos, PC games, reading and baking. He has been known to save toads from the roadside with his wife and dotes on his dog Sputnik.

Software Engineer

Logistics & Fleet Mgmt

Simon Smith

Senior Software Engineer

Simon has been a software engineer for more than 15 years. He specialises in Java but has been known to learn obscure languages over the weekend, such as RPG, to satisfy a customer requirement by Monday morning.

He has three children who take up his spare time with their demands for setting up Minecraft servers and modpacks.

He is a singer and guitarist but is currently between bands due to drummer issues. That doesn't seem to have stopped him buying more guitars.

Principal Software Engineer

Finance

Paul Snow

Systems Administrator

Paul is a Systems Administrator with nearly 20 years' experience. Born in London and grew up in Essex, he was an incurable backpacker before settling down in Hitchin. At PROWLER.io he looks after our internal IT systems and desktop support.

He loves weekend trips with his family to (and getting lost in) historic towns and villages around the UK. He can sometimes be found playing a usually frustrating round of golf for its mix of self-torture with rare moments of enjoyment.

Systems Administrator

Matthew Strawbridge

Senior Software Engineer

Matthew is an experienced software developer with a particular interest in code craftsmanship.

He lives in Ely with his fiancée and too few cats. He is responsible for helping to turn our cutting-edge research into useful product.

He enjoys playing poker but could probably write a bot that plays better than he does. He could definitely write one that plays better darts!

Principal Software Engineer

Robert Sugar

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Robert has always worked in areas where research and development overlap. Originally a computer scientist, he has 10+ years of experience and published 10+ research papers in various fields, such as mobile agents, game theory, robotics, sensor networks, and high throughput DNA sequencing.

He holds a PhD in bioinformatics from Cambridge, and has always been fascinated by how living things work.

As a mountain bike rider Robert sometimes misses the time when he lived close to the highest point of the Netherlands. He recently took up scuba diving, which is likely just a beginning of a long journey.

Finance

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Zach Tan

VP, Product & Business Strategy

Zach is a tech optimist with experience in venture capital, product and business development. He heads up product and business strategy in PROWLER.io and believes regular oxygen boosts through running is key to happy living.

He occasionally dreams about exploring the world in flying donuts and secretly believes the laws of physics do not apply to him.

Business Team

Singapore

David Thomas

Principal Software Engineer

David has worked in software engineering for 20 years. He moved to the Cambridge area in 2002 and now lives just outside with his wife and two children. At PROWLER.io he is a software engineer with a particular focus on engineering practices.

His nickname at school was Dylan, and (despite his best efforts) it resurfaces now and again.

He likes leisurely lunches, lattes, Lego, London, literature, lyrics, long lists and alliteration.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Marcin Tomczak

Machine Learning Engineer

Marcin graduated with an MPhil in Machine Learning, Speech and Language Technology from University of Cambridge. Before moving to the UK he lived in Poland where he studied for an MSc degree in Mathematics. He is a Machine Learning Engineer working in the reinforcement learning team.

He enjoys reading books in his spare time. He has the second strongest handshake in the company.

Machine Learning Engineer

Multi-agent Systems

Reinforcement learning

Aleksi Tukiainen

Co-Founder and Release Management Team Lead

Aleksi is from Finnish Lapland and moved to the UK with his wife-to-be in 2012. He completed his engineering studies at the University of Cambridge, with a self-learning unicycle project as his thesis. He is one of the co-founders of PROWLER.io and now heads the Release Management team.

He enjoys travelling and going outdoors for multi-day hiking or snowmobile adventures.

He loves Italy for the food, weather and culture, but doesn't have the sense of style or language to go with it…….yet.

Team Leader

Machine Learning Engineer

Rasul Tutunov

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Rasul is a Research Scientist with 7 years experience in optimisation, graph theory and distributed algorithms. He got his BS and MS in applied physics and math at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining PROWLER.io in 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT.

As a keen soul music fan, he listens only on records because nowadays nobody can come close to the greatest soul singers from the past. Fortunately, he has another passion in his life - boxing.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

CRL

Reinforcement learning

Erkko Uusitalo

Director, AI for Finance

Erkko is a financial markets expert with 20 years experience in trading & fund management. He is from Finland and that is where he mostly works from. He brings practical knowledge to the financial domain.

He claims to remember pi to the 1.000th decimal - he just does not know what to do with that information!

Finance

Finland

Sattar Vakili

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Sattar has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University with a focus on online learning and inference theory. He has worked on time-varying models, risk-averse measures, hierarchical observations, and non-parametric composite hypotheses.

Sattar is an expert in optimal stochastic decision-making which has led him to Prowler.

Born in Iran, he has also lived in different states in the US including California and New York before settling in Cambridge.

His favourite sport is football although he never says no to an offer to play
chess.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Multi-agent Systems

Sergio Valcarcel Macua

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Sergio is an off-road engineer with 14 years of experience both in academia and industry. He is from Spain, but has also lived in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Lille.

His research is focused on reinforcement learning, nonconvex optimisation and unsupervised learning in distributed multiagent systems.

He loves meditation and yoga and the peaceful feeling they bring. He thinks that sitting in silence for several hours is a terrific plan for a Sunday morning.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Multi-agent Systems

Mark Van der Wilk

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Mark grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Cambridge to study. Now that he has finished his PhD on Gaussian processes, he wants to push the boundaries of model-based reinforcement learning algorithms by incorporating predictions from probabilistic models.

Outside of work, he has fun with many side projects. He once modified his front door to automatically open if a secret knock was used.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

PM Hopfield

Hannu Visti

Head of Security

Hannu is an IT security specialist with 25 years of experience in information security and many other aspects of IT.

He grew up in Finland and came to the UK in 2008. At PROWLER.io, He is responsible for heading up the security function.

He is a keen cyclist, pub quiz genius and a fan of German schlagers. He enjoys travelling, especially Japan, and usually has a trip or two in the pipeline.

Peter Vrancx

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

Peter is a machine learning researcher with a background in reinforcement learning and multi-agent systems.

Previously, he worked as an assistant professor of computer science with the Artificial Intelligence lab in Brussels. Originally from Belgium, he recently moved to the UK with his family to join PROWLER.io. He is a member of the reinforcement learning team and mainly works on representations for reinforcement learning.

Peter enjoys comics, board games and superhero movies. He is slightly worried about the day his kids outgrow these things.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher

SRL

Reinforcement learning

Clare Walsh

Software Engineer in Test

Clare is a software engineer with over ten years experience and a passion for quality. She is a director of eQualityTime, a charity using innovative technology solutions to tackle problems of inclusion and equal opportunity. She is going to be to tackling the problem of how to test probabilistic modelling and ensure it is reliable and production suitable.

The second rule of her main hobby is that she can talk about the soap making. The first rule of all her other hobbies is that there really isn't time for them.

Software Engineer in Test

Test Team

Platform Green

Joel Wright

Senior Software Engineer

Joel is a SW engineer with over 15 years experience in R&D. Having worked at a variety of companies and universities on topics ranging from programming language theory to data transfer and archiving, he's now on the team responsible for making our research results available on a commercial platform.

He is a ski leader for the Ski Club of Great Britain, so living in the perfect mirror flat surroundings of Cambridgeshire was an obvious choice!

When he's not skiing, he spends time pondering the best pairings of wine & food.

Principal Software Engineer

Platform Blue

Wei Yi

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Yi has a PhD in software engineering from ETH Zurich. He has experience in building personal assistants for programmers, code synthesizers and algo-trading strategies.

He is from China and has lived in the UK since 2012. He is a machine learning engineer, happily working on large scale models and infrastructures.

He likes to build robots that run, fly and sail. Now he is now building child-friendly robots with creative inspiration from his own young kids.

Machine Learning Engineer

CRL

Reinforcement learning

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