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.

Machine learning researcher

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

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

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

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

Software engineer

Platform team

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

Matthew Bedder

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.

Machine learning researcher

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

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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

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

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

John Bourassa

Comms Consultant

John is an editor and writer who tries to make difficult subjects comprehensible for non-specialist audiences. Originally from Canada, he has spent 30 years on the road in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, covering politics, technology, culture and cognitive science. He thinks natural stupidity is much more dangerous than artificial intelligence. A Cambridge graduate from long ago, he has happily returned to settle here with his partner and their 6-year-old daughter. They ski, sail and skip rope together.

Marketing team

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

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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 dataframes, 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

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 licenced 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.

Machine learning researcher

Marek Chalupnik

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.

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

Marc Deisenroth

Advisor

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 a scientific advisor at PROWLER.io

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

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

Software engineer

Platform team

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.

Machine learning scientist

Vincent Dutordoir

Machine Learning Researcher

Vincent graduated as a Computer Science Engineer from Ghent University, where he specialized 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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Machine learning researcher

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

Software engineer

Platform team

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 Holst to Ellington to Disney. He is always looking for members of the community big band he leads :)

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.

Machine learning researcher

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 team

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

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.

Team leader

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

Multi-agent systems

ST John

Machine Learning Researcher

ST 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...

ST 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!

Machine learning researcher

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

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.

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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Platform team

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Elvijs Sarkans

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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

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

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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!

Software engineer

Platform team

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

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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

Aleksi Tukiainen

Co-Founder and Machine Learning Engineer

Aleksi is a Machine Learning Engineer and completed his studies at the University of Cambridge. He is from Finnish Lapland and moved to the UK with his wife-to-be in 2012. He is one of the co-founders of Prowler.io and works in the multi-agent systems 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 optimization, 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.

Machine learning researcher

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!

Team leader

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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Machine learning researcher

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.

Software engineer

Platform team

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