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Meet AI: Series Three

Emotech, Ltd & Cocoon Networks

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

Meet AI: Series Three

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After 2 successful Meet AI series, we return for the 3rd run!


Powered by Emotech and Cocoon Networks, this new Meet AI series aims to provide you with the latest research and insider knoweldge of the AI industry. 

In Series 3 we will be firstly looking at ‘Research and Practice on the use of AI’, secondly at ‘Building Intelligence’.


Meet our speakers: 

Patrick Tresset


Patrick Tresset is an artist who develops theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors. Tresset crafts computational systems that introduce artistic, expressive and obsessive aspects to robots’ behaviour. These systems are influenced by an exploration of human behaviour. Tresset also uses computational systems and robots to explore his drawing and painting practice. 

In 2004 Tresset joined Goldsmiths College, where he co-directed the Alkon-II project from 2009 to 2012, which aimed to understand the sketching process. He also developed and taught the creative robotics module. Tresset has published research papers in the fields of computational aesthetics, social robotics, drawing research and AI.

Tresset’s work has been internationally exhibited in association with major art museums such as The Pompidou Center (Paris), Museum of Israel (Jerusalem), Prada Foundation (Milan), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Bozar (Brussels), Laznia Center(Gdansk).


Indeera Munasinghe


Indeera is a computer scientist/software engineer with several decades of experience in software design and development. During his role as Software Engineer in MLP for Microsoft Reseach, Indeera was involved in large-scale machine learning projects in machine vision and he holds several patents and awards. He has an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex and is now the lead software architect at robot developer Emotech. 

Indeera's greatest interest lies in the intelligence of animals and machines, and how animal behaviour can influence the designing of machine behaviour in order to make it more natural.



18:00—18:45 Registration & Arrival drinks

18:50—19:25 Patrick Tresset-Artistic: Research and Practice on the use of AI

Utilising AI in Art? Patrick Tresset will present an overview of works by artists and computer scientists who are using deep learning to produce static images with an artistic aim. Patrick will also provide great insight into his latest research and the use of AI in the context of his artistic practice. 

19:25—20:00 Indeera Munasinghe: Building Intelligence

What is intelligence and is it entirely in the brain? As humans, we have a long fascination with creating autonomous machines for helping us in our daily lives. By adding more and more sophistication to these machines we have been able to make them more intelligent.
Human intelligence is undoubtedly the most successful known intelligence. As our species evolved from primitive animals, looking at the intelligence of animals may give us clues into how we can build better and more intelligent machines. Munasinghe's presentation will look at these ideas and recent attempts to build intelligence into machines.

20:00—21:00 Networking in the Cocoon Networks event space

We look forward to seeing you there!


Our Meet AI series events are delivered by distinguished researchers in different fields of AI, robotics hardware engineering, and product designExplore cutting-edge AI theory, learn how to apply theory to practice, experiment and embark on steps toward developing your own AI ideas. Join this vibrant international AI community in London!

Do you have questions about Meet AI: Series Three? Contact Emotech, Ltd & Cocoon Networks

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Cocoon Networks London
4 Christopher Street
EC2A 2BS London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Emotech, Ltd & Cocoon Networks


is a London-based artificial intelligence startup responsible for developing Olly, the award-winning and AI pioneering smart home robot with a personality. Inspired by our own human brain, we've developed AI and deep learning algorithms based on human behaviour or moods. Olly provides productivity assistance, intelligent suggestions and information proactively and in a personalised manner. This is the first for people to communicate with technology that has emotions, unique to each individual. Emotech has been named a top 14 EU start-up by TechCrunch in 2015.

With 4 CES 2017 Innovation awards under their belt, the expert team behind Olly is excited to share their knowledge on AI. Olly's planned release date is late 2017.

Find out more about Emotech here. 

Cocoon Networks

Cocoon Networks is Europe’s first Chinese-funded investment platform and financial investment consultancy specialised in venture capital investment and technology transfer. Cocoon Networks’ wide range of services includes venture capital investment, financial consulting, a business accelerator, co-working spaces and IP management. With its London-based headquarters and offices in four major cities in China, Cocoon Networks facilitates the creation of fruitful and lasting business collaborations between China and the European continent. 

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