Combining UCL’s research excellence and Amazon’s dynamic innovation methodologies and platforms, the centre’s core activity is to run a supportive and comprehensive Digital Innovation Programme.
The programme is designed to incorporate the strengths of both organisations to accelerate innovations in Healthcare and Education. UCL and AWS will aid the development of evidence- based commercially sustainable technologies that demonstrate real-world benefit and impact.
Centre mission statement
UCL and AWS joined forces to build innovative digital solutions to the world’s problems in healthcare and education. The UCL Centre for Digital Innovation powered by AWS will lead us to solutions that are evidence based, commercially sustainable and focus on the needs of the world’s citizens.”““UCL and AWS joined forces to build innovative digital solutions to the world’s problems in healthcare and education. The UCL Centre for Digital Innovation powered by AWS will lead us to solutions that are evidence based, commercially sustainable and focus on the needs of the world’s citizens.”“UCL and AWS joined forces to build innovative digital solutions to the world’s problems in healthcare and education. The UCL Centre for Digital Innovation powered by AWS will lead us to solutions that are evidence based, commercially sustainable and focus on the needs of the world’s citizens.”
CDI Management team
Centre Director, UCL
Director of ARC, UCL
CDI Director of Digital Innovation, AWS
CDI Chief Technology Officer, AWS
Higher Education, AWS
Marketing Manager, UCL
The CDI is governed by Steering and Experts committees. They work with the CDI Management Team to ensure delivery of the aims and objectives of the UCL Centre for Digital Innovation. This includes identifying and approving the priorities of the centre, selecting successful project proposals, tracking progress and impact and ensuring the delivery of all centre activities and events.
In addition to those governance bodies, a Technical Working Group (TWG) and the Innovation and Research (I&R) Ecosystem members help execute the programme vision set out by the governing bodies and bring it to life.
Steering Committee members
|Nigel Titchener-Hooker (Chair)||Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences||UCL|
|Andy Smith (Co-chair)||Chief Information Officer, Director of IT Services||UCL|
|Jane Butler||Vice Dean Enterprise, Faculty of Engineering Sciences||UCL|
|John Davies||Director, Regional Government UK||AWS|
|Stephen Cone||Chief Medical Information Officer||UCLH|
|Holly Ellis||Senior Solutions Architect Manager||AWS|
|Ken Harley||Head of Education||AWS|
|Kira Levy||Head of Healthcare||AWS|
|Allison Littlejohn||Director, IoE Knowledge Lab||UCL|
|Marianna Obrist||Deputy Director (Digital), Institute of Healthcare Engineering||UCL|
|Kathryn Walsh||Executive Director, Innovation and Enterprise||UCL|
The UCL CDI is also grateful to the support and advice of Professor Geraint Rees, Pro-Provost Academic Planning, Professor Bryan Williams, Chair of Medicine and Professor Li Wei, Dean of the Institute of Education.
Made up of leading academics and domain experts from UCL and AWS, this committee provides substantial experience and understanding of the research and technology areas of all initiatives supported by the Centre.
The role of the Experts Committee is to advise the Steering Committee and the Management Team on the activities of the CDI, and in particular, to recommend projects to be taken forward for impact acceleration.
The Experts Committee can meet as a joint group, Healthcare and Education, but can also meet as separate Sub-Committees to analyse domain specific matters.
Expert Committee members
|James Hetherington (Chair)||Experts committee chair, Director of UCL Advanced Research Computing (ARC)||UCL|
|Hak Salih||Public Sector Healthcare VC & Startups Lead||AWS|
|Timothy Bonnici||Consultant Intensive Care Physician at University College London Hospitals||UCLH|
|Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes||Professor of Biomedical Computing||UCL|
|Celia Hoyles||Professor of Mathematics Education||UCL|
|Matthew Howard||International Head of Healthcare Data Science||AWS|
|Andrew Jones||CDI Director of Digital Innovation||AWS|
|Manolis Mavrikis||Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics in Education||UCL|
|Geoff Parker||Professor of Healthcare Engineering, Imaging and Enterprise||UCL|
|Kaska Porayska-Pomsta||Professor of Artificial Intelligence in Education||UCL|
|Andrew Proctor||Head of Innovation in Education||AWS|
|Bruno Silva||CDI Field Chief Technology Officer||AWS|
|Fiona Strawbridge||Director of Digital Education, ISD||UCL|
Innovation and Research advisors
Innovation and Research advisors help bring the CDI vision to life by offering their relative expertise to all our members by connecting teams and prospect applicants to the centre.
|Philip Treleaven||Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science|
|Alistair Moore||Lecturer, UCL School of Management|
|Elizabeth Lomas||Associate Professor in Information Governance, Department of Information Studies|
|Adriano Koshiyama||Research Fellow, Computer Science|
|Emre Kazim||Research Fellow, Computer Science|
|Basma Jalami||Head, Business and Innovation Group, Translational Research Office|
|Marilyn Aviles||Research and Development Manager, IHEng|
|John Spindler||CEO, Capital Enterprise, IDEALondon|
|Nathan McNally||Capital Enterprise P4 Programme Director|
|Houtan Froushan||Programme Director, UCL EdTech Labs|
Technical Working Group
The Technical Working Group (TWG) is composed of UCL and AWS technical leaders and specialists. The team directs technical enablement activities for UCL CDI projects. It supports events that create awareness of the centre and promote the benefits of the engagement using technologies on the AWS cloud.
The TWG will support the UCL CDI goal of ensuring that projects build solutions that meet their users’ needs, but also have the people, processes and technology in place to achieve the AWS Well Architected principles of Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Cost Optimisation, and Sustainability.
Technical Working Group (TWG) members
|Bruno Silva (Chair)||Field Chief Technology Officer||AWS|
|Graca Carvalho||Director of UCL Centre for Digital Innovation||UCL|
|Phil Edwards||Solutions Architect - Trusted Research Environments||AWS|
|James Grant||Solutions Architect - Research||AWS|
|James Hetherington||Director of UCL Advanced Research Computing||UCL|
|Nel Swanepoel||Head of Trusted Research, Advanced Research Computing||UCL|
|Ben Thomas||Senior Research Infrastructure Developer, Advanced Research Computing||UCL|
|Denis Timm||Head of Technical Support Group, Computer Science||UCL|