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The UCL Centre for Digital Innovation was born out of a joint initiative between UCL Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, the UCL Centre for Advanced Research Computing and AWS UK Public Sector.

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 

Our leadership  

Graca Carvalho

Centre Director, UCL 

Graca Carvalho

James Hetherington

Director of ARC, UCL 

Dr James Hetherington

Andrew Jones

CDI Director of Digital Innovation, AWS

Andrew Jones

Bruno Silva

CDI Chief Technology Officer, AWS 

Bruno Silva

Amanda Kiely

Higher Education, AWS 

Amanda Kiely

Naz Tuzunalper

Marketing Manager, UCL  

Naz Tuzalanper

Governance structure

Governance

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

Steering Committee members

Nigel Titchener-Hooker (Chair)Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences UCL
Andy Smith (Co-chair)Chief Information Officer, Director of IT ServicesUCL
Jane ButlerVice Dean Enterprise, Faculty of Engineering SciencesUCL
John DaviesDirector, Regional Government UKAWS
Stephen Cone Chief Medical Information OfficerUCLH
Holly EllisSenior Solutions Architect ManagerAWS
Ken HarleyHead of EducationAWS
Kira LevyHead of HealthcareAWS
Allison LittlejohnDirector, IoE Knowledge LabUCL
Marianna ObristDeputy Director (Digital), Institute of Healthcare EngineeringUCL
Kathryn WalshExecutive Director, Innovation and EnterpriseUCL

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. 

 


Experts Committee

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 SalihPublic Sector Healthcare VC & Startups LeadAWS
Timothy BonniciConsultant Intensive Care Physician at University College London HospitalsUCLH
Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes Professor of Biomedical Computing UCL
Celia Hoyles Professor of Mathematics Education UCL
Matthew HowardInternational Head of Healthcare Data ScienceAWS
Andrew Jones CDI Director of Digital InnovationAWS
Manolis MavrikisProfessor of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics in EducationUCL
Geoff ParkerProfessor of Healthcare Engineering, Imaging and EnterpriseUCL
Kaska Porayska-PomstaProfessor of Artificial Intelligence in EducationUCL
Andrew ProctorHead of Innovation in EducationAWS
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 TreleavenProfessor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science
Alistair MooreLecturer, UCL School of Management
Elizabeth LomasAssociate Professor in Information Governance, Department of Information Studies
Adriano KoshiyamaResearch Fellow, Computer Science
Emre KazimResearch Fellow, Computer Science
Basma JalamiHead, Business and Innovation Group, Translational Research Office 
Marilyn AvilesResearch and Development Manager, IHEng
John SpindlerCEO, Capital Enterprise, IDEALondon
Nathan McNallyCapital Enterprise P4 Programme Director
Houtan FroushanProgramme 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 OfficerAWS
Graca CarvalhoDirector of UCL Centre for Digital InnovationUCL
Phil EdwardsSolutions Architect - Trusted Research Environments  AWS
James GrantSolutions Architect - ResearchAWS
James HetheringtonDirector of UCL Advanced Research Computing UCL
Nel SwanepoelHead of Trusted Research, Advanced Research ComputingUCL
Ben Thomas Senior Research Infrastructure Developer, Advanced Research ComputingUCL
Denis TimmHead of Technical Support Group, Computer ScienceUCL