Data Science Insight series presents Building Brains: Learning from Data

A staff talks to a humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong

Hear from one of the world experts on Artificial Intelligence, a topic that is changing the world, as part of London Technology Week in one of London, and the world’s, most iconic venues, on June 17, 2015. Click here to register

Learning from data is something that has evolved naturally in the human (and animal) brain. Learning is a fundamentally important part of how we make decisions, how we build things and how we create value. Building machines that can learn was one of the grand challenges in computing in the 20th century, spawning a wealth of research into how to mimic processes of the human brain with artificial neural networks. Most recently, more advanced artificial neural networks have lead to the emergence of the field of machine learning that is today being applied widely in data science and big data analytics. Machine learning is transforming whole industries, and is driving the development of advances such as self-driving cars, a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy! and real-time machine translation.

In this fourth Data Science Insights event we welcome Steve Furber CBE. Most recently he is working on SpiNNaker – a new kind of computer architecture that directly mimics the human brain. Axel Threlfall, Lead Anchor for Reuters Television, will chair.

Note that this event will be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London.

About the speakers:


Thomson Reuters Data Prize 2015 – Quorum and RaptorMaps


Photo Credit: MIT Sloan Office of Communications

Now running for 25 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has established itself as one of the U.S., and world’s, premier student business competitions. Awarded alongside the MIT $100K Launch Prize, the Thomson Reuters Data Innovation Lab is proud to support the Thomson Reuters Data Prize, to recognize a team for which innovative use of data is core to their business. Mona Vernon, Vice President, Data Innovation Lab, has supported and championed the Thomson Reuters Data Prize since 2011 in recognition of the high quality teams that the competition produces and the exciting potential that the new businesses represent across all the markets that Thomson Reuters operates in.

This year two winners have been chosen to recognize two important trends for data intensive businesses. Quorum and RaptorMaps were awarded $5000 each by John Schloff, Senior Director in our IP & Science business, at the MIT $100K Launch Finale on May 13, 2015 at the Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA.

On presenting both teams with their checks, John commented: “At Thomson Reuters we cover the whole lifecycle of innovation. What really impressed us in these two teams was how they covered the spectrum from discovery of new sources of data to the insights and the understanding to gain competitive advantage from that information. Congratulations to Quorum and to RaptorMaps!” (more…)

Top 20 tech/media/telecom deals – Graphic of the day

Verizon plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion in an effort to find new growth avenues like mobile video and targeted advertising. Today’s graphic lists the top 20 worldwide technology/media/telecom deals, YTD.

media deals

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Sustainable development


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This week’s post is by Dr. Ranjit Tinaikar, Managing Director of the Advisory and Investment Management business at Thomson Reuters.

Here’s how Big Data and open standards can lower barriers to sustainable development enabling the public and private sectors to work together to achieve greater legal and regulatory transparency: (more…)

China’s tech M&A deals – Graphic of the day

Boutique Chinese financial advisors are stealing a march on global investment banks as deals pick up speed in the country’s red-hot Internet industry. Today’s graphic looks at the landscape of tech M&A in China so far this year.

China M&A

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TechVision: Emerging trends in FinTech

Our latest TechVision, Emerging Trends in FinTech, was hosted by James Powell, CTO Thomson Reuters with a panel of startups in London. From cyber security and digital currencies to online marketplaces for lending, we explored their contributions to this booming FinTech marketplace in London and beyond. Our guests included: Sachin Patel, the Head of UK Capital Markets, Funding Circle, James Merrick, Head of Operations, Digital Shadows, Dr. Tom Robinson, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Elliptic. After each of the panelists talked about their companies and offerings, the conversation explored why London and why now.

All of the panelists agreed that technologies such as mobile, social, and the cloud provided platforms and opportunities to the financial marketplace, which was positioned for innovation. The support of the UK government in this space has been encouraging and welcome. All of the panelists mentioned that they had US involvement, either through investment or through offices in the States. Disruption and competition were important themes for each startup and they offered the following advise: Develop and invest in your brand, focusing on your unique offerings. Partner with other startups that complement your offerings and constantly watch the space for next generation disruptors.

Register for our next TechVision, which will celebrate women in technology and watch the videos from the event below: (more…)

TechVision: Celebrating women in technology

You are invited to attend our next TechVision event, Celebrating Women in Technology, on Thursday, May 28 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at our offices at 3 Times Square – 30th floor, Carnegie Hall.

James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, Thomson Reuters, will welcome a diverse panel of influential women in technology who empower change and inspire innovation. A cocktail reception and opportunity for networking will follow the panel discussion.

We are pleased to present this event in partnership with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)’s Sit With Me campaign, the Women@Thomson Reuters network and the Thomson Reuters Data Innovation Lab.

Meet the panelists:


Hubble’s 25th year in orbit

NASA once considered just letting the Hubble telescope die, but after protests from the public and the astronomical community, an upgrade mission was launched in 2009 to extend its life. Hubble was reinvented and made more powerful than ever. To mark its 25th anniversary, today’s graphic takes you inside the Hubble Telescope.


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Reuters TV nominated for The Webby Awards!


Reuters TV, the recently released personalized video news app, has been selected as a Nominee for The 19th Annual Webby Awards in three categories:

The awards present two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the winners of The Webby Awards, while The Webby People’s Voice is decided on the web by the voting public. (more…)

The mobile revolution set to hit financial services

Salesman poses with two Apple Watch look-alike devices at a mall selling electronic products in China's southern city of Shenzhen

By John Manwaring, Head of Mobile and Search, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters

2015 is looking set to be the year when wearables will start a revolution in how we use technology in our daily lives. Last year saw a number of developments in the sector, most notably the launch of Google’s Android Wear and Samsung’s Gear S. Now, with the launch of the Apple Watch imminent, it’s not too fanciful to say that wearable devices have already begun to change the way we interact with the world around us, and reshape our expectation of what technology can – and should – be doing for us.

While devices like smartwatches are generally thought of as recreational, as consumers come to adopt them in their daily lives they will inevitably start to impact the way we work too. From tablets to smartphones, mobile technology has already become so ingrained in our daily lives that we are coming to expect there to be a seamless link between how we use technology at home and in the office, and in particular how we receive information through the working day.

At the same time, our working lives themselves are changing. The days of nine to five, of clocking in and out of the office every day, are fast disappearing as we expect more flexibility and autonomy. The financial services industry is no exception to this, and the technology used by financial markets practitioners should change to match. Technology is increasingly being relied upon to deliver information intelligently, where and when it matters most. (more…)