Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 18:15 to 21:00
Event Details: 



Artificial intelligence will be “everywhere” in 10 years according to Gartner’s 2018 report on emerging technologies. Powered by cloud computing and open source frameworks, AI is already pervasive in so many areas of our lives; what does this mean for the media industry?

We will explore what AI offers today and what the future holds with practitioners and experts in building and supplying AI tools to the professional media industry. Experts from cloud giants to small startups will examine what machine learning and deep learning toolkits are available now. What’s “off the shelf”, where customisation is required and where does broad and narrow tooling fit into the media chain. The group will discuss the state of the art in ML/DL techniques and give their views on what’s next and what is further into the future. We will hear about real world examples, see demos of the tangible results of using ML/DL in various stages of production and post, and understand where AI is a good fit, and where it may not be ready yet. Questions around what does AI mean for new business, how can it impact existing operations will be covered and what does adopting other technologies such as cloud mean for those looking to exploit AI?

Learn from those at the cutting edge of research and real world use what AI in the media means for you.



Richard Welsh, co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd.

Richard has worked in the media industry since 1999. He has been involved in various technology development work during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D. He set up Sundog in 2013 and, along with colleague Christian Ralph, created the Sundog cloud platform, a scalable virtual post-production system now used by Hollywood studios and major broadcasters. Richard has previously held positions as Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, Director of Digital Cinema at Dolby Laboratories and served on the Board of SMPTE from 2011 to 2018. Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Southampton Solent University.

Chanka Perera, M&E Solutions Architect – AWS

Chanka is a Solutions Architect at AWS working with Media, Entertainment, Telco, and Ad-Tech customers. He helps and supports AWS customers on their journey to the cloud by providing guidance on how to build well-architected applications in the cloud. He has authored AWS blog posts and spoken at AWS summits, multiple meet-ups and at AWS re:Invent 2018. Prior to joining AWS in 2016, Chanka spent many years in multiple engineering roles, managing a large number of application migrations to AWS with media and telco including BT, NewsCorp, and Pearson.

Matt Eaton General Manager, GrayMeta

Matt has worked in the broadcast industry for the past 20 years as a management consultant, an operational leader, and a technical advisor across the content supply chain. Matt is General Manager EMEA for GrayMeta, where he helps media companies make the most of their content by leveraging cognitive services, machine learning and AI. Previously he held leadership positions at Cognizant and Virgin Media. Matt brings a pragmatic approach to designing and rolling out digital solutions for broadcasters based on an engineer’s understanding of the possible combined with an appreciation of the commercial imperative. In the past 5 years Matt has worked with clients to create strategic plans for IP operations and playout, to make right technology decisions for managing content, and to improve operational efficiency through process redesign. Matt holds an international Executive MBA from Ashridge Business School.

Getting there

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NBCUniversal is situated at the corner of Shaftsbury Avenue and St Giles High Street, often referred to as “the Google building”. The closest tube station is Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Lines) which is a 5 minute walk away.


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