My Background & Skill Set
Originally from the UK, I am an IEE prize winner with over 30 patents in a wide array of advanced technologies including AI, Bias in AI, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Computational Aesthetics and blockchain.
Somewhat uniquely IME, I can be a highly-technical product vision and architect leader, or a highly product-aware technical leader in deep-tech programs. I often alternate between running advanced-tech labs and hands-on building/research. My consulting approach has enabled me to pursue both tracks.
In 2011, I moved to Silicon Valley after being awarded a rare self-sponsored “Genius Visa”. Although a passionate “techie”, I confess that I made the move to avail my kids of Silicon Valley’s innovation potential whilst fulfilling a childhood dream to work amongst the chip pioneers I had read about whilst growing up.
I designed my first commercial product (X.21 fibre-optic multiplexor) whilst still an undergrad, aged 19, and was subsequently awarded the international Von Rheinhold Nostrand prize (leading tech publisher) and the IEE prize.
At only age 22, I won the then-prestigious Motorola global patent of the year award for a novel chip co-processor design (pre-GPGPU) that enabled radical scaling of cellular networks. My method has been used in trillions of GSM calls to mitigate co-channel interference — the critical factor in cellular scaling.
I went on to become one of the inventors of the mobile app and wrote several leading text books in the field for Wiley Publishing. I also built the world’s first text messaging gateway (for Lucent Technologies) and the world’s first mobile portal for Netscape.
In 2016 I was interviewed by Sergey Brin to run next-generation Google Glass “labs” (my PhD research in the 90s was in augmented reality) but the position didn’t materialize after the demise of Glass (since rebooted for 2025 relaunch).
I pioneered the use of machine learning co-processor techniques in the 90s whilst designing one of the first ML chips for GSM mobile phones, for which I have various patents related to co-processor architecture and computation acceleration.
I have helped many of the world’s leading brands with technology transformation, including O2 in the UK where I led the creation of their start-up incubator program whilst building a programmable telecoms platform that included a novel scripting language of my own design called connFu.
I have held Chief Scientist, Chief Architect and CTO roles at a number of leading orgs across multiple continents, often within a high-performing sales culture (note that I am fully trained in SPIN selling).
I have given many keynotes at various prestigious corporate and public events, mostly with a “futurist” slant, although I shun that role these days as it became meaningless in the TED-talks era.
Outside of work, I helped my wife to homeschool three kids by following a “renaissance” style eclectic education program that blended classical education with modern updates, hoping to instill polymathy. I am a proponent of teaching computational-based maths to kids in order to explore foundational ideas versus rote-learning and so on. We also studied Arisotle’s Poetics, as applied to modern cinema. We were lucky that our kids also gained access to the pioneering EPGY high school at Stanford. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.
I am a keen student of philosophy of mind, cognitive linguistics and aesthetics. I have developed several theories of “attention” for the purposes of building “augmented creativity” AI and recently (2019) filed patents for novel chatbot algorithms using attention (not of the self-attention kind in Transformers). My interest in linguistics began as a quest to make my digital note-taking more than just a digitized version of journaling, but rather a “mind extension”. This work is ongoing as a “passion project”.
To know more about me and how I can help your enterprise, please contact me.
Winner of the IEE prize for outstanding achievement in Electronic Engineering (UK). Not only did I achieve a high score, but my final-year project became a commercial product (X.21 Fiber-Optic Multiplexor).
>30 patents in advanced technologies (1992-2021)
Including in AI, blockchain, computer vision, signal processing for cellular, computational aesthetics, attention-based bots, digital art and more.
One of the Earliest Patents in Applied Neural Networks (Comms)
In 1995/6, Motorola filed patents for my ’94 invention: “Multi-layer Perceptron Neural Network Adaptive Equaliser” which was one of the earliest NN patents for a commercial use of AI in the field of mobile communications.
Early application of AI/ML to 3D Image Processing
From 1990-1996 I conducted EU-funded collaborative academia-industry research at Motorola R&D whilst studying part-time for a PhD (which I did not complete). The work pioneered the exploration of applying AI to solve 3D compression (mesh decimation) for mobile augmented reality applications.
World-beating financial OCR pipeline (Computer Vision)
For Prosper Inc, a fintech company in SF, I coded software to read financial docs at any angle and with varying amounts of background noise, exceeding the capabilities of the leading finance OCR vendor (Lead Tools). This led to several patent applications.
Motorola Patent of the Year (Youngest ever recipient, Age 24)
For designing a chipset radio that revolutionized the compactness of cellular basestations (for microcells). Multiple patents awarded, resulting in a new family of DSP devices for Motorola semiconductor division.
Architect of a Data Fabric capable of Massively Scalable Simulation of the Enterprise to Manage Complexity
For a UC-Berkeley incubated start-up, I architected and built a serverless backend using the ECS pattern from Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming (MMOG) that allowed composable objects to take on any number of properties. This goals was to power “omniscient” knowledge-management systems like the magical one seen in Minority Report, capable of scaling to every business object in an enterprise.
Von Rheinhold Nostrand (Publisher) Prize
Winner for “outstanding academic achievement” in designing a commercially adopted product (X.21 fiber-optic MUX) as an undergrad, aged 19.
Invited "Futurist" at Many Leading Orgs
I have presented “futurist” or technology insights talks to the likes of McLaren Racing, O2 UK, Naspers, Ericsson, AT&T, Vodafone, GSMA, 3 UK and many more.
Large-scale Stream Processing "Math" Engine
In 2010, for McLaren Racing (of Formula One fame), I architected one of the world’s first real-time stream-processing engines that was intended for large-scale performance engineering IoT solutions as a spin-out (McLaren Applied Technologies), as used by Nike, Specialized and other leading performance brands.
Founder of Europe's First Mobile Apps Co.
I founded Magic E Company in 1996. We created many industry firsts:
- First SMS gateway web API
- First Microsoft Exchange wireless connector with full OTA capabilities, licensed to Glenayre Paging in North America.
- First location-based service (MetroWalker HK and NTT DoCoMo Japan)
Author of First Major Textbook for Mobile Apps
Published by Wiley Academic Press in 2004 – one of the first text books explaining mobile apps and related cellular technologies.
Expert Member of Java Mobile Apps JSR
I was one of the few individual expert members of the Java Community Process team that developed the original mobile apps framework called MIDP.
Inventor of connFu scripting language
connFu was a pioneering platform and programming language (Ruby DSL) for building telephony services atop of any carrier network
Designer of the World's First GSM baseband chipset
I was lead designer for the Enhanced Filter Co-Processor (EFCOP) that enabled the world’s first DSP chip for GSM basestations. This work produced over 10 keystone patents for Motorola in the GSM market.