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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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14 March 2011 - 17:00“A.I. in the real world” 2011 lecture at Sussex Uni

I’ve just given my yearly lecture at Sussex Uni talking about Artificial Intelligence in the real-world. It details some of my exploits over the last 10 years. The presentation is below, I’ve also linked to some of the videos below.

For my real world examples I covered cars and a few other projects. Audi have their automated racing car which climbs Pikes Peak in 27 minutes (a human racer does it in 17 minutes). I haven’t managed to find a video of the race, there is this video taken earlier in the year.

More interestingly Google have an automated car that drives the streets (has video) – this is a real automated vehicle really driving on the real roads. This is darned impressive. Sooner or later we’ll have low-accident-rate automatic cars which are far cheaper to drive than human-power-cars, this’ll have big economic implications (but could be years off yet).

IBM’s Watson played Jeopardy recently (has video), it is pretty scary watching the machine beat humans at tricky general knowledge questions.

I also mentioned Word Lens (a real time OCR-based translation system using a phone camera) and I demo’d Google’s Voice Translator with some French to English on my Android-based Galaxy S.

Finally I linked to my own project – Social Ties does data mining and natural language processing to give you a mobile ‘people radar’ – it helps you find interesting people at events and places. We’re in alpha at present, sign up on the site if you’d like to join the beta.

At the end of the talk I spoke about some local events that will help people move forwards with A.I. company ideas, these are:


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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10 May 2010 - 18:59“Artificial Intelligence in the Real World” lecture at Sussex University 2010

I’m chuffed to have delivered the second version of my “A.I. in the real world” lecture (I gave it last May too) to 2nd year undergraduates at Sussex University this afternoon.

The slides are below, I cover:

  • A.I. that I’ve seen and have been involved with in the last 10 years
  • Some project ideas for undergraduates
  • How to start a new tech business/project in A.I.

In the talk I also showed or talked about:

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World May 2010 Sussex University Guest Lecture

Here’s the YouTube video showing the Grand Challenge entries:

Update – the blog for the A.I. Cookbook is now active, more A.I. and robot updates will occur there.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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19 May 2009 - 22:07‘A.I. in the Real World’ Lecture at Sussex University

Dr. Blay Whitby was kind enough to invite me to lecture to his 2nd year students for the last lecture in his Artificial Intelligence course, the aim being to give the students a grounding in Artificial Intelligence in the real (as opposed to academic) world.

Topics covered include War Stories from my last 10 years of A.I. industrial work (Mor Consulting, LinkedIn), five Current Big Projects that I know of, four Hard Problems that someone needs to solve and ideas on How To Start Building Your Own Company if you choose to solve one of these.

The 11 page PowerPoint can be clearly seen in the Vimeo video so you probably don’t need these slides.

The lecture is shown below, it runs for 50 minutes.  Please forgive the visuals – if I stepped in front of the projector you’d have just seen a dark silhouette!

A.I. in the Real World Lecture at Sussex Uni. May 2009 from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

Verbal mistake 1 – I talked about the ‘large fraction of a billion Euros’ of funding – it was probably an order of magnitude smaller than that.

Verbal mistake 2 – I’m not entirely sure of Nick Jakobi’s job title, it certainly did involve Google, Video, Ads and Research but it probably isn’t the title I quoted. Correction – LinkedIn says Nick is a Product Manager at Google with no other detail (and the last time we spoke involved a pub and too much beer!).


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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14 April 2009 - 23:56Informatics Update: Graham McAllister and Video-game Usability (Invited post)

As a part of my efforts with Andy Philippedes at Sussex Uni to get information flowing between the Computer Science dept. and companies in town, Andy has asked Graham McAllister to introduce himself and his work (and new company) in usability design and research for video games.

Over to Graham…

I’m Graham McAllister, a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction and a member of the Human-Centred Computing Technology (HCT) research group in the Informatics department at the University of Sussex.  My research is in the area of video games, in particular trying to ensure  that they can be understood and played just as the designers intended.

So if you have ever played a game only to find it frustrating, annoying or even plain boring, my research tries to ensure that this does not happen.

As the UK video game industry grows, and games become more expensive to design and develop, it is becoming even more important to attain the highest quality possible.  To help ensure that UK games studios remain among the best in the world, we have started a spin-out company which focusses on analyzing games from the viewpoint of the player, i.e. can they understand the game, are the goals clear, do they enjoy it?

We’re almost ready to launch Vertical Slice, the UK’s first company to focus entirely on the area of video games usability and user experience.  Our studios are based at the Sussex Innovation Centre on Sussex University Campus, and feature facilities in which the interaction between players and video games can be observed, captured and analyzed.

For further details, please contact me at g.mcallister@sussex.ac.uk


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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23 February 2009 - 19:23Informatics Update (invited post from Sussex University’s Computer Science dept.)

I asked Andy Philippides of Sussex University (Research Fellow and liaison for MSc projects) to start feeding me some news from the Informatics dept. after my presentation there before Christmas.

Here’s his first post – they’re especially interested in chatting to anyone who has an MSc or undergrad project to submit.  They’ll be along at the WiredSussex Jobs Fair on Thursday if you want to chat in person. 

Over to Andy…


I’m Andy Philippides, a lecturer at Sussex Uni where I study insect navigation. Ian asked me to write a few lines from time to time about goings-on in Informatics that might be of interest to the wider technological world, to let you know a bit more of what we’re getting up to in our ivory towers.

One of the main happenings for me this month is to begin organising dissertation projects for the Master’s students. These are 4 month research-based projects which run over Summer and are the major piece of work for the students.

The topics vary widely – as wide as the range of MSc courses on offer – from robotics, E-commerce, databases to data mining, not to mention web-design and virtual environments. Topics are proposed by both faculty and students and the topic agreed between the student and their selected supervisor.

In the past, we have also had projects suggested by – and run in collaboration with – industrial partners. The level of industry engagement can vary from simply suggesting an interesting project area to having the student work on-site, and there’s often some level of financial incentive (which unsurprisingly helps to attract students).

The arrangement has been beneficial to both parties on a number of levels, resulting in job offers and even a highly successful spin-out (NaturalMotion). As the MSc project organiser, I’m therefore keen to foster any links I can, so if anyone is interested in offering a project – with any level of input – please get in touch.

Email me (andrewop AT sussex.ac.uk)  or stop by for a chat at WiredSussex’s Job Fair on Thursday where I’ll be manning the Sussex stall from 4-6pm (look out for the robots).


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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