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The final line-up of speakers has been confirmed for GeoCom: the annual conference of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI).

As headliners, these individuals will be putting the focus firmly on the role of location intelligence – this year’s theme is ‘Smart Geospatial’ – but their thought leadership will be echoed by a select number of Lightning Talks from AGI members, taking to the stage for a shorter, 7-minute presentation of their own. This is the AGI members’ event for everyone.

Confirmed speakers are:

Philip Graham, CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

Looking after the development of our National Infrastructure and the delivery of the Commission’s programme, Phil has the background in transport, utilities, telecomms and more to share valuable insights with us all on the future for geospatial intelligence. He leads ongoing engagement with government departments and key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, and has an in-depth understanding of the UK’s infrastucture challenges.

Dr Helen Ferrier, Head of Policy Services, NFU 

Geospatial is an essential tool in agriculture and the insurance sector. At the NFU – the National Farmers’ Union – these disciplines intersect. Dr Ferrier has collected geospatial insights from cross-sector policy experts who work on behalf of the NFU’s 55,000 members; visitors to GeoCom can expect to hear insights touching on the organisation's policy work on agricultural science and research, biotechnology, and many sectors of farming. 

David Johnson, Dep Dir., Partnerships & Knowledge Exchange (ONS) Data Campus

Co-founder of a machine-learning start-up, and having worked previously with Google, BT and Comcast, David joined the ONS’s Data Science Campus in May 2016 as Interim Head, working with a small team to build the Campus and prepare it for formal launch. Prior to joining the Campus he developed a real-time local event detection platform using geolocated social media photo and video uploads, forming a €1.6M EU FP7-funded Research programme in association with the University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in the areas of MachineLearning, Data Mining and Computer Vision. 

Charlotte Jee, Editor, Techworld

Techno-libertarians get a frisson of excitement at the idea of computers becoming integral to the human experience, but those in the know understand the importance of starting with the basics. Good data, good systems: smart technology that delivers benefits for all – when and where they need it. As the editor of Techworld, Charlotte Jee covers the development of this technology in government, politics and the public sector, and will be bringing unique insights to this event.

Professor Kate Jeffery, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Kate Jeffery is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL and understands the need to structure data in great detail: her research focuses in particular on how a sense of direction and sense of place is determined. Kate is also co-founder and co-director of the eletrophysiological instrumentation company, Axona Ltd., and is bringing academic knowledge about navigation into the wider world, to help inform urban and technology design, and make our cities easier to navigate.

Javier de la Torre, CEO, Carto

Many of our members will recognise Javier de la Torre. Javier is a keen advocate for the democratisation of data analysis and visualization: a strong speaker on all things geospatial. We expect to hear his insights on turning location data into valuable business intelligence, and the need for not only new data streams, but new analysis methods too – plus a cohesive, shared commitment from the geospatial intelligence community to help governments ‘cross the geospatial bridge’ … and ways for us all to collaborate with private partners and non-profits to help with these new analyses.

An overview of the programme for the #GeoCom17 event is available here.

About the Association for Geographic Information

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is the membership organisation for the UK geospatial industry. The AGI exists to promote the knowledge and use of Geographic Information for the betterment of governance, commerce and the citizen.

The AGI represent the interests of the UK's Geographic Information industry; a wide-ranging group of public and private sector organisations, suppliers of Geographic Information/ geospatial software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. The AGI, by way of its unique membership forum, brings together this previously disparate community to share ideas on best practice, experience and innovation, and offers access to unparalleled networking opportunities with significant business benefits. But the AGI also wants to facilitate exposure outside of this community, to the challenges and opportunities which are being or need to be met, which could benefit from a collaborative effort from the industry.  As such the AGI acts on behalf of the community as whole. Since its formal inception in 1989, it has built up a significant membership base and established itself as the respected voice in geospatial and is the membership body for everyone with an interest or involvement with geospatial.    

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