Oliver (Olly) Downs, PhD
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Olly Downs is Chief Scientist at technology incubator, Atigeo, where he is responsible for the research, development and deployment of advanced technologies in the Atigeo xPatterns platform, which enables Atigeo’s portfolio companies and partners, including Lifepass. His work is a combination of state-of-the-art machine learning and data mining algorithm application development and blue skies research in algorithm theory and design.
Olly specializes in applying abstract analytical ideas from mathematical, physical and statistical science to problems in the real world; to date this has resulted in 17 US patents pending in the fields of Bayesian Prediction, Statistical Estimation, Outlier Detection, Real-Time GPS Data Processing and a granted patent in the field of Quantum Optimization algorithms.
Previously, Olly was Chief Scientist at Mindset Media where he was responsible for the science, architecture and development of a web-based predictive analytics platform enabling ad-targeting to internet users based on inference of their psychographic dimensions rather than behavior.
Prior to Mindset Media, Olly was Principal Scientist at INRIX, the first technology spin-out from Microsoft Research. At INRIX, Olly delivered a world-first in the provision of real-time traffic information using a nationwide network of GPS-enabled probe vehicles (named 2007 Breakthrough Technology of the Year by the Washington Software Alliance), and drove the design and architecture of INRIX’ dynamic Bayesian predictive modeling platform for traffic conditions, revolutionizing the traffic information industry worldwide.
Olly’s work has included pioneering web-facing applications of predictive analytics and probabilistic reasoning for Pelago, Farecast and MSN in addition to offline analytics; including financial mathematics, quantum computing and Bayesian prediction, for L1 Partners, D-Wave Systems, Apollo Data Technologies, Microsoft Research, Barnes & Noble, Knight Ridder, Ryder and IGT.
Olly has also spent time in research roles at Microsoft Research and Bell Labs.
Olly holds PhD and MA degrees in Applied & Computational Mathematics from Princeton University, and BA, MA and MSci degrees in Experimental & Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has an Erdös Number of 3.
(Seattle Times, August 2007) Math whiz had I-5's number. Full Text
(King5 News, August 2007) I-5 closure will impact Southcenter, Eastside, Everett. Video (WMV)
(Technology Review, January 2006) A new service from Kirkland, WA-based Inrix predicts traffic slowdowns by crunching road sensor data, weather, history, and local events. Full Text
(Technology Review, July 2005) D-Wave Systems is building a 'quantum' computer to solve intractable real-world problems. The secret: cooling the chip to -269 C with liquid helium. Full Text
· The Science of Prediction – How Next Generation Traffic Services Will Impact Location-Based Applications (presented at Where 2.0, June 2006): Online Slideshow
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