Emmanuel Mogenet (Google)

Monday, 27th June 2016, 10:30-11:30, Auditorium B&C

Topics Covered:

  • An overview of Google Research in Europe/Zurich.
  • A summary of interesting ZRH projects.
  • A summary of what research engineers/scientists do at Google, and the skills they need to secure such a position.
  • A discussion about the benefits of undertaking internships whilst undertaking a PhD.

Speaker Bio:

Emmanuel Mogenet is an Engineering Director and Site Lead for the Google Zürich office, where he currently leads the Google European Research Lab. Formerly, he led a team focused on improving various aspects of Google’s search engine. Prior to working on Research and Search problems, Emmanuel spent most of his career working on solving 3D computer graphics and image processing problems for the film special effects industry. Before joining Google in 2006, he was working at Apple Computers in California where he was part of the advanced image progressing group. Emmanuel was born in 1967 in a small town in the southeast of France. He earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in 1990 from the School of Mines of St-Etienne. During the course of his career, Emmanuel lived and worked in Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and finally Zürich.

Professor Jon Timmis (University of York) – Working Across the Disciplines

Monday, 27th June 2016, 14:30-15:30, Auditorium B&C


Working across disciplines can be a challenge. Even though we might speak the same language, the same word means different things to different people, depending on their discipline. Misunderstandings are common. Some of the most exciting scientific and engineering challenges require different disciplines to work together, but this is not as easy as it might sound. In this talk I will reflect on my own experience of working across computer science, engineering and immunology and discuss how building a common language takes time, but can be done. Crucially, I will explore how all sides involved in the interdisciplinary adventure can benefit, and warn against the very real danger of one side being a service industry to the others. I will also discuss commercialisation of research and how to manage the challenges of translating from academia to commercial exploitation.

Speaker Bio:

Jon Timmis is a Professor of Intelligent and Adaptive Systems and current Head of Department in the Department of Electronics at the University of York. He was a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit award holder (2011 – 2016) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow (2014 – 2015) and is co-founder and CEO of SimOmics Ltd a company providing modelling and simulations solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. He is Director of York Robotics Laboratory and co-director of York Computational Immunology Laboratory. His research interests lie in the modeling and simulation of immune system function, fault tolerance in swarm robotic systems and biologically-inspired systems.  He has published over 170 papers and graduated 25 PhD students over his career to date.

Visit his hompage to find out more.