2016 Turing Lecture

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The Internet of Me: It's all about my screens

In this lecture, Robert Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation, Thomson Reuters, explored the rapid growth of personal mobile devices and expansion of data, and the trends and implications for 21st century life.

About the Lecture

The remarkable adoption of the smart phone globally has completely revolutionised the way we play, work, and live. New applications and services are being created on a nearly daily basis, and we have the same access to global information on our wrists as we had on personal computers just a few short years ago. We cannot even imagine a world where we are unconnected and out of touch.

In near parallel, we are living in a world of big data that gets bigger with each passing day. People and machines are generating incredible amounts of content that can be accessed at any time, courtesy of cheap, connected storage.

Thus lies the crux of our information challenge in the future. Data is everywhere. It’s overwhelming. How does one find a true and accurate answer in a sea of knowledge, opinion, disinformation and pure speculation?

This lecture explored our future in this hyperconnected environment, and how our lives will seamlessly drift into a work-life blur based on a “dayflow” of activity. It looked at the digital trends which are driving this from both a consumer perspective as well as from the service provider and painted a picture of what this means for our 21st century lives.

Meet the speaker

Robert Schukai is the Head of Advanced Product Innovation for Thomson Reuters. In addition to overseeing the development and execution of the mobile growth strategy across the organisation, his remit also includes the development of new capabilities and experiences around data visualisation and predictive analytics for desktop, mobile, wearable devices and other products.

Previously, he was Vice President of Wireless / Broadband Technologies for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), where he was responsible for global research and development activities for TBS, Inc. in the areas of mobile / wireless, broadband, Internet protocol television (IPTV) and games. He also led the technology strategy and deployment for Turner’s mobile web and applications platforms, including analytics and advertising solutions. His career has also included 18 years at Motorola; in his final role he oversaw global strategy and business development activities for 3G handsets.

In 2014, he was named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2014 New Year Honours List for services to trade and investment in the UK, and for promotion of STEM education.

Four locations. One great lecture.

The Turing Lecture was free to attend and each was followed by a networking drinks reception. 

Dates and venues

  • Monday 22 February 2016, IET London: Savoy Place
  • Tuesday 23 February 2016, Cardiff University
  • Wednesday 24 February 2016, The University of Manchester
  • Thursday 25 February 2016, Belfast City Hall

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