Seme4 delighted to welcome new Sales and Marketing Director Robert Pye

Seme4 are excited to have appointed Robert Pye as the new Sales and Marketing Director.

Seme4 has collaborated with Robert in the past in his capacity as Founder and CEO of Ethos VO Ltd., an innovative organisation that finds sustainable and ethical solutions to complex problems. Ethos works with a wide range of clients, including central and local government, charities, NGOs and the private sector.

Before founding Ethos in 2010, Robert’s distinguished career included serving as Vice President of the electronic systems company Thales, member of the board of UK Technology Trade association TechUK, Business Development Director for the outsourcing and professional services company Capita, Director of Sales for the Financial Services company E&Y and Divisional Director of IBM.

SkillsPlanner: Seme4 partners with government and industry in £1.3m project to address skills shortages

SkillsPlanner is a collaboration between Seme4, Ethos (a network of social entrepreneurs who find innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems), local councils, universities, contractors, suppliers, industry bodies and training providers.

The 2 year project will focus on the skills gap in the construction industry in London and South-East England, working on large-scale projects such as HS2, the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Crossrail.

£827k of the £1.3m was secured by successfully bidding for funding from Innovate UK‘s Collaborative Research and Development Programme, which provides investment for innovative and collaborative research and development projects which increase the resilience, quality of life or economic performance of urban areas.

Seme4 is providing the software infrastructure for the project, which will allow current and future employment needs to be shared widely. This will enable better planning and delivery of training and skills provision and also reduce costs for both government and industry.

Seme4 and partners produce open data platform to provide information on parking availability

Seme4 has partnered with Ethos VO Ltd., and a number of parking companies to produce an open data platform which provides information on parking availability.

The information is accessible to motorists through an app, and is available as a viewer which provides management information for transport planners, retailers and other organisations. So far the platform has been rolled out to Brighton, Guildford, Greenwich and Kingston.

Further information can be found in an article which appeared in Forbes below:

Wendy Hall to be presented with award for outstanding contribution to ACM

Professor Dame Wendy Hall will be presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) in a ceremony to be held on the 20th of June in San Francisco.

The ACM is the largest world-wide educational and scientific computing society.

Professor Hall will be presented with the award for having “transformed the way the world views computing” and for having “increased the visibility of the ACM in leading scientific venues worldwide by broadening its values, resources, and services.”

Professor Hall was the first person from outside North America to be appointed to the post of ACM President. She also initiated the establishment of ACM Councils in Europe, India and China.

Wendy Hall named as a founding member of International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

The new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR) will provide advice on robotics and artificial intelligence.

The Council will also draw up a global action plan, create educational materials and run an awards scheme.

It is being set up by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and will be managed by the Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Wendy Hall selected for Longitude Prize steering committee

The prize has a £10m fund to be awarded for solutions to one of the most important problems of our time.

The public will choose the issue they would most like to be solved from a choice of 6:

1) How can we ensure everyone can have access to safe and clean water?
2) How can we ensure everyone has nutritious, sustainable food?
3) How can we restore movement to those with paralysis?
4) How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?
5) How can we fly without damaging the environment?
6) How can we help people with dementia live independently for longer?
Vote here

The original Board of Longitude was a committee set up in the 18th century to judge ideas for measuring longitude to enable navigation. The new committee for the 2014 Longitude Prize will judge ideas for solutions for the problem chosen by the public. The committee is chaired by Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal. Other members include Dr Philip Campbell, Editor in Chief of Nature, Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer and Sir Mark Walport, the Chief Scientific Advisor.