MEET THE TEAM: Colin Shearer, AI Lead
Next up for #MeetTheTeam is our AI Lead, Colin Shearer. A pioneer and thought leader in AI and advanced analytics for over 30 years, or as he says - “Since the first time it was hot!” - Colin drives and guides the design and development of the AI aspects of our software solutions.
Colin is a world-renowned authority on AI, with experience ranging from successful start-ups, and the creation of market-leading tools and technology, to worldwide executive roles with the largest vendors, including IBM. He led the team that designed and developed the first end-user workbench for machine learning, and led the initiative to develop CRISP-DM, the de facto standard methodology for advanced analytics.
Colin said:“Just throwing AI at a problem is very unlikely to produce anything of value – the key is to combine it with human domain expertise. What OPEX does in that respect – blending AI with industrial engineering expertise, along with “code cracking” knowledge of how to make AI work across complex operations – is one of the best examples of that I’ve come across, in any industry.”
Colin has played an integral role in the design of emissions.AI – our cloud-based AI solution for complex assets to monitor, reduce and control operational emissions.
Outlining his vision for how AI will transform this urgent global imperative going forward, he said:
“The vast amount of data captured through digitalisation holds the information that’s needed to understand how to optimise and reduce emissions – but that data is so huge and complicated and dynamic, it’s simply beyond human comprehension and can’t be interpreted manually. That’s where AI comes in. It can find the subtle and complex underlying patterns that are key to successfully identifying actionable emissions reduction opportunities.
While Colin’s reputation as an authority on all things AI is well-established, his thespian talents are somewhat less well-known! Colin once appeared as the Evil Queen in his local production of “Snow White and the Magnificent Seven” – oh yes he did!