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McIntyre House

2 Holland St · Birmingham

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Room MH 215, McIntyre house, University College Birmingham No onsite parking, but nearby NCP parking is available

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Due to the likely preponderance of romantics in the group, the Feb meeting will be on a Tuesday, not a Thursday.

We'll have two talks this month.

Talk 1: From big data to big impact - Arjun Panesar

Abstract: The Low Carb Program is a behaviour change platform for people with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and obesity that is redefining metabolic health. Peer-reviewed, published outcomes demonstrate that the Low Carb Program is more effective than first-line medication for type 2 diabetes - and what's more, it places the condition into remission for 26% of patients at 1-year. Localized in three markets, the platform is incentivizing wellness and providing hope to over 380,000 patients through insurance companies, health agencies and National Health Services - including NHS England.

The talk will explore how the Low Carb Program is augmenting traditional healthcare - and the concerns, inertias, ethics and considerations encountered as DDM develop a new form of medication - digital therapeutics; and how real-world evidence is rewriting the clinical textbooks.

Bio: Arjun Panesar is the founding CEO and Head of AI at Diabetes Digital Media (DDM) with over a decade of experience with intelligent health systems and big data. Arjun started DDM during his first year of a Masters in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. Today, Arjun leads DDM's transformation of population health provision through empowering patients with evidence-based digital education and wearable technologies. Through the use of innovative engagement and real-world big data on over 1.2 million members, DDM is redefining the understanding of chronic disease and wellness with pioneering peer-reviewed, published health outcomes and retention. Outcomes for DDM's Low Carb Program demonstrate 1 in 4 patients who complete the program place type 2 diabetes into remission - a disease that once was considered chronic and progressive. Arjun is an author on the topic of Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare and Advisor to the Information School, University of Sheffield.

Talk 2: "Understanding Things: Giving the computer some artificial intelligence" - Oliver Mason

Modern AI is all about machine learning and data analysis, but there was a time when it meant something slightly different. In this talk I will briefly introduce a framework used to model natural language understanding, which does not use machine learning at all -- and I will give a few examples on how it was (and can be) used in applications. Bio: Oliver Mason is a computational linguist who, after almost 20 years as a University lecturer, jumped ship to work at a small Birmingham start-up. Two years later he moved on to his current employer, Artificial Solutions, designing automated dialogue systems. He is also a sailing instructor in his spare time.

University College Birmingham are kindly hosting us this time, but unfortunately, we can't provide pizza or beer on their site this time. However, we'll be putting some money behind the bar at the nearby pub afterwards

Thanks to Wealth Wizards for providing the refreshments!

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