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Technical Research Manager
IBM Research Laboratory, UK


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Professional Associations:  AAAI  |  ACM  |  Challenger Society for Marine Science


Dr Simon Holgate is a Technical Research Manager and member of the UK Data Technologies Group.  He has an MSc in ocean turbulence from the University of Victoria in Canada and obtained his PhD from the University of Liverpool where he simulated the effects of the large scale ocean overturning ciculation on the global carbon cycle.

Simon spent 10 years at the National Oceanography Centre (formerly the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory) in Liverpool based within the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level - the leading international group on global sea level change. He has a strong publication record in global sea level spatio-temporal variability, contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report and has published his work in high-impact journals such as Geophysical Research Letters, the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Technology, and Science. Simon is the current Vice-President of the IAPSO Commission on Mean Sea Level and Tides, has supervised a number of PhD students and continues to collaborate with both them and former colleagues across a number of disciplines.

In 2012 Simon founded a startup to optimise the turn-around of ships arriving in port with a hybrid Machine Learning/numerical simulation system that reduced risk and uncertainty for vessels while maximising cargo loading. A collaboration with IBM brought Simon onto the UK IBM Research team where he continues to work with geospatial data technologies and, in particular, to combine AI with numerical simulations to increase scalability and performance.

For more project information please see the UK Data Technologies Group's website.

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