Pioneering change and innovation with next gen AI

Demystifying artificial intelligence and its role in shaping our future

While AI has quietly been a part of our lives for years, its recent surge has led to both transformative opportunities and unprecedented challenges. 

From enhancing productivity and disrupting every industry, to its ethical minefields and regulatory challenges, join us in this event where we’ll delve into the deep-seated roots of AI, explore its escalating trends, and demystify its role in managing innovation.

Industry-leading experts will guide us through this intricate journey where you will learn and discuss how to harness AI responsibly for a successful future.

Our speakers are:

Professor Ronjon Nag BSc MS PhD CEng FIET (IET Trustee) and Dr James Luke (Innovation Director, Roke)


Chair of Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Elise Tapping CEng MIET CMgr FCMI

Elise founded the Artificial Intelligence Technical Network in 2019.

Elise was recognised as a role model within DE&S Women in Engineering. Elise’s 35-year Engineering career started in Commercial Industry, moved into UK Defence civil service and she is currently exploring the consultancy world.  

Dr Elise Tapping CEng, FCMI CMgr has thirty years’ experience across Commercial Industry and Government within policy, strategy, project management, technical and leadership roles. She has worked across many of the domains. Held the role of Chief Engineer, Senior Safety Responsible and Equipment Authority for Maritime Combat Systems, Underwater and Electronic Warfare Delivery Team until May 2023, she was responsible for Safety, Security, Quality and Engineering throughout the CADMID lifecycle. She has extensive hardware electronic design experience within the Avionic and Oil and Gas sectors. Trained within Industry to be best of class. Communications and Sensors experience, ISO9000 Quality auditing and Software Safety Assurance within leading edge technology industries. Elise  was also the DE&S / SDA Technical Discipline Lead for Sensors and Electronic Systems. 


Chair of Innovation Management

Dr. Deepak Gupta  FIET FAPM

Deepak founded the Innovation Management Technical Network in 2019.

In 2007, Deepak set up a Technology Business Consultancy (Black Kite® Ltd.), which helps organisations (large, small and start-up companies, universities, and others) to manage their innovation challenges. 

Black Kite’s engagements include being a Project Monitoring Officer for Innovate UK grant funded projects, conducting technology market studies for companies and universities, and helping organisations, small and large, bid for grant funds.

Deepak started his career as an engineer in digital broadcast technologies – digital TV and DAB. 

Then, at Roke Manor Research, he was involved in building the company’s portfolio of commercial, contract R&D work in a wide variety of technical areas, covering space (e.g.,  Astrium, ESA, STFC), communications (e.g., Siemens, TelASIC, Ofcom), software and hardware (e.g., Altera, Xilinx and others), and products

  • Research and Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


21 Nov 2023

12:00pm - 5:00pm

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Professor Ronjon Nag

Professor Ronjon Nag

IET Trustee - R42 Group

Professor  Ronjon Nag is an inventor and entrepreneur. He is Adjunct Professor in Genetics in the Stanford School of Medicine and Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Center for Language and Information, teaching courses in artificial intelligence, healthcare venture capital aging science and longevity technology.  

He is the founder of the R42 Group which invents, informs and invests.

He has won the 2021 IEEE-SCV Outstanding Engineer award, the IET Mountbatten Medal, and the $1m Verizon Powerful Answers Award (for Bounce Imaging where he is Chairman).  

He is a founder and advisor/board member and part owner of some 80 AI and Biotech start-ups.  His companies have been sold to Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola.

Ronjon pioneered text prediction, voice and handwriting recognition, including Chinese, for mobile devices.  

In 1999, he invented the first mobile app stores, deploying at Orange, Vodafone, SprintNextel, AT&T, Airtel, Telstra and many others, resulting in billions of downloads and presaging an industry employing millions of engineers.

He has historically been involved in numerous product firsts. More recently Ronjon has been applying concepts of computer science and mathematics to biology. 

Active in the IET, he gave the 2020 AI in Healthcare lecture series, created the IET Introduction to AI Online Course, and served on the Knowledge Services and Solutions Board and Council    


Dr James Luke

Dr James Luke

Innovation Director - Roke

James Luke, is an Engineer with over 25 years’ experience delivering real AI solutions that solve real world problems. James is the Innovation Director at Roke, a leading UK technology company, having previously worked as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor.  James has multiple US patents in subjects relating to AI and, for his PhD, researched the application of AI in detecting previously unseen computer viruses. James is an experienced conference speaker and has given evidence on the development of AI to both the European Commission and the House of Lords Select Committee. In 2018, James delivered a TEDx talk entitled, “How To Survive An AI Winter” ( ). James started his career failing to deliver an AI solution for a leading Formula 1 team. This experience changed James’s understanding and perspective on what it takes to actually deliver a working AI solution. James responded to his early failure by developing new methods for the definition, design and delivery of AI solutions. He has delivered projects in multiple industries from Public Sector to Insurance and Retail. Prior to joining Roke, James held a number of key positions in IBM including Chief Architect for Watson Tools, CTO of the Cognitive Practice in Europe and Leader of the Academy of Technology core team on AI.

Reasons to attend

Gain insight from leading experts and thought leaders in AI and innovation management, allowing you to discover practical applications and strategies for leveraging the technology in your own processes.

• Learn about latest trends, opportunities and challenges in applying AI in innovation management

• Network and connect with peers, industry leaders, and potential collaborators or investors

• Participate in lively discussions and debates about the future of AI in innovation management


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

We’re fully committed to reducing our impact on the environment and are constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable.


The proposed agenda is below but is subject to change




12:00 – 13:00

Arrival, food and refreshments

13:00 – 13:30

Introductions from AI and Innovation Management TNs:

Dr Elise Tapping

Dr Deepak Gupta

13:30 – 14:00

Keynote 1: Dr Ronjon Nag

14:00 – 14:30

Keynote 2: Dr James Luke

14:30 – 15:30

Panel discussion and Q&A

15:30 – 15:45

Closing comments from AI and Innovation Management TNs


Networking and refreshments




Free to attend

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