Summary

I am a strategically minded creative technologist, who strives to help businesses achieve their true potential by harnessing cutting edge technology to solve product needs. I am CTO of Antidote, a $18m venture backed startup. I was brought in to lead the engineering team, and to define and implement a technology vision for the company. Prior to Antidote I was central in building two startups, Garlik & PeerIndex, both of which were acquired for their technological advances, as well being a part of the core team who built State's unique Opinion Network.

I hold a PhD from the University of Southampton supervised by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt (now Principal of Jesus College, Oxford), and an AI degree from Edinburgh University. I remain active in the research community and participate on Programme Committees for the top international conferences.

I am passionate about the future of an open web. I have had the pleasure of working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee in two of the three startups I have been involved in and have been an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The W3C is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. I have contributed to the long term future of the web by participating in the W3C’s RDF Working Group in the design of the Turtle specification, and co-edited the W3C’s Social Web XG's Report entitled: "A Standards-based, Open and Privacy-aware Social Web".


Experience

CTO – Antidote https://antidote.me/ Sep '16 - present

  • Antidote is a digital health company on a mission. As a key member of the executive team our aim is to accelerate the breakthroughs of new treatments by bridging the gap between medical research and the people who need them. It’s a collaborative movement to shape a better medical future.

CTO – State https://state.com/ Apr '14 – Jul '16

  • As a key member of the executive team I helped set strategic direction and define key business metrics whilst overseeing technology and product development. State is an intelligent opinion network that made use of novel technologies to organise the world’s opinions. At State I was chosen to team up with Alex Asseily, founder of Jawbone, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee (amongst others) to create one of the most powerful and innovative Semantic platforms by fusing a rich Topic Graph with state of the art Natural Language Processing techniques to power a fully functional mobile-first social network. Upon analysis of State’s user base it became apparent that users who received notifications from other people within the network within their first 48 hours on the platform where seven times more likely to become long term users. It was this key user retention metric that drove the innovations in State’s semantic technology.
  • Brought Product & Engineering together into one team focused on delivering against key business metrics. Performed a large redesign of the system architecture removing bloat and ensuring that the team focused on solving the right problems and ensuring that the team didn’t reinvent the wheel. Furthermore I moved the platform towards an efficient SOA architecture whilst speeding up product iteration cycles and saving on operational costs by putting in place a DevOps framework.

CTO – PeerIndex http://www.peerindex.com/ Apr '13 – Apr '14

  • As CTO of PeerIndex I led the design and development of a world-class big-data platform that processed 10% of the Twitter firehose, in real-time, by applying our model for measuring influence to show how messages where spreading around the social web. I led and helped form the team of engineers and data scientists who turned this novel dataset into a valuable insights product for marketers. PeerIndex exited to Brandwatch in 2014.
  • Pivotal to PeerIndex’s success was the flexibility and power of the data warehouse created, which housed a 3 month rolling window of processed Twitter data. The flexibility enabled PeerIndex to find product market fit in the data insights space in record time. At PeerIndex the big data platform made use of Hadoop, Hive, Pig and Amazon’s Redshift for batch processing and used Storm for real-time analytics to extract insights from a dataset of 200 million users.

Head of Research Engineering – PeerIndex http://www.peerindex.com/ Dec '11 – Apr '13

  • Whilst heading up the Data Engineering team at PeerIndex, I was responsible for design and development of its Big Data stack, the implementation of the Influence Model, its APIs, and other backend technologies.

Senior Research Engineering – Garlik http://www.garlik.com/ Aug '08 - Dec '11

  • A key member Garlik’s engineering team that spun out of Southampton University. I helped develop Garlik’s core Semantic Web technologies that powered its fintech product DataPatrol. Garlik’s technology still makes up one of the key components of Experian’s CreditExpert (acquired in 2011) and it is the single largest Semantic Technology system in production in the world, serving over 10 million people in the UK. At Garlik, one of the innovative projects we built was QDOS, a Semantic Web powered distributed social network, pushing the boundaries of RDF and SPARQL on the web.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy – University of Southampton Oct '04 – Oct '10

Title: Telling Your Story: Autobiographical Metadata and the Semantic Web.
Supervisors: Professor Sir Nigel R. Shadbolt & Dr David E. Millard

MSc in Artificial Intelligence – University of Edinburgh Oct '03 – Oct '04

BSc in Software Engineering – Oxford Brookes University Sep '98 – Jun '02

International Baccalaureate – Tehran International School Sep '96 – Jun '98


Other Positions Held

Member/Co-Editor of the World Wide Web Consortium Social Web Incubator Group Apr '09 – Dec '10

Member of the World Wide Web Consortium RDF Working Group Feb '11 – Jan '12

Member of the World Wide Web Consortium Aug '08 – Jun '12

Visiting Researcher, University of Southampton Oct '07 – Oct '10

Member of EPSRC Memories for Life Research Network Dec '06 – Feb '09

Co-Organiser of London Storm Meetup Feb '13 – present

Co-Organiser of Web of Data Meetup Jul '09 – present

Technical advisor to Smesh Jun '15 – present


Skills

Software Architecture, System Design, SOA, Data Architecture, Engineering Leadership, Java, HTML, Bash, Javascript, Perl, SQL, RDF, SPARQL, Hadoop, Storm, *nix, AWS, Semantic Technologies. I also speak Farsi.


Publications

2011

Harris, S., Tuffield, M. (2011) Linked Sensitive Data Linked Enterprise Data Patterns Workshop at the W3C.

2010

Tuffield, M. (2010) Telling Your Story: Autobiographical Metadata and the Semantic Web PhD. Thesis - University of Southampton.

Halpin, H., Tuffield, M., Appelquist, D., Brickley, D., Carvahlo, M., Iannella, R., Passant, A., Perey, C., Story, H. (2010) W3C Social Web Incubator Group (SWXG) Final Report W3C Incubator Group

Harris, S., Ilube, T. and Tuffield M. (2010) Enterprise Linked Data as Core Business Infrastructure in book Linking Enterprise Data

2009

O'Hara, K., Tuffield, M. and Shadbolt, N. (2009) Lifelogging: Privacy and Empowerment with Memories for Life. Identity in the Information Society, 1 (2).

2007

Potter, S., Kalfoglou, Y., Alani, H., Bachler, M., Buckingham Shum, S., Carvalho, R., Chakravarthy, A., Chalmers, S., Chapman, S., Hu, B., Preece, A., Shadbolt, N., Tate, A. and Tuffield, M. (2007) The Application of Advanced Knowledge Technologies for Emergency Response. In: 4th International Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 07), May 2007, Delft, The Netherlands.

Dupplaw, D., Croitoru, M., Loizou, A., Dasmahapatra, S., Lewis, P., Tuffield, M. and Xiao, L. (2007) Multimedia Markup Tools for OpenKnowledge. In: 1st Workshop on Multimedia Annotation and Retrieval enabled by Shared Ontologies, 5th December 2007, Genoa, Italy.

2006

Tuffield, M., Harris, S., Dupplaw, D. P., Chakravarthy, A., Brewster, C., Gibbins, N., O'Hara, K., Ciravegna, F., Sleeman, D., Wilks, Y. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2006) Image annotation with Photocopain. In: First International Workshop on Semantic Web Annotations for Multimedia (SWAMM 2006) at WWW2006, May 2006, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Tuffield, M. M., Millard, D. E. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2006) An Investigation into Automatically Captured Autobiographical Metadata, and the Support for Autobiographical Narrative Generation. Mini-Thesis: PhD upgrade report. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

Tuffield, M. M., Millard, D. E. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2006) Ontological Approaches to Modelling Narrative. In: 2nd AKT DTA Symposium, January 2006, AKT, Aberdeen University.

Tuffield, M. M., Dupplaw, D. P., O'Hara, K., Shadbolt, N. R., Chakravarthy, A., Brewster, C., Ciravegna, F. and Wilks, Y. (2006) Photocopain - Annotating Memories For Life. In: Memories for Life: The Future of our Pasts, 12/12/06, British Library. (Unpublished)

Tuffield, M. M., Loizou, A., Dupplaw, D., Dasmahapatra, S., Lewis, P. H., Millard, D. E. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2006) The Semantic Logger: Supporting Service Building from Personal Context. In: Capture, Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experiences (CARPE) Workshop at ACM Multimedia, Oct 06, Santa Barbara.

2005

Tuffield, M. M., Millard, D. E. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2005) Narrative as a Form of Knowledge Transfer, Narrative Theory and Semantic: Present Challenges - Future Possibilities (9 month Report). Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, Electronics and Computer Science, Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia.

Tuffield, M. M., Shadbolt, N. R. and Millard, D. E. (2005) Narrative as a Form of Knowledge Transfer: Narrative Theory and Semantics. In: 1st AKT Doctoral Symposium, June 2005, Milton Keynes, UK.

Lawrence, K. F., Tuffield, M. M., Jewell, M. O., Prugel-Bennett, A., Millard, D. E., Nixon, M. S., schraefel, m. c. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2005) OntoMedia - Creating an Ontology for Marking Up the Contents of Heterogeneous Media. In: Ontology Patterns for the Semantic Web ISWC-05 Workshop, Nov 05, Galway, Ireland. (In Press)

Jewell, M. O., Lawrence, K. F., Tuffield, M. M., Prugel-Bennett, A., Millard, D. E., Nixon, M. S., schraefel, m. c. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2005) OntoMedia: An Ontology for the Representation of Heterogeneous Media. In: Multimedia Information Retrieval Workshop (MMIR 2005) SIGIR, 08/05, Brazil.

Tuffield, M. M., Millard, D. E. and Shadbolt, N. R. (2005) Towards the Narrative Annotation of Personal Information and Gaming Environments. In: Hypertext 05, Workshop on Narrative, Musical, Cinematic and Gaming Hyperstructure, 09/05, Salzburg, Austria.

Programme Committees (Peer Reviewing)

Please find a link to a PDF of my CV.