Olly Downs is a machine learning scientist and serial technology entrepreneur, credited with bringing advanced analytics and machine learning methods to bear as the creative spark behind numerous early-stage technology companies.
Olly currently serves in consulting and advisory roles with a number of companies in online display advertising, context aware computing, semantic technologies and broadcast data services, through his company Analytical Insights, Inc.
Olly specializes in applying abstract analytical ideas from mathematical, physical and statistical science to problems in the real world and commercializing them into significant businesses; to date this has resulted in 21 US patents pending in the fields of Bayesian Prediction, Statistical Estimation, Outlier Detection, Real-Time GPS Data Processing and 9 granted patents in the fields of Quantum Optimization Algorithms, Dynamic Time Series Prediction, Location-based Data Probes, Anomaly Detection and Scalable Spatial Search.
Olly has recently served as Chief Scientist at Atigeo, Chief Scientist at Mindset Media (sold to Meebo, February 2011) and Director of Research at Pelago (sold to GroupOn, April 2011). As Principal Scientist at INRIX, the first technology spin-out from Microsoft Research, Olly delivered a world-first in the provision of real-time traffic information using a nationwide network of GPS-enabled probe vehicles (named 2007 Breakthrough Technology of the Year by the Washington Software Alliance).
Olly’s work has included pioneering web-facing applications of predictive analytics and probabilistic and location-based reasoning for AdReady, Farecast and MSN in addition to offline analytics; including financial mathematics, quantum computing and Bayesian prediction, for SiriusXM, Globys, L1 Partners, D-Wave Systems, Apollo Data Technologies, Microsoft Research, Barnes & Noble, Knight Ridder, Ryder and IGT.
Olly has also spent time in research roles at Microsoft Research and Bell Labs.
Olly holds PhD and MA degrees in Applied & Computational Mathematics from Princeton University, and BA, MA and MSci degrees in Experimental & Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has an Erdös Number of 3.