Roberto Desimone, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Meet Roberto Desimone.  

His PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the University of Edinburgh unlocked a career at the nexus of bleeding-edge research and impact, one that has taken him around the world, and to high profile roles across the public and private sectors.  

He currently heads up strategic innovation for disruptive technologies at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, where he identifies pioneering ways to harness the transformative powers of AI, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing.  

Thanks to Roberto, the company’s clients can now tap into a rich seam of advanced technology solutions that had previously been lying dormant in academia, opening up fresh ways to combat cyber threats and financial fraud, as well as providing new tools for law enforcement, national security and defence 

Yet his has been far from a smooth ride. On several occasions, Roberto has had to convince sceptics – both internal and external – of the importance of his work. Converting them into supporters is something which has pockmarked his career, as have regular sabbaticals in academia to further augment his experience and insights. For example, in addition to his BAE Systems work, he is currently a visiting professor in Quantum System Engineering at Loughborough University, as well as Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bristol. 

Roberto’s story is a testament to the power of a true thought leader – winning hearts and minds while also helping organisations reap dividends from the disruptive technologies which are fast remaking the world around us.  

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