Machine Learning @ Ocado Technology



Machine Learning @ Ocado Technology

Just before the end of the summer we are organising an insightful Tech MeetUp with our partners from Ocado Technology

The seats are limited, so make sure you register in advance:

Here are the topics we will discuss this time:

Data Science
Ocado is generating, storing and processing terabytes of data every day. During his talk Milen Chechev will share how they handle such amounts of data and what tools they use for data analysis and machine learning. In the practical session he will share how they are using Google Cloud Platform, Datalab and TensorFlow on interesting problems involving autonomous vehicles and system control in Ocado’s smart platform. 

Deep Reinforcement Learning
Deep reinforcement learning is earning growing popularity for problems in robotics, autonomous vehicle, drone and factory control, marketing and sales automation, and dialogue systems. One of the recent milestones in artificial intelligence and machine learning research is the development of AlphaGo, a deep reinforcement learning algorithm by Google DeepMind, that managed to beat several top-ranked human players in the Chinese game of Go. In this talk Ivaylo Popov will delve into the reinforcement learning theory and go through several recent algorithms and their applications. He will also look at how reinforcement learning can be applied to improve Ocado’s smart platform.

КОГА: 13.09.2017

МЯСТО: betahaus Sofia (56-58 Krum Popov str., 1421 Sofia, Bulgaria)


18:30 – 19:00 RECEPTION


21:00 – 21:30 TALKS & DRINKS

Milen Chechev

Milen Chechev

Milen is a Senior Data Scientist with PhD at Recommender Systems. He has been an assistant professor at Sofia University more than 7 years where he has taught: Recommender Systems, Data Mining, Information Retrieval and Artificial Intelligence. In the past he has worked at on the optimisation of the supplied chain problems where for the first time he faced the real big data problems, after that at Adcash Ltd. he has established the data science department for optimisation of online advertisements. Now together with Ivaylo Popov Milen is developing a data science research team at the Sofia's office of Ocado Technology
Ivaylo Popov

Ivaylo Popov

Ivaylo is Senior Research Data Scientist at Ocado Technology’s team at Questers and is currently working on various research projects related to the autonomous bots at Ocado’s warehouses, applying NLP in Ordering Chatbot, etc.

He has worked for Google DeepMind – a company researching the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and responsible for the development of AlphaGo – the first computer software to defeat a professional human Go player, and WaveNets – a deep generative model of raw audio waveforms which generates human speech.

At Google DeepMind Ivaylo was developing algorithms for manipulating objects with robotic arm and was leading a research about efficient data usage for reinforcement learning algorithms.

Before devoting himself to the AI technologies Ivaylo has worked with American and German hedge funds and has experience in the J.P.Morgan investment bank.


We are an IT resourcing tech park providing a full range of services to IT companies helping them to build & run fully dedicated teams in Eastern Europe. We allow businesses to easily expand their expert resource base and increase productivity. In Bulgaria we employ 150 IT professionals working in our Sofia office where highest environment, workspace and recreation facilities standards are met. We offer highly competitive remuneration, additional training and qualification courses and certifications, well-being services, bonus package and regular social events and activities. We are a people-oriented company and recognize that high productivity can only be achieved by motivating, developing and empowering talented people. In 2014 we were certified to work with "Investors in People"​ and awarded "Top ICT Employer"​.