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Professor Peter Cochrane OBE**
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CGIA, FREng, FRSA, FIEE, FIEEE, FITP
Career in 11 Bullet Points:
- Telco Lineman
- Machine Code Programmer
- Test Equipment Designer
- Chip Designer
- System Designer
- Head Lab Rat @ British Telecom
- Head of Research (& Chief Killer Problem Solver)
- CTO British Telecom
- CEO Consultant/Entrepreneur/Angel/Investor/Futurologist/
- Professor of Sentient Systems @ The UoS Ipswich UK
Brief Bio = 64 Words
Peter is a univertsity professor, futurist, entrepreneur, business and engineering advisor to international industries and governments. He has worked across: hardware, software, systems, network, adaptive system design and operation. He currently runs his own company across 4 continents, and was formerly CTO at BT, The Collier Chair for the Public Understanding of Technology @ Bristol, and winner of numerous awards including an OBE and IEEE Millennium Medal.
Medium Bio = 158 Words
Peter is a univeristy professor and an internationally sought after guru who invests his time and money as an agent of change. Renowned for his out of the box thinking, he is an advisor and consultant to companies and governments, the author of blogs, articles and books on technology, business and managing rapid change.
With over 40 years of technology and operational experience, Peter has been involved in the creation and transformation of corporations. His BT career saw him progress to CTO with teams engaged in optical fiber, fixed and mobile networks, artificial life and healthcare, through to war gaming, eCommerce, and business modeling.
Peter has also spent time as an educator and was appointed Professor for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol (1998). He received the Queen’s Award for Innovation & Export (1990), numerous Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an OBE (1999) for his contribution to international communications.
Full Bio = 305 Words
As a seasoned professional with over 40 years of hands on management, technology and operational experience, Peter has been involved in established companies at an operational level, the creation and deployment of new technologies, products and management systems, plus the transformation of corporations, and the starting of many new businesses. This has involved board level responsibility in companies spanning £Bns to £Ms and an individual budget up to £100M with a management loading in excess of 1000 people.
Peter’s BT career saw a progression from a linesman to R&D engineer before becaming Head of Research and then CTO. With a 1000 strong team engaged in studies spanning optical fiber, fixed and mobile networks, Peter reported direct to the main board and was responsible for developments that would support future IP, eCommerce, eRetail, eLogistics and many other new businesses. Peter’s PhD was pivotal in BT deciding to go all-digital and all-optical in the 1970’s, and he played a key role in a downsizing of BT from 242,000 to 110,000 people in the early 1990s.
As a consultant and university professor, Peter has also been employed in the defence, logistics, travel, retail, energy, healthcare, transport, pharma, and consulting sectors as an advisor, board member, and manager with responsibilities for strategy and operations with budget responsibilities up to £1bn. As an investor and entrepreneur Peter has also engaged in the founding of new companies, investment and the management of growth leading to market success.
He was appointed as the UK’s first Prof for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol in 1998. A graduate of Nottingham Trent and Essex Universities, Peter has received notable recognition with the Queen’s Award for Innovation & Export in 1990 and Honorary Doctorates from Essex, Robert Gordon, Stafford, Nottingham Trent and Brunel Universities. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for contributions to international communications.
Professor Peter Cochrane OBE
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CGIA, FREng, FRSA, FIEE, FIEEE, FITP**
Born: 11 July, 1946
Occupation 1: Cochrane Associates Co-Founder, Chairman & Director, Business Angel & Consultant
Occupation 2: Professor of Sentient Systems, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK
- Trent Polytechnic
- CNAA BSc Hons (1st), Electrical Engineering - 1968-73
- Essex University
- MSc Telecommunications Systems - 1974-76
- PhD Telecoms Transmission - 1976-79
- DSc Electronics Systems Design - 1978-91
- 1977: Chartered Engineer (CEI)
- 1977: Member Institution of Electrical Engineering (MIEE)
- 1987: Fellow (FIEE)
- 1983: Member Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
- 1987: Senior Member (SMIEEE)
- 1992: Fellow (FIEEE)
- 1994: Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)
- 1995: Member of The New York Academy of Sciences
- 2000: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts(FRSA)
- 2014: Life Member (FIEEE)
- 2015: Fellow of Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (FITP)
Prizes & Awards
- 1973: IEE Prize for the Year BSc Hons Degree Trent Polytechnic Nottingham
- 1975: C&G Insignia Award
- 1986: IEE Electronics Division Premium for published papers
- 1990: Queen’s Award for Innovation & Export for component production in the TAT8 and PTAT1 undersea cable systems
- 1994: IEE Computing and Control Premium for published papers
- 1994: IERE Benefactors Prize for published papers
- 1994: IBTE Prize for published paper
- 1994: Martlesham Medal for contributions to the development of fibre optics systems and networks
- 1995: Institute of Mining Engineers James Clerk Maxwell Memorial Medal
- 1996: IBTE Best Paper Prize
- 1996: Essex University Honorary Degree - Doctor of the University
- 1996: Stafford University Honorary Degree - Doctor of Technology
- 1999: Robert Gordon Honorary Degree - Doctor of Technology
- 1999: Nottingham Trent University Honorary Degree - Doctor of Engineering
- 1999: OBE for contributions to international communications
- 2000: IEEE Millennium Medal
- 2001: The City & Guilds Prince Philip Medal for Individual Achievement
- 2002: Brunel University Honorary Degree - Doctor of Engineering
- 2004: University of Abertay Dundee - Doctor of Technology
- 2007: CNET Industry Award for Contributions to UK Technology
- 1972: Part Time Lecturer People’s College, Nottingham - City & Guilds.
- 1978: Invited Visiting Professor To CNET Summer School on Theory and Practice of Time Domain Measurements Lannion University, France.
- 1980-90: Visiting Industrial Professor To NELP Electrical Engineering Dept Polytechnic of East London, Barking Precinct, Dagenham.
- 1981-91: Scientific Collaborator To The University Of Liege, Belgium Department of Electronic Engineering
- 1985-95: Industrial Visiting Fellow To UCNW At Bangor School of Electronic Engineering Science.
- 1988-99: Visiting Professor To Essex University Department of Electronic Systems Engineering.
- 1990-94: Robert Gordon’S Institute Of Technology External Examiner for CNAA MSc in Information Systems.
- 1991-95: Nottingham Polytechnic External Examiner for BSc Electrical Eng
- 1991-94: Visiting Professor To Southampton University Opto-electronics Research Centre.
- 1991-96: Honorary Professor Of Communication & Electronics & Court Member At The University Of Kent Electronic Engineering Laboratories.
- 1994-99: Visiting Professor To University College London IT Systems Centre
- 1997-99: Member of the Oxford University Advisory Council on Further Education
- 1999-00: Collier Chair For The Public Understanding Of Science & Technology University of Bristol
- 2000-02: MIT Media Lab PhD External Examiner
- 2001-04: MIT Media Lab Europe Dublin External Advisor
- 2001-06: Honorary Prof to Robert Gordon University School of Engineering Aberdeen
- 2005-08: Visiting Professor of Electronic Engineering Queen Mary University, London
- 2012: Visiting Professor to University of Hertfordshire School of Engineering and Technology
- 2012-16: Vistiing Lecturer CASS Business School London
- 2016: Visiting Professor University of Suffolk
External Supervisor to MSc and PhD Students at Essex, NELP, Kent, RGIT Aberdeen, UCL, Stafford, MIT 1980-2001. External Examiner for BSc, MSc and PhD Students at Essex, Cambridge, Leeds, Trent, RGIT, Indian National Technology Institute and MIT 1983-2003. Chairman of London Colleges Telecoms MSc Board 1995-97. Member of Oxford University Advisory Council on Continuing Education 1997-98
Lectures And Presentations
Numerous lectures have been presented on telecoms system theory, design, realisation, measurements, operations, MMI, HMI, IT, social, plus business and environmental implications at universities and polytechnics world-wide, including: Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Essex, Kent, Loughborough, Manchester, NELP, Nottingham, Robert Gordon’s, Trent, UCNW, York, LSE, Cranfield, South Bank, Reading, Aston, Southampton, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, UMIST, City, Brunel, Surrey, Exeter, Huddersfield, ENT Paris, Renne, Liege, Toronto, Rutgers, Edmonton, Sydney, RMCS, Aston, Imperial College, UCL, UEA, Mayo Clinic, Stirling, MIT, Bradford, Bournemouth, Dundee, Vienna, Birkbeck, LBS, Georgetown, Open University UK, Queen Mary College, University of London, Harvard Business School, Santa Fe Institute, IIT New Delhi, NJIT Newark NJ, Smithsonian Washington DC, Ashridge, IESE Madrid, GeorgiaTech, IIT Chicago, University of Abartey, South Thames College,Coventry, Khalifa University, Judge Business School, CASS Business School, LNMIIT Jaipur, IIT Delhi, Bedford University, Abertay Dundee
- Transactions Reviewer, 1985 - 2001
- Journal of Lightwave Technology Reviewer, 1987 - 1995
- Conference Papers Co-ordinator, 1987 - 1992
- Conference Organiser, 1993 - 1996
- Spectrum Editor, 1994 - 1997
- Special Issue Proceedings Editor, 1997
- Editorial Board Member, Proceedings of the IEEE, 1998 - 2001
- Invited Proceeding and ComSoc Magazine Author, 2003 - 2012
- Electronics Letter Reviewer, 1979 - 1999
- Proceedings Reviewer, 1983 - 1995
- Proceedings Guest Editor, 1986
- Vacation School Organiser, 1983 - 93
- Conference Chairman Organiser MTTS-85, 1985
- Professional Group Member/Chairman, 1981 - 86
- Book Committee Member, 1990 - 93
- Science Education & Technology Board Member, 1990 - 93
- Guest Editor for Optical Communications Series ECE Journal, 1993 - 95
- Martlesham Centre - Chairman, 1990 - 91
- Martlesham Centre - Committee Member, 1991 - 92
- National and Christmas Lecture Presenter, 1988 - 94
- Guest Editor for 21st Century Futures Series, 1994 - 98
Institute Of Physics
- Book Proposal and Manuscript Advisor, 1994 - 1998
- Published Papers Reviewer, 1995 - 1997
- Conference Organiser, 1993 - 95
- Lecture Programme Organiser, 1993 - 95
Royal Academy Of Engineering
- Spring Soiree Organiser, 1997
- University & College Programme Presenter 1999
- External Affairs Committee Member 2012 - 2015
- 1980: Technical Expert To The United Nations; One man UNIDO mission (6 weeks) Marmara Research Institute, Gebze near Istanbul, Turkey.
- 1980: Technical Collaborator To The NBS, Boulder, Colorado; Investigation of time domain techniques for the characterisation of jitter.
- 1986: Visiting Scientist To The 5Th Research Institute, Chengdu, China; 3 weeks’ lecture tour at the invitation of the Chinese government.
- 1989: IEE Measurements Lecture; Invited to present the 1989 SET Division lecture on “The Role of Measurements in Optical Fibre Systems”.
- 1990: EUROPACE; Televised two lectures on Telecommunications Systems and Networks for distribution within the EEC via satellite network.
- 1991: Soviet Light Wave Journal; Member of Technical Advisory Panel.
- 1993: National Engineering Consortium USA; Invited Advisory Committee Member for telecommunications development.
- 1993: EEC Iv Framework Information Engineering Programme; Invited Consultant on Initial Panels - Prepared First Direction Reports.
- 1994: Uk Government DTI Foresight Programme; Contributor to IT Stream.
- 1995: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council; College Member.
- 1995: CSC Vanguard: Invited as a contributing member for telecomms & IT.
- 1996: Series Editor for Chapman Hall Book Series on Telecommunications.
- CSC Vanguard: Elected as an Advisory Board Member.
- Marconi Fellowship: Elected to the Award Selection Committee
- Virtual Reality Magazine: Member of the editorial Board
- 1997: Applemaster: Invited to join a very select group of Apple Macintosh users
- 1998: TTI Vanguard: Advisory Board Member
- Personal Technologies Editorial Board
- EU Information Society Technologies Programme; Appointed to the Advisory Group
- 1999: Concours Programme: Technology, Systems & Management Advisor
- 2002: Mahindra BT: Technology & Futures Advisor
- 2003/4/5: Motorola: Visionary Board Member
- 2005: Biosciences Future Forum (BFF): Expert Group Member
- 2005: Silicon.com Editorial Board Member
- 2007: Observer/Courvoisier Future 500 Expert Judge
- 2012 - 2013: REGUS Brand Ambassador and Working Practices Advisor
- 2013: First Woman in Science and Technology
- Member of The Judging Panel and Trophy Presenter 2013
- 2013: Qatar Foundation Research and Development - Computing Research Institute Advisory Committee Member
- 2014: CSC LEF Program Adviser and Presenter
Publications, Radio & Tv
Over 400 scientific and engineering papers, patents, press articles, edited books and chapters. Over 300 national and international appearances on radio and TV. Regular contributor to the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, and The Australian newspapers plus Wired Magazine, T3, Intelligence and Weekly Diamond Magazines. Extensive citations in technical and non technical press.
|Dates||Position (Staff numbers/Budget £M)|
|Dec 2006 - Present:||Cochrane Associates - Chairman, Co Founder +Consultant +Entrepreneur - During 2005/6 Peter consolidated his various investments and holdings, and resigned from a number of operations in the USA and UK. He also exited some companies and operations in order to rationalize and refocus his overall activities. This culminated in the formation of Cochrane Associates in partnership with his wife Jane, and together they recruited a raft of talented individuals in a virtualized operation spanning the planet (www.ca-global.org). This new company offers a range of consultancy, research, and development, design and build services. Peter also continued to invest in new starts, consult and present lectures in industry and academia across a broad range of technology, organization, and people topics.|
|Dec 2000 - 2006:||Concept Labs CA - Co Founder +Consultant +Entrepreneur - On the 30th of November 2000 Peter retired from BT after a 38 years to join a company he founded with a team out of the Apple Advanced Technology Group in late 1998. ConceptLabs is dedicated to the creation of new paradigm changing technologies, companies and markets - and does not address mature areas already populated by major players. From 1998 - 2000 Peter had dedicated his spare time and money to creating new companies for the 21st Century. From December 2000 he focused on the creation of start-up companies on 4 continents with contributions in the Cambridge, Ipswich, London Hi-Tech Triangle and Research Triangle Park North Carolina. Peter is also an independent business angel, and advisor who founds and assists new ventures. A recognised international speaker with the Leigh Bureau out of NJ, he is also a broadcaster and writer, and consultant to a wide rage of international companies.|
|April 1999 - Nov 2000:||Chief Technologist BT (26/3.2) - Created a new Communications Consultant Group concerned with charting the long-term future of technology, society, and BT. This new group is dedicated to the support of BT and Corporate Clients in the management of technology, systems and organisational change on a global scale.|
|Apr 1994 - 1999:||Head of Research, BT Laboratories (660/60) - Expanded research department to include all BT corporate programmes and advanced development including radio, mobile, visual and speech systems, artificial life, artificial intelligence, human factors, VR, visualisation, new services, telemedical, education and training, switching and network management, control and practices, wearable computers, agents, publishing.|
|Jul 1993 - Apr 1994:||BT Research Laboratories General Manager (620/40) - Promoted to head the Research department at BT laboratories with 620 staff dedicated to the study of future transmission, switching and interface technologies, systems, networks, AI, IT and services. Also became the Development and Procurement Board Member for Technology.|
|Mar 1992 - Jul 1993:||BT Labs Divisional Manager Systems Research (100/6) - Expanded Division to encompass, optical wireless, visualisation of complex systems, display and media studies, virtual reality, novel network management and control techniques, 3D dynamic visualisation, endoscopy, robotics, prosthetics, telepresense, decision support & AI.|
|Jan 1991 - Mar 1992:||BT Labs Divisional Manager Systems Research (60/3) - Formed a new Division and initiated studies on: the balance of hardware and software risk in future systems, networks and applications; cost benefit analysis of PDH, SDH, WDM, ATM, self-organising systems and networks, artificial life, new forms of software, services, non-linear system design.|
|Sep 1987 - Jan 1991:||BTRL Divisional Manager Optical Networks (174/25) - Responsible for coherent optical systems and photonic amplifiers R&D with the key opto-electronic components migrated to production by BT&D. Field demonstration of full duplex and WDM systems on undersea and terrestrial cables. Introduced the concept of the Transparent Optical Network with installed trial systems in the London Network. Optical TDM at rates up to 20Gbit/s and soliton propagation also demonstrated with transmission over 10,000 fibre km. Developed and supplied optical receivers for STC TAT-8 and PTAT 1 systems. This programme resulted in the Division gaining the Queen’s Award to Industry for Technical Innovation and Export in 1990.|
|Aug 1983 - Sep 1987:||BTRL Head of Section (66/12) - Development and down streaming to manufacture of PSTN data modems, ISDN terminal equipment’s, 565 Mbit/s optical system, synchronous multiplexing and local line systems. PON development and introduced the concept of removing switching systems through the use of WDMA/TDMA/CDMA strategies.|
|1979 - 1983:||British Post Office Research Labs Head of Group (7/0.4) - Developed supervisory and timing extraction system for the TAT8 trans-Atlantic system. Responsible for developing new measurement techniques for optical fibre undersea and terrestrial cable systems.|
|1975 - 1979:||British Post Office Research Labs Executive Engineer (5/0.3) - Coaxial and pair cable transmission system development and measurement technique studies.|
|1973 - 1975:||British Post Office Research Labs Executive Engineer (7/0.25) - System X switching system and test equipment development & production.|
|1969 - 1973:||British Post Office Student Engineer|
|1962 - 1969:||British Post Office Technician System Maintenance|
- Involved in numerous manufacturing, production, testing, surveying and supply activities with BT, DuPont, MITEL, STC, DOD and MOD from 1987 - 92.
- Responsible for R&D, design, production and supply of components, systems and equipment for special needs of the opto-electronic and cable industry. Consultant to several Business Angels, Banking and Retail, Education and Training.
- Involved in the creation of new businesses outside the BT business envelope including business banking, mobile computing, electronic publishing and travel.
New Ways Of Working
From 1992 initiated a series of new working practices within BT and with customers to change the working relationship and operating paradigm. Participated in over 450 customer workshops and delivered over 1000 presentations in the UK and abroad between 1992 and 2000.
Back to Innovation
Starting in 2011 engagements with companies and governments accelerated amongst those wishing to get back to innovation. A number of radical models and approaches were developed including culture change, financing and getting to market fast. On every occasion significant changes and advancements were achieved despite the demands of markets, established wisdom and financial constraints.
- Sea Bed Mapping with SL Sonar and Signal Processing, May 1977
- Digital Transmission and Signal Processing for SONAR Fish, Nov 1983
- Digital and Data Transmission Techniques for Computer Coms, Aug 1983
- Crystal Oscillator Thermal Stability, April 1983
- Data Modem Design for the PSTN, April 1984
- Optical Fibre TV System Design and Installation for Expo 86, Canada
- Optical Device Applications, October 1986
- Optical Fibre Transmission for Undersea ROV, May 1987
- Optical Receiver for OTDR, May 1988
- Network Surveillance Equipment, June 1988
- An Audit of the ASDSPN/ASPRIN, April 1989
- Future Optical Networks, July 1989
- An Audit of Network Planning Processes, Sept 1990
- Future Services & Facilities, May 1991
- Billing in the 90s, November 1991
- Data Visualisation, December 1992
- Framework IV-Information Engineering, EEC Luxembourg, *August 1993
- Book Series, December 1993
- Book Series, January 1994
- Networks Training Course, May 1994
- Telecommunications Futures, June 1994
- Re-engineering Organisations, May 1995
- The City in 2020, June 1995
- Universities Programme Audit, Sept 1995
- The Future of Telemedicine, November 1995
- Property Markets and The Future of Retail, Dec 1995
- The Electronic Town Hall, June 1996
- Management of Local Government, May 1996
- Corporate HQ Design - Communications Needs, Sept 1996
- The Future of Business & IT, Nov 1997
- The Future of Telecommunications, Nov 1997
- Technology Futures Seminar, Jan 1998
- Managing Research, Jan 1998
- Oil Industry Futures, Feb 1998
- Energy Sector Futures, March 1998
- Financial Market Systems, April 1998
- Automotive Futures, June 1988
- HealthCare Technologies, Oct 1998
- Global Finance Ecommerce, Jan 1999
- Net Security, Feb 1999
- The future of the Card Business, March 1999
- Network Evolution Planning, Sep 1999
- Trading Environments,Oct 1999
- Banking Futures, Dec 1999
- Speech Portals, Feb 2000
- Remote Medical Sensing, May 2000
- Free Space Optical Communications, Sept 2000
- Universal Voice Recognition, Nov 2000
- High Speed Fibre Optic System Topology, Jan 2001
- WDM & Laser Pump Technology, April 2001
- Opto-Electronic Component Manufacture, Sept 2001
- The future of 3G, October 2001
- WiFi - 802.11 in the Last Mile, December 2001
- Logistic and Security, February 2002
- The future of the Telecoms Industry, August 2002
- Future Real Estate for Science, Technology, *Engineering and Business, *Oct 2002
- WLAN & Mobile futures, Dec 02
- Outsourcing for Telephone Companies, Jan 03
- The Future of R&D in The eBusiness Space, March 03
- Intelligent Network Futures, June 03
- Telecoms & IT - The Third Wave, August 03
- RFID in Logistics, November 03
- Energy Security, February 04
- Security Aspects of Distributed Companies, July 04
- Supporting eCompanies at a Distance, September 04
- AI Applied to Emergency Planning, December 04
- Dynamic Sensing, March 05
- eAccess Customer Security, July 05
- Remote Banking Security, Aug 05
- Dataflow Management, November 05
- Biometric Recognition, January 06
- NanoTech - Grey Goo Threat, March 06
- BioComputing - Living Machines, May 06
- The future of Retail, July 06
- Innovation in Postal services, August 06
- Aero-Space Industry Threats, November 06
- New Opportunities in The Paper Industry, January 06
- The Efficient Use of The Radio Spectrum, February 06
- DSL Technologies & FTTF, April 07
- Passive Wireless Repeaters for GSM, May 07
- Defence Futures, August 07
- Risks in Concentrated Manufacturing, Nov 07
- Biological Threat Modelling Feb 08
- Slip Ring Free Engine Cavity Sensor Power, July 08
- Acoustic Sensor Analysis, Oct 08
- Stealth Boat Detection, March 09
- Cloud Computing - The Reality, May 09
- Multi-Sensor ID Systems, Aug 09
- Assessing Security Measures in The Cloud, November 09
- Cost Effective Fibre to The Premises, March 10
- Oil & Gas Pipeline Protection System Design, September 10
- Non-Linear Acoustic Filtering, * December 10*
- Card and RFID Futures, February 11
- Logistics, Tracking and Business Models, *June 11
- Integrated Retail - On and Off Line November 11
- Texting and Instant Messaging for Children’s Charity Jan 2012
- Cloud Computing Security March 2012
- Innovation in Defence Manufacturing May 2012
- The Future of Work Sept 2012
- Inter Cloud Networking and Communication Dec 2012
- Future R&D strategies, March 2013
- Infrastructure Migration, July 2013
- Long Range Acoustic Devices Design, Oct 2013
- Future R&D strategies, March 2013
- Infrastructure Migration, July 2013
- Long Range Acoustic Devices Design, Oct 2013
- The internet of Things, Jan 2014
- Telephone Line Plant Practice Review, June 2014
- Sniper Spotting in High Ambient Noise Conditions, October 2014
- National Healthcare Models and Operating Modes, March 2015
- ME National Deep Dive Security Audit, October 2015