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The Atlas Podcast

Alex Matheson

The Atlas Podcast gives you a weekly look into industry news, technology updates and riveting interviews. Join Martin and Alex weekly and keep up to date on tech.

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Ella Podmore, James Webb Telescope, and IT/OT Convergence
17-06-2022
Ella Podmore, James Webb Telescope, and IT/OT Convergence
This week we're heading to space and checking out the latest info on the James Webb satellite. We discuss a small meteor strike to the satellite, as well as the incredible sharpness of images it's going to be producing and how it manages that. We also get into IT/OT convergence, a topic close to our heart! Martin does his best to illuminate Alex and the listeners on a long thought about and contentious issue. Finally, we're joined by Ella Podmore, IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2020, Materials and Fault Analysis Engineer at McLaren Automotive, and owner of a brand spanking new MBE! Ella talks to us about her passion for engineering, how she worked her way into McLaren and lots of incredibly interesting science and technology topics.
Ella Podmore, James Webb Telescope, and IT/OT Convergence
17-06-2022
Ella Podmore, James Webb Telescope, and IT/OT Convergence
This week we're heading to space and checking out the latest info on the James Webb satellite. We discuss a small meteor strike to the satellite, as well as the incredible sharpness of images it's going to be producing and how it manages that. We also get into IT/OT convergence, a topic close to our heart! Martin does his best to illuminate Alex and the listeners on a long thought about and contentious issue. Finally, we're joined by Ella Podmore, IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2020, Materials and Fault Analysis Engineer at McLaren Automotive, and owner of a brand spanking new MBE! Ella talks to us about her passion for engineering, how she worked her way into McLaren and lots of incredibly interesting science and technology topics.
Mark Litjens, Dogger Bank, and Anarchic Manufacturing
06-06-2022
Mark Litjens, Dogger Bank, and Anarchic Manufacturing
For this episode of the Atlas Podcast we kick things off by discovering the 'Lost Atlantis' of the North Sea' and how underwater archaeology relates to the proposed Dogger Bank wind farm. And, continuing from last week's fascinating chat with Dr Aydin Nassehi, Martin does his best to educate us all on anarchic manufacturing. Finally, we're joined by Mark Litjens, founder and business development specialist at Mark Global. In our interview with Mark we chat about his work history, what led him to starting his own business, and the opportunities and pitfalls that come with striking out on your own.
Fusion Reactors, Aydin Nassehi, and more!
19-05-2022
Fusion Reactors, Aydin Nassehi, and more!
This time on the Atlas Podcast we're talking about Martin's new mode of transport! He's ditched the car and taken up a new app-based means of getting around. We also discuss First Light Fusion's novel approach to the biggest question in energy - is nuclear fusion finally viable? And we chat with Aydin Nassehi. Aydin is Professor in Production Systems and Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He gives us a look into his work history, passions, and asks the question "how smart is smart manufacturing?" Aydin's Paper on Anarcic Manufacutring   Let us know what you thought of the episode by leaving a review, you can do it in app! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, send us an email, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Richard Foggie, 5G Networking and A New Electric Speed Record
06-05-2022
Richard Foggie, 5G Networking and A New Electric Speed Record
We're back! On this, the first episode of the second season of the Atlas Podcast, we're talking about Rolls Royce's new all electric speed record. Then we're talking the history of 5G and communications technology in general. From Alexander Graham Bell through to the smart phone in your pocket. Finally, we're chatting with Richard Foggie. Foggie is a key player in the UK5G Innovation Network among many other things. He talks us through his storied history and what's exciting him right now in the world of technology; communication-wise and in the tech world at large. To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, send us an email, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Lithium Mining, Sophia Matveeva, and Document Orientated Databases
15-06-2021
Lithium Mining, Sophia Matveeva, and Document Orientated Databases
This week we look at one of the major unexpected consequences of a move towards a net zero carbon future, mining for lithium. Battery technology, for the time being, involves rare and potentially hazardous materials which pose tricky questions when obtaining. We have a fascinating chat with Sophia Matveeva of Tech for Non-Techies! Sophia talks us through her journey from outside of the world of tech to guiding non-techies in. We discuss the blockers between business and tech and how we can all aim for a better way of communicating. As soon as you get the chance, be sure to check out the Tech for Non-Techies podcast! Finally, we take a look at document orientated databases. We discuss what they are, what they're used for, how they differ from SQL and other contemporaries and how we use them at Atlas.
SMRs, Usman Haque, and Smart Cities
01-06-2021
SMRs, Usman Haque, and Smart Cities
This week we get back into small modular reactors (SMRs). There's news from Rolls Royce on redesigns and what they bring. We also look at how the technology is being exported around the world. Then we have a fascinating chat with Usman Haque. We discuss his journey from art and design into architecture into combining these passions with some really interesting tech. We focus on the projects Umbrellium have worked on but also touch on Thingful as well. Carrying on from our interview, we chat about smart cities in our tech spot. We discuss the tech that can be used, how it could help towards a zero carbon future and what incentives big businesses have to get involved in creating truly smart cities. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you do, please consider leaving us a review. It's super easy and really helps us out. To get in touch you can find us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Mars Rovers, Jasper Wildeboer, and SCADA, HMI and IIoT
25-05-2021
Mars Rovers, Jasper Wildeboer, and SCADA, HMI and IIoT
This week we talk about Mars and Mars rovers! The Chinese rover Zhurong makes its first "steps" onto the red planet. We also revisit NASA's Perseverance Rover, along with the first powered flights on Mars by Ingenuity, a drone that arrived with Perseverance. We get into it with Jasper Wildeboer. We discuss the current world of manufacturing, adoption of technology and what the future holds. Finally, we talk SCADA, HMI, IIoT and other acronyms! Martin imparts his wisdom on systems that talk to people and how those systems learned to talk to each other. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you do, please consider leaving us a review. It's super easy and really helps us out. To get in touch you can find us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Carbon capture, Lucy Knight, Open Data and Kafka
18-05-2021
Carbon capture, Lucy Knight, Open Data and Kafka
This week we talk about carbon capture and where we might be thinking about it wrong. We take a look at an article by Wired that poses the idea that we've got carbon capture all wrong. We have a wonderful chat with Lucy Knight. We talk about her history in design and how she transitioned that into the data. Lucy illuminates us about her work with the ODI and the Data Place, as well as her thoughts on the wonderful world of data as a whole. Finally, we have our first return guest on the podcast! Neal Clark, aka Mr Data, joins us to talk about Kafka and Kafka Streams. We get into why they're some of the most widely used technologies, the communities around them, and how we use them in our development. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you do, please consider leaving us a review. It's super easy and really helps us out. To get in touch you can find us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
The Met Office, Supercomputers and Steve Szamocki
11-05-2021
The Met Office, Supercomputers and Steve Szamocki
On this week’s podcast, we talk about the Met Office’s newly announced supercomputer. The project is funded by the British government, in partnership with Microsoft, and we delve into what the goals might be and the upshots of a project like this. We also take a look at some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. We run down the world’s top 11 most powerful supercomputers; where they are, who made them and what their purpose is. Finally, we get into things with Steve Szamocki, EVP of Sales & Marketing at Feyen Zylstra. We chat about everything from leadership to what the business landscape will be post-COVID. To get in touch you can find us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Self Driving Cars, CI/CD, and Mike Yost
04-05-2021
Self Driving Cars, CI/CD, and Mike Yost
On this week's Atlas Podcast, we talk about self driving cars. More importantly, updates to the law in the UK which might be the first step on the path to full self driving cars becoming legal. We have a fascinating chat with Mike Yost about his current projects, past projects, exciting things in industry and how big businesses can make big leaps forward! Finally, we get into CI/CD or continuous-integration and continuous delivery. Martin gives a full run down of the concept and why it's so important to adopt. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Microwave boilers, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Micro Apps
27-04-2021
Microwave boilers, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Micro Apps
This week we get into microwave boilers. We look at the market leader's Heat Wayv, what makes microwave boilers an interesting idea and what some of the alternatives are. We have a fascinating chat with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino. We talk about her latest book, Creating a Culture of Innovation. We also touch on Alexandra's upcoming push for a zero carbon future, the Low Carbon Design Institute. Finally, we're joined by our colleague Gary Stubbings who helps us navigate the world of front end development and micro apps! If you'd like to check out Creating a Culture of Innovation, you can find it here and if you use the promo code APR21N you'll get five pounds off. This offer is for April only so get in quick! If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Lucid Cars, Edge Computing and Armin Fahnle
20-04-2021
Lucid Cars, Edge Computing and Armin Fahnle
On this week's episode we take a look at Lucid cars. We discuss their viability, where they came from and take a wider look at the world of electrical vehicles. We also get into edge computing. We discuss some use cases, where edge computing stands with 5G networking on the way in, why it exists and what it's used for. We also chat with our colleague Armin Fahnle about his time with ATS and what led him there. Unfortunately due to a bit of a stretched internet connection the audio quality for our interview with Armin took a bit of a dip so it's been edited down. We look forward to round 2 with Armin at a future date! If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Vanessa Garcia, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
12-04-2021
Vanessa Garcia, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
On this week's episode we talk to Vanessa Garcia of Inductive Automation about her career, the journey of Inductive Automation over the years and what's coming in the future. We also talk about machine learning and artificial intelligence. First off we discuss how the former can be confused with the latter. With the terms AI and machine learning being used more and more these days, it's important to know where they overlap and what the distinction is. We end with a deeper discussion on the world of AI. For this we follow the first few steps of the 7 stages of artificial intelligence, focusing on where we were and where we've got to. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Tech Exeter & Katherine Johnson
06-04-2021
Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Tech Exeter & Katherine Johnson
This week we continue our discussion on eco friendly passenger flights. This time we're looking at a newly announced project to fully power a plane with hydrogen fuel cells. We have a fascinating chat with Tech Exeter's Kris Sum. Kris shares some of his history, the history of Tech Exeter and what we can hope for in the future. Whether you're an Exeter local or living further afield, be sure to check out their website and follow them on Twitter for news on upcoming in-person, online, and hybrid events! Finally, we get into a true star of the space race, Katherine Johnson! Her career was as full of triumphs as it was with adversity and we have a great time covering it. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Electric commuter flights, Prof. Chris Dungey, and Cyber Security
29-03-2021
Electric commuter flights, Prof. Chris Dungey, and Cyber Security
This week we chat to Prof. Chris Dungey about his fascinating career, the world of advanced welding, additive manufacturing, innovation and much more! We get into security with our colleague Armand Lemmens. Is cyber-security and security as a whole all about elite hackers in dark rooms and sinister nation actors? You might be surprised by the answer. We also look at the UK's first electric commuter flight and what might be coming up in the future for commercially viable passenger airplanes. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Prof. Steve Furber, Non Fungible Tokens, and Product Lifecycle Management
22-03-2021
Prof. Steve Furber, Non Fungible Tokens, and Product Lifecycle Management
This week on the Atlas Podcast, we were joined by Steve Furber, Professor at the University of Manchester and principle designer behind the BBC Micro and the first ARM Chip. We discuss his entrance into computer science, achievements in the field, ongoing projects, and what the future will bring. We look at non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, taking a look at their origins, how they're used and how they can help solve the human desire for uniqueness in a digital world full of interchangeable assets. Finally, we're joined by our colleague Mikel Garbizu. Mikel enlightens us on the world of product lifecycle management, the need for it, what it does and how it can help us move towards a more sustainable future. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Meeting Martine Melis, PLM News, and the Internet of Things
15-03-2021
Meeting Martine Melis, PLM News, and the Internet of Things
This week on the Atlas Podcast we chat with Martine Melis who has joined the ATS Global family as Chief Commercial Officer. We talk about what led her here and what she's looking forward to in the role. We also have a chat about various product lifecycle management (PLM) bits that have turned up in the news, including the recycling of lithium ion batteries and Airbus revealing the carbon impact over the lifetime of their planes. Finally, we discuss the internet of things (IoT) and the logical industrial extension of that, the Industrial internet of things! If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
ARIA, Barry Maybank of the MTC, and Micro/Nano Services
08-03-2021
ARIA, Barry Maybank of the MTC, and Micro/Nano Services
This week on the Atlas Podcast we discuss the new Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA). We also dive into how various innovation funders around the world function, why they're there and what their goals are. We chat with Barry Maybank, CDO of the MTC, about what role the MTC and other research technology organisations (RTOs) play in innovation. We also look at how bringing ideas into manufacturing from other industries enhances innovation. Finally, we're joined by our colleague Darren Hull, Cloud Architect, to discuss the ins and outs of how micro and nano services talk to each other, why that's important and how it helps our software. To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, A Chat with Gavin Starks, & More
01-03-2021
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, A Chat with Gavin Starks, & More
This week on the Atlas Podcast we're joined by Gavin Starks, CEO of Icebreaker One and Dgen, discussing the challenges faced in working towards a net-zero carbon future, his fascinating career up to this point and what his views are for the future of data, the environment, and more. We also take a look at Bill Gates' latest book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. We give it a quick review and then pick out some of the most pressing concerns it raises, how engineering can both help cause and solve them, and what role technology plays in achieving a net-zero carbon world. Finally, we take a look at an unsung hero of engineering. This week we discuss Frank Whittle, credited with the invention of the jet engine. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Perseverance Landing, Container Technology & Ruth Mallors-Ray
22-02-2021
Perseverance Landing, Container Technology & Ruth Mallors-Ray
This week we talk about the historic landing of NASA's Perseverance rover; what that means for science as well as how the UK space industry is progressing. We get into containers, IT technology not shipping equipment! Looking at Kubernetes, Docker, and the history and progression of virtual machines and related tech. Finally, we're joined by Ruth Mallors-Ray OBE who walks us through her fascinating career, what she's up to now, how she feels about current global happenings and what's coming up in the future. If you loved the podcast, or have any thoughts, be sure to leave us a review! To get in touch you can follow us on Twitter @ats_atlas, send us an email at podcast@weareatlas.com, or follow us on LinkedIn. Some useful links: Ruth on the current work being done in the UK space industry Guardian article with some interesting info on the UK space industry