Developing Robotics in an Agile Environment
14 MARCH 2017 (TUESDAY) | 18:30 – 21:30 BG TIME

Production Robotics at Ocado Technology (Alex Harvey)

How Ocado Technology is using robotics within their live production warehouse for the handling of storage and how they are going to use robotics in the future to aid them pick the products as well.  Alex Harvey will explain some of the challenges faced and capability they need, this will also include the work which Ocado Technology is doing to simulate algorithm changes and warehouse layouts to identify performance improvements which can be made to make the system more efficient.
Deploying Quality Embedded Software Quickly and Frequently (Dean Sutton)

Can you have quality and speed at the same time in software development? Some industries like Web Development claim that they can, but what about embedded software. What about the hardware? What about testing the hardware? What about validating the product that the hardware controls? In this talk, Dean Sutton, will explain what Ocado Technology has done so far to increase development speed and keep quality high. He will also talk about the future challenges and why it is exciting. Expect to hear about inside out architectures, software product lines, discrete event simulation and continuous integration in the cloud.

18:30 – 19:00 REGISTRATION
21:00 – 21:30 TALKS & DRINKS


After studying Mechanical Engineering followed by Computer Science at the University in Edinburgh, Alex started his career as a software engineer and vibration analyst in the aerospace industry. He worked at a company called HGL Dynamics for a number of years and was subcontracted by HGL into Rolls-Royce as a vibration expert working on engines for the JSF and Eurofighter. Alex is particularly proud to have lead the redevelopment of the entire HGL analysis suite of applications as well as negotiating, specifying and managing the delivery, and after-sales support, of a condition monitoring and pro-active maintenance system that operates on all turbine powered Royal Navy surface ships.
After joining Ocado in 2010, Alex worked as Project Manager delivering a second generation, highly efficient, goods to man picking system that has been deployed both in Hatfield and Dordon. Alex is now Head of Project Management and Research departments, responsible for a team of Project Managers and WMS (Warehouse Management System) Business Analysts and a team of Robotics & 3D Vision researchers and a Simulation & 3D Visualisation research team. In this role, Alex oversaw some of Ocado's recent projects, most notably the Morrisons eCommerce launch and the most exciting, two EU Commission funded robotics research projects (Horizon 2020) with several high profile European universities, and their many experts.


Dean is a senior software engineer at Ocado Technology. He is responsible for leading the next generation Software Bot Platform. Dean studied Electrical Engineering at University, focusing on signal processing, digital hardware and nano-technology. However, after realising that no jobs actually exist in those fields in New Zealand, he made the move to embedded systems and more recently towards embedded software. Dean has a number of years experience applying modern software development and manufacturing techniques to embedded software and hardware.


  • C++, Embedded & Java Software Developers
  • Robotics Enthusiasts
  • Everyone who is just curious and/or a true geek
  • Everyone who is willing to know more about Ocado Technology