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Eleanor 'Nell' Watson CITP FBCS FICS FIAP FIKE FRSA FRSS FLS is a Machine Intelligence engineer, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland.

She helped to develop pioneering Machine Vision techniques at her company Poikos (now QuantaCorp), which enables fast and accurate body measurement from two photos. Later she decided to teach these techniques to others, as author of Machine Intelligence coursebooks for O'Reilly Media.

Nell serves as Vice-Chairman of the IEEE P7001 Committee creating new safety standards for autonomous systems, and Chair of Transparency Experts Focus Group at the IEEE Standards Association Ethics Certification Programme. She is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of, a community teaching pro-social behaviors to machines.

She serves as a Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard, and holds Fellowships with the British Computing Society, and Royal Statistical Society, among others.

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