Why you should work in… Algorithm Development

Why you should work in… Algorithm Development

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My team researches, implements and analyses new automation mechanisms. We sit within the Simulation and Visualisation area and our focus is mainly on the company’s huge CFCs (Customer Fulfilment Centres – warehouses). Essentially, we create simulations that we then use as sandboxes to test out different control algorithms. This could be anything from really innovative […]

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

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My team builds simulations of physical systems. Our work falls into 3 categories: experimental, tactical, and operational. At the experimental end, we build simulations and design tools for new technologies and warehouse layouts, along with prototype control algorithms. Tactically, we try out proposed changes to our warehouse topologies in silico and perform ROI analysis. We […]

How we set up ChatOps within Slack

How we set up ChatOps within Slack

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Recently we have started using Slack internally in an effort in improve cross-team/department communication. In addition, a small group of us have been following the ChatOps movement and at our very first Innovation Day (similar to Atlassian ShipIt days), we had a chance to set up ChatOps within Slack. For those not familiar with ChatOps, […]

What can young women learn from the Stemettes?

What can young women learn from the Stemettes?

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One of the fantastic consequences of our Code for Life initiative is the interest we attract from STEM and educational charities looking to collaborate. Here’s the lowdown on our visit to the Stemettes. We celebrated Code for Life’s first anniversary on 1st September, and we’re continuing to develop new strands to the initiative. Our user […]

Work experience at Ocado – the inside view

Work experience at Ocado – the inside view

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New to tech? You’ve heard the experiences of our interns and apprentices before on this blog. Now for someone who hasn’t even started his career yet. Secondary school student, Tiger, did his work experience here recently. In a Q&A with Tiger and one of his mentors, Diego, we found out what it was like and […]

SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

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Recently we kicked off an exciting project to develop an autonomous humanoid robot. It will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced vision systems to understand what human workers want, in order to offer assistance. For example, it will be able to hand tools to maintenance technicians, and manipulate objects like ladders, pneumatic cylinders and […]

What technology do you need when working with teams not collocated? Product Owner blog 2

What technology do you need when working with teams not collocated? Product Owner blog 2

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In my first blog post I illustrated the many factors to take into consideration when building a cohesive team. This time I want to explore the technology available. Can you make do without technology in building an effective non-collocated team? For me the answer is yes. But would that team be as effective and could […]

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

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I’m very excited about a new wave of robot development known as soft robotics (technical name: variable stiffness actuators), so when I saw there was a training course happening in Rome in February, I knew I had to go. Actuators, or motors, are the muscles of the robot – the mechanical parts that create movement. […]

How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

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Our intention was to make it effortless for Ocado customers to shop without even needing to get their phone out. The Apple Watch app serves as an extension to the iPhone app, offering some extra options the user can perform in mere seconds. Our main focus was on quick transactions. Features For example, say you […]

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

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As a Product Owner working with a team across two different countries, there are lots of problems to tackle to make sure projects run smoothly. In this series of blog posts, I will explore how my team and I have overcome issues. For a bit of background info, I’m based in Hatfield and my colleagues […]

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