Ata Amini is a PhD in computational chemistry, graduated from Newcastle University in 2003. He came to the UK after granting a scholarship by the Newcastle University and the EPSRC to do his PhD. He worked in Molecular Photonics Laboratory (MPL) with supervison of Professor Anthony Harriman . His main research at Newcastle University was to simulate electron transfer in small and macromolecules using quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics methods. The results of his work were published in several articles. At 2003, he was offered a postdoctoral job at Imperial College London. He worked at Imperial for four years with Professor Stephen Muggleton from department of computing and Professor Michael Sternberg from department of biological sciences. His main duty was to create a novel quantitative modelling approach based on a machine learning algorithm. He was the key inventor of quantitative approach which was the combination of support vector machine and inductive logic programming. The results of his work was published in several articles and a patent. The technology was supported by Imperial Innovation and an external investor and the spin-out company Equinox Pharma was set up. After four years at Imperial college, he then joined the Equinox and developed a software package in Java with the name INDDEx which is modelling package and is used for quantitative prediction. He successfully finished the project after 1.5 years.
Ata’s main interests are quantitative modelling and software development. He has created hundreds of models. He appreciates new emerging technologies and supervised learning is one of his favourites. Recently he has been involved in modelling sports. He set up AAInformatics in 2010. He is currently a part of a development team at HSBC investment bank.