The Team

Sean Gong is Co-Founder and the Chief Scientist at Vision Semantics Ltd. 


Sean is a world-authority on Person Re-Identification research and technology deployment for law enforcement video forensic analytics. He is a pioneer in computer vision and machine learning for visual surveillance. He served on the Steering Panel of the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser's Science Review.


He has published over 400 research papers in computer vision and machine learning. He has authored and edited 7 books on Person Re-Identification, Visual Analysis of Behaviour, Video Analytics for Business Intelligence, Dynamic Vision from Images to Face Recognition, Analysis and Modelling of Faces and Gestures. His recent work includes Transfer Learning, Unsupervised and Semi-Supervised Deep Learning, Imbalanced Data Deep Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Attention and Memory in Deep Learning, Zero-Shot Learning, and Human-In-The-Loop Active Learning.


Sean was a research fellow on the EU ESPRIT-II project VIEWS (Visual Interpretation and Evaluation of Wide-area Scenes) in 1989-1993, the world’s first multinational collaborative computer vision project on visual surveillance in urban environments. He led the EU FP7 Security Programme SAMURAI (Suspicious and Abnormal Behaviour Monitoring Using a Network of Cameras for Situation Awareness Enhancement) that pioneered Person Re-Identification (RE-ID) for public transport infrastructure protection in 2008-2011. Between 2009-2013, he led the UK government project on developing a system for Multi-Camera Tracking of Objects by RE-ID under the INSTINCT Programme, in collaboration with the BAE Systems.


He founded the Queen Mary Computer Vision Laboratory in 1993. He has been the Professor of Visual Computation at Queen Mary University of London since 2001. He is a Fellow of IEE (now IET), a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Member of the UK Computing Research Committee. He has been a Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and was a Royal Society Research Fellow. He received the D.Phil. degree from the Oxford University (Keble College) in 1989, sponsored by GEC Hirst and the Royal Society.

Adam Daykin has been a Non-Executive Director of Vision Semantic Ltd. since company formation.


Adam is currently the Head of Technology Transfer (Tech & Eng) at Queen Mary Innovation (QMI) Ltd, the Technology Transfer Office of Queen Mary, University of London. He has over 20 years’ experience of technology commercialization and was part of the founding team that established Vision Semantics Ltd in 2007.


During his time at QMI Adam and his team have formed 15 spin-out companies with a focus on software technology. He has been a Non-Executive Director of 9 of these companies and currently the active portfolio has a value of >£150m.


Adam obtained a PhD from Liverpool University in 1990. He moved from research to QinetiQ, the defense, aerospace and security company, in 1996 where he worked first as a Project Manager and then as a Business Group Manager. In 2002 he moved to Weston Medical as IP manager, followed by a period at NHS Innovations London. Adam has been at Queen Mary, University of London since 2006.

John O’Donohue – Exec Chairman & CEO at Vision Semantics Ltd. 

John has over 20 years’ experience in scaling start-up company software innovation and linking it to corporate partners to create new businesses.  Running Motorola Ventures in Europe, he invested in 15 companies and enabled Motorola to exploit the technology and get strategy and financial returns.

John was CEO of PowerOasis and grew the business to become the leading distributed energy software platform with global partners. John has led the company through three rounds of growth equity financing and to exit in summer 2018.

In 2003, he established Motorola Ventures International, the $500 million venture capital arm of Motorola. As Managing Director, John invested in 15 of Europe’s leading venture companies. He balanced both the strategic equity and the commercial/R&D relationships with the portfolio companies. He was a member of Motorola’s Equity Investment Board, responsible for all Motorola’s global minority equity investments.

Prior to his role in Ventures, John held Strategy & Business Development roles at Motorola Corporate Headquarters in Chicago for its Wireless Infrastructure Business Unit. He has extensive experience in building business internationally and in commercial partnerships to accelerate time to market. Before Motorola, John held senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales in wireless network operators and infrastructure suppliers across Europe.

He received his first degree in engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA with distinction, from Imperial College London in 1993. He was a Local Authority Education School Governor and Chair of Finance for a rural school in West Berkshire.

Bruce Tuch is the VP of Engineering at Vision Semantics Ltd.

A “technical leader & innovator” of the first high speed wireless Local Area Network Product introduced in 1991 and a founder and contributor of the IEEE 802.11 standards group; the engine of broadband Wi-Fi technology.  Bruce is an industry leader and trendsetter who helped shape the wireless industry direction.


Bruce’s previous roles have been:

VP of Development at PowerOasis, leading & disruptive renewable energy and power management solution development. Including wireless base stations and Solar Power Drones.


Director of Engineering and Business Development at Filtronic plc a leading wireless radio backhaul supplier.

At Motorola Bruce was the Managing Director Ventures Europe & CTO of Global Business Development.


At Lucent Technologies & Agere Systems, Bruce was the CTO Wireless Wi-Fi Division & Director of Engineering responsible for the total Wi-Fi product line development & Bell Labs teams, with more than 25 years of industry experience in the Wireless Telecommunications domain.


He has a BSEE from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an MSEE degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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