AI Expert | Investor | Entrepreneur | Athlete
Dalli was born in Malta and grew up in the town of Birżebbuġa. Dalli was educated at the Archbishop's Seminary, Malta and represented Malta in the Young European Environmental Research contest held in Cologne in 1994. Dalli represented Malta in the International Olympiad in Informatics held in Eindhoven in 1995, where he won a bronze medal. Dalli started selling computer software as a teenager, and worked for the International Data Group as a freelance contributor for PC World.
After graduating from the University of Malta, Dalli spent time lecturing on artificial intelligence and natural language processing before reading for his PhD at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Yorick Wilks. Dalli has published over 20 peer reviewed papers in the artificial intelligence and natural language processing fields, including one of the earliest methods on timestamp extraction from documents that is now commonly used in most email applications. Angelo has also contributed to the encoding of European languages in Unicode, in particular for the Common Locale Data Repository. In the field of Bioinformatics Dalli has found a particularly useful integer sequence which efficiently computes all alignments of strings of length 3 together with other generalisations for applications in natural language and sequence alignment. Dalli has led the Maltese national informatics team in the International Olympiad in Informatics at IOI 2002 in Seoul, South Korea and IOI 2004 in Athens, Greece
Angelo is an angel investor active in the high-tech startup scene and a member of. Angelo has been encouraging Maltese startups via various public events including the Zest and Budding Rockstars conferences. Angelo has had a number of successful exits in transport and gaming
Angelo had led the introduction of different machine learning techniques in intelligent transport systems (ITS), including parking, controlled vehicle access zones and dynamic traffic interchange control. His transport solutions company, Traffiko, created ITS solutions in Europe, Australia and the Middle East, and was eventually sold to Q-Free in Norway in 2015
Angelo has been collaborating with the Maltese artist Mark Mallia via his AI company Umnai to teach AI about creativity. The results of this collobaration is the Uma AI entity, short for Universal Machine Artist. Uma has been taught how to paint by Mark Mallia, and is creating original artwork using a modified Generative adversarial network that has a third component, the human artist, to produce different learning results than a standard GAN. The underlying discriminator in Uma started from an anti-fraud detection system. The first two artworks generated by Uma were auctioned in October and November 2018 respectively, with all proceeds donated to charity and good causes
Angelo is a well known speaker in the online gambling industry. Angelo setup on of the first companies that applied artificial intelligence in the online gambling industry, called Bit8 (now part of Intralot), with the most notable work being on algorithms that estimate and maximise player lifetime value and personalised bonusing systems. These techniques have since been widely adopted by the online gambling industry Intralot subsequently bought Bit8 in 2017
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Angelo Dalli is an AI expert and serial tech entrepreneur. Holding a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Angelo has distinguished himself for combining deep technical ability with commercial acumen. Angelo has founded 9 startups, was involved in four IPOs and invested in over 40 successful companies in the Technology, Entertainment and Fintech industries. Through his innovative disposition and ability to build and lead teams, he has secured over 25 investments into his ideas from EU funds, Private Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists. Angelo is also invested in the London based Seedrs, the leading European crowdfunding site with over 400 investments, regulated by the UK FCA.
Angelo is a fully accredited member of EBAN (European Business Angel Network), a senator representative of WBAF (World Business Angel Forum) and president of BAM (Business Angels Malta). His long track record was recognised when he was twice named as Malta’s Top Entrepreneur of the Year in both 2014 and 2019.
In his Research & Development role, he has authored over 23 conference papers in Europe and the US focusing on the application of AI, Natural Language Processing and Search Engine technology to a number of industry verticals and domains.
Angelo has also represented Malta in various international events and one of his first international achievements was to win a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 1995.
Angelo’s profile is a realization of the mantra he works by ‘To create scaleable, repeatable technology businesses that lead by innovation’.