Stephen Galsworthy (Quby)

Targeting energy waste in homes using AI and IoT data


Energy wastage by residential buildings is a significant contributor to total worldwide energy consumption. Quby, an Amsterdam-based technology company known for creating the in-home display and smart thermostat Toon, offers solutions to empower homeowners to stay in control of their electricity, gas and water usage. Using Europe’s largest energy dataset, consisting of petabytes of IoT data, the company has developed AI-powered products that are used by hundreds of thousands of users daily to maintain a comfortable climate in their homes and reduce their environmental footprint.

This talk will describe how Quby uses machine learning to target energy wastage in homes. It will explain how inefficient electrical appliances and suboptimal uses of central heating and hot water are identified for Toon users. We’ll see how personalized energy insights can be also given to utility customers without an in-home display by using smart meter data combined with super-resolution techniques. We’ll go into the approaches and tools used by Quby to quickly prototype, validate, launch and scale data science products and how we manage more than 1 million models in production. Finally we’ll explore the data flywheel effect that forms the basis for becoming successful with multiple AI-powered products and the impact that this has had on the organization itself.

Stephen Galsworthy is a data-driven executive and advisor who loves to create products that address significant challenges. With an analytical background, including a master’s degree and a PhD in mathematics from Oxford University, he’s been scaling data science organizations since 2011. Currently, he’s the chief data officer at Quby, a leading company offering data-driven home services technology and known for creating the in-home display and smart thermostat Toon. In this role, he’s responsible for the creation of value from data and Quby’s overall product strategy to enable commodity suppliers such as utilities, banks and insurance companies to play a dominant role in the home services domain.

Stephen Galsworthy