Shell is a pioneer in the development and deployment of many digital technologies. Today, we use advanced IT infrastructure and partner with some of the world’s leading cloud providers, allowing us to use technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things and blockchain in innovative ways.

But digitalisation is about more than technology. It is also a cultural change, about people and creating more agile ways of working. We employ leading data scientists and computational scientists who unlock value from the data Shell has access to. They work in teams with other experts across our businesses to combine commercial acumen with technical and data expertise. They develop practical solutions, allowing us to learn and improve all the time.

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Artificial Intelligence

From machine learning to computer vision, deep learning to virtual assistants and autonomous vehicles to robotics, Shell has been focused on a range of technologies that have supported advances in AI. Businesses that harness new data sources and use AI and machine-learning technology to provide insights will be in a strong position to shape future commercial development and influence how society changes. A steep rise in the number of connected devices and an explosion in data volumes are already delivering unparalleled levels of business disruption. The recent explosion in data volumes and availability has led to a step change in the training of algorithms and provided important new insights: easy access to vast data volumes is making AI algorithms smarter.

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Computational Science

Computational Science uses physics-based models to predict the behaviour of materials and systems using high performance computing. Computational science augments traditional research methods by accelerating and guiding experimental work and providing insight into processes and results. It is used across Shell’s businesses to predict everything from the chemistry of catalysts and batteries to capturing flow through reactors, pipelines and rocks. These are complex simulations which require high performance computing and algorithm optimisation.

The Computational Science Centre of Excellence is based in Bangalore, India, but the team includes staff in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Houston, USA. Computational science is a broad discipline. Within Shell, it draws on expertise from more than 50 technologists in disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, material science and mechanical, chemical, aerospace and metallurgical engineering. This team has strong external links and collaborates with high-profile global companies, technology start-ups and leading academic institutions.

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