Dr Paul Zanelli

Dr Paul Zanelli

Chief Technical Officer - Transport Systems Catapult


As Chief Technical Officer, Paul is responsible for providing technical leadership as well as assuring the technical quality of work undertaken. After completing his Doctorate from York University’s Computer Science Department, Paul founded a venture-backed technology start-up focussed on applied pattern recognition for a range of applications including biomedical molecule matching and 3D image processing. Paul then went on to manage Aurix, a speech technology company that was spun-out of QinetiQ. Aurix delivered big-data speech analytics for US call centres. Having taken Aurix from loss-making to profitability, Paul was attracted to work for leading UK venture capital firm Advent Venture Partners, before returning to a technical leadership role as a Technology Fellow at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre. During his time at BAE Systems, Paul was responsible for the technical aspects of a number of advanced capabilities including: Computational Engineering, Networks and Communications, Systems Engineering, Information Processing and Human Factors. Paul then moved to Network Rail as Head of Research and Development before joining the Transport Systems Catapult in November 2013.