Professor Andrew Blake

FRS, FREng, MacRobert Award

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Organisation: The Alan Turing Institute
Tags: Advisor

Biography

Andrew Blake was appointed as the first Director of The Alan Turing Institute in October 2015. Formerly, Andrew joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab and in 2010 took up the position of Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England.

Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering at Cambridge and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly a Professor at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

In 2011, he and colleagues at Microsoft received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for their machine learning contribution to Microsoft Kinect human motion-capture.