Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Machines that learn to see and move

IMI Public Lecture:

Speaker: Professor Andrew Blake, Research Director at The Alan Turing Institute                          

When: Wednesday 18 October 4.15 - 5.15 pm (Tea and coffee from 3.45 pm)

Venue: University of Bath, University Hall (Building 2 West)

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Self-driving carsAbstract: Neural networks have taken the world of computing in general and artificial intelligence (AI) in particular by storm.

But in the future, AI will need to revisit generative models. There are several reasons for this – system robustness, precision, transparency, and the high cost of labelling data.

This is particularly true of perceptual AI, needed for autonomous vehicles, where the need for simulators and the need to confront novel situations, will demand generative, probabilistic models.


Professor Andrew BlakeProfessor Andrew Blake

Professor Andrew Blake is Research Director at The Alan Turing Institute and a pioneer in the development of algorithms that make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

Before joining the Institute in 2015, Professor Blake held the position of Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and Laboratory Director at the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, and he has been on the faculty at Oxford University. Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge, England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh.

Professor Blake has received numerous prestigious awards, including the prize of the European Conference on Computer Vision, the IEEE David Marr Prize (jointly with K. Toyama), the Mountbatten Medal and most recently in 2016 the BCS Lovelace Medal, the top award in computing in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.  

He has also published several books including “Visual Reconstruction” with A. Zisserman (MIT press), “Active Vision” with A. Yuille (MIT Press) and “Active Contours” with M. Isard (Springer-Verlag).

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