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The Alvey Programme was a British government sponsored research program in information technology that ran from 1983 to 1987. The program was a reaction to the Japanese Fifth generation computer project.

The project was named after John Alvey, a technology director at BT who led the enquiry that proposed the creation of the program. John Alvey was not involved in the program itself [1]

Focus areas for the Alvey Programme included:


  • Brian Oakley and Kenneth Owen, Alvey: Britain's Strategic Computing Initiative, MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-15038-7
  • Chris Rigatuso, Takeshi Tachi, Dennis Sysvester & Mark Soper, Collaboration between Firms in Information Technology, Berkeley, EE 290X Group G.
  • Richard Tyler, The Daily Telegraph, Feb 9th 2010. [1]