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 
Focus areas for the Alvey Programme included:
- VLSI (very large scale integration) technology for microelectronics
- Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems (IKBS) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Software Engineering
- Man-Machine Interface (included Natural Language Processing)
- Systems Architecture (for parallel processing)
- 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. 
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