Andrew Blake (scientist)
|Born||1956 (age 59–60)|
|Institutions||University of Edinburgh
University of Oxford
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
|Thesis||Parallel computation in low-level vision (1983)|
Andrew Blake, FREng, FRS, (born 1956) is a British scientist, Founding Director of the Alan Turing Institute, former Managing Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and a leading researcher in computer vision.
Andrew Blake graduated in 1977 from Trinity College, Cambridge with a B.A. in Mathematics and Electrical Sciences. After a year as a Kennedy Scholar at MIT and two years in the defence electronics industry, he studied for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh which was awarded in 1983. Until 1987 he was on the faculty of the department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, as a Royal Society Research Fellow. From 1987 to 1999, he was on the academic staff of the Department of Engineering Science in the University of Oxford, where he became a Professor in 1996, and was a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow for 1998-9.
In 1999 he moved to Microsoft Research Cambridge as Senior Research Scientist, where he founded the Computer Vision Group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before becoming Laboratory Director in 2010.
Honours and awards
Andrew was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998, Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005 and Fellow of the IEEE in 2008. In 2006 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded Andrew its Silver Medal. He has twice won the prize of the European Conference on Computer Vision, with R. Cipolla in 1992 and with M. Isard in 1996, and was awarded the IEEE David Marr Prize (jointly with K. Toyama) in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Mountbatten Medal by the IET. In 2009 he was awarded the IEEE Computer Vision Significant Researcher Award. In 2010 Andrew was elected to the council of the Royal Society. In 2011, he and colleagues at Microsoft Research received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for their machine learning contribution to Microsoft Kinect human motion-capture. In 2012 Andrew was elected to the board of the EPSRC and also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh. In 2013 Andrew was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sheffield. In 2014, Andrew gave the prestigious Josiah Willard Gibbs lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.