Christopher Bishop

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Christopher Bishop
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Born (1959-04-07) April 7, 1959 (age 56)[1]
Residence Cambridge, UK
Fields Machine learning
Neural networks
Pattern recognition
Natural language processing
Institutions University of Oxford
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
AEA Technology
Aston University
University of Edinburgh
Microsoft Research
Royal Institution
Alma mater St Catherine's College, Oxford
University of Edinburgh
Thesis The semi-classical technique in field theory: some applications (1983)
Doctoral advisor David Wallace
Peter Higgs[2]
Doctoral students Neil Lawrence[3]
Known for Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (2008)[4]
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2004)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2007)
Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge

Christopher "Chris" Michael Bishop (born 7 April 1959) FREng, FRSE, is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, Vice President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. [5]


Chris obtained a B.A. in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory. [6]


After graduating he joined Culham Laboratory where he worked on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas as part of the European controlled fusion programme.

From there, he developed an interest in pattern recognition, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. He was subsequently elected to a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he was head of the Neural Computing Research Group. Chris then took a sabbatical during which time he was principal organiser of the six month international research programme on Neural Networks and Machine Learning at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, which ran in 1997.

After completion of the Newton Institute programme Chris joined the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge. [7]


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