Peter J. Bentley

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Peter J. Bentley
Born (1972-05-16) 16 May 1972 (age 46)
Colchester, UK
Nationality British
Known for Digital Biology
Awards Edge of Computation Prize Nominee (2005)
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science
Institutions University College London
KAIST

Dr Peter John Bentley (born 16 May 1972) is a British author and computer scientist based at University College London.

Peter J. Bentley is an Honorary Professor and Teaching Fellow at UCL and a Collaborating Professor at KAIST. He is also a popular science author and consultant. He was a contributing editor for WIRED UK and was the monthly host of the Royal Institution's café scientifique.

Born in Colchester, England, he achieved a BSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Essex (supervised by Edward Tsang) and a PhD in Evolutionary Design (supervised by Jonathan Wakefield) at the age of 24. His doctorate thesis was entitled Generic Evolutionary Design of Solid Objects using a Genetic Algorithm.

Since 1997 he has performed research into evolutionary computation, artificial life, swarm intelligence, artificial immune systems, artificial neural networks and other types of biologically inspired computing, which he terms Digital Biology. He is head of the Digital Biology Interest Group at the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He participates in science festivals and public events, such as the debate on Complexity and Evolution held at the Natural History Museum in July 2007 with Richard Dawkins, Steve Jones, Lewis Wolpert. His research has been described in several articles of New Scientist. His recent research focuses on morphological computation and novel architectures designed for natural computation based on evolution, developmental and self-assembling systems.

He received extensive publicity for his iPhone application iStethoscope, which was developed in collaboration with cardiologists in USA. The app has been used to gather heart sounds from people around the world in a research project to enable computers to diagnose heart disease automatically using machine learning.

He cofounded the online marketplace Kazoova Ltd which specialises in quirky and unusual activities and in 2016 joined AI company Braintree Ltd as Chief Technology Officer.

Popular books[edit]

  • Digitized: The science of computers and how it shapes our world, ISBN 978-0-19-969379-5
  • The Undercover Scientist: Investigating the Mishaps of Everyday Life, ISBN 978-1-84794-523-5
  • Why Sh*t Happens: The Science of a Really Bad Day, ISBN 978-1-59486-956-3 (US version of The Undercover Scientist)
  • The Book of Numbers: The Secret of Numbers and How They Changed the World, ISBN 1-55407-361-8
  • Digital Biology. How nature is transforming our technology and our lives, ISBN 0-7432-0447-6

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Academic proceedings[edit]

  • Artificial Immune Systems. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference (ICARIS 2008), ISBN 978-3-540-85071-7
  • Advances in Artificial Life. Proceedings of the Eighth European Conference (ECAL 2005), ISBN 3-540-28848-1
  • Artificial Immune Systems. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (ICARIS 2005), ISBN 3-540-28175-4
  • Artificial Immune Systems. Proceedings of the Third International Conference (ICARIS 2004), ISBN 3-540-23097-1
  • Evolvability, Genetics & Development in Natural and Constructed Systems: Abstracts of the EPSRC Evolvability Network Symposium, August 2003
  • Artificial Immune Systems. Proceedings of the Second International Conference (ICARIS 2003), ISBN 3-540-40766-9
  • Artificial Immune Systems. Proceedings of the First International Conference (ICARIS), ISBN 1-902671-32-5
  • Proceedings of the AISB99 Symposium on Creative Evolutionary Systems, ISBN 1-902956-03-6
  • AID 1998 1st Workshop Notes on Evolutionary Design, July 1998

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