The BCS/IET Turing Lectures 2010

Embracing Uncertainty: the new machine intelligence

The lectures were held on 25 February in London, 16 March in Cardiff, 17 March in Manchester and 18 March in Edinburgh.

The speaker was Professor Christopher Bishop, Chief Research Scientist, Microsoft Research Cambridge.

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Computers are traditionally viewed as logical machines which follow precise, deterministic instructions. The real world in which they operate, however, is full of complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.

In this year’s Turing Lecture, Professor Chris Bishop discusses the field of machine learning, and shows how uncertainty can be modelled and quantified using probabilities.

He looks at the recent developments in probabilistic modelling which have greatly expanded the variety and scale of machine learning applications, and he explores the future potential for this technology.

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Professor Christopher Bishop

Supporting organisations

The lecture organisers thank the following supporting organisations:

Cardiff University

The University of Edinburgh


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