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Andrew Blake

Andrew BlakeAndrew Blake
Distinguished Scientist
Laboratory Director
Microsoft Research Cambridge
Microsoft Corp.

Andrew Blake is the Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Laboratory Director at the lab, before assuming his current position in 2010.

Andrew graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1977 with a BA 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 doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, which was awarded in 1983.

He was on the Computer Science faculty at the University of Edinburgh from 1983-87 and then joined the faculty of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where he became a Professor in 1996. He held a Royal Society Senior Research Fellowship from 1998-1999. Andrew has been a visiting Professor of Engineering with the University of Oxford and was appointed honorary Professor of Machine Intelligence at the University of Cambridge in 2007.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998, Fellow of the IEEE in 2008, and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. In 2006 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him its Silver Medal and in 2007 the Institution of Engineering and Technology presented him with the Mountbatten Medal (previously awarded to computer pioneers Maurice Wilkes and Tim Berners-Lee, amongst others.) 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 Gibbs lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Andrew has published several books including Visual Reconstruction with A. Zisserman (MIT press), Active Vision with Alan Yuille (MIT Press) and Active Contours with Michael Isard (Springer-Verlag). He researches the probabilistic principles of computer vision software, with applications to motion capture, user interface, image editing, remote collaboration and medical imaging.