Chris Bishop

Microsoft Distinguished Scientist
Microsoft Research Cambridge

Microsoft Corp.

Chris Bishop is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he helps with the strategic direction and planning for the lab, and leads the Machine Learning and Perception Group. His research interests include probabilistic approaches to machine learning, as well as their application to fields such as biomedical sciences and healthcare.

Chris is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, where he is a member of the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation in the School of Informatics. He also is Vice President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, is a Fellow of Darwin College at Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2008, he was selected as the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer. In 2009 he was elected Corresponding Academician of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and he was also awarded the Tam Dalyell Prize "for excellence in engaging the public with science," and in 2011 he was awarded the Rooke Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering "for his persistent drive in engaging members of the public in the vital work of engineers and their contributions to society."

Chris obtained a BA in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory. He then joined Culham Laboratory where he worked on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas as part of the European controlled fusion programme.

From that, he developed an interest in pattern recognition, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. In 1993 Chris was elected as a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he was a member 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.