The Royal Society – the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence whose past members have included the likes of Darwin, Newton and Einstein – has elected Microsoft Research Cambridge director Chris Bishop to join its ranks.
A world-renowned expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Bishop is among 50 other scientists from across the UK and Commonwealth and 10 Foreign Members elected to the Royal Society.
“I am totally delighted. It’s a pinnacle of my career,” says Bishop, before stating that adding an expert in artificial intelligence to the society’s ranks “reflects the emergence of machine learning as the most transformational technology in computing. Machine learning underpins the current excitement around artificial intelligence.”
Recruited to join Microsoft Research Cambridge in 1997 and becoming director in 2015, Bishop’s current projects include collaborations with medical specialists to develop new machine learning applications, along with a project with the University of Manchester focused on better understanding the factors that influence the development of allergies and asthma in children.
Regarding the most recent addition to this distinguished list, he said: “It’s a huge honour for a scientist to join the world’s oldest national academy of science.”
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