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Stephen Furber

ICL Professor of Computer Engineering



What are your research interests?

Neural systems engineering, brain modelling, VLSI design, energy-efficient computing

What is the focus of your current research?

The SpiNNaker project – currently the world’s largest neuromorphic computing platform

What are some projects or breakthroughs you wish to highlight?

SpiNNaker, real-time cortical microcircuit model

What memberships and awards do you hold/have you held in the past?

CBE, FRS, FREng, DFBCS, FIET, IEEE Fellow, Member Academia Europaea, Computer History Museum Fellow Award honouree

RAEng Silver Medal, IET Faraday Medal, Millenium Technology Prize laureate, IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, BCS Lovelace Medal, Royal Society Mullard Award, US NAE Charles Stark Draper Award

DSc (hon.) Edinburgh, Anglia Ruskin, Queen’s Belfast

What is the biggest challenge in Data Science and AI right now?

Understanding the brain.

What real world challenges do you see Data Science and AI meeting in the next 25 years?

Advancing our understanding of the brain and applying that to develop new treatments for brain diseases and to overcome current AI roadblocks.


Find out more about Sophia’s research at Research Explorer.