Dr Mark Bishop Dr Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr J. Mark Bishop is Director of TCIDA (the Tungsten Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads a team that has successfully developed commercial state-of-art analytic systems for procurement. Mark has also led research using web-analytics for fraud detection and steered basic research into the theoretical foundations of analytics for procurement which has led to notable advances in state-of-art address parsing, restructuring, deduplication and matching.

Mark’s research spans Artificial Intelligence – its theory and applications – and the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. In 1989 Mark developed what was [arguably] the first computational Swarm Intelligence (SI) paradigm – Stochastic Diffusion Search (SDS) – which has subsequently enjoyed wide application in areas as diverse as mobile robotic localisation to computational creativity. He has significant practical experience in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Swarm Intelligence and Neural Computing to real-world problems, and has successfully deployed AI in areas as diverse as: time-series forecasting (UK National Grid); face recognition (BT); optimisation theory (EPSRC); neural networks (DERA; the Science Museum); interplanetary mission planning (ESA); mobile-robot localisation (EU) and colour-physics (Courtaulds).

He is a former chair of the UK Society for Artificial Intelligence & the Simulation of Behaviour, and during his term was co-opted onto the Organising Committee of ICRAC (the International Committee for Robot Arms Control). ICRAC is an International NGO campaigning for control of so-called “killer robots” and in this role Mark was invited to Chair a special UNESCO /PUGWASH meeting (2013) on ‘Autonomy and autonomous weapons’ and invited to participate in three UN special sessions on “Lethal Autonomous Weapons” in Geneva (2014, 2015 & 2016).


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