Andrew Blake (scientist)

Andrew Blake (born 12 March 1956)[1] FREng,[3] FRS,[2] is a British scientist, former laboratory director of Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Distinguished Scientist, former Director of the Alan Turing Institute, Chair of the Samsung AI Centre inCambridge, Honorary Professor at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge,[6] and a leading researcher in computer vision.[7][8][4]

Andrew Blake
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Born (1956-03-12) 12 March 1956 (age 65)[1]
EducationRugby School
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA)
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Oxford
Microsoft Research
University of Cambridge
Alan Turing Institute
ThesisParallel computation in low-level vision (1983)
Doctoral advisorDonald Michie[5]


Blake was educated at Rugby School[1] and graduated in 1977 from Trinity College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Electrical Sciences. After a year as a Kennedy Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and two years in the defence electronics industry, he studied for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh which was awarded in 1983[5] and supervised by Donald Michie.

Career and researchEdit

Until 1987 he was on the faculty of the department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.[citation needed] From 1987 to 1999, he was on the academic staff of the Department of Engineering Science in the University of Oxford, where he became a Professor in 1996, and was a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow for 1998-9.

In 1999 he moved to Microsoft Research Cambridge as Senior Research Scientist, where he founded the Computer Vision Group. In 2008 he became a Deputy managing director at the lab, before becoming Laboratory Director in 2010.[9]

From 2015-2018 he was Director at the Alan Turing Institute.[10]

Since 2018 he has been inaugural Chair of the Samsung AI Centre in Cambridge.[11]

Honours and awardsEdit

Blake was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)[3] in 1998, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2005 and an IEEE Fellow in 2008.[9] In 2006 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded Andrew its Silver Medal. He has twice won the prize of the European Conference on Computer Vision, with Roberto Cipolla in 1992 and with M. Isard in 1996, and was awarded the IEEE David Marr Prize[12] (jointly with Kentaro Toyama for their paper on Probabilistic Tracking with Exemplars in a Metric Space[13]) in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Mountbatten Medal by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).[14] In 2009 he was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Vision Distinguished Researcher Award.[15] In 2010 Blake was elected to the council of the Royal Society.[9] In 2011, he and colleagues at Microsoft Research received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert gold medal for their machine learning contribution to Microsoft Kinect human motion-capture.[9] In 2012 he was elected to the board of the EPSRC and also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh.[9] In 2013 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sheffield.[9] In 2014, Blake gave the Josiah Willard Gibbs lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.[9]


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  2. ^ a b Anon (2005). "Professor Andrew Blake FREng FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

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  3. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "List of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering". London:
  4. ^ a b Andrew Blake publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  5. ^ a b Blake, Andrew (1984). Parallel computation in low-level vision. (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/6632. OCLC 56326330.  
  6. ^ "Professor Andrew Blake". Clare Hall, Cambridge. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Author profile in the database zbMATH
  8. ^ "Andrew Blake, School of Informatics, the University of Edinburgh". University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Professor Andrew Blake". Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Leadership – The Alan Turing Institute". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Samsung AI centre to be based at Cambridge". BBC News (in British English). 22 May 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  12. ^ "CVPR and ICCV Best Paper Awards". Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ Toyama, Kentaro; Blake, Andrew (2002). "Probabilistic Tracking with Exemplars in a Metric Space". International Journal of Computer Vision. 48 (1): 9–19. doi:10.1023/A:1014899027014. ISSN 0920-5691. S2CID 271041.
  14. ^ "The Mountbatten Medallists". IET. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013.
  15. ^ "PAMI Distinguished Researcher Award". IEEE. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.