Former Aston Professor to deliver Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures

November 17 2008 
Chris Bishop
Chris Bishop

A former Aston University Professor is set to bring scientific research alive for adults and children alike, with a series of talks for the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures.

Professor Christopher Bishop, one of the founders of Aston’s Neural Computing Research Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will be presenting a series of televised talks for the Royal Institution, which will focus on the digital and computer revolution.

Statistics reveal that more computers are manufactured every year than the world’s total population. Less than one per cent of these take the form of desktop or laptop computers and with microchips getting ever smaller and faster, we are potentially faced with increased computer interaction in our everyday lives. Professor Bishop’s Christmas Lectures will explore the science behind these and other new technologies including the latest in state-of-the-art computer interaction, new touch screen technologies, three-dimensional displays and even flexible computer screens, which can be rolled up when not in use. He will also be unlocking the mysteries behind communicating via the web.

The Royal Institution’s prestigious talks have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825 and have been broadcast on television every December since the 1960s. They were initiated by Michael Faraday at a time when organised education for young people was scarce. He presented 19 series of Christmas Lectures himself, establishing an exciting new venture of teaching science to young people.

Professor Bishop, who is now Deputy Director at Microsoft Research, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2007 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He will be joining a prestigious list of previous Christmas Lecture speakers, including Baroness Susan Greenfield, the current Director of the Royal Institution, Sir David Attenborough and Nobel Prize winner, Sir George Porter. 

The lectures will be broadcast on Channel Five and will be shown as follows: Breaking the speed limit, Monday 29 December at 7.30pm;
Chips with everything, Tuesday 30 December at 7.30pm;  The ghost in the machine, Wednesday 31 December at 7.30pm;  Untangling the web, Thursday 1 January at 7.30pm and Digital intelligence,  Friday 2 January at 7.30pm

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