Christopher Bishop obtained a B.A. in Physics with First Class Honours from Oxford in 1980, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 1983 with a thesis on quantum field theory under the supervision of David Wallace and Peter Higgs. He then joined Culham Laboratory where he worked on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas as part of the European controlled fusion programme.
He subsequently developed an interest in pattern recognition, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. In 1993 he was elected to a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he was a member of the Neural Computing Research Group. He then took a sabbatical during which time he was principal organiser of the six month international research programme on Neural Networks and Machine Learning at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, which ran from July to December 1997.
Also in 1997 he was elected to a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh where he is a member of the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation in the School of Informatics. He is a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge and a Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the UK Computing Research Committee, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by Oxford Brookes University.
His research interests include probabilistic approaches to machine learning, as well as their application to fields such as computer vision.
He holds a Commercial Pilot's Licence, and for relaxation he enjoys flying light aircraft, including aerobatics in 1930s biplanes.
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