Chris Williams: Biography

I did Physics at Cambridge, graduating in 1982 (BA in Physics and Theoretical Physics, Class I), and then did a further year of study known as Part III Maths (Distinction, 1983). I was interested in the "neural networks" field at that time, but it was difficult to find anyone to work with. I then switched directions for a while, doing an MSc in Water Resources at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and going on to work in Lesotho, Southern Africa in low-cost sanitation. In 1988 I returned to academia, studing neural networks/AI with Geoff Hinton at the University of Toronto (MSc 1990, PhD 1994). In September 1994 I moved to Aston University as a Research Fellow and was made a Lecturer in August 1995. I moved to the Department of Artificial Inteligence at the University of Edinburgh in July 1998, was promoted to Reader in the School of Informatics in October 2000, and Professor of Machine Learning in October 2005. With Barbara Stuart I have two daughters, Kate, born in November 1993 and Ruth, born in July 1995. Barbara and I separated in 2012. In my spare time I like to go hill-walking and listen to music.

Chris Williams