Professor Stephen Roberts elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professor Stephen Roberts, the Department’s Professor of Machine Learning, a Professional Fellow of Somerville College and a faculty member of the Oxford-Man Institute, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). The Academy's Fellows represent the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders.

Professor Stephen RobertsThis prestigious award is in recognition of Professor Roberts' internationally recognised work in developing methods for automated reasoning and decision making in complex engineering problems, especially those in which noise and uncertainty abound. In particular, Professor Roberts has developed a number of novel methods for data analysis, such as Bayesian models for independent component analysis, non-Gaussian multi-variate systems and network decomposition. He has successfully applied them in a wide range of products and problem domains including astronomy; biology; finance; sensor networks; control and system monitoring.

At the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Roberts leads the Machine Learning Research Group, which is a sub-group within Information Engineering. The Machine Learning Research Group’s focus lies in probabilistic reasoning applied to problems in science, engineering and computing. Tools of statistical, and in particular Bayesian, inference are used to deal rationally with uncertainty and information in a number of domains including astronomy, biology, finance, image & signal processing and multi-agent systems, as well as researching the theory of Bayesian modelling and inference.

Professor Roberts obtained a degree in Physics from Oxford University in 1987 and then undertook a PhD in signal processing in Oxford after several years in industrial research. In 1994 he was appointed to the faculty of Imperial College and in late 1999, he returned to Engineering at Oxford as a Lecturer before becoming Professor in 2004. In 2012, he became Research Professor of Machine Learning.

Current research focus

Several of Professor Roberts' current research projects focus on fusing information from people and machines, especially in the ORCHID project, which has produced the foundational science of ‘Human-Agent Collectives’ and the ‘HumBug’ project, winner of the Google Impact Challenge last year, which looks to revolutionise the mapping of malarial mosquitoes using acoustic sensors.

About the RAEng

The Royal Academy of Engineering provides leadership and promotes excellence across all fields of engineering, to the benefit of society.

The Academy’s activities are shaped, led and delivered by its exceptional Fellowship, which represents the nation’s best practising engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs, often in leading roles across business and academia.

Fellows of the UK's national academy of engineering, which was founded in 1976, include leading industrialists, pioneering inventors and top academics. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the RAEng’s Senior Fellow. HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Duke of Kent are Royal Fellows.

Acknowledgements: The Royal Academy of Engineering