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Artificial Intelligence Demystified

Professor Ian Worthington, Dean of the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University gives his inaugural lecture.

Artificial intelligence has been a rich branch of research for computer scientists and psychologists for over 50 years. The concept of mimicking human intelligence in a computer fuels the public imagination and has led to countless academic papers, news articles, and fictional works. Such exposure has led to high public expectations, despite the incredible complexity of everyday human behaviour and the difficulties in replicating even limited aspects of it.
The challenge now is to build a system that can operate across the spectrum of intelligent behaviour from low-level reaction and control to high-level specialist expertise. The achievement of this goal requires a hybrid approach that draws on a variety of different techniques. Several practical examples will be highlighted and no prior knowledge of artificial intelligence will be assumed.

Professor Adrian Hopgood joined De Montfort University in June 2007, having previously worked for Nottingham Trent University and the Open University. He also has industrial experience with Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia and Systems Designers plc (now part of EDS).
Adrian holds BSc, PhD and MBA degrees and has latterly earned a Diploma in French. His research interests are in intelligent computer systems and their practical applications. He has published 95 research papers and his text book “Intelligent Systems for Engineers & Scientists” is classed as a bestseller by its publisher, Taylor and Francis.

Adrian is a visiting professor at the Open University, external examiner for the University of Wales’ validated programmes in Singapore, and external examiner for the University of Liverpool’s on-line MSc courses in computing. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a member of the Peer Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


Professor Adrian Hopgood | talks


Date and Time:

19 March 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Professorial Lecture Series
De Montfort University
The Gateway

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