Professor Steve Furber

Prof. Steve Furber is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Aerodynamics in 1980 from the University of Cambridge, England. From 1980 to 1990 he worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers Ltd, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor, both of which earned Acorn Computers a Queen's Award for Technology. Upon moving to the University of Manchester in 1990 he established the Amulet research group which has interests in asynchronous logic design and power-efficient computing, and which merged with the Parallel Architectures and Languages group in 2000 to form the Advanced Processor Technologies group. The APT group is supported by an EPSRC Portfolio Partnership Award.

Steve served as Head of the Department of Computer Science in the Victoria University of Manchester from 2001 up to the merger with UMIST in 2004.

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the IEEE, and a Chartered Engineer. In 2003 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for "an outstanding and demonstrated personal contribution to British engineering, which has led to market exploitation". In 2004 he became the holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award . In 2007 he was awarded the IET Faraday Medal, "...the most prestigious of the IET Achievement Medals." Steve was awarded a CBEin the 2008 New Year Honours list "for services to computer science".

Steve is chair of UKCRC, and is Vice-President Learned Society and Knowledge Services and a Trustee of the BCS.

In 2002 Steve served as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into 'Innovations in Microprocessing', which resulted in the report "Chips for Everything: Britain's opportunities in a key global market"

In December 2003 Silistix Limited was formed to commercialise self-timed Network-on-Chip technology developed within the APT group. Steve is an observer on the Silistix Board and chairs the Technical Advisory Committee. Cogniscience Limited is a University company established to exploit IP arising from the APT research into neural network systems

Professor Sheng Chen

Prof. Sheng CHEN received the BEng degree in control engineering from the East China Petroleum Institute in January 1982 and the PhD degree in control engineering from the City University at London in September 1986. In 2005, he was awarded the Doctor of Sciences (DSc) by the University of Southampton.

He joined the Electronics and Computer Science, the University of Southampton in September 1999, where he currently holds the post of Professor in Intelligent System and Signal Processing. He previously held research and academic appointments at the Universities of Sheffield, Edinburgh and Portsmouth. He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Professor Chen is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of IET (FIET), and a Fellow of IEEE (FIEEE).

His research interests are in adaptive signal processing for communications, wireless communications, modelling and identification of nonlinear systems, learning theory and neural networks, finite-precision digital controller design and networked control systems, evolutionary computation methods and optimisation.

He has published over 280 research papers. In the database of the world’s most highly cited researchers in various disciplines, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) of the USA, Prof. Chen is on the list of the highly cited researchers in the engineering category, See