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Digital technology is becoming an indispensable and crucial component of our lives, society, and environment. Andy Hopper, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, will explore the framework for computing in the context of problems facing the planet. The framework has a number of goals: an optimal digital infrastructure, sensing and optimising with a global world model, reliably predicting and reacting to our environment, and digital alternatives to physical activities.
Practical industrial examples will be given as well as research goals.
Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge, Head of Department of the Computer Laboratory, and elected member of the University Council. His research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing, and using computers to ensure the sustainability of the planet.
He has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In his academic career he has worked at the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. In the industrial context he has co-founded a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. He is currently Chairman of RealVNC Group and Ubisense plc.
Professor Hopper received his BSc degree from the University of Wales Swansea (1974) and his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007). During 2012-2013 he is President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).