Igor Aleksander

Igor Aleksander
Born (1937-01-26) January 26, 1937[1][2]
Zagreb,[3] Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Alma mater Queen Mary College, London
Thesis Decimal array logic (1966)

Igor Aleksander FREng[4] (born 26 January 1937) is an emeritus professor of Neural Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. He worked in artificial intelligence and neural networks and designed the world's first neural pattern recognition system in the 1980s.[1]

Life and work

Aleksander was educated in Italy and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, arriving in the UK in the late 1950s, intending to become a research student under Colin Cherry. Instead he found work with Standard Telephones and Cables, later joining Queen Mary College where he gained a PhD, subsequently becoming a lecturer there in 1961. He moved to the University of Kent in 1968 as a reader in Electronics and then to Brunel University as professor in 1974. In 1984 he became professor at Imperial College London as professor of the Management of Information Technology.[1] He was Head of Electrical Engineering and Gabor Professor of Neural Systems Engineering at Imperial College from 1988 to his retirement in 2002.[5] He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1988), and he served as Pro-rector of External Relations at Imperial College (1997). In 2005 he presented the Bernard Price Memorial Lecture.

His work centred on the modelling capability of artificial neural networks. He devised neuromodels of the visual system in primates, visuo-verbal system in humans, the effect of anaesthetics on awareness, and artificial consciousness. He designed one of the first neural pattern recognition systems, the WISARD (marketed by CRS, Wokingham) in the 1980s.[6]

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Selected publications



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  2. "ALEKSANDER, Prof. Igor". Who's Who 2012. Oxford University Press. 2011. Retrieved Nov 9, 2012.
  3. Jha, Alok (2005-06-23). "The simple things are hardest". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  4. "List of Fellows".
  5. "Council: Staff Matters" (PDF). Imperial College London. 2002-10-18. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  6. Igor Aleksander (1937-), Head of Intelligent and Interactive Systems at Imperial College, retrieved 17 April 2008. Aleksander received an honorary degree in Computer Engineering from University of Palermo in Jul 2011.

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