John Shawe-Taylor obtained a PhD in Mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1986. He subsequently completed an MSc in the Foundations of Advanced Information Technology at Imperial College. He was promoted to Professor of Computing Science in 1996. He moved to the University of Southampton in 2003 to lead the ISIS research group. He was the Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College, London from July 2006 till September 2010. Since September 2010 he has been the Head of Department of Computer Science at UCL.

John’s main research area is Statistical Learning Theory, but his contributions range from Neural Networks, to Machine Learning, to Graph Theory. He has coordinated a number of European wide projects investigating the theory and practice of Machine Learning, including the NeuroCOLT projects. He was the scientific coordinator of a Framework 7 Network of Excellence in Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (PASCAL2) involving over 50 partners. He is co-author of two highly cited books on kernel methods and support vector machines. He is author of over 300 papers.

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