The IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology chair was created in 2015 thanks to sponsorship by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. This is only the third new Professorship to have been created at the College in over 400 years.

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Professor Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey is IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College and Professor at the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

He also holds several posts in the Vice-Chancellor's Office at University of East Anglia, including Academic Director for Admissions and Academic Director of Internationalisation. Before joining UEA in 1993, Professor Harvey was a mathematician at first Plessey Naval Systems and then Marconi Underwater Systems.

Professor Harvey holds a PhD in the application of statistical estimation theory to the passive synthetic aperture problem. In his early career, he focused on problems in signal processing, acoustics and vibration.

His research now focuses on artificial intelligence and computer vision. Recently he has been working in the field of artificial lip-reading which fascinates him because of the scientific challenge and allows him to debunk false claims and misunderstandings.

He routinely speaks at schools and conferences around the country both on technical topics related to Computer Science but also on matters relating to admissions policy and widening participation.

Professor Harvey has also acted as a consultant for international companies and as Executive and Non-Executive Director for several spin-outs and start-ups.

As the IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College he will be delivering his first lecture series in 2018-19.

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All Professor of Information Technology Lectures
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Creativity: Can Computers Cut It?

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - 6:00PM
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Text Mining: A Test of Character

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 6:00PM
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Deep Learning: Miracle or Snake Oil?

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 6:00PM
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Computer Vision: Machines that See

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - 6:00PM
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Speech Processing: How to Wreck a Nice Peach

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 6:00PM
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It from Bit: The Science of Information

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 6:00PM
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Computers and Warfare

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 6:00PM
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The Internet of Things

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 6:00PM
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Should We Vote Online?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 6:00PM
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Will Bitcoin and the Block Chain Change the Way we Live and Work?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 6:00PM
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Is Society Ready For Driverless Cars?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 6:00PM
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Artificial Intelligence

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 6:00PM
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Making Software 'Correct by Construction'

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 6:00PM
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What Really Happened in Y2K?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 6:00PM
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The Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - 6:00PM
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Safety-Critical Systems

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 6:00PM
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Are you the Customer or the Product?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 6:00PM
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Big Data: The Broken Promise of Anonymisation

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 6:00PM
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Cybersecurity

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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Computers, People and the Real World

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 6:00PM
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How Can Software Be So Hard?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 6:00PM
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A Very Brief History of Computing, 1948-2015

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 6:00PM
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Should We Trust Computers?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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