Professor Andrew Blake is Research Director at The Alan Turing Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 2015, he held the position of Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. Before joining Microsoft he trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines. He is the author of several books on vision and has won various prizes including the Marr Prize (2001) and the MacRobert Gold Medal (2011).