I was born in Shanghai, China. The majority of my school education took place during the infamous Cultural Revolution. There was no encouragement of academic achievement. Fortunately, the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, when I was 16, and it became normal again for teenagers to study and apply for university places.
Positioning in challenging environments
From driving, to crop harvesting and timing in the financial markets, many aspects of our modern lives are reliant on GPS.
But, although they are everywhere, high frequency radio waves have a flaw. They are blocked by solid objects – like buildings – so they can’t reach everywhere.
Can you hack an aeroplane?
35 million flights will take off and land this year. Each flight is tracked on the ground by air traffic control and there’s technology on the plane. But what is stopping a hacker from sitting in front of their computer and disrupting the computer system? That is what a team of the University of Oxford are trying to work out. In this week’s Big...
Ignacio (Nacho) Juarez
My name is Nacho and I come from Avila, a little town up the mountains in central Spain. For my undergrad, I did biology and Biochemistry in Madrid but I decided my thing was to be in the field and not in the lab. My main interest is conservation science and research although I have been involved in several conservation practice projects mostly...
Dr. Tingting Zhu is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and Member of Faculty within the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford. She is an Associate Research Fellow of St. Hilda's College and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Mansfield College.
Artificial Intelligence 2 - How to create machines that learn
Professor Nando de Freitas explains that understanding how our brains work has helped us create machines that learn, and how these learning machines can be put to completing different tasks.
We talk to Nando de Freitas who works on creating machines that can learn. He tells us how getting to grips with how our own minds work has helped...
How do you teach a machine to drive a car?
You may have seen the story last year about an electric pod travelling 1.25 miles (2km) through pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes, reaching speeds of up to 15mph while having to cope with walkers and cyclists while missing one key feature – a driver.
Fully automated cars were once only seen in sci-fi movies, but new technology is...
Ross combines his experience fighting bushfires in Australia with an expertise in computer science to create systems which help responders save more lives during crises. He is investigating the power that social media can give to communities in helping themselves recover from disaster.
He is currently completing his PhD with the Oxford...
Learn about deep learning in these lectures from Prof Nando de Freitas
Professor Nando de Freitas is a machine learning professor who has made his Oxford lectures available to the public. This lecture series draws inspiration from neuroscience and statistics, introducing the basic background on neural networks, back propagation, Boltzmann machines, autoencoders, convolutional neural networks and recurrent neural...
Can computers predict crime?
You can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper article without a daily reporting of crime. As technology and computer algorithms advance we want to know if there will be a computer model that could know us better than ourselves.
In this episode of the Big Questions podcast we visited Seena Fazel, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the...