Chris Williams is Professor of Machine Learning in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and University Liaison Director for the Alan Turing Institute. He is interested in a wide
range of theoretical and practical issues in machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, probabilistic graphical models and computer vision. This includes theoretical foundations, the
development of new models and algorithms, and applications. His main
areas of research are in visual object recognition and image understanding, models for understanding time-series, unsupervised learning, and Gaussian processes. He obtained his MSc (1990) and PhD (1994) at the University of
Toronto, under the supervision of Geoff Hinton. He was a member of the Neural Computing Research Group at Aston University from 1994 to 1998, and has been at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. He was program co-chair of NIPS in 2009, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and Proceedings of the Royal Society A.