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Andrew Blake

Professor Andrew Blake FREng FRS


Elected: 2005


Andrew Blake is an engineer whose innovative work on image analysis has made it possible for computers to react to the world around them based on the visual data they receive. His research has focused particularly on the accurate tracking of motion and the reconstruction of surfaces from reflected light.

Amongst his many contributions to the field, he is perhaps best known for the development of the condensation algorithm — the first tool that allowed computers to correctly interpret complex motion. As the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, Andrew was also part of the team behind the company’s Kinect controller — a revolutionary gaming system capable of following instructions dictated by the body movements of its users.

The recipient of the Silver Medal and MacRobert Award of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Andrew has also won the prestigious Mountbatten Medal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. In 2010, he was elected to the council of the Royal Society.

Professional positions

Director, Alan Turing Institute

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Computer vision, Machine learning, Robotics systems