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Dr Peter Bentley
7 Gower Street
Department of Computer Science
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Peter J. Bentley Ph.D. B.Sc. (Hons) is an Honorary Professor and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), Visiting Professor at Autodesk, Collaborating Professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), co-founder of Kazoova Ltd, a consultant and a freelance writer. Previously he was a Visting Fellow at SIMTech, A*STAR, Singapore, Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, CTO of two AI companies, and a contributing editor for WIRED UK. He achieved a B.Sc. (Hon's) degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) in 1993 and a Ph.D. in evolutionary computation applied to design in 1996, at the age of 24. Peter runs the Digital Biology Interest Group at UCL. His research investigates evolutionary algorithms, computational development, artificial immune systems, swarming systems and other complex systems, applied to diverse applications including design, control, novel robotics, nanotechnology, fraud detection, mobile wireless devices, security, art and music composition. He is also author of the number one bestselling iPhone app iStethoscope Pro. Peter was nominated for the $100,000 Edge of Computation Prize in 2005, and was a finalist for the AAAS 2010 Science Books & Films Prize. Through his research and his books he often gives public lectures, takes part in debates, and appears on radio and television; he was the host of the monthly Royal Institution's Cafe Scientifique, and a Science Media Expert for the RI Science Media Centre. He is a regular science and technology writer for BBC Focus magazine. He regularly gives plenary speeches at international scientific conferences and is a consultant, convenor, chair and reviewer for workshops, conferences, journals and books in the field of evolutionary computation and complex systems. He has published over 300 scientific papers and is editor of the books "Evolutionary Design by Computers", "Creative Evolutionary Systems" and "On Growth, Form and Computers", and author of "The PhD Application Handbook" and the popular science books "Digital Biology", "The Book of Numbers", "The Undercover Scientist", "Digitized", and "10 Short Lessons in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics."

Research Summary

Peter runs the Digital Biology Interest Group at UCL. His research focuses on understanding and exploiting fundamental computation within biology. His focus is evolutionary, developmental, swarming and other biologically-inspired computation. The applications of the research include design, robot control, architecture, fraud detection, materials science, art, music composition, recommender systems, and models for biologists.

Peter also has interests in medical iphone apps for smart phones, the use of robots for wellbeing. He is actively involved in public communication in all forms of media.

Teaching Summary

Peter supervises a team of PhD students in the Digital Biology Interest Group.

He gives invited lectures for UCL CS and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

01-MAR-2017 – 28-FEB-2022 Honorary Professor Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 – 28-FEB-2017 Honorary Reader Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
30-JUN-2001 – 28-SEP-2009 Honorary Senior Research Fellow Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
24-APR-1997 – 30-JUN-2000 Research Fellow Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1996   Doctor of Philosophy University of Huddersfield
1993   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Essex
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