Professor Chris Williams

Professor Chris Williams


Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


Chris Williams is Professor of Machine Learning in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. 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.

Research interests

Chris 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 models for understanding time-series, visual object recognition and image understanding, unsupervised learning, and Gaussian processes. At the Turing he also has interests in improving the data analytics process, looking to address the issues of data understanding and preparation that are widely quoted as taking around 80% of the time in a typical data mining project.