12th February 2004

 

CAN COMPUTERS THINK LIKE HUMANS?

 

Can computers really think for themselves? This is one question that two new research professors at the University of Lincoln are trying to answer.

 

Professor Andrew Hunter and Professor Cornelia Boldyreff have both joined the Faculty of Applied Computing Sciences from the University of Durham.

 

Professor Hunter is currently researching artificial intelligence and its uses in medicine and CCTV, with applications including prevention of blindness and spotting suspicious behaviour by pedestrians.

 

Professor Boldyreff has over 25 years’ experience in software engineering and has published extensively on the subject. 

 

She is the university’s first Professor of Software Engineering and is currently leading the research group dedicated to the subject.

 

“Software can be found everywhere - without it modern life would be impossible,” said Professor Boldyreff.

 

“With the advent of the Internet, distributed software systems have become pervasive within our society in commerce, education and government and are embedded within many everyday products such as mobile phones, microwaves, cars and clothing.”

 

Research activity at the university has expanded with the arrival of the two new professors - and since their arrival the faculty has also obtained three research assistants and nine research students. 

 

The faculty is gaining a strong research profile with internationally recognised research in the areas of satellite imaging, intelligent systems and distributed software engineering.

 

 

 

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