Neil Lawrence: in a nutshell
Neil was the first PhD student to work on machine learning at the Cambridge Computer Lab, and he is now the University's first DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning.
After reading Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton, Neil began work as a wireline logging engineer for Schlumberger. He than came to St John's for a PhD, where he was the first student in the computer lab to study machine learning. His career has spanned both academia and industry: he lectured in Sheffield, worked for Amazon, and is now the University of Cambridge's first DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning.