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Engineering educator

Igor Aleksander, British engineering educator. Achievements include design of WISARD, 1980, first neural vision system to be used in industry; invention of Magnus, the first study of consciousness machine, 1996. Recipient Charles Babbage award Institute Electrical and Radio Engineers. Fellow Institution of Electrical Engineers, Royal Academy Engineering.

Background

Aleksander, Igor was born on January 26, 1937 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Arrived in United Kingdom. Son of Branimir and Maja (Ungar) Aleksander.

Education

Aleksander was educated in Italy and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, arriving in the UK in the late 1950s, intending to become a research student under Colin Cherry. Instead he found work with Standard Telephones and Cables, later joining Queen Mary College where he gained a PhD, subsequently becoming a lecturer there in 1961.

Career

He worked in artificial intelligence and neural networks and designed the world's first neural pattern recognition system in the 1980s. He moved to the University of Kent in 1968 as a reader in Electronics and then to Brunel University as professor in 1974. In 1984 he became professor at Imperial College London as professor of the Management of Information Technology.

He was Head of Electrical Engineering and Gabor Professor of Neural Systems Engineering at Imperial College from 1988 to his retirement in 2002. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1988), and he served as Pro-rector of External Relations at Imperial College (1997). In 2005 he presented the Bernard Price Memorial Lecture.

His work centred on the modelling capability of artificial neural networks. He devised neuromodels of the visual system in primates, visuo-verbal system in humans, the effect of anaesthetics on awareness, and artificial consciousness. He designed one of the first neural pattern recognition systems, the WISARD (marketed by CRS, Wokingham) in the 1980s.

Achievements

  • Achievements include design of WISARD, 1980, first neural vision system to be used in industry. Invention of Magnus, the first study of consciousness machine, 1996.

Works

Membership

Fellow Institution of Electrical Engineers, Royal Academy Engineering.

Connections

Married Myra Kurland (divorced 1977). Married Helen Morton, 1980. Stepchildren: Joseph, Samuel.

father:
Branimir Aleksander

mother:
Maja (Ungar) Aleksander

spouse:
Myra Kurland

spouse:
Helen Morton

child:
Joseph Aleksander

child:
Samuel Aleksander