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Professor Chris Taylor (FREng, OBE) - personal details

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Professor Chris Taylor

Role: Associate Vice President Research

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5403




Chris was awarded a Ph.D. (1972) and B.Sc. (1967) from Manchester University.

He has been awarded some £18.5M in funding to support his research and has published 318 full papers

In the 1970’s and 80’s he developed specialised computer architectures allowing programmable analysis of high-resolution images. Magiscan 1 and 2, and the VM1, were developed and were commercially exploited and created a new market.

Chris set up the Wolfson Image Analysis Unit in 1977 which developed important applications including a chromosome analysis system, sold widely to cytogenetics laboratories and the forerunner of many systems used routinely today; an asbestos counting system adopted by the Health and Safety Executive as a standard against which other counting methods were judged; an inspection system for brake assemblies, installed on a VW production line which remained in continuous use for over 10 years.

He developed algorithms representing shapes and spatial relationships of variable objects, such as the structures in medical images or manufactured assemblies.

Chris is a member of the IT and Electronics panel and of the Health and Life Sciences panel of the UK Foresight Programme.

He chaired the working party on health informatics, with representation from the NHS, academia and industry (both IT and pharmaceuticals). He is Chair of UK Institute for Health Informatics UK-IHI, involving over 200 organisations from the NHS, academia and industry.

Chris was awarded an OBE for services to health and Foresight (2000). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the British Machine Vision Association (2003)and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (2004).