Currently: Professor of Computer Science; Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering
Dave Cliff can talk about various things to do with computers, machine learning and artificial intelligence, complex systems, and the economics of the global financial markets. In particular Dave can talk about using artificially intelligent computers to replace human traders, something he first started working on in the mid-1990s.
In the course of his career Dave has given roughly 250 invited lectures, keynotes, and other talks. Very often he gives talks to non-expert audiences. He's been invited to speak several times at the Cheltenham Science Festival; he gave the prestigious 1993 Brunel Lecture at the British Association for the Advancement of Science; he's given a series of public lectures at the Royal Institution in London; and he's also frequently been interviewed or featured in print and broadcast media.
Most notably, every year since 2009 Dave has been a regular speaker for GCSE Science Live events, each of which typically involves an audience of 1500-2000 schoolchildren listening to talks from four leading scientists. Other Science Live speakers that Dave has shared a bill with include Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Jim Al-Khalili, Brian Cox, Ben Goldacre, Steve Jones, Andrea Sella, Simon Singh, and Lord Robert Winston.
Dave co-authored and presented a one-hour TV documentary, "The Joy of Logic", broadcast by the BBC in December 2013.. This was nominated for several major international prizes for documentary TV and film-making, eventually winning the AFO Prize for Best International Science Documentary in April 2015.
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