Professor Alan FT Winfield
In 1984, shortly after completing a PhD in Digital Communications Winfield resigned his lectureship at the University of Hull, to found a company on the then newly established Hull University Science Park. Created to commercialise patented research in high performance computer architectures the company also found itself delivering contract research and development in software for safety-critical communication systems, primarily for the public safety sector. Winfield went on to establish the company, APD Communications Ltd, as one of the key UK providers of software for mobile radio data systems, notably leading contracts to design a fault-tolerant radio communications infrastructure for the Channel Tunnel.
He left the company in 1992 to take up appointment as Associate Dean (Research) and Hewlett-Packard Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of the West of England, Bristol, but remains a non-executive director of APD. Winfield is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the IEEE and the Institute of Directors.
Moving into the field of mobile robotics he co-founded, with Chris Melhuish and Owen Holland, the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) Laboratory at the University of the West of England in 1993, re-launched in 2005 as the joint UWE, University of Bristol Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Within the BRL Winfield's projects span Swarm Intelligence and Social Intelligence. His work on Swarm Robotics is concerned with algorithms, analysis, modelling and specification for potential high integrity applications. More recent work has been directed toward both social intelligence and evolutionary robotics, with a particular focus on robots with simulation-based internal models. In general Winfield is interested in the nature and limits of robot intelligence.
is a member (and former director) of UWE's Science