Steve Furber

Prof. Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering since 1990. He was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor, both of which earned Acorn Computers a Queen’s Award for Technology. The ARM is now the world’s leading low-power 32-bit embedded processor. Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the IEEE. In 2003 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal. In 2004 he became the holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was awarded the IET Faraday Medal in 2007 and a CBE in the Queen’s 2008 New Year’s Honors list. He was a 2010 Millennium Technology Prize Laureate. His research focuses on energy-efficient processors and System-on-Chip technology. He leads the £5M EPSRC SpiNNaker project, which is applying a biologically inspired massively-parallel architecture based upon a large array of bespoke energy-optimized many-core Systems-in-Package to the problem of modeling large scale brain functions in real time. He has been actively involved in technology transfer activities, e.g., Silistix Ltd to exploit CHAIN on-chip interconnect technology.