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Congratulations Professor Daniel Wolpert on being awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship.

Congratulations Professor Daniel Wolpert on being awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship. The award provides long-term support enabling leading scientists to focus on their research; appointments are usually made for approximately 10 years.

Professor Daniel Wolpert (pictured right) is a world leader in the study of how the brain controls movement and is head of the Sensorimotor Learning Group at the Department of Engineering. His group uses virtual reality systems and robotics to test their theories.

“Movement is fundamental to human existence, being the only way we have to affect the world around us,” explained Professor Wolpert.

“Despite the recent dramatic advances in the field, understanding the control of movement remains an extremely challenging problem. This is evident when we try to build machines to do what our brains do so effortlessly. We can now build machines that outperform grandmasters at chess, yet there is no robot that can manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a five year old child. I am delighted to be appointed to the Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in Neurobiology which will allow me to focus my efforts on understanding the computational principles by which the brain controls movement.”

These prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Previous holders of Royal Society Research Professorships include six Nobel Laureates and five Presidents of the Royal Society.

For more on this story, please see the Department of Engineering News and Royal Society News.

Posted on 12/04/2013

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