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Demis Hassabis to give UCL Prize Lecture 2023

5 October 2023

The next UCL Prize Lecture in Life and Medical Sciences will be given by Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of Google DeepMind, on ‘Using AI to Accelerate Scientific Discovery’

Demis Hassabis

The annual UCL Prize Lecture in Life and Medical Sciences provides an opportunity to debate and celebrate important scientific advancements.  We are delighted to announce that the 2023 UCL Prize Lecture will be given by Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO of Google DeepMind.

Location: Logan Hall, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL
Date & Time: Wednesday 29 November 2023, 5.00pm
Talk Title: Using AI to Accelerate Scientific Discovery

Demis Hassabis is the co-founder and CEO of Google DeepMind, one of the world’s leading AI research groups. Founded in 2010, DeepMind has been at the forefront of the field ever since, producing landmark research breakthroughs such as AlphaGo, the first program to beat the world champion at the complex game of Go, and AlphaFold, which was heralded as a solution to the 50-year grand challenge of protein folding.

A chess and programming child prodigy, Demis coded the classic AI simulation game Theme Park aged 17. After graduating from Cambridge University in computer science with a double first, he founded pioneering videogames company Elixir Studios, and completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at UCL investigating memory and imagination processes.

His work has been cited over 100,000 times and has featured in Science’s top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year on 5 separate occasions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people, and in 2018 he was awarded a CBE.

Recording now available

This event has now taken place but you can find the recording below.

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