Professor Daniel Wolpert

Professor of Engineering (1875) at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor of Engineering (1875), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Daniel Wolpert is the Professor of Engineering (1875) in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His research group uses engineering approaches to understand how the human brain controls movement. The work includes both computational modelling and experimental approaches using robotic and virtual reality interfaces. Research areas include motor planning and optimal control, probabilistic (Bayesian) models, motor predictive and modular approaches to motor learning.

Professor Wolpert qualified as a medical doctor in 1989. He then joined John Stein's group in the Physiology Department of Oxford University where he received his D.Phil. in 1992. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He joined the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology as a Lecturer in 1995, and in 2005 moved to the University of Cambridge as Professor of Engineering (1875). He is a fellow of Trinity College. In 2013 he was appointed to the Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in Neurobiology

He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012.

He was awarded the Royal Society Francis Crick Prize Lecture (2005), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2010) and gave the Fred Kavli Distinguished International Scientist Lecture at the Society for Neuroscience (2009).