University of Leicester Mathematician accorded title of Pioneer

Posted by ew205 at Oct 09, 2017 09:40 AM |
Professor honoured for ‘extraordinary contribution’ to his discipline

University of Leicester mathematician Professor Alexander Gorban has been accorded the title of Pioneer of Russian Neuroinformatics.

The award was made at the XIX International Conference "Neuroinformatics-2017" held in Moscow.

Professor Gorban, who is Director of the Mathematical Modelling Centre and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University, has been recognised for his extraordinary contribution into theory and applications of artificial neural networks.

Professor Gorban said: “I am grateful to Russian Neural Network Society and the "Neuroinformatics-2017" Conference for this award. 1980s and 1990s was a turbulent time in Russian history. Despite that, Neuroinformatics was developed intensively, in parallel with Western countries. It was very surprising how similar ideas were published absolutely simultaneously and independently in Russia and abroad.

  • 1986: the famous papers of Rumelhart, Hinton, and Williams in PDP and Nature and the paper of Bartsev and Okhonin (our Krasnoyarsk team) about back-propagation and duality in learning.
  • 1991: “Adaptive mixtures of local experts” by Jacobs, Jordan, Nowlan, and Hinton, and “Small experts and internal conflicts in learning neural networks” by Gilev, Gorban, and Mirkes, and so on.
  • Deeper in history, 1974: PhD thesis of P. Werbos, “Beyond regression: New tools for prediction and analysis in the behavioral sciences” and the book of A. Galushkin “Synthesis of multilayer systems for pattern recognition” with back-propagation elaboration.

“I did not work alone, and I am very grateful to the team. I consider this award as recognitions of the team work. Now, we are distributed across the world: Victor Okhonin is in Canada, Andrei Zinovyev works in Paris (scientific coordinator of system biology at Institut Curie), I with Evgeny Mirkes work in Leicester, Dmitry Rossiev (who developed dozens of medical applications of neural networks) is pro-rector of Krasnoyarsk Medical Academy (Eastern Siberia).

“Research “should go on”: in Leicester, together with Ivan Tyukin and industrial partners (like ARM) we are developing new technologies for correction of artificial intelligence systems under support of InnovateUK. This is a new story, for the future. Just follow our latest publications like or arXiv e-prints.”

The international conference "NEUROINFORMATICS" is the annual multidisciplinary scientific forum dedicated to the theory and applications of artificial neural networks, the problems of Neuroscience and Biophysics systems, adaptive behaviour and cognitive researches. The scope is wide, ranging from theory of artificial neural networks, machine learning algorithms and evolutionary programming to neuroimaging and neurobiology.

The conference programme included plenary session, basic and poster sessions, workshops on the state-of-the-art of neuroinformatics and round-table discussions.

Professor Gorban was an organiser of the first conference in this series (1998) and delivers keynote talks at the event almost every year (some of them you can access here:

More information on the conference here:

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