WIRED releases its 2017 Smart List

WIRED releases its 2017 Smart List

WIRED has released its 2017 smart-list. The list highlights up-and-coming minds from bioscience to software, fashion to entertainment.

Among them are two engineers; Professor of Information Engineering Zoubin Ghahramani and Tim Mamtora, Master Engineer of Integrated Circuit Design at Broadcom in Cambridge.

Professor Ghahramani was nominated by Professor Andrew Blake, director of the Alan Turing Institute.

He leads a group of around 30 researchers at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge and has published more than 250 scientific papers on statistical machine learning and other areas of information engineering.

Zoubin is a pioneer in machine learning and AI whose research is making a serious impact [..] In December 2016, his start-up Geometric Intelligence was acquired by Uber as its new AI research arm. Professor Blake

Tim Mamtora was nominated by Dr Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation. After studying Engineering at the University of Cambridge he joined Broadcom as a graduate and spent a year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mamtora was a key contributor to the development of VideoCore multimedia IP – most notably found in the Raspberry Pi, Roku 2 XS streaming media player and Amazon Fire TV Stick – and he won Broadcom’s ‘CEO award’ in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to the VideoCore graphics processing unit (GPU).

Tim rose through the ranks faster than anyone I’ve ever met [..] Under his leadership, the team has pushed the limits of low-cost, low-power, high-performance 3D graphics hardware. Every time I think they’ve hit the wall they seem to come up with another 20% increase in power efficiency or take another square millimetre of silicon out. This is what we’re going to need if VR technologies such as Oculus are going to reach the mass market and go beyond the $1,000 (£820) PC plugged into the wall to a $100 smartphone running on batteries. [..] I managed to persuade Tim to write a chapter on 3D graphics for my recent computer architecture book and felt pretty smug until I had to upgrade all my chapters to match. Dr Eben Upton

You can read the full 2017 Smart List, including nominations from Jimmy Wales, Deray McKesson, Joi Ito, Steven Pinker, and Melinda Gates in this months issue of WIRED or find out more at wired.co.uk.

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