Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology and heads up the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. With a long history of turning innovative research and technology into commercial success, he has co-founded a dozen start-ups, three of which have floated on stock markets. He is also Chairman of RealVNC and Ubisense, both borne out of research by Cambridge University graduates and both winners of two Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade. This achievement reflects Andy’s unique ability to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry.
Andy is President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, and in 2007 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the computer industry. His current research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing and using computers to ensure the sustainability of the planet.
Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1953 and a UK citizen since 1964, Andy received a BSc degree from the University of Wales Swansea and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.