Portrait of Christopher Bishop

Christopher Bishop

Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge


Chris Bishop is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Chris obtained a BA in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory. He then joined Culham Laboratory where he worked on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas as part of the European controlled fusion programme.

From there, he developed an interest in pattern recognition, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. He was subsequently elected to a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he led the Neural Computing Research Group. Chris then took a sabbatical during which time he was principal organiser of the six month international research programme on Neural Networks and Machine Learning at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, which ran in 1997.

After completion of the Newton Institute programme Chris joined the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge.





















GTM through time
Christopher Bishop, Geoffrey E. Hinton, Iain G. D. Strachan, in Proceedings IEE Fifth International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, Cambridge, U.K., January 1, 1997, View abstract, Download PDF











H-mode Confinement in JET
M. Keilhacker, Christopher Bishop, J. G. Cordey, D. G. Muir, M. L. Watkins, in Proceedings 14th European Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Madrid, January 1, 1987, View abstract






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Panel: Progress in AI: Myths, Realities, and Aspirations


July 10, 2015


Christopher Bishop, Eric Horvitz, Fei Fei Li, Josh Tenenbaum, Michael L. Littman, and Oren Etzioni


Microsoft Research, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Q and A – Session 1


February 13, 2015


Jennifer Chayes, P. Anandan, Rico Malvar, Sriram Rajamani, Christopher Bishop, Victor Bahl, Raj Reddy, Ed Lazowska, and Chandu Thekkath


Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Washington


Microsoft Research Cambridge Object Recognition Image Database

May 2005

The Microsoft Research Cambridge Object Recognition Image Database contains a set of images (digital photographs) grouped into categories. Its intended use is research, in particular object recognition research.

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Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning


This leading textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the fields of pattern recognition and machine learning. It is aimed at advanced undergraduates or first-year PhD students, as well as researchers and practitioners. No previous knowledge of pattern recognition or machine learning concepts is assumed. This is the first machine learning textbook to include a comprehensive coverage of recent developments such as probabilistic graphical models and deterministic inference methods, and to emphasize a modern Bayesian perspective. It is suitable for courses on machine learning, statistics, computer science, signal processing, computer vision, data mining, and bioinformatics. This hard cover book has 738 pages in full colour, and there are 431 graded exercises (with solutions available below). Extensive support is provided for course instructors.

To view inside this book go to Amazon.

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Support for course tutors


  • Contents list and sample chapter (Chapter 8: Graphical Models) in PDF format.
  • Solutions manual for the www exercises in PDF format (version: 8 September, 2009).
  • Complete set of Figures in JPEG, PNG, PDF and EPS formats, see below.
  • A PDF file of errata. There are three versions of this. To determine which one to download, look at the bottom of the page opposite the dedication photograph in your copy of the book. If it says “corrected …2009” then download Version 3. If it says “corrected …2007” then download Version 2. Otherwise download Version 1.
  • The book has been translated into Japanese in two volumes. Volume 1 contains chapters 1-5 plus the appendices, while Volume 2 contains chapters 6-14. Support for the Japanese edition is available from here.
  • A third party Matlab implementation of many of the algorithms in the book. I’ve not tried this myself and cannot comment on the quality.


Below are all of the figures from Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (except for the photographs in Figures 4.8 and A.4). Copyright in these figures is owned by Christopher M. Bishop. Permission is hereby given to download and reproduce the figures for non-commercial purposes including education and research, provided the source of the figures is acknowledged.

I am very grateful to Markus Svensén who has prepared these figures.

The figures are available in JPG, PNG, PDF and EPS formats. Please note that many of the EPS figures have been created using MetaPost, which give them special properties, as described below.

All figures are available in single zipped folders, one for each format.

The EPS figures

Many of the EPS figures have been created using MetaPost. These figures, which are marked (MP) in the table below, are suitable for inclusion in LaTeX documents that are ultimately rendered as postscript documents (or PDF documents produced from postscript, e.g., using Ghostscript or Acrobat Distiller). However, they are not suitable for inclusion in other types of documents, nor can they be viewed on screen using postscript screen viewers such as Ghostview; this usually also affects DVI screen viewers.

Almost all other EPS figures have been produced using Matlab. Several of these contains LaTeX fonts and this confuses postscript screen viewers such as Ghostview, to which the EPS figure appears to be missing its bounding box. However, these figures will still display on screen and the bounding box will be picked up correctly when these figures are used in LaTeX.