The EMJ Podcast | Episode 113
In this episode, Jonathan is joined by Sir Michael Brady, Professor of oncological imaging at the University of Oxford, UK. They discuss Brady’s educational history at Manchester and later in Australia, where he studied mathematics; how he chanced upon image analysis; and the heart-breaking story that led to Brady to start developing technology to support and inform clinicians in cancer. Brady also looks forward, discussing the future implications that artificial intelligence and robotics could have on medicine and surgery.
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Professor Sir Michael Brady started from humble beginnings and was the first person in his family to attend university. Having studied mathematics at the University of Manchester, UK, and the Australian National University (ANU), Acton, Australia, he has worked at numerous prestigious universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Brady founded the Oxford University Robotics Group; however, a heart-breaking even led him to switch his interests to cancer image analysis in the early 1990s.
Outside of his academic career, Brady has founded a number of companies that deal with image analysis, and he has been awarded several honours and Honorary Doctorate from notable universities. In 1992, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREing) and as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1997 for his work in artificial intelligence and robotics. Brady also received one of the highest honours in the UK in 2004 when he was knighted in the New Year Honours for his services to engineering.