UK government launches the Alvey Programme

9th May 1983
UK government launches the Alvey Programme

The Alvey Programme was a British government sponsored research program in information technology that ran from 1983 to 1987. The program was a reaction to the Japanese Fifth generation Computer Project.

The Financial Times reported the launch of the Alvey Programme on the 9th May 1983 under the headline "Britain Enters the Great Race".

Focus areas for the Alvey Programme included:

  • VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) technology for microelectronics
  • Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems (IKBS) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Software Engineering
  • Man-Machine Interfaces, including Natural Language Processing
  • Systems architecture for parallel processing

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  • John Alvey
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