Regius Professor of Engineering
Academic Division: Information Engineering
Research group: Machine Intelligence
Telephone: +44 1223 3 39763
Professor MacKay's research interests include reliable computation with unreliable hardware; using information theory to design better assistive technology; and sustainable energy. He has written two books, both of which are available free online:
Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
Whole-system modelling of national and global energy systems, including material resources, with an emphasis on future low-carbon options.
Uncertainty, risk and resilience
Public understanding of risk and uncertainty; planning energy system transformations, including innovation support, in a way that takes rational account of uncertainty.
Understanding of biomolecular energy transduction. Engineering of more efficient sustainable bioenergy systems.
- Member of the Cambridge Neuroscience Initiative
- Member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change (2008-2009)
David MacKay studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge, then completed a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow, then became a Lecturer in the Department of Physics, where he became Professor of Natural Philosophy in 2003. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and in 2012 delivered a talk on renewable energy at TEDx. In 2013 he was appointed Regius Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering.