‘Decision Points in Career and Life: Being a Volunteer’ – with Professor Tony Davies from King’s College, London

On Wednesday 8th June, courtesy of the IEEE Student Branch at Kent, Professor Tony Davies, Emeritus Professor at King’s College London, will deliver a lecture from 1.30 to 2.30 pm in Jennison Lecture Theatre entitled ‘Decision Points in Career and Life: Being a Volunteer’.

Professor Tony Davies was born in Rainham, Kent, England in August 1936. As a consequence of events associated with World War 2, he attended 10 different schools finally spending most of his secondary schooling at Cranbrook School, Kent, England.

Following two years military service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (British Army), he obtained a First Class Honours B.Sc(Eng.) degree in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University in 1961.

He then spent two years with the General Electric Co. Ltd. at Coventry, where he worked on filter and equaliser design and pulse code modulation. After this he joined the Northampton College of Advanced Technology in London as a lecturer. This College subsequently received a Royal Charter and became The City University, London.

From August 1968 he spent a year as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and later from August 1973 spent a year as a visiting Full Professor at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

In 1979 and 1980 he taught short courses on Microprocessors in Washington D.C., London and Berlin for the George Washington University. He was awarded an M.Phil. degree by London University in 1967 and a PhD degree by City University in 1970.

For some years he was a Reader in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at City University where he was also in charge of academic aspects of the University Microprocessor Laboratories from their establishment until they were closed in 1987.

In 1982 he was appointed to a new chair in Information Engineering at City University, where he became Director of a newly formed Centre for Information Engineering.

For a year from September 1987, he held a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship at the Army Weapons Division of British Aerospace.

In 1990, he moved to King’s College London. For several years, until August 1996, he was Director of Teaching for the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at King’s College. He took early retirement from King’s College from October 1999 and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. In autumn 2001 he became associated with the Digital Imaging Research Centre, School of Computing and Information Systems, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, where he was appointed Visiting Professor from January 2002.

His teaching activities have recently been mainly in digital signal processing and software design, and his technical and research interests include signal processing, pseudorandom sequences, non-linear dynamical systems and chaos, digital filters, software engineering, and circuit theory.

The abstract for Professor Davies’s lecture is as follows:

During life there are decision points which can dramatically influence the future direction of our lives. Unlike typical scientific experiments there is no possibility to re-run the experiences and discover the result of making a different decision, so only speculation is available. After a discussion on the framework of these decision points, the author relates them to his own experiences as a volunteer, mainly in IEEE, and describes some opportunities which these created for him.

All students are encouraged to attend this lecture which will help develop employability and transferable skills.

Booking is via Eventbrite here