Bristol – From Academic to Entrepreneur, lessons in the Evolution of Technology – Speaker: Dr Roger Tucker


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr Roger Tucker will be speaking on “From Academic to Entrepreneur – lessons in the Evolution of Technology”. This is the second talk in a series entitled Faith in Science in which the speaker will talk about their scientific research, primarily exciting and informing us about their area of research / scientific endeavour but also providing some reflections on how their faith and their science interact.

Time –  7.30pm with tea, coffee and biscuits from 7pm.

Venue: Victoria Methodist Church (1A Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 1NU).  This at the bottom of Whiteladies Road, opposite the Victoria Rooms, with nearby bus stops serving several main bus routes (1,2,3,4 and 8).  There is parking in side streets and the NCP car park at the top of Jacobs Wells Road.

The Speaker: Dr Roger Tucker is a technology researcher turned entrepreneur.  He worked at the Hewlett Packard Laboratories for several years before leaving in 2002 to set up the Local Language Speech Technology Initiative, producing speech technology for the developing world. In 2007 he went on to found Sonocent Ltd (now trading as Glean where he remains a Non-Exec Director) to produce software for note-taking in Higher Education, particularly for students with dyslexia. Over the years he has researched many different aspects of speech technology but in recent times has taken up the philosophy of science and last year published work on a unified framework for biological and technological evolution. He mentors Bristol University engineering students in entrepreneurship & is on the executive committee of Christians in Science. Roger is a regular attendee of Bristol CiS events and uses his software to make our talks and the associated PowerPoint presentations available on line at


Outline of talk

In the first part Roger will describe his personal journey from academic to entrepreneur through the story of four inventions he has played a significant part in – Voice over Packet Switched Networks, the first single-device Speech Recogniser, a sensitive Speech Detector for Radio Monitoring and a Text-Free Computer Interface. He will show how his Christian faith has at times been the driver for that journey and at other times an enabler for it. Learning from the journey and the four inventions themselves he will then go onto to uncover some of the principles of how technology develops and evolves, and compare this with biological evolution, showing how an integrated framework for these two very different creation systems could be constructed. To finish with he will take a very brief look at the significance of the characteristic of biology that everything happens by itself.