The Alvey Program 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.

Focus areas for the Alvey Program included:

  • VLSI ( very large scale integration ) technology for microelectronics
  • Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems (IKBS) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Software Engineering
  • Man-Machine Interface (included Natural Language Processing )
  • Systems Architecture (for parallel processing )


  • Brian Oakley and Kenneth Owen, Alvey: Britain’s Strategic Computing Initiative , MIT Press , 1990. ISBN  0-262-15038-7
  • Chris Rigatuso, Takeshi Tachi, Dennis Sysvester & Mark Soper, Collaboration between Firms in Information Technology , Berkeley, EE 290X Group G.

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