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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.

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 Interface (included Natural Language Processing)
  • Systems Architecture (for parallel processing)