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University of Bristol academics announced as Fellows of The Alan Turing Institute

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Press release issued: 2 November 2018

Thirty academics from engineering, health sciences, mathematics, veterinary science, geographical sciences, computer science, arts and other disciplines join the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Thirty fellowships and ten projects have been awarded to Bristol as part of their university partnership with the TuringFellowshipsspan many fields including key Turing interests in urban analytics, defence and health. The Bristol Turing Fellows join a prestigious group of 400 researchers from across the Turing partnership comprising thirteen leading UK universities working together to push the boundaries of data science and artificial intelligence for the public good.

Turing Fellows are scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence or a related field, whose research would be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Turing network of universities and partners.

The fellowships will begin on the 1 November for two years and will provide an opportunity for collaboration, engagement with industrial partners, Government and the third sector.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Bristol, said: “We would like to congratulate our academics who have received these prestigious fellowships. Their work will provide breakthroughs in a variety of disciplines supporting the mission and aspirations of the Institute and the University.”

One of the activities that Bristol will be working on is to develop programmes to train the next generation of data scientist at all levels, thus shaping the future of data science.

Turing Fellow, Professor William Browne, said: “Having worked and taught in maths, vet science and education departments over the years I have recently been researching automating statistical training material generation in the social sciences with funding from the British Academy. It is fantastic that an Alan Turing Institute fellowship will allow me to take this work and extend it to more disciplines, software and topics in data science.”

Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director of the Jean Golding Institute and Turing University Lead, added: “Each of these new Alan Turing Institute fellowships celebrates the excellent achievements and vision of individual researchers. Together they represent the beginning of an exciting chapter for data science, AI, and data intensive research at Bristol, providing a new opportunity for collaboration to address challenges facing society, science and the economy.”

The University of Bristol Turing Fellows are drawn from a wide range of expertise; a list of Turing Fellows and projects is available on the Jean Golding Institute and Turing Institute websites.

Further information

Please visit the Jean Golding Institute for more information about the University’s involvement with the Alan Turing Institute.

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing is considered to have laid the foundations for modern day data science and artificial intelligence.

The Institute’s goals are to undertake world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence, apply its research to real-world problems, drive economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of scientists and shape the public conversation around data.

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