Researchers secure Fellowships with The Alan Turing Institute

A total of 24 researchers from the University will begin Fellowships at The Alan Turing Institute this autumn.

The Alan Turing Institute. October 2018

The announcement comes as part of our shared commitment to make great leaps in data science research to change the world for the better.

The prestigious Fellowships, which are the next stage in a partnership announced last year between the University and the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence (AI), are awarded to individuals with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence or a related field.  

The 24 Fellows, who cover a range of disciplines and represent multiple faculties across the University, will join the Turing’s existing community of researchers, who are advancing data science and AI to address a number of ambitious challenges facing science, society and the economy:

  • revolutionising healthcare 
  • delivering safe, smarter engineering 
  • managing security in an insecure world 
  • shining a light on our economy 
  • making algorithmic systems fair, transparent and ethical 
  • designing computers for the next generation of algorithms 
  • supercharging research in science and humanities; and
  • fostering government innovation. 

The Fellowships last for two years and support the researchers to spend a portion of their time at the Turing, developing projects alongside, and in collaboration with, other Turing Fellows (senior academics spending a portion of their time at the Institute), Turing Research Fellows (independent researchers employed by a partner university and based at the Institute), Doctoral Students and visiting researchers from academia, business and government.  

Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) will play a major role in the coordination of projects and activity amongst Turing Fellows and their research teams. LIDA has been established for four years as a hub for multidisciplinary data science and AI, combining world-class research with new initiatives in training and education, strongly aligned to real world partnerships. 

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, said: “Being a university partner of The Alan Turing Institute provides opportunities for the University’s researchers to work closely with the Institute’s academic, industry and policy partners and undertake the most ambitious, impactful research possible.   

“I am confident The Alan Turing Institute will benefit from LIDA’s interdisciplinary approach and the fantastic engagement we have achieved with national partners across the retail, energy and healthcare sectors.” 

The full list of Turing Fellows include: 

  • Georgios Aivaliotis – School of Mathematics
  • Mark Birkin – School of Geography
  • Dan Birks – School of Law
  • Tim Bishop – Institute of Cancer and Pathology
  • Charisma Choudhury – Institute for Transport Studies
  • Anthony Cohn – School of Computing
  • Mark Gilthorpe – Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Susan Grant-Muller – Institute for Transport Studies
  • Alison Heppenstall – School of Geography
  • David Hogg – School of Computing
  • Jeanine Houwing Duistermaat – School of Mathematics
  • Nick Malleson – School of Geography
  • Nik Lomax – School of Geography
  • Richard Mann – School of Mathematics
  • Mark Mon-Williams – School of Psychology
  • Eva Morris – Institute of Cancer and Pathology
  • Michelle Morris – Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
  • Vincent Müller – School of Philosophy
  • Faisal Mushtaq – School of Psychology
  • Roy Ruddle – School of Computing
  • Peter Tennant – School of Healthcare
  • David Wall – School of Law
  • Jonathan Ward – School of Mathematics; and
  • David Westhead – School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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