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Newsletter 26th July 2019





This week in the Turing at Birmingham Newsletter

Workshop on Risk, Choice and Social Preferences


On July 24-25, 2019 we hosted a Workshop on Risk, Choice and Social Preferences. We are very grateful to all speakers: Michel Regenwetter (University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, BRIDGE Fellow); Graham Loomes (Warwick Business School); John Hey (University of York); Silvia Sonderegger (University of Nottingham); Brit Grosskopf (University of Exeter) Sasha Talavera (University of Birmingham); Eva Ranehill (University of Gothenburg); John Michael (University of Warwick and CEU); and Michalis Drouvelis (University of Birmingham) as well as all participants for making this event a big success! The event was sponsored by the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham, BRIDGE programme as well as Behavioural, Experimental and Data Science research group.

EPSRC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions Call


EPSRC are looking to support established career Fellows to act as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) champions through a special call. More information is available HERE. If you are planning to apply, please, do let Ganna Pogrebna (gpogrebna@turing.ac.uk) know.

Call for Turing Referees


Deadline: August 12, 2019


This week the Alan Turing Institute announced the name change of the SPF funding held at the Turing to AI for Science and Government (ASG). As part of the Institute's ongoing endeavour to support collaboration and transparency on the ASG programme, the Alan Turing Institute would like to invite the University of Birmingham research community to become part of the Institute's ASG Peer Review Pool. In you are interested in joining the Peer Review Pool, contact Ganna Pogrebna (gpogrebna@turing.ac.uk) to obtain the applications.

Turing Call for Proposals: Theory and Methods Challenge Fortnights


Deadline: September 2, 2019


The Alan Turing Institute is seeking research proposals from across the Turing research community to establish new ‘Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence’ (TMCF) event series. There will be two events per academic year and each event will last between 8 and 14 days. They can be held at locations across the Turing university partner network or at the Turing’s offices in London.


The Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights will bring together experts from the Turing and other institutions to join forces for a multi-day research event on a specific theoretical or methodological challenge. These theoretical and methodological challenges can be drawn from any discipline in the remit of data science and Artificial Intelligence. The Institute expects that the theoretical and methodological contributions stemming from the challenge, impact or have the potential to impact, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence or at least one of the associated disciplines in a fundamental way.


The successful proposals will receive sufficient funding to fully cover travel, subsistence, accommodation (and daycare costs as necessary) for the challenge team for a maximum of 2 weeks.


See here for more information.


If you are a fellow who wants to apply for the challenge, email tcmf@turing.ac.uk for any queries.


If you are NOT a fellow, but still have ideas for the challenge, email gpogrebna@turing.ac.uk.

Turing Call For Proposals: Defense and Security


Deadline: August 2, 2019


We are seeking proposals for projects addressing challenges in the fields of information value, information algebra and topological data analysis. Additional detail on these challenges is in the call guidance here and applications should be made through Flexigrant here.


Please note the following:

  • The application deadline is 16:00 on Friday 2 August 2019

  • Projects will need to start around early October 2019 and be completed by 31 March 2021

  • A total of £750K funding is available, to be split between three projects

  • Projects can be funded at 100% FEC

  • Projects must finish and reports be submitted by 31 March 2021 (there is no possibility of extension due to restrictions on the funding being used by end of FY)

Further information on the D&S programme challenges and goals, and existing programme projects, is available here.


If you have queries regarding the topic areas, please contact the Programme Director for Defence & Security, Mark Briers, via the shared mailbox dsprogramme@turing.ac.uk

If you have any queries on the application process, eligible costs, or management of the funding, please contact me (Research Project Manager) via the shared mailboxdsprogramme@turing.ac.uk

Free Introduction to the News Media Event

Are you interested in how the media works? Would you like to help journalists report your subject area better? This event in October might be for you.


Our friends at the Science Media Centre will hold their next 'Introduction to the News Media' event Thursday 24 October from 13:00 to 17:00 at the Wellcome Trust. Any scientists at least part way into their careers and new to working with the media are welcome to come along. (Note: This event is not aimed at students)


The session is free to attend but space is limited.


Register via the instructions in the full invite and cc press@turing.ac.uk so we know who will attend

Royal Society Research Professorships Are Open to Applications


Applications for the Royal Society Research Professorships are now open. These awards provide long term support for world-class researchers and allow them to focus on carrying out significant research projects. This scheme is open to both UK-based and international researchers wishing to hold an appointment in a UK university or research institution

Innovate UK funding call: Partner with Singapore on disruptive project


Deadline: September 26, 2019


A share of £1 million is available for partnerships between the UK and Singapore which develop disruptive and game-changing innovations in a variety of fields. The funding is available through Innovate UK and the EUREKA Network. EUREKA is an intergovernmental network, bringing together 41 member states to facilitate wider international cooperation and innovation. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2019. Find out more

Canada UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Deadlines: Compulsory Intention to Submit - 19 August 2019; Proposal - September 12, 2019


The three Canadian federal research agencies and UKRI have launched the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative. This is an interdisciplinary call aimed at building competitive, resilient and healthy economies and societies through responsible AI. Up to £8.2 million in funding will be made available for this joint research call. The call aims to support innovative and cutting-edge interdisciplinary AI research that encourages the exploration of new interdisciplinary research methodologies, approaches and tools that cuts across at least two of the following research domains:

  • social sciences and humanities

  • health and biomedical sciences

  • natural sciences and engineering (including computational and/or mathematical sciences)

Find out more

Turing Day

On October 15, 2019 Adrian Smith together with the Turing team will be visiting the University of Birmingham.

Details of the visit will be publicized in due course.

Happiness in Cities Festival, Urban Analytics Workshop – October 24, 2019

Turing at Birmingham together with the Birmingham Business School will be running the Happiness in Cities Festival at the new University of Birmingham Hotel at The University of Birmingham October 21-27, 2019


On Thursday, October 24th, 2019 we are planning an academic workshop in Urban Analytics.

If you want to get involved with the event organisation or if you are interested in presenting, get in touch with Ganna Pogrebna.

Sustainable Finance Interest Group is seeking members

Turing has recently established a new Sustainable Finance Interest Group to explore how data science techniques can be deployed to align financial institutions with global environmental sustainability. Interest Groups allow researchers to gather around areas of interest in data science and AI, with the aim to share ideas and knowledge and spark new ideas for collaborations and projects.


Researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in how data science can support sustainable finance are invited to join.


The 2019 meetings will take place on the following dates at The Turing's offices:

  • Tuesday 8th October, 1400-1600

  • Thursday 21st November, 1400-1600

Email g.pogrebna@turing.ac.uk if interested.

Research Software Group


The Research Software Group (also part of Advanced Research Computing) are available to help with any research software-related queries. We offer advice, coding, coaching and training for researchers – from people wanting to start writing software through to people looking to do complex parallel workloads on large supercomputers. For more information see the BEAR Software pages.

Upcoming events

29 August: 09:30-17:30 Cambridge networks day Cambridge CNDay is a one day, interdisciplinary meeting on complex networks and their applications.


29-30 August: 18:00-20:00

Vocal interactivity in-and-between humans, animals and robots QMUL, Mile End Campus

VIHAR-2019 will bring together researchers studying vocalisation and speech-based interaction in-and-between humans, animals and robots from a variety of different fields

Turing travel grant

The Turing Travel Grant is available for PIs, PhD students and Research Software Engineers to take part at Turing events and activities.


To apply please contact g.pogrebna@turing.ac.uk . Please pass this information to anyone who might be interested.


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