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Newsletter 11th August 2019





This week in the Turing at Birmingham Newsletter

Save the Date: Turing at Birmingham Town Hall Meeting


September 24, 2019


The Turing at Birmingham Town Hall meeting will take place on September 24th, 2019. Further details will be provided in the next newsletter. Meanwhile, please save the date!


Changes to the Alan Turing PhD Scholarship Scheme


The Alan Turing Institute made a decision on the future of its doctoral schemes. After much discussion, the Institute decided to no longer run a 3.5 year doctoral scheme and instead focus on growing and developing the 6-12 month Enrichment scheme. In the next few weeks the Institute will update the website and create an FAQ. If you have any questions about this change, you can contact academic-recruitment@turing.ac.uk. We can confirm that this change will not impact on the funding or programmes of any current students or those with offers for October 2019 starts. The priorities for year one (2020 entry) will be to grow the Enrichment scheme towards 60 students and integrate the research interests of the applicants with the research programmes as well as focusing on improving diversity in the cohort. A three-year development plan will follow in due course.

Turing Spring and Summer Schools Call


Deadline: September 13, 2019


To support the goal of training new generations of data science and AI leaders, the Alan Turing Institute’s Training Steering Group are accepting applications for a new Turing Spring and Summer Schools call. This will provide successful applicants with funding to deliver summer school style (multi-day) training workshops to benefit the knowledge and skills of the Institute’s PhD students, as well as doctoral and postdoctoral researchers across the UK data science community. Applications are open (via Flexigrant) to the Turing Research Community (Turing Fellows, Turing Research Fellows and researchers at University Partners) with a deadline of Friday 13 September. Proposals can include a number of collaborators, should this opportunity be of interest to you. Full details are included in the call guidance document. We encourage you to promote this opportunity to anyone in your networks you think might be suitable and interested in applying. If you have any questions, please email training@turing.ac.uk.

Far-reaching #TuringImpact


Turing research has far-reaching impact across sectors, but we want to make sure those outside of the Turing know this too. The Communications team is starting a regular stream of promotion showing the impact of Turing research. Look out for #TuringImpact stories on our homepage and the Turing Twitter feed. We want the Turing community to contribute to our impact stories, send yours to communications@turing.ac.uk. You can find all our impact stories online, including our two most recent on 'Towards a greener grid' and 'Augmenting clinical decision-making'.

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.

Call for projects: International Alliance for a Human-Centric Approach to Artificial Intelligence


A new call for projects: ‘International alliance for a human-centric approach to Artificial Intelligence’, has been announced by the EU. The project will facilitate cooperation with like-minded partners, in order to promote ethical guidelines and to adopt common principles and operational conclusions. Global or regional promotional events will also take place, potentially involving also other countries, to provide leadership in the area of AI. Find out more.

UK Health Data Research Alliance Expands to Increase Diversity of Health Data for Research and Innovation

Eight leading health organisations, research institutes and charities, including three of the UK’s largest NHS trusts – Barts Health, University Hospitals Birmingham and Nottingham University Hospitals – have announced they are joining the UK Health Data Research Alliance to accelerate progress in medicine and health.  Other new members are UK Biobank, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, NIHR BioResource, and Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). Find out more

RYSE Digital Health Call: Inviting Early Stage UK Digital Health Companies

RYSE Asset Management LLP (RYSE), the digital health and medical technology specialist investment boutique, has extended its partnership with award-winning DigitalHealth.London and MedCity for a further two funding programmes. The funding programmes offer between £250,000 – £5m and are inviting applications from early stage companies seeking funding to grow their businesses. RYSE are looking for innovative companies that are addressing patient demand through technology, with a view to funding those with significant potential. The call closes on 5 August 2019 at 23:59. To find out more, read the full press release and visit the application portal.



Job Opportunity at the University of Birmingham


Research Fellow (Population Diversity at Varying Scales) - 81808

Embedded within the group led by Prof Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Director of the Centre for Computational Biology, work with selected collaborators, drawn from the large base of internationally recognised research experts from across the Alan Turing Institute network. Design and implement computational statistical and mathematical methodologies; advancing our understanding of Population-based biomedical research. Use mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills to make use of complex biomedical datasets, both quantitative and qualitative. Use computational skills to implement mathematical and statistical algorithms using modern computer programming languages and use these to analyse data sets and interpret the results. For more information and to apply click here.

Upcoming Events


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

16 September: 8:45-17:30 100+ brilliant women Lady Margaret Hall Oxford  This conference will bring together some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics and will feature keynotes from Dame Wendy Hall and Jeanette Winterson.


07 August: 10:00-18:00 Effective and efficient gaussian processes The Alan Turing Institute Enigma This workshop will bring together early-career researchers and experts in this field, exploring the theoretical as well as the numerical aspects of GP emulation.

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. If having difficulties covering the cost of the ticket contact Jessie Wand.


18 September: 17:15 - 19:00 Driving data futures: AI explainability with a human face The Alan Turing Institute Enigma In this lecture series, the Turing's public policy programme invites audiences to learn and critically engage with new research at the intersection of new technologies, public policy, and ethics.

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