• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter, 18 June 2020

Calls & Opportunities

Call for applications: Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

A call for applications for the 2021 Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (TCMF) opened on 1st June 2020.

TMCF is a Turing initiative that brings together experts from across the university partner network and external institutions for a multi-day research event on a specific theoretical or methodological challenge. For this event, members of the Turing research base will be invited to formulate proposals where they present one modern theoretical and/or methodological challenge, and set a plan and a team to start tackling it. The theoretical and methodological challenges can be drawn from any discipline in the remit of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Please contact Nathaniel Byrne for more information

Turing Access to the JADE GPU Cluster

The Alan Turing Institute is offering access to the Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour (JADE) high performance computing (HPC) facility for research projects in the fields of artificial intelligence and data science.

JADE is a Tier2 HPC resource designed specifically for applications in machine learning and data science. It features 22 Nvidia DGX-1 deep learning systems, each with 8 Nvidia V100 GPUs connected via NVlink.

For more information, eligibility and instructions on how to apply please visit the call website.

Application deadline is 29 June 2020

Survey of Turing contributions to open source communities

The Tools, Practices & Systems are looking for researchers who have contributed to an open source project. Please share your experiences via the short survey.

University of Birmingham Events

Wednesday 24 Jun 2020

SMQB Conversation with Professor Gareth Leng: Touching the Heart of the Brain

At the heart of the brain, a tiny and ancient region, the hypothalamus, controls things that fill our lives with meaning and passion – our appetites, motivations and emotions. Professor Gareth Leng FRSE will be talking about what we know of how it does these things, and about how mathematics can help in understanding it. Register here.


The Turing is committed to working flexibly and staying connected - we’ve reconfigured to virtual engagement. You can watch highlights of our past events at the video archive on YouTube.

24 June 2020, 12:30 - 14:00

TPS Seminar series

We look forward to seeing you again on Zoom for our second TPS Seminar.

  • Gerrit van den Burg will get us started at 12:45 with a talk on "Building useful tools for data scientists: the case of CleverCSV".

  • Malvika Sharan will follow Gerrit's talk at 13:15 with an introduction to the Open Life Science mentorship and training programme.

  • We will finish with lots of time for discussion between 13:45 and 14:00. Please bring your questions and comments, and share widely.

Everyone is welcome. Please register to receive the webinar link on the Eventbrite page.

If you would like to speak at a future seminar, please contact Kirstie Whitaker.

Thursday 25 Jun 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

AI UK | Online harms and disinformation post COVID-19

Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge and, as more time is spent online due to lockdown and remote working practices, it is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to understand and counter online harms, protecting all online users from rogue actors and harmful content. In this virtual webinar, The Alan Turing Institute brings together civil society, tech platforms and academics to discuss these pressing issues and ways of addressing them.

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Turing Lecture: Is education AI-ready?

COVID-19 is revolutionising the way we teach and learn, but what role should AI play in this? Join Professor Rose Luckin as she discusses the current stage of AI's application in education, and the ways in which AI has supported teachers and learners during the pandemic. Professor Luckin will also look to the future and consider how AI could be used to support a COVID-compliant transformation for our education system. This is the first event in a new mini-series for The Turing Lectures which will explore the role of AI and data science in our lives post-lockdown. Register now.

Tuesday 24 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 18:00

AI and data science in the age of COVID-19

Lessons learned and the way ahead

This one day conference will explore the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be for researchers and policymakers to share best practice and work together to understand how the UK AI and data science research community can be better positioned for the future.

Highlights from CogX 2020

This year, the Turing curated and hosted the first two days of the Research stage at CogX's virtual Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Emerging Technology, addressing the central question, "How do we get the next 10 years right?”. Revisit innovative presentations and thought-provoking discussions on everything from AI's future role in the arts and humanities, to how Bayesian statistics can help us fight ecological breakdown.


Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July 2020

12th International ACM Web Science Conference

Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AI

Thirty years have passed since Tim Berners-Lee’s inception of the World Wide Web. Today, an increasing range of voices are calling for reflection on how well the Web is serving society.

As Berners-Lee put it in his 2019 open letter on the future of the Web, while the Web has created some wonderful opportunities, giving marginalised groups a voice and making our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunities for the spreading of misinformation, hate and crime, and the construction of systems which are more about process than people.

It is time to ask: can the Web be reimagined for the public good? Can it be made more human-centric, and if so, how?

Organised by the University of Southampton, delivered online.

23- 24 March 2021

The Turing Presents: AI UK

Following the postponement of the event this year, we are pleased to confirm the event will now take place 23 - 24 March 2021.

The Alan Turing Institute continues to pursue its ambitious goals: by advancing world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence (AI), training and inspiring the leaders of the future, and shaping the public conversation. AI UK, a dynamic two-day event, will see the Turing host an unrivalled showcase featuring the very best of UK academic work in AI and machine learning.

Further information will follow in due course, including the release of additional tickets.

Virtual access to the Alan Turing Institute

The Turing Institute has requested feedback about communication and involvement since their head office in the British Library closed in March.

If you could spare a few minutes to provide a couple of sentences (or more if you wish) of feedback, please contact Nathaniel Byrne before the end of Friday, 19 June 2020. The questions raised are as follows:

  • What do researchers feel they are missing out on with the Institute being closed?

  • Is there anything they particularly appreciate?

  • Are there any new ideas/initiatives they’d like to see the Institute launch?

  • Are there any complaints or other feedback?

To continue to engage with the Turing over this period, please sign up to the Institute's newsletter if you have not already done so, check the website for updates, and look out for the University of Birmingham's Institute of Interdisciplinary Data Science website, which will be launched in the coming weeks.

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Thanks for your continued support.

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