• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter, 2 July 2020

Calls & Opportunities

LAST CHANCE: Call for literature reviews

The Applied Research Centre at the Turing, is seeking to commission 2 literature reviews to inform future research directions in the areas of:

  1. Graceful Degradation

  2. Self-Supervised Learning

The reviews should be up to 5000 words in length and should summarise relevant academic literature, identify knowledge gaps and highlight opportunities for future work. It should be written for an interested non-specialist audience.

Please contact Nathaniel Byrne for full details and an application form.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd July 2020 (4pm BST). Selection will be based on technical suitability. Payment will be negotiated based on experience and suitability. Reviews would be expected to commence as soon as practically possible and be complete by 31 December 2020.  To apply, please email the completed form to Alena Frankel. Any questions should be also be addressed to Alena at the at this email address.

NEW: EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships 2020

The RSE Fellowship scheme aims to recognise the contribution of RSEs who are driving the development of high-quality research software and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures. An RSE Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to contribute to these aims. Fellows are provided with significant resources in order to pursue their vision and establish or develop RSE activities within their institution.

Interested researchers must submit their EOI to Iwona Spill, by the 10th of July 2020 (next Friday).

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

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.


Facebook funding awarded research led by UoB

Facebook has awarded funding to a team of academics from the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) at the University of Birmingham, the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, and the Alan Turing Institute, to undertake data-driven research focusing on how the ongoing digital revolution affects regional economic growth and the industrial landscape, and which businesses and places reap higher benefits from digitalisation in the UK.

The project will:

  • Quantify the potential regional advantages associated with early engagement in the digital world for industrial and regional growth;

  • Analyse the productivity gains linked to high-intensity digital environments for business performance; and

  • Evaluate what spillover effects the digital economy also provides to the UK.

UoB's Research Computing Management Committee (RCMC)

The University's Research Computing Management Committee exists to ensure the academic needs of researchers are being addressed by BEAR (the Birmingham Environment for Academic Research), and to oversee and advise on its operation and development. The RCMC is especially keen to reach potential new users of ARC (Advanced Research Computing) so as to understand how better it can represent them. Membership of the RCMC is drawn from academic researchers and ARC staff in IT Services. The full remit is online. More information can be obtained from the RCMC Chair Andrew Morris.


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.

Tue 7, 14 & 21 July, 4-6pm

Data X Biomedical Science: Startup Masterclass Series

The Alan Turing Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, and Entrepreneur First are coming together again to host a Startup Masterclass series:

  • 7 July, 4-6pm, Transitioning from research into entrepreneurship panel discussion, hosted by Matt Clifford, co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First.

  • 14 July, 4-6pm, Using your ‘Edge’ as a researcher to found a company

  • 21 July, 4-6pm, Communication 101: how to talk to customers and investors and how to pitch your idea

See the Entrepreneur First website for more details

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.

Monday 14 Sep 2020 - Friday 25 Sep 2020

Data Study Group - September 2020

The Turing Data Study Groups are popular and productive collaborative events and a fantastic opportunity to rapidly develop and test your data science skills with real-world data. The event also offers participants the chance to forge new networks for future research projects, and build links with The Alan Turing Institute – the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

It’s hard work, a crucible for innovation and a space to develop new ways of thinking.

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

Registration to attend the conference is still open, expected to close late on Friday 3 July 2020.

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.

Save the date: 24 November 2020

AI and data science in the age of COVID

A research conference that aims to fulfil the Turing's role as a national institute and convene the UK AI and DS community (including frontline COVID-19 responders) to make recommendations for future research in the age of COVID-19.

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.

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Thanks for your continued support.

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