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Newsletter 22nd September 2019

This week in the Turing at Birmingham Newsletter

Turing at Birmingham Town Hall Meeting

September 24, 2019 at 2 p.m.

The Turing at Birmingham Town Hall meeting will take place on September 24th, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alan Walters Building Lecture Theatre G11. Please, check out our programme and book your ticket via Eventbrite here.

Book Your Calendar: Turing at Birmingham Day

October 15, 2019

The Turing at Birmingham Day will take place on October 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Hotel and Conference Centre. The event's programme and registration will be released via Eventbrite on September 24th.

Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights Application Deadline

23 September 2019

Please note it is the deadline for the inaugural Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights(TMCF) on Monday 23 September 2019. For those of you who have already started an application, please ensure it is completed and submitted before the deadline. What is TMCF?TMCF is a Turing initiative to support, stimulate and promote foundational research within the data science and artificial intelligence ecosystems. It is specifically designed to enable the Turing research community to both propose and select the research challenges to be tackled, and form and lead expert teams to do so. TMCF will provide the resources to bring together experts from across the Turing university partner network and external institutions worldwide to collaborate during two multi-day research events. Each event will focus on tackling a specific theoretical or methodological challenge that has the potential to impact data science and artificial intelligence at a fundamental level. TMCF can accommodate theoretical and methodological challenges drawn from any discipline within the data science and artificial intelligence ecosystems. To take part, submit an application through the Turing's online portal. The application form requires: an abstract for the research challenge; a 4-page description of the research challenge, including a plan on how to tackle it; a team of up to 6 experts (including the Principal Investigator) from the Turing research network and other institutions worldwide; the intended dates of the TMCF event (it must last between 8-14 days and be completed by 25 May 2020). For full information about the application process and the TMCF events, please refer to the call document at this link. What happens after submission: The proposals are distributed to all members of the Turing research base. Each member has the option to vote for the two challenges to be tackled this year, and express interest to participate in the challenge teams.The lead proposers of the two successful challenges will be able to further enrich their teams with the interested members (each team can accommodate up to 12 members).

The event: The TMCF events for the two successful challenges will be held at either The Alan Turing Institute or one of the Turing' partner universities and must be completed by 25 May 2020.During the TMCF event, the successful teams will work on their respective challenges.On the last day of each TMCF event, findings will be presented during an open workshop. This workshop will be an opportunity for a broader discussion on next steps and follow-on projects, and to formulate links with existing structures and activity at the Turing. Spread the word: Feel free to share this announcement with any of your colleagues who may be interested in applying. Researchers not formally affiliated with The Alan Turing Institute can also submit proposals. They will need to first register on the Turing’s online portal and have a Turing affiliate as a Co-Investigator. For further information on the Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights, please email

Call for Co-investigator - Statistical Machine Learning for Randomized Clinical Trials

The Institute is seeking an outstanding co-investigator to work alongside the Programme Director for Health, Professor Chris Holmes to join an exciting new collaboration between the Alan Turing Institute and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL, exploring the potential impact of statistical machine learning on the design, conduct and analysis of randomised clinical trials. The co-investigator will work with Professor Holmes and a postdoctoral researcher to explore novel statistical machine learning methods for the identification of treatment effect heterogeneity in RCTs, and predictive models of personalised treatment effects. Particular attention will be paid to issues around interpretability, reproducible research, validation of AI methods and the assessment of false discovery rates. Successful candidates should have a strong quantitative background and preferably a strong statistical machine learning background and be eager to do research at the interface of AI and clinical trials with a strong societal impact.

For more details, click here.


Upcoming Events

Monday 23 Sep 2019

Data trusts workshop

What are the best ways to create `bottom-up’ empowerment structures that acknowledge the fact that there are many different ways of balancing the risks and responsibilities that come with personal data, while also taking into account its being a source of significant vulnerability? Can data be held in a Trust?

Monday 30 Sep 2019

We need to talk about statistics

The Teaching Statistics Trust Lecture, (, is given annually at multiple locations. It is aimed at teachers of statistics, whether specialist or non-specialist, in secondary schools, colleges and early years of university.

Tuesday 01 Oct 2019

Responsible Human-Machine Teaming

This one day workshop will explore the areas of Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Explainable AI, human-centred design, robotics, and human robot interaction and invite leading UK researchers and innovators. The event will also include a keynote from a leading international speaker.

Wednesday 16 Oct 2019 - Friday 18 Oct 2019

Building a future for the urban analytics blueprint

This workshop is a 2+1 day event that brings together experts from a range of backgrounds. The first two days, we will revise and finalise our shared vision for the Urban Analytics Programme. On the third optional day, we invite all attendees to sessions & our public consultation at the Festival of the Future City on Friday, engaging with the broader public.

Future Events

Monday 21 Oct 2019

Data Debate: Cities – smart or sinister?

Monday 28 Oct 2019

Spatial Relationships in Text as Data

Monday 28 Oct 2019 - Tuesday 29 Oct 2019

Robotics and AI for health and social care

Monday 11 Nov 2019

Provenance, security & machine learning

Thursday 21 Nov 2019 - Friday 22 Nov 2019

1st International conference on decision support and recommender systems

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Turing Bright Club comedy showcase

Friday 29 Nov 2019

Data Debates: AI and fake news

Wednesday 04 Dec 2019

Turing Lecture: Hannah Fry

Monday 09 Dec 2019 - Friday 13 Dec 2019

Data Study Group - December 2019

Many events are recorded, find the archive on YouTube.

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