• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter, 4 September 2020

Calls & Opportunities

Express your interest to join the Turing’s reviewer pool

Expressions of interest are now welcomed for reviewing Turing initiatives from the Turing Community and beyond. As the Institute is growing, there are an increasing number of activities within the Turing that require advice from expert and generalist reviewers. These include recurrent work linked to academic programmes (e.g. Enrichment Scheme / Data Study Groups / Training Provision), and the review of externally proposed projects that Turing engages with.

We are hoping to create a reviewer pool of individuals who hold diverse expertise and who can be guided by an established framework to ensure transparent and consistent reviewing across these programmes. Find out more and express your interest.

Agrifood Data Study Group: Evaluating the UK’s resilience to supply chain shocks

This study group will take place over two sessions. The first session (7– 8 September) aims to assess the resilience of the UK food networks by identifying the UK’s dependencies to international food supply chains and valuating challenges and bottlenecks in our national agrifood logistics networks. A second session later in the year will take the representations and learning from session one to look the UK food network response to specific shocks. Register your interest.

NIHR Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) invites proposals to undertake programmes of research to spearhead the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods to develop insights for the identification and subsequent prevention of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity).

Research funded through this initiative will use AI and data science methods, combined with expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease.

The call is now live and the deadline for applications is 29 September 2020.

CrowdTangle opens public application for academics

Developed by Facebook, in collaboration with a global team of university researchers, CrowdTangle is a data platform that supports research into mis/disinformation on social media. It's now out of beta stage and academics are invited to apply for free access. All you need to supply are a couple of paragraphs about your research and how you would expect CrowdTangle to support it.

Events at the University of Birmingham

Every Tuesday, times vary

UoB Data Science and Computational Statistics Seminar

This is the Data Science and Computational Statistics Seminar series jointly between the School of Mathematics and the School of Computer Science.

  • Tuesday 27 October 2020, 15:00-16:00: Dr The Anh Han is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies at Teesside University. His current research interests span a wide range of topics within Artificial Intelligence and Multidisciplinary research, including dynamics of human cooperation, AI cognitive modelling, evolution of cognition, evolutionary game theory, agent-based modelling, intention recognition, and knowledge representation and reasoning.

For more details on these and upcoming seminars, please visit the Talk@bham page.

Events at the Alan Turing Institute

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.

Tuesday 22 Sep 2020, 15:00 - 16:00

Turing Lecture: Building dynamic robots

Marc Raibert will give a status report on the robots being developed at Boston Dynamics, including those focused on commercial application today and tomorrow and R&D robots that can lead to the robots of our dreams.

Monday 28 Sep 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

AI UK | Smart cities

By 2050, more than two-thirds of the planet’s 10 billion people will live in urban centres, according to the United Nations. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on some of the issues faced in the cities of today. So, we had better drag our cities into the 21st century, and fast. Will we be able to build truly safe and resilient systems for our citizens? How will we handle the explosion in urban data?


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.

Alan Turing Institute News

British Library office reopening

The next Turing Catch Up Meeting on Thursday 17 September (10:30-12.00pm) will feature an office reopening briefing. It will contain practical information about the health and safety procedures involved as well as how to use the space at this time. The target date for reopening the office is Thursday 24 September. While we are aiming to be operationally ready by this date, it is of course subject to change due to rapid developments with COVID-19.

Annual Report 2019-20

The Institute's Annual Report can be found online.

Virtual access to the Institute

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Thanks for your continued support.