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Newsletter 5th 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 shortly.


Talk by the Alan Turing Institute Fellow Matthew Brett


October 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.


Venue: University of Birmingham, The Old Gym, 2nd Floor, Room 202a


One of our Fellows, Matthew Brett, will give a talk on October 17, 2019. Please do attend! The title of the talk is "The data science revolution in education: a report from the front lines"


Brief Overview: Data science is a new approach to data analysis, founded in code. It is transforming undergraduate teaching. Berkeley leads in this; their introductory course has 1,500 undergraduates; the teaching approach has spread across the University. Matthew will describe Berkeley's experience, discuss progress at UoB, and predict a transformation in undergraduate education. Data science (DS) is a fundamental method for understanding the modern world of data, algorithms and networks. A 2018 report from the US National Academies suggests that all undergraduates should be trained in DS, and the Berkeley course is for students of all subjects, with no requirements for programming or mathematics. Matthew will argue from the Berkeley experience, that DS teaching and methods will cause a radical transformation in undergraduate education, and that we need to plan for this transformation if we are to lead in undergraduate education in the UK. Book your place via Eventbrite here.

Digital Aid: Understanding the Digital Challenges facing Humanitarian Assistance


September 9, 2019


Jointly hosted by The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Alan Turing Institute, this event will bring academics together to examine the research questions arising from the intersection of global digital developments and the provision of effective humanitarian assistance in low- and middle-income countries affected by conflict and displacement. This is to better understand the needs and the issues at the frontiers of development aid. The overall objective is for the ideas generated from this workshop to result in a commissioned report with emergent priorities and recommendations for the humanitarian sector. This workshop will explore the following research questions in three breakout sessions:


The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Humanitarian Assistance: Nowcasting and forecasting to aid humanitarian response, Facial Recognition for restoring family links;


The Data Vault: Privacy, cyber security and data protection


The Digital Conditions of Aid: Humanitarian principles, biometrics, digital ID, inclusion, data governance and ethics in the digital world


For more details, click here.


The workshop is open to all UK researchers.



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. 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.


Notice about the Turing PhD Experience Opportunities


The Alan Turing Institute would like to make you aware of changes regarding the Doctoral programmes at the Institute. After much consideration and with strong support from the academic community, Turing have taken the decision to focus on a national offer for their flagship Enrichment scheme, as part of the Institute’s commitment to supporting a diverse range of students to engage with the Turing, and bring the Doctoral programme to an end. The Turing will continue to actively support its existing community of students on the Doctoral programme. The last Doctoral cohort will join us in October 2019 and students will continue with their projects until March 2023.  The Enrichment scheme enables Doctoral students from any UK university to come to the Turing for 6-12 month placements, during which time they can contribute to projects, form collaborations and develop new skills. If you are interested in applying for a PhD, we would encourage you to look into the broad range of options currently available in the UK for doctoral study.  Find out more about the Turing's Doctoral programme and Enrichment scheme. If you have questions please contact academic-recruitment@turing.ac.uk.

Upcoming Events


12 September: 10:00-18:00

Mathematics and Data


13 September

Visualization for Data Science


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.


17-18 September

UK-Japan robotics and AI research collaboration workshops


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.


23 September

Data Trusts Workshop


For complete list of upcoming events, check out THIS PAGE



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