• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter November 7th 2019


Happiness in Cities Festival, University of Birmingham, 22nd - 26th October

The University of Birmingham hosted the first Happiness in Cities Festival , with support from The Alan Turing Institute and the Economic and Social Research Council. Using an example of the city of Birmingham, the Happiness in Cities project aims to understand how different communities across Birmingham contribute to the city's development and how this diversity can help us build happier cities.

Day three of Festival was dedicated to an Urban Analytics Workshop that including presentations by Turing Fellow Emmanouil Tranos (University of Bristol) and Nataliya Tkachenko (PhD Student at University of Warwick).

Find the full report on the four day Festival here

Calls & Opportunities

Turing Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Fellowships

The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships have a budget of £18 million to fund 10-15 mid-career researchers with the potential to become world-leaders within the 5 years of the award. This call has a strong emphases on creativity of ideas, thought, and approach, and on enabling new models of collaboration between academia and other sectors.

The deadline for outline proposals is 18th February, 2020.

University of Birmingham is allowed to support up to four proposals.

The internal deadlines for the University of Birmingham will be as follows:

  • Stage 1: Applications to Colleges, Deadline: November 20th, 2019. Candidates should send up to 5-page Case for Support and CV to their College

  • Colleges nominate up to 3 candidates each by November 28th, 2019

  • Stage 2 Central Committee will meet in the first 2 weeks of December, 2019

  • Results announcement of 4 candidates: by December 15th at the latest.

Please, read the call and contact your College Research Support Officer in case you are planning to apply.

Pre-call announcement: Turing Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

In addition to the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships, outline proposals will soon be invited for Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships. This £18 million programme will invest in the international recruitment and retention of a small number of world-leading AI researchers, with significant packages of support (£3-5 million) to enable the building of new UK capability and capacity in key areas of AI research. It will enable world-leading researchers in AI technologies to move to (or remain in) the UK, thereby building and growing the UK’s international competitiveness and reputation in AI. The full call document will be published on the UKRI website in mid-November.


Upcoming Events

Monday 11 Nov 2019

Provenance, security & machine learning

This workshop aims to bring together researchers with expertise in security, data management, and machine learning, each of which bear on this challenge. The workshop will also involve participants in the DARPA Transparent Computing programme who can share experience and understanding of the problem and the available datasets. Breakout sessions will be organised to enable participants to contribute to a research vision and agenda for future work in this area, which will form the basis of a workshop report.

Monday 18 Nov 2019

Creativity and design in AI

Machine learning offers a new and universal way of looking at the world, which is radically different than traditional domain-focused and theory-based approaches. However, while new machine learning algorithms such as deep learning have created a wave of applications in computer vision and natural language translation, there are a lot of complex applications which are yet to be investigated.

Thursday 21 Nov 2019 - Friday 22 Nov 2019

1st International conference on decision support and recommender systems

The 1st International ‘Turing’ conference on decision support and recommender systems will bring together junior and experienced researchers, industry professionals and domain experts to discuss latest trends and ongoing challenges in:

  • Human and AI-driven complex decision making, e.g. group and multi-criteria decision-making

  • Recommender systems as tools for personalised decision support

  • Interdisciplinary applications of decision making, decision support and personalisation

  • Role of machine learning and Data-Driven AI techniques in supporting decisions

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Hate and harassment: can technology solve online abuse?

The third event of the 'Driving Data Futures' lecture series in the Public Policy Programme, where we invite audiences to learn and critically engage with new research at the intersection of new technologies, public policy, and ethics. At this event, there will be presentations delivered by academia, industry, and government, in addition to the Turing’s Hate Speech project team presenting their latest research in the field.

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Turing Bright Club comedy showcase

Bright Club has been transforming researchers into stand-up comedians for ten years, promoting public engagement by scientists, academics and others with specialist knowledge. The Alan Turing Institute is delighted present some of its brightest minds to the comedy stage. Ticket includes a free drink.

Friday 29 Nov 2019

Data Debates: AI and fake news

Fake news is fuelling rising public mistrust of the media, politics and big business, with even health services subject to conspiracy around life-saving vaccines and other treatments. What role does AI play in creating and disseminating fake news and how can we harness the same technologies to counteract them? With confirmed panellists Chloe Colliver, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Yulan He, and Bertie Vidgen, chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Tuesday 24 Mar 2020 - Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

Turing Presents: AI UK

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. For the first time a dynamic, two-day showcase will see the Turing bring together all three of these goals in an unrivalled showcase featuring the very best of UK academic work in AI and machine learning (ML).

Future Events

NEW: Monday 02 - Tuesday 03 Dec 2019

Data science for physics and astronomy scoping workshop

Wednesday 04 Dec 2019

Turing Lecture: Secrets and lies Monday 09 Dec 2019 - Friday 13 Dec 2019

Data Study Group - December 2019

Monday 13 Jan 2020

Statistics and computation Monday 20 Jan 2020

Computational archival science (CAS) symposium Friday 24 Jan 2020

Reliability and reproducibility in computational science

Many events are recorded, find the archive on YouTube.

Turing Save Haven Secure Compute Environment

Turing’s Safe Haven secure compute environment is currently available through the Alan Turing Institute. Check out the background information here  and a more in depth paper can be found via this arxiv link:

European AI Policy Conference

Taking place on 5th March, 2020, this conference will bring together some of the leading voices in AI from across the continent to discuss why European success in AI is important, how the EU compares to other world leaders today, and what steps European policymakers should take to be more competitive in AI.

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