• Ganna Pogrebna

Newsletter September 27th 2019

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

This week in the Turing at Birmingham Newsletter

Turing at Birmingham Day

October 15, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that the Turing at Birmingham Day tickets are now available via Eventbrite. Book your ticket here. The registration will be open until 23:30 on October 7, 2019.

The event will take place on October 15, 2019 at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre and will feature talks from representatives of the Alan Turing Institute as well as from the local team. Book your ticket ASAP.

New Turing Fellow: Luisa Orsini

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Luisa Orsini has recently joined our fellow's team. Luisa is based in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and will be working on her project "Environment and Human Health: Monitoring and Prevention Using AI" within the frame of the Data Science for Science Programme at the Alan Turing Institute. Dr Luisa Orsini is a Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a time traveller. She studies the processes and mechanisms of evolutionary response to climate and other environmental factors with relevance to climate – pollution, anthropogenic land-use. To reconstruct long-term dynamics she applies high throughput technologies to sedimentary archives of inland waters, which have the unique advantage of preserving biological and environmental signals temporally. Moreover, she applies high throughput technologies to ‘resurrected’ specimens of the keystone species Daphnia magna (waterflea) to identify the molecular mechanisms that enable evolutionary changes through time and space. Dr Orsini strongly believes in bridging the science/policy divide. To this end, she works on biotechnology solutions for the removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other suspended materials from wastewater and surface water. Join us in congratulating Luisa on the securing her fellowship!

New Turing-ESRC Student: Peter Carr

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Carr has joined the University of Birmingham as a new ESRC-Turing student. Peter will be working on the project "Behavioural Modelling of Space and Time in the City Context: Implications for Urban Wellbeing" and will be based at the College of Social Sciences. Congratulations, Peter! Peter will be joining Dominik Danks who is working on his Turing-funded PhD in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Chris D'Arcy - another ESRC-Turing PhD student based in the College of Social Sciences.

IBM Fellowship Programme

IBM is pleased to announce the 2020 Two-Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship for the academic years of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The IBM PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. Focus areas include the following topics of particular interest:

• AI / Cognitive Computing • Cloud / Open Source • Data Science • Internet of Things • Quantum Computing • Security / Cyber Security

The 2020 IBM PhD Fellowship includes:

In the US, fellowship recipients while in school will receive a stipend for living expenses, travel and to attend conferences ($35,000 for 2020-2021 and $35,000 for 2021-2022). Fellowship recipients will also receive $25,000 toward their education in 2020-2021.Outside the US, fellowship recipients while in school will receive a competitive stipend for living expenses, travel and to attend conferences for the two academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Fellowship stipends vary by country. Students should have three years remaining in their graduate program at the time of nomination. For example, nominees that are enrolled in a four year graduate program should have completed two years of their graduate program as of summer 2020 in order to benefit the most. All IBM PhD Fellowship awardees are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests and are encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution during the same academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship. Nominations are accepted until late October.

For more program details and FAQs go to

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.

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:


Upcoming Events

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.

Monday 21 Oct 2019

Data Debate: Cities – smart or sinister?

AI is increasingly being used to help transform our cities and manage traffic, crime, economic development, sustainability and improve our everyday lives. But at what cost? How much privacy are we surrendering, what are the implications and are they worth it? Our panel of experts will debate all these issues and more.

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

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.