• Nathaniel Byrne

Turing@Birmingham Newsletter, 12 February 2021

Book your place at The Turing presents: AI UK

That registration has opened for The Alan Turing Institute’s landmark event, AI UK. The Institute's highly anticipated two-day online showcase of the very best of UK academic work in artificial intelligence and machine learning will bring together leading thinkers, innovative businesses and specialist third sector bodies. Two interactive stages will include panels and presentations from expert UK academics, policy makers, and industry leaders. Join us at AI UK for unique roundtable discussions, hands-on machine learning demonstrations, and a range of opportunities to interact with other delegates, speakers and panellists, as the Turing convenes the UK's AI community.

Find out more.

Calls & Opportunities

Research call on AI, data-driven technologies and ethnic minorities

In the spring we will be launching a research call in partnership with NHSX’s NHS Artificial Intelligence Lab, which will be administered by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Funding will be available for projects that support the advancement of artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies in health in a way that better meets the needs of minority ethnic populations. We will be sharing more information about this opportunity soon.

Call for Call for Workshops and Tutorials

The 13th International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2021 (WebSci’21) is soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing the way Web Science research can illuminate key contemporary issues and global challenges. Workshops should reflect the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science. The tutorials could cover a wide variety of Web Science approaches and methods, including but not limited to techniques for data collection, processing, and analysis, as well as substantive interpretation, best practices, and ethics.

The deadline for Call for Papers has also been extended:

Feb. 19, 2021 Abstract Submission Deadline

Feb. 26, 2021 Paper submission deadline

April 9, 2021 Notification

May 10, 2021 Camera-ready versions due

June 21-25 Conference dates

Please note that all contributors are required to submit an abstract (max 400 words) followed by a full paper. Full details of the submission process are on the Call for Papers page on the conference website.

Please visit their website for submission details.

Sign up to Turing Interest Groups

The Institute has announced 15 new Turing Interest Groups have launched. Interest Groups aim to promote research collaboration, share knowledge, and communicate emerging scientific concepts to the wider Institute and beyond, around a shared area of interest in data science and AI. These are:

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.

Events at the University of Birmingham

Data Science and Computational Statistics Seminar

The Data Science and Computational Statistics Seminar series is jointly between the School of Mathematics and the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday afternoons. Upcoming seminars:

  • 16 February 2021, 15:00-16:00: Graphical approximations of Matern Gaussian fields

  • 2 March 2021, 15:00-16:00: Professor Manfred Opper, Professor of Machine Learning, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham

  • 16 March 2021, 15:00-16:00: Assistant Professor Oanh Nguyen, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more information, please visit the Seminar page on Talks@Bham.

Thursday 4 March, 19:00

INTERFACE: Science + Art + Health

Short Talks, Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

In 2020 the Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) embarked on a new Artist-in-Residence programme involving four multidisciplinary artists. Join us for an informal evening event to hear these artist & researcher stories of creative collaboration at the interface between mathematics, biology & healthcare. Register now.

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.

Research programmes showcase

The Alan Turing Institute is pleased to invite you to its first Research Programmes Showcase, a new event series connecting the Turing’s University Partners to its research programmes. The events will:

  • Provide valuable insight into how you can get involved

  • Offer the opportunity to learn more about the research ambitions, partners and key projects of each programme

  • Feature a presentation and panel discussion via an audience Q & A session

  • Include a networking session with key members of the programme

You can find details of all scheduled events below, the public policy programme will be announcing their date shortly. To book your place, click on the event title:

Thursday 18 February, 15:00 - 17:00

Urban analytics monthly meet up

This series brings together members of the urban analytics research community once a month for presentations and discussion of recent research, hosted by the Turing’s Urban Analytics programme. The next meeting will feature sessions on Turing Data Study Groups: what they are and how to get involved, Jules Manser (The Alan Turing Institute), Data challenges in food policy, Vicki Jenneson (University of Leeds) and Ecosystems of Digital Twins, Andrew Duncan (Imperial College London and The Alan Turing Institute). Register now.

Friday 19 February

Engage@Turing Students showcase

The Engage@Turing initiative was set up following the cancellation of the 2020/21 Enrichment Scheme, to provide enrichment offer holders with the opportunity to access training and form connections with the Turing research network remotely. To help build connections with our community, the Engage@Turing students are organising a showcase on Friday 19 February with two themed sessions running in parallel at the following GMT times - find out more and register for each individual session by clicking on the links below:

Wednesday 24 February

Tools, practices and systems seminar

The Tools, Practices and Systems monthly seminar brings together researchers, data scientists and software engineers across the Turing and beyond to connect and discover the latest in open research and infrastructure from a mix of internal and external speakers.

Seminars take place on the last Wednesday of every month (except March, August and December 2021). Sign up to the event on Wednesday 24 February

Tuesday 2 March, 12:30 – 14:00

Tabitha Goldstaub announced for next Turing Lecture

We’re pleased to announce that the next Turing Lecture will feature Tabitha Goldstaub and will take place on Tuesday 2 March, 12:30 – 14:00. Tabitha is co-founder of CogX and chair of the UK government's AI Council. She is also an advocate for increased diversity in tech, Tabitha is the author of How To Talk To Robots - A girls guide to a world dominated by AI. She's also a co-founder of Future Girl Corp and is an advisor to TeensInAI and on the board of Tech UK.

Thursday 11 March, 13:00 - 16:15

Hosted by the Trustworthy Digital Infrastructure for Identity Systems project, this workshop is designed to advance collective understanding of use cases, cultural considerations and how behaviours are evolving with the implementation of national digital identity systems, and technology generally. Discussions will inform research into understanding the threats and risks that are associated with trustworthy systems design and will explore opportunities for managing them. Register now.

Community Events

Turing ‘sandpit’ events on themes of the Greater Manchester local industrial strategy

The University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) is hosting four Turing ‘sandpit’ events in January and February 2021, based around the major themes of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, with input from the related Turing programmes. The sandpits will focus on the following themes: Health and Care Innovation; Advanced Materials and Manufacturing; Clean Growth and Digital Transformation. Funding is available to support collaborative feasibility studies (£10k-£15k) co-developed at the sandpit events. To register your interest, complete the EOI form.

15 February, 9:00 - 13:00

CfS Research Day: Statistics in the World of COVID-19

Statistics in the World of Covid-19 will gather experts in the analysis of Covid-19 data to discuss current strategies and future developments in Scotland and the UK. The event will provide a unique opportunity for debate and interaction with a variety of UoE leading researchers working on Covid-19 and could ultimately lead to interdisciplinary joint projects and grant proposals. The sessions will be followed by virtual networking in

Session 1: Covid-19 in Scotland and the UK: help from the data (9.10-10.50, chair: Glenn Marion)

Session 2: Covid-19: What models do we need? (10.50-12.20, chair: Nicolò Margaritella)

For more information please click here.

19-28 April 2021

Virtual GPU Hackathon

The EPCC GPU Hackathon is a multi-day event designed to help teams of three to six developers accelerate their own codes on GPUs using a programming model, or machine learning framework of their choice. No advanced GPU skills required, but teams are expected to know the basics of GPU programming and profiling at the event. A collection of GPU lectures, tutorials, and labs are available for all participants at no fee. Please contact organisers for more information to help you prepare for the hackathon.

Application Deadline: 19 February 2021


23 - 24 March 2021

The Turing Presents: AI UK

Institute Director Adrian Smith will open the online showcase, alongside Mike Wooldridge, Programme Co-Director for Artificial Intelligence, and technology and science writer Gemma Milne. Many in the Turing community will contribute to AI UK, including Turing Fellow Gavin Shaddick, who will discuss modelling and predicting climate change; Director of Data Science at Culture Trip Chanuki Seresinhe, who will present research on the use of AI to understand beautiful places and our wellbeing; Turing Fellow David Barber whose talk will be on 'Working with the Machine: Human In The Loop'; and Turing AI Fellow Anna Scaife, who will feature in the AI for Science session discussing her work on Astronomy; to name only a few.

For full details about the event visit

21 - 25 June 2021

WebSci’21 | 13th ACM Web Science Conference

Hosted by the University of Southampton, UK, delivered online

The 13th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’21) is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating a greater insight into a complex global Web than the sum of their individual parts. We invite participation from diverse fields including computer and information sciences, communication, economics, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Alan Turing Institute News

Institute offices at The British Library to remain closed

Our offices will remain closed. Our plans to reopen were always subject to any rapid developments and this decision has been taken in the light of the new health and safety advice, rising rates of infection and the guidance to ‘only go to work if you must’.

Virtual access to the Institute

You can also stay connected to the Turing via: Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for your continued support.

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