• Nathaniel Byrne

Turing@Birmingham Newsletter, 7 January 2021

Happy New Year, friends. Thanks for your continued interest; here's to an exciting 2021!

Calls & Opportunities

Applications open for 2021-22 Enrichment scheme

Now entering its sixth year, the Enrichment scheme offers students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme at a UK university the opportunity to undertake a 6-, 9-, or 12-month placement at the Turing or at one of the two new locations in the scheme.

For the first time this year we are partnering with the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds to offer a new exciting opportunity for Enrichment students to engage with an even more diverse community of researchers located in three areas in the country. Students continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time spent on the scheme. Enrichment places are offered part-time or full-time with a choice of three different start dates. Find out more.

Call for applications: Reinforcement Learning Study Group

The Reinforcement Learning Study Group invites participants to tackle a single reinforcement challenge provided by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Researchers will brainstorm and engineer data science solutions, presenting their work at the end of the event.

For full details of this format, including the time commitment involved, please read our event page carefully.

Applications close on 25 January 2021

Post-Doctoral Research Associate required

The Molecular Structure from Images Under Physical Constraints project seeks to understanding the three-dimensional structure of molecules. Doing so is a key part of understanding their function. Similarly, our ability to engineer new materials to meet advanced functional requirements, is founded on our understanding of molecular structure. In the field of molecular biology, the determination of molecular structure requires us to be able to determine 3D properties from images. The project requires two PDRAs, one at Turing, the other at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Call for Papers

The 13th International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2021 (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.

The ACM Web Science Conference will run as an online conference, where authors will present their work remotely to online participants. There is one format for submission. All contributors will submit an abstract (max 400 words) followed by a full paper of between 6 and 10 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.).

Please email Nathaniel Byrne for full 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.


Response to the AI Roadmap

(Wednesday 6 January) the UK’s AI Council published an AI Roadmap. The roadmap makes a number of key recommendations to help shape the government’s strategic direction on AI, including recommendations relating to the funding, role and reach of the Institute.

You can also read the Institute’s response here from Chair of the Board of Trustees, Howard Covington.

The Alan Turing Institute and The Francis Crick Institute forge new biomedical data partnership

The aim of the partnership is to collaborate on projects that use biomedical data to study a range of biological and medical topics, unlocking new understandings about health and disease. It will also and support projects where data scientists and medical researchers from the two institutes work together, sharing data, expertise and resources.

To mark the launch of the partnership, the collaboration is funding four 12-month projects where early career data scientists on secondment to the Turing from a range of universities including Imperial College London, Universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester work with biomedical data generated by Crick scientists.

Events at the University of Birmingham

1st February – 26th February 2021

Metabolomics Data Processing and Data Analysis

This online course explores the tools and approaches that are used to process and analyse metabolomics data. You will investigate the challenges that are typically encountered in the analysis of metabolomics data, and provide solutions to overcome these problems.

Please see Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre's website for course details and more information.

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:

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 meetings will take place on:

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.

Community Events

22 January 2021, 14:00 – 18:00 GMT

Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine’s Inaugural Event

In a webinar format packed with a stellar line-up of speakers and several audience Q&A sessions, our Inaugural Event will explore new horizons in machine learning for medicine, in particular the transformations now taking place at the critical interface between machine learning, medicine and bioscience.

For more information and to register, click here.


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

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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