About us

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing are considered to be the key disciplines comprising the fields of data science and artificial intelligence. Read his seminal paper published in 1950 on artificial intelligence, Computing Machinery and Intelligencewhich first considered the question “Can machines think?”

Five founding universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015 as the national institute for data science. In 2017, as a result of a government recommendation, we added artificial intelligence to our remit.

Eight new universities – Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton – are set to join the Institute in 2018.

We are headquartered in the British Library, London.

Find out how the Institute is governed and see our annual report.

Our mission

Our mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

Research excellence is the foundation of the Institute: the sharpest minds from the scientific community investigating the hardest questions. We work with integrity and dedication.

Our researchers collaborate across disciplines to generate impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. We are fuelled by the desire to innovate and add value.

To find out more about the Turing, and the links between data science and artificial intelligence, visit our FAQ page.