News and highlights in 2017

It has been a significant year of growth and achievement for The Alan Turing Institute. In this post we share some of our favourite news and stories from 2017.

Why we should all be interested in artificial intelligence

How is AI likely to develop over the next 5, 10 and 20 years? How can data be managed and safeguarded to ensure it contributes to the public good and a well-functioning economy? Turing researchers recently made a written submission in which they answered key questions like these from the House of Lords inquiry into… Read more

Unlocking challenges for health and well-being via data science solutions

Last month, six industry partners, and 70 students, postdocs and senior academics took part in a Data Study Group at The Alan Turing Institute. The aim of the session was to develop data science solutions to challenges for health and wellbeing. So what did we learn over the five days and what were some of… Read more

Turing partners with Cog X London 2017 to explore the impact of AI across sectors

Last week, the Turing headed to Cog X London 2017, the world’s first innovation exchange and awards conference hosted over two-days to explore the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on business, society and government.  The aim was to convene thought leaders from education, cyber security, government, and more in one place to discuss how we can… Read more

Data Study Group: an industry partner perspective

Three months ago The Alan Turing Institute asked Siemens to take part in a Data Study Group, to identify a complex business challenge that could be interrogated, analysed and re-configured by some of the country’s greatest talent in data science, analytics and mathematics. Siemens Global Centre of Competence Cities worked with the Turing and internal… Read more

How can we design fair, transparent, and accountable AI and robotics?

The proliferation of AI and robotics is increasing in both the private and the public sectors. Due to the wide-ranging applications of algorithmic technologies we must ensure fair, transparent and accountable autonomous systems. In a new paper published in Science Robotics, Turing and Oxford researchers Sandra Wachter, Brent Mittelstadt and Luciano Floridi outline their arguments… Read more

Data Study Group: a researcher’s perspective

In May, The Alan Turing Institute hosted a week-long Data Study Group event organised by Turing Faculty Fellow Sebastian Vollmer: an opportunity for academics to work on data science challenges posed by industry. As a Turing Doctoral Student, this was my second time taking part in a data study group, and on this occasion, I was a… Read more

Can we safeguard our privacy while using health data for better medical care?

It’s clear that data-driven technology is transforming medical knowledge and practice. Innovation is taking place on many levels, for example, devices such as fitbits are helping to monitor heart rates, blood sugar levels and sleep cycles, and IBM’s A.I. system, Watson, is giving scientists insight into how genes affect our health. Data is also being… Read more

Using Machine Learning to Transform Medical Practice and Discovery

Following her Turing lecture on how machine learning can revolutionise medical practice, in this blog interview, we ask Turing Faculty Fellow Mihaela van der Schaar to share her vision for data-driven medical discovery. How can machine learning technologies support medical care? A great deal of current medical practice is not driven by data but rather… Read more