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 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 facilitator… 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

Is it possible to hack happiness?

In this blog interview, we ask Merve Alanyali to share her experience of hacking happiness, and to tell us more about her data science research at the Turing.  Merve is a Turing enrichment year student from University of Warwick and is now organising a new Data Dive event to be held at the Turing with… Read more

Democratising Data Science: A framework for data-driven storytelling

In this blog we interview Tomas Petricek, Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute and creator of The Gamma project, a new tool for aggregating and visualising data. What does data science mean to you?  Data science is such a new field that everyone still has their own definition of what it really is. For me,… Read more

Thinking machines: What has psychology got to do with data science?

Part of the joy of data science is how it brings people together. Computer scientists and mathematicians, statisticians, engineers and ethicists collaborating to unlock the billions of gigabytes of data generated globally every day. A good example of this in action in The Alan Turing Institute is the work of Brad Love, a psychologist at… Read more

How Could Distributed Ledger and Blockchain Technologies Make Society Safer?

The example of blockchain technology most people are familiar with is Bitcoin; the established digital currency which first became popular in 2009 as a system that would allow safe financial transactions without the need for an intermediary. However, more and more applications of distributed ledger technologies have been developed and the Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond… Read more

Industry Challenges Tackled by Turing Data Study Groups

Last week, The Alan Turing Institute hosted a week-long data study workshop bringing together researchers and industry to work on complex data science problems posed by six major companies: Airbus, National Grid, Siemens, Shell, Sygenta and Tata Steel. The event, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, offered 65 researchers gathered from 12 universities the opportunity to… Read more