Introduction

As the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence (AI), the Turing is a hub for over 400 national and international experts focusing on how data and AI shape and impact our lives today.   

We work in partnership with universities, industry, and public and third sector organisations, gathering insights and speaking with a unique and independent voice. We bring an interdisciplinary perspective to some of the most pressing challenges in science, society and the economy that require cross-boundary thinking. 

Our strengths lie in marrying technical expertise with an understanding of the wider ethical, legal and policy landscape.  

Contact

If you’re a journalist looking for a background briefing, commentary, an interview or to be added to our distribution list please contact [email protected]. Please note that contacting our press office is the most efficient way to book a spokesperson. The press office can be reached during out of office hours on (0)79 4770 6934. 

Fiona Dennehy (Senior Media Relations Manager), [email protected] and (0)20 3862 3598 

Mark Burey (Head of Communications and Marketing), [email protected] and (0)79 4770 6934 

Joanna Dungate (External Relations Officer), [email protected] and (0)20 3862 3541 

For general enquiries, please visit our Contact us page, use our contact form or call our main phone line on +44 (0)20 3862 3352. 

For more about The Alan Turing Institute, visit our about us page. Follow the Turing on Twitter and sign up to our monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our work. 

Commentary and research

We provide commentary on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Algorithmic bias
  • Future of work
  • Data ethics
  • Defence and cybersecurity
  • Misinformation and fake news
  • Online hate speech
  • Privacy and tech regulation
  • Women in data science and AI
  • Creativity/art/music and AI
  • Robotics and autonomous systems

And we apply our research to many real-life challenges and application areas affecting people today, with some examples being:

  • Urban mobility and AI for traffic flow
  • Personalised healthcare, genetics and genomics
  • Predicting air pollution
  • Mental health
  • Safer and more efficient data-centric engineering
  • Government innovation and usage of data

To find an expert, use our search function. You can also find people, events and projects by research area

Our research has been featured in publications such as Nature, Wired, the Financial Times, MIT Technology Review, and New Scientist and on programmes such as BBC local radio and Woman’s Hour, Talking Machines, Guardian science podcast, and the Economist’s Babbage podcast. 

Media highlights

  • Andrea Baronchelli, Token Economy Theme Lead, was interviewed on BBC News on NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Andrea was also interviewed by Vice for their article Researchers: The NFT Economy Is Just as Unequal as the Real One and on the BBC Radio 4 programme Moneybox.  
  • A Sky News investigation on Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify features Hannah Kirk, a Research Assistant in the Turing’s Online Safety Team.  
  • AI UK’s closing session on Tuesday 22 March was featured in a Research Professional article when the Government’s Chief Scientific, Sir Patrick Vallance, spoke about the understanding of the pandemic among politicians. Sir Patrick said that political leaders around the world struggled to understand exponential growth, but that COVID-19 has now led ministers to embrace data visualisation permanently.  
  • David Beavan, Principal Research Software Engineer, was interviewed for a piece in The Telegraph reporting on how AI learned to win at bridge and why it’s bad news for us. In the piece, David explains how AI systems need to win our trust, just as other humans do. 

Press team