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The Alan Turing Institute celebrates its first year of research

  • The Institute’s annual report for 2016/17 celebrates achievements in research, collaboration, training the next generation and engagement
  • 2016/17 has seen the Institute move from start-up to full operations, launch its first academic year and map ambitious plans for the future


From launching our first ever academic year and kick-starting our research community and scientific programmes, to welcoming more than 5,000 people through the doors for events and workshops, 2016/17 has been an exceptional year for The Alan Turing Institute.

As detailed in the Institute’s annual report, released today, key achievements include:

  • Completing the office build for the new Turing headquarters in the British Library, and building a community of more than 150 researchers
  • Starting research projects in artificial intelligence for data analytics, social data science, data ethics and privacy-preserving cloud technology
  • Launching programmes in data-centric engineering with Lloyd’s Register Foundation, data science at scale with Intel, and defence and security with GCHQ and MOD, and welcoming HSBC as a new strategic partner in economic data science
  • Building new collaborations with the British Library, Microsoft and the Office for National Statistics
  • Launching our doctoral programme, with more than 35 students starting research projects either full-time in the Institute, or as part of a one year enrichment scheme
  • Hosting an impressive array of events, from Data Study Groups, to Turing Lectures and major workshops, reaching more than 5,000 attendees, with a further 38,000 accessing Turing events and resources via our YouTube channel

Alan Wilson, Institute CEO, commented:

“The Institute has made significant progress, moving from start up to full operations and setting a number of exciting research initiatives in place.

2017/18 will be a pivotal year as we focus on growing our network of university and industry partners, building a set of scientific challenges and translating our research into scientific, economic and societal impact.”

Howard Covington, Institute Chair, commented:

“It has been an immense privilege to see the Institute develop in the past year, and we can be extremely proud of all we have achieved.

Artificial intelligence and data science research is set to have a major impact on the UK for the foreseeable future. I look forward to working with our team of researchers and staff and our network of partners, supporters and collaborators to make The Alan Turing Institute a key driver of growth, prosperity and innovation in this important area.”

Notes to editors

View a pdf of the Turing’s 2016/17 annual report and past reports on our governance page.

For more information please contact:

Sophie McIvor

Head of Communications, The Alan Turing Institute

smcivor@turing.ac.uk