David Pym, Professor of Information, Logic, and Security, and Head of the Programming Principles, Logic and Verification Research Group at UCL Computer Science, has been appointed UCL’s University Liaison Director with The Alan Turing Institute, succeeding Professor Sofia Olhede (UCL Statistical Science).
Professor Pym said, “The Alan Turing Institute represents not only a major development of the UK’s presence in the data sciences, but also a significant opportunity for UCL. I hope that we can encourage engagement with the Turing from across the breadth of UCL’s activities. The Turing’s scientific mission is inherently highly interdisciplinary: as such, it faces many challenges, including the development of common concepts and languages, the integration of methodologies and cultures, and the identification of shared problems. It also has the opportunity to advance the relationships between the contributing disciplines as it finds solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our times. UCL, with its collaborative spirit and ethos of doing useful research, is ideally placed to be in the forefront of the Turing’s development and success.”
Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering, said, “As David takes on this new position, we extend our grateful thanks to Sofia, the outgoing University Liaison Director, who is stepping down to focus on her European Research Council Fellowship. Over the past year, Sofia has led UCL’s engagement with the Turing, overseeing the selection of our Faculty Fellows and the establishment of essential financial and administrative processes. In addition, she has served as inaugural Chair of the Institute’s Science Committee and its Interim Programme Committee, leading the recruitment of the first cohort of Turing Research Fellows, and facilitating dialogue between the five university partners and the Turing to agree human resources procedures. Prior to this, she oversaw the Turing’s early scientific scoping process, which peer-reviewed more than 100 applications, funded over 30 workshops, and produced the Turing’s Scoping Programme, with a report summarising the data science landscape.”
Andrew Blake, Director of The Alan Turing Institute said, “We are delighted to welcome David Pym as our new University Liaison for UCL. Together with his counterparts in our four other founding universities – Zoubin Ghahramani (Cambridge), Chris Williams (Edinburgh), Jared Tanner (Oxford) and Graham Cormode (Warwick), David will take a critical role in leading UCL’s engagement with The Alan Turing Institute. We look forward to working with him to build on the excellent work undertaken by his predecessor, Sofia Olhede.”