The Alan Turing Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of six new directors as its first senior academic members. Institute Deputy Director Professor Patrick Wolfe will be joined by five University Liaison Directors: Professor Zoubin Ghahramani FRS (Cambridge), Professor Mark Girolami FRSE (Warwick), Professor Sofia Olhede (UCL), Professor Jared Tanner (Oxford) and Professor Christopher Williams (Edinburgh). Drawn from our founding partner institutions, these Directors will help the Institute to achieve its mission by drawing fully upon the broad and deep intellectual resources of each institution, shaping our activities in research, training, translation and collaboration.

Institute Director Professor Andrew Blake FREng FRS said:

“The success of the Institute depends critically on attracting the best talent, so I am excited to see us starting off with these six internationally renowned scientists on our leadership team.”

Professor Patrick Wolfe, who has worked to help set up the Institute from its early stages, said:

“I’m delighted to be working with our Director and senior team to help lead the UK’s new national institute for data science. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the emergence of a new field, building on the incredible combined strengths of our founding universities and our strategic partners. Together we will accomplish great things.”

Professor Sofia Olhede, who has been leading the Institute’s science planning as chair of its interim programme committee, said:

“It is an honour to lead such an esteemed group. Together over the past 6 months we have coordinated over 30 scoping workshops across the data science community, at the Institute and at universities around the country. We are off to a fantastic start and will soon publish a scoping report setting out our initial scientific priorities.”

Sofia now goes forward also to lead the Institute’s Science Committee which will play a central role in attracting top scientific talent.

Full information on all the directors can be found here. 

Information on our roadmap for science and innovation can be found here here.