From criminology to ecology, The Alan Turing Institute welcomes a new cohort of over 400 outstanding Turing Fellows

Thursday 30 Sep 2021

We are pleased to announce the appointment of over 400 new Turing Fellows from across the Institute’s 13 university partners, following a call which took place earlier this year. The new 12-month fellowships start on Friday 1 October 2021, with over half those appointed joining the Institute for the first time.

The wide-ranging research expertise of the new Fellows ranges from law, politics, humanities, criminology, linguistics, classics to earth sciences, sociology, pathology, neuroscience, transport, astronomy and ecology.

Turing Fellows are scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence (AI) or a related field whose research would be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Turing network of universities and partners.

Institute Director and Chief Executive Adrian Smith said,

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome this new group of Fellows. This cohort is incredibly multidisciplinary and diverse. They will bring a rich range of expertise and ensure we continue to do world-leading, impactful research.”

Robin Lovelace, who joins us from the University of Leeds, said “I am delighted to become a Turing Fellow. My research aims are to break new ground in the area of data science for public good and decarbonisation of the transport sector in particular. I am looking forward to the fellowship development opportunities, including gathering expertise on further modelling and machine learning techniques to better enable model change in transport, as well as other behaviours and levels of uncertainty about possible decarbonisation pathways.”

Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University, comments that ‘as the Director of Newcastle University's Humanities Research Institute, and the co-lead of the ATNU ('Animating Text Newcastle University') project - which brings together humanists, software engineers and data scientists - I have long been aware of and passionately committed to the opportunities for future-thinking and innovation in the digital space. As a Turing fellow I am looking forward to understanding the skills needed to enable discipline-inclusive conversations so that the ethical values, historical understanding and creativity of the arts and humanities is at the heart of the data science that is changing our world.'

Returning Fellow Walid Magdy, University of Edinburgh, said, “I would say that being a member of the Turing is one of the best things to happen in my career so far. I have expanded my academic network to include industry and government collaborators via the Institute. This includes publishing papers and funded research projects. Being at the Institute in London and attending events has been a great addition to my research.”