In 2015 The Alan Turing Institute announced its agreement to collaborate with GCHQ and the wider UK defence and security community on data science research.

We are delighted to announce that Mark Briers has been appointed as Strategic Programme Director, responsible for driving research and collaboration in this research area.

Mark has worked in the defence and security industry for over 16 years, directing research programmes in statistical data analysis, and leading large teams to deliver operational capability. He completed his PhD in 2007 at Cambridge University where he developed Sequential Monte Carlo based techniques for state-space filtering and smoothing. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, and a member of several committees at the Royal Statistical Society.

On joining the Institute, Mark commented:

“There are many significant data science challenges facing defence and security; from the enhancement of privacy respecting analytics, to dealing with uncertainty and missing data in cyber security. The Alan Turing Institute is uniquely placed to develop world-class, innovative solutions in data science, through cross-disciplinary research teams that can make a notable impact.

I am delighted to be joining the Alan Turing Institute as Strategic Programme Director for Defence and Security, and I look forward to collaborating across the data science technical spectrum to define and deliver an exciting research programme that makes a difference.”

Sir Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, commented:

“Defence and security is a core strategic priority of The Alan Turing Institute, with many complex and challenging data science problems. Mark will be responsible for working with our partners in UK Government to build an ambitious research agenda for the programme, and applying the Turing’s world-class data science expertise to this important sector.”

Projects and collaborative plans will be developed further over the coming months. Follow @turinginst and join our regular newsletter for regular updates on The Alan Turing Institute’s research activities and outreach.


For more information please contact:

Sophie McIvor, Head of Communications

The Alan Turing Institute

[email protected]/0203 862 3334