We are delighted to announce that Professor Michael Wooldridge has been appointed to Programme Co-Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Alan Turing Institute.
Professor Michael Wooldridge is one of the leading figures in AI research – with more than 30 years’ experience - and has published over 400 scientific articles on the subject. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.
Professor Wooldridge’s main research interests are in the field of multi-agent systems, and his current focus is on developing techniques for understanding the dynamics of multi-agent systems. His research draws on ideas from game theory, logic, computational complexity, and agent-based modelling.
He will support the development and delivery of key strategic themes for the Institute, spanning research, translation / knowledge exchange, training and thought leadership.
"I am delighted to be joining the Turing at such an exciting time", said Professor Wooldridge.
"I will be working with the Turing team to build up the Institute's portfolio in AI - not just in my own area, multi-agent systems, but AI more generally. We have a really exciting portfolio of activities in the pipeline, which will confirm the UK's place at the heart of the 21st century AI revolution."
Adrian Smith, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, said: “AI continues to be a thriving area of research for the Turing focused on understanding how we can realise its positive potential for society and the economy. Michael’s appointment will add to our strategic leadership and world-class talent in AI research.”
Professor Wooldridge will work alongside Programme Director for Artificial Intelligence Dr Adrian Weller, and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar Programme Co-Director for AI at the Turing (with responsibility for Robotics and Autonomous Systems).
Adrian Weller said, ‘I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Turing - with his wealth of expertise and experience. AI presents many exciting opportunities, and I look forward to working together as we develop the Turing’s ambitious AI Programme.’
Recognising the importance of AI to the UK’s industrial future the government recommended that the Turing become the national institute for AI and added this important area of research to our data science remit in November 2017.
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