Partnerships & founder members

The Institute expects to form a small number of strategic partnerships. Partners will be aligned with the mission of the Institute, engaged with its research and teaching, and share resources to achieve common goals. With input into research directions and the next generation of expertise, involvement with the Institute will catalyse a relationship with the future of data science.

The following strategic partnerships have already been announced:

Strategic Partnerships

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The Lloyd’s Register Foundation

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Institute will undertake a 5-year programme of work focussed on building the emerging field of data science and the role of data-centric engineering within it. Data-centric engineering, recognising the value of data as an asset in itself, puts data considerations at the core of engineering design. It improves performance, safety, reliability and efficiency of assets, infrastructures and complex machines. From cradle to grave, design to decommissioning, big data analytics will feature at all phases of the life-cycle of engineered systems, and will inform new developments as part of an iterative process. Analytics will create value from a wide range of data, informing not only asset and machine performance but linking these to the physical, economic, social, and human environments in which they sit.

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GCHQ & the Ministry of Defence

The Institute has launched a partnership with GCHQ and embarked on strategic relationships with the Ministry of Defence and two associated departments: the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Joint Forces Command.

The partnership is interested in developing data science methodologies and techniques, and in the direct application of data science.

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The Alan Turing Institute and Intel have agreed to form a strategic partnership to deliver a research programme focused on high-performance computing and data analytics. In addition, Intel will dedicate a hardware architecture team at the Institute’s facilities so that new algorithms developed by the Alan Turing Institute feed into the design of Intel’s future generations of microprocessors.

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HSBC and The Alan Turing Institute are partnering to advance research into economic data science. Over the five year deal, HSBC will fund Turing data scientists to research new methods to harness and analyse financial data with greater detail and accuracy, with the goal to help economists, researchers, policymakers and businesses to better understand economic trends.


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University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, 90 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize. Founded in 1209, the University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 departments, faculties and institutions.

Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The University sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology clusters. The Cambridge Phenomenon’ has created 1,500 hi-tech companies, 14 of them valued at over US$1 billion and two at over US$10 billion. Cambridge promotes the interface between academia and business, and has a global reputation for innovation

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University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s great universities. It brings to the Institute’s foundational programmes leading-edge research in informatics, the mathematical sciences, engineering and the social and economic sciences. In addition, the University hosts UK high-performance computing and data facilities, and has an outstanding track record of working with industry to exploit advances in computing and data science. These will help to accelerate translation of the Institute’s research breakthroughs into societal and economic benefit.

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country, rating top in the REF power rankings published by Research Fortnight. Oxford’s research involves more than 70 departments, almost 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,000 research and research support staff, and more than 5,600 graduate research students. Oxford has the highest research income from external sponsors of any UK university: £478.3m in 2013/14. The University has pioneered the successful commercial exploitation of academic research and invention, creating more than 100 companies, and files more patents each year than any other UK university. Oxford’s expertise in data science includes building fundamental data handling tools; the applications and theory of machine and deep learning; the modelling and analysis of the shape, dynamics and behaviour of large scale networks and structured objects, for example to understand and explain human behaviour; analysis of diverse data resources including voice text, image and video; and the development of an ethical framework for data science and its application in policy-making. Researchers at Oxford are working on applications with customer and citizen-facing sectors, social media, energy demand, financial markets, computer vision, engineered systems, urban environments, earth observation, human behaviour, big science, security, public policy and human genetics.

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University College London

UCL is London’s Global University: a diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to changing it for the better; recognised for our radical and critical thinking and its widespread influence; with an outstanding ability to integrate our education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity.

It is a leader in experimental data sciences, encompassing theory, experimentation and empiricism. It brings to the Institute established excellence in computer science and statistics, supported by strong pure and applied mathematics, proven translational expertise and outstanding technical resources.

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University of Warwick

The University of Warwick prides itself on excellence, innovation and ambition.

These qualities have earned Warwick an international reputation for exceptional academic and research standards. Warwick is also acclaimed for its model for co-operation between the knowledge and business sectors – a model demonstrated by Warwick’s strong links with some of the world’s most influential multinationals.

A key component of Warwick’s success has been the quality of its world-leading research in the mathematical sciences. It brings to the Institute globally-renowned expertise within pure and applied mathematics, statistics founded on statistical methodology, and in areas of computing including algorithms and discrete mathematics.

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As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, EPSRC’s vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to research, discover and innovate. By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, EPSRC is building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. EPSRC’s portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research EPSRC funds has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works collectively with its partners and other research councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.