Dr Drew Hemment is Chancellors Fellow and Reader at Edinburgh Futures Institute within the University of Edinburgh, where he leads the Experiential AI group, and is PI of The New Real (AHRC, SFC, EPSRC) in partnership with Edinburgh's Festivals and The Alan Turing Institute. He is a member of the ATI Arts, Humanities and Heritage Steering Group and the Turing AI & Arts Interest Group.
As a Turing Fellow, Hemment is working to develop a research agenda for the coming decade on AI and the arts, and to build a national capability for the UK in this highly significant area. Hemment has a repeat track record of internationally leading and shaping research domains, including Data Art, Open Data, Human-Centred Smart Cities, and Citizens' Observatories. He has worked with cities and nations representing culture and research at the highest level, and was prominent in shaping the field of digital arts in Europe over 30 years. His research has been covered by New York Times, BBC and NBC and recognised by awards from the arts, technology and environmental sectors. In 1995, Hemment founded FutureEverything, he was awarded a PhD at Lancaster University in 1999, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2009.