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The new cohort of Turing Fellows will tackle science and innovation challenges, and support our work in skills and public engagement

The entrance to the Turing Institute

A new cohort of 51 Turing Fellows have joined the Institute from universities and research institutes across the UK, starting today (Friday 1st March).

The Turing Fellowship Scheme aims to grow the data science and AI ecosystem in the UK by supporting, retaining and developing the careers of the next generation of world leading researchers, whilst contributing to the Institute’s overarching goals.

Research interests of the new fellows span everything from evolutionary studies, human genetics, energy justice and the future of cities to biodiversity loss.

Oxford has three Turing Fellows from this call, all based in MPLS:

Professor James Naismith, Head of MPLS Division, commented:

"I’m thrilled to celebrate three newly announced Turing Fellows from our division in MPLS, Xiaowen Dong, Noa Zilberman, and Varun Kanade, representing the fields of Engineering and Computer Science. The news underscores the exceptional talent within our division and highlights our commitment to advancing the frontiers of data science and AI. This science is going to change the world, the University is continuing to lead in ensuring these developments benefit us all."

As well as taking part in the Turing’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research community, the new fellows will also support work in the areas of skills and public engagement.

The Turing Fellows were appointed through an open call which is anticipated to run on an annual basis. Future calls will be aligned closely to the Institute’s goals.

Professor Mark Girolami, Chief Scientist, The Alan Turing Institute said:

“I’m delighted to welcome a new cohort of Turing Fellows, brought to us from across our University Network in recognition of their status as the next generation of world leading researchers in the data sciences, AI and related fields.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the immense value they will add to our diverse and vibrant science and innovation community, including playing a critical role in the delivery the Turing’s strategy as we strive to change the world for the better through data science and AI.”