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Seventeen subjects at the University of Exeter are positioned in the world’s top 100 – with 10 in the top 50 – in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.

Prestigious fellowships from The Alan Turing Institute will help nurture the next generation of data science research excellence at the University of Exeter.

Six researchers from the University are amongst a 51-strong cohort to receive Fellowships during this round, it has been announced today (Friday, March 1st 2024).

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.

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.

Researchers from the University of Exeter to receive the Fellowships are Peter Challenor and Stefan Siegert from the Mathematics department, and Ke Li, Aline Villavicencio, Chico Camargo and Man Luo from the Department of Computer Science.  These Fellows join the existing cohort of Turing Fellows from Exeter: Federico Botta and Richard Everson from the Department of Computer Science, Mark Kelson from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, David Llewellyn from the Medical School and Niccolo Tempini from the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Professor Richard Everson, Exeter’s Turing University Lead said: ““I am very pleased at the success of our data science and AI experts in being appointed as Turing Fellows.  It is a great reflection of the strength of the expertise that we have at the University of Exeter.”

The University of Exeter now has 11 Turing Fellows at the institution, out of a total of 124 nationwide – just under 10 per cent of the total.

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.”

Exeter joined the prestigious The Alan Turing Institute in 2018, having been selected due its research excellence and ability to bring new expertise and opportunities to enhance the core strengths of the Institute.

The University’s engagement with The Alan Turing Institute is led by world-leading experts through  the University’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI), which develops innovative approaches to the use of data and address some of today’s most important global and societal challenges.

 It also forms research collaborations and strategic partnerships with industry across the globe, influence government policy in data science and AI and guide public dialogue around social and ethical issues arising from technological developments.