Anna Scaife Awarded Turing AI Fellowship

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Manchester's Professor Anna Scaife has been awarded a five-year Turing AI fellowship to support her work in astrophysics.

“This fellowship will allow me to focus my research on the AI challenges facing data intensive research fields. These challenges are not only related to the volume of data we need to handle, but also to ensuring the unbiased veracity of scientific results.”- Professor Anna Scaife

The Office for Artificial Intelligence, The Alan Turing Institute and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have worked together to successfully attract the Turing AI Fellows, some of the best research talent from around the world. The Turing AI Fellows, are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds and will be tackling research challenges ranging from sustainable aviation to AI for discovery in data intensive astrophysics.

Anna’s Turing AI Fellowship focuses on AI for discovery in data intensive astrophysics. In this era of big data astrophysics, radio telescopes like the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) have data rates so large that the raw data cannot be stored, and even using the compressed data products requires a super-computer. Anna will develop new machine learning approaches to deal efficiently with these huge data volumes, and address the question of how we can still allow for discovery when such processing is completely automated. In particular, she will focus on how we can incorporate knowledge from historical data into the machine learning for new experiments like the SKA without introducing biases that adversely affect the results. She is partnering with the SKA Organisation and IBM Research to carry out this Fellowship.

“Allowing for new discoveries and identifying novel signals that don’t fit a known pattern is part of scientific discovery, and we must be careful not to lose the capacity for discovery when automating AI on this scale.”- Professor Anna Scaife

To continue attracting outstanding AI talent, a new call for the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship opens today (24 October 2019). In addition, details of the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships have also been released and this call will open in early November. Together, both calls have received £37.5 million of investment to support a number of fellows over five years. 

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