As a Turing University Network member, the University of Birmingham partners with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI.  

The Alan Turing Institute

Since joining the prestigious national institute for data sciences and Artificial Intelligence, the Alan Turing Institute, in 2018, the University has re-committed to this partnership, joining the new Turing University Network in April of 2023.

Established in 2015, the institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, the distinguished mathematician and computer scientist whose seminal work in the 1950s laid the theoretical and philosophical foundations of AI. Based at the British Library in London, “The Turing” is a hub for collaboration between universities, business, and public/third sector organisations in eight key challenge areas that will have major impacts for UK science, our economy, and our society.

Our researchers are collaborating with and contributing to the Turing activities across its programme areas on projects ranging from fundamental theory through to applications in materials science and healthcare, including:

Our Turing Team

Turing University Lead

Slava JankinProfessor Slava Jankin, Chair in Data Science and Government, School of Government

As Turing Academic Lead, Slava works to continuously strengthen the partnership between the two organisations and the broader Turing University Network, forming new scientific and strategic partnerships and opportunities. Slava sits on the Research and Innovation Advisory Committee.



Turing Fellows

The University of Birmingham is thrilled to introduce our latest cohort of Turing Fellows—a dynamic group of researchers poised to shape the future of data science and artificial intelligence. Comprising both new appointees and returning scholars, these outstanding academics embody excellence and innovation.

Turing Fellowships recognise established researchers who stand on the cusp of becoming global leaders. They have demonstrated research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence, and related domains. Beyond their scholarly pursuits, Turing Fellows champion equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring that our research ecosystem thrives on a rich tapestry of perspectives.  The Turing Fellowships extend beyond mere recognition; they provide a platform for meaningful engagement. Researchers forge lasting connections with the Institute, creating ties that endure beyond the fellowship’s lifetime.

Meet Our Birmingham Turing Fellows:

Sylvie DelacroixProfessor Sylvie Delacroix, Professor in Law and Ethics

Professor Delacroix’s research focuses on the intersection between law and ethics, with a particular interest in habits and the infrastructure that molds our habits (data-reliant tools are an increasingly big part of that infrastructure). 



Luisa OrsiniProfessor Luisa Orsini, Professor of Evolutionary Systems Biology and Environmental Omics, School of Biosciences

Professor Orsini applies high throughput sequencing technologies and AI to understand the impact of environmental change on freshwater ecosystems.



Xilin Xia

Dr Xilin Xia, Assistant Professor in Resilience Engineering, School of Engineering.

Dr Xia's research interests cover computational hydraulics, high-performance computing, machine learning and their applications in modelling and understanding hydraulic, hydrological, and geotechnical processes involved in natural hazards such as flooding and landslides. 


Yufeng ZhangProfessor Yufeng Zhang, Chair in Operations Management, Head of the Department of Management

Professor Zhang's work aims to help companies cope with complex challenges and opportunities in managing global network operations with a primary focus on sustainability, digitalisation and engineering innovation. 



Kit Windows-YuleDr Christopher (Kit) Windows-Yule, Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering

Dr Windows-Yule's research interests concern the dynamics of particulate, fluid, and multiphase systems and the development of novel experimental and numerical methodologies through which these systems can be explored. 



Turing Liaison (Professional Service)

Interim Turing Liaison (Professional Service): Jessica Mylchreest, Head of Institute Operations (IIDSAI).
Contact: turingliasion@contacts.bham.ac.uk