This seminar will be held in Room 11.87, Worsley Building, at 12.30 on Thursday 5th March 2020.
Seminars are free and open for all to attend. No prior booking is required.
Each presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.
Presentation: The data science revolution in scientific research
By: Professor Jon Rowe, The Alan Turing Institute (Programme Director for Data Science for Science, and Turing Fellow)
Abstract: The use of big data methods in science has curious roots, from bioinformatics and paranormal psychology, to particle physics and social economics. These methods took a strange detour via advertising, social media and playing Go, but are now finding applications in research across the breadth of science and the humanities. We will look at a range of projects where AI is transforming research practice, and the role the Alan Turing Institute is playing in this revolution. We will then consider a number of challenges this approach presents, in which some traditional philosophical questions gain unexpected practical applications.
Biography: Jon Rowe is Professor of Natural Computation at the University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science, and Programme Director for the “Data Science for Science” programme at The Alan Turing Institute. He studied Mathematics at the University of Exeter, where he also did his PhD in Artificial Intelligence. After a brief spell in industry, he held various research positions, arriving in Birmingham in 2000. His main research areas are the theoretical analysis of randomised search heuristics (especially “nature inspired” algorithms) and the application of complex systems ideas to modelling biological and social phenomena.