Turing / Wednesday, 28 November, 2018

Professor Mark Birkin announced as the new lead for Urban Analytics at the Turing Institute


Today the Alan Turing Institute has announced a new urban analytics research programme, led by the University of Leeds.


The Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, with nine strategic research programmes in areas such as artificial intelligence, health and public policy.

Urban analytics is the latest priority to be announced and will be led by Professor Mark Birkin, Director of LIDA.

Professor Birkin said: “The Institute has announced its urban analytics programme at an opportune time. New data from ‘smart cities’ is providing transformative insights all over the world.

Devices ranging from wearable tech to smart tickets will permit deeper understanding of behaviour and lifestyles, economic prosperity, mobility and health – with positive impacts for business, planners and policymakers as well as the scientific community. The Turing is ideally placed to exploit these opportunities through the advancement of methods ranging from visual simulation to artificial intelligence.

I am looking forward to working with the Turing’s unique network of universities and external partners to create an ambitious programme of academic investigation with real world impact.”

The University and the Turing have a shared commitment to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better.

For more information, view the University’s full press release here.