Professor Mark Girolami selected as Chief Scientist of The Alan Turing Institute | Cambridge Network
University of Cambridge Professor Mark Girolami has been announced as The Alan Turing Institute’s first Chief Scientist, responsible for the creation and delivery of the Institute’s scientific and innovation strategy, as well as its approach to ethics and responsible innovation.
The appointment of Professor Girolami to the newly-created role comes at a critical moment for UK science and technology, in particular, AI and data science, following the UK government’s first-ever National AI Strategy, launched recently with a new 10-year plan to make the UK a global AI superpower.
Professor Girolami is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge, where he also holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data-Centric Engineering (DCE) and is an Academic Director for the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).
A globally renowned and inspirational research leader whose expertise uniquely spans the main data science and AI disciplines of computing science, statistical science, applied mathematics, and engineering, Professor Girolami has held senior academic professorial posts in some of the UK’s world-leading universities. In addition, he brings a wealth of industrial, business, and commercial experience, having worked for a decade with IBM.