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Dr Tom Monks becomes Turing Institute fellow

17 December 2018

Dr Thomas Monks has become a Fellow of the Turing Institute at the University of Southampton .

He says it opens up some great opportunities: "Southampton's membership of the Alan Turing Institute opens a whole new world of opportunity for NIHR CLAHRC research in data science and AI. I am delighted to be welcomed into the Turing community at Southampton and can already see new collaborations on the horizon that will build on the CLAHRC achievements in urgent, emergency and community based care. I look forward learning new approaches and perspectives on machine learning, data visualisation and the ethics of data science that can be applied to benefit the people who use the NHS and Social Care in the UK"

This honour is in recognition of his work as Director of the CLAHRC Wessex Data Science hub, which has been using data to model, analyse and simulate health systems in our NHS and communities. That wide-ranging work has for example helped identify patients at risk of developing illness or disease from routinely collected health data, or in another case create a real-time simulation of a working Hospital Emergency Department to help managers better design the way it works.

Professor Anne Rogers, Director of NIHR CLAHC Wessex, has welcomed the news: “ We are delighted to hear about this news. This is a great opportunity for Dr Monks and reflects his focus of interest on tackling the wicked problems of our contemporary health systems. The work he has led on for CLAHRC Wessex aligns very well with the focus of the ATI which seeks to apply data sciences to tackling real world problems.“

The University of Southampton became a University Partner of The Alan Turing Institute in 2018.

All new universities joining the Turing network have been admitted based on the excellence of their research and its alignment with the Institute’s research interests, their ability to bring new expertise and opportunities which add to the core strengths of the Institute and its existing partners, and their willingness to contribute financially to the Institute.

Southampton researchers work together alongside the Institute’s industry, government and third sector partners to spearhead cutting-edge research and apply this research to real-world problems, with the goal to create lasting effects for science, society and the world we live in.

"Turing Fellows are established scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence, or a related field. They contribute to new ideas, drive collaborative projects, secure external funding and provide research expertise which is actively connected with the Institute and its network of universities and industry partners. They also contribute to the activities and training at the core of the Institute’s mission and the ongoing development of the next generation of researchers." The Alan Turing Institute

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