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October 14th 2021

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St Hugh’s Fellows named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year

Congratulations to St Hugh’s Fellows, Professor Alessandro Abate, Tutorial Fellow in Computer Science, and Professor Rafael Perera, Fellow in Medical Statistics, who were among the 33 University of Oxford researchers named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year. Professor Abate, who is Professor of Verification and Control at the University’s Department of Computer Science and Professor Perera, Professor of Medical Statistics at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, received the accolade in recognition of their research on data science and AI research in Oxford.

Professor Abate’s research interests lie in the analysis, verification, and optimal control of heterogeneous and complex dynamical models and in their applications in safety-critical domains, such as autonomy and space, as well as energy, and in minor part also in the life sciences (systems biology). He is interested in a principled integration of model-based mathematical techniques — in particular using probability and logic — with data-driven statistical algorithms from Machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). His affiliation with Alan Turing Institute in London, which dates back to 2016, will bolster his research, supporting him on all aspects related to data science, ML and AI.

Professor Perera’s research interests lie in the use of tests (e.g. biomarkers, scores, signs and symptoms) for clinical decision making with a strong focus into primary care.  He has been involved in understanding how these tests could be used for diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring. Within this paradigm, he is particularly interested in how information from electronic health records could be used to improve health care processes.

The 400 fellows announced by the Alan Turing Institute are drawn from across its 13 partner universities and are established scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence, or a related field. They contribute to new ideas, drive collaborative projects that deliver impact, and help to grow the institute’s research capacity and its diverse network of partner organisations.

The full list of fellows from the University of Oxford who were made Turing Fellows 2020/21 can be found here.

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