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University of Reading receives Turing Award

By Laurence Mcclenaghan
23 February 2022

The University of Reading has been awarded a first Turing Network Development Award by the Turing Institute.

Reading was one of 21 UK universities to receive the prestigious award.

Recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the computing world and named after computer pioneer, Alan Turing, awards are bestowed to mark contributions of lasting significance in computing.

Sarah Werts, business relationship manager at the University of Reading Knowledge Transfer Centre, said: “The University’s ambition in data science and AI is reflected in the Thames Valley AI Hub, which has around 1,300 members, and the University’s internal AI Community of Practice, which has more than 100 members across several disciplines.

“The appetite and engagement shown by the membership and initial activities demonstrates the potential a Turing Network award has in boosting collaboration and joint initiatives.”

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The award, in collaboration with the Thames Valley AI Hub, will enable the University to grow an engaged and diverse community, at all career stages, in data science and AI focusing on a number of priority areas.

The targeted areas include computer vision, environmental science, and the creative arts.

More widely, the Turing Institute recognise that the collaboration with Reading and other funded universities will continue to allow the Institute to grow into a national resource.

Professor James Ferryman, Turing Network Lead for Reading and Research Division Leader for the Department of Computer Science, said: “ I am thrilled that the University of Reading’s excellence in data science and AI has been recognised in this award.

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