Bayes Centre

Edinburgh Leadership

The Edinburgh Turing leadership team

Michael Rovatsos

Turing University Lead (TUL), Edinburgh

As Turing Academic Lead, Michael is the main link between the University and the Turing Institute on matters relating to research policy and associated strategy.  He is also responsible for strengthening Turing activities within Edinburgh through encouraging engagement of staff with Turing.

Michael is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the School of Informatics, Deputy Vice Principal of Research, and Director of the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. His academic research interests are mainly in multiagent systems, i.e. systems where either artificial or human agents collaborate or compete with each other. In recent years, much of his work has focused on ethical aspects of AI, primarily through the development of methods for designing fair and diversity-aware AI algorithms and architectures that adapt to the values of human users. Michael has authored around 100 scientific articles on various topics in AI, and has been involved in research projects that have received around £17 million of external funding.

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Neil McGillivray

University Liaison Manager , Edinburgh

As University Liaison Manager, Neil is the main administrative and operational link between the University and the Alan Turing Institute.  Via his role as Bayes Centre Chief Operating Officer, Neil coordinates all Turing related research funding, related secondment agreements and the Edinburgh programme of events and communications – providing the main interface between Turing, the Edinburgh Research Office, our Schools and academic colleagues.  Neil is also focussed on strengthening the relationship between our Edinburgh (and Data Driven Innovation programme) academic and research strategy with the aims and range of opportunities provided by the Turing Institute.


Neil is Convenor of the Bayes Executive Group and has a breath of cross-disciplinary expertise in resource management, strategic planning, academic engagement, transformational change and curriculum development, previously serving in senior University of Edinburgh Director of Professional Services positions, and as a seconded Service Excellence Programme Lead in Student Administration & Support.

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Sethu Vijayakumar

Programme co-Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Alan Turing Institute

Sethu is Programme co-Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Alan Turing Institute, with responsibility for defining and driving the institute's Robotics and Autonomous Systems agenda.

He is the Professor of Robotics at the University of Edinburgh, UK and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. He holds the prestigious Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-funded by Microsoft Research and is also an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. He has pioneered the use of large scale machine learning techniques in the real-time control of several iconic robotic platforms such as the SARCOS and the HONDA ASIMO humanoids, KUKA-LWR robot arm and iLIMB prosthetic hand. His latest project (2016) involves a collaboration with NASA Johnson Space Centre on the Valkyrie humanoid robot being prepared for unmanned robotic pre-deployment missions to Mars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a judge on BBC Robot Wars and winner of the 2015 Tam Dalyell Prize for excellence in engaging the public with science.

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Lukasz Szpruch

Programme Director for Finance and Economics, and Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute

Lukasz is Programme Director for Finance and Economics and Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.  Lukasz is a Reader (Associate Professor) at the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh. Before moving to Edinburgh, he was a Nomura Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mathematics, University of Oxford, and a member of the Oxford-Man Institute for Quantitative Finance.

Lukasz has a broad research interest in probability theory, mean-field models, stochastic control, statistics and quantitative finance. He is also pursuing research on deep neural networks and reinforcement learning. He has run projects jointly with the financial services industry on topics such as model calibration or risk computation. Apart from finance, he is also working on problems that arise in cyber security, energy markets and insurance.

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Richard Kenway

Alan Turing Institute Trustees

Vice-Principal Professor Richard Kenway OBE FRSE FInstP FLSW CPhys DPhil BSc, University of Edinburgh

Professor Kenway was appointed to the Tait Chair of Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh in 1994. His research explores the connections between quantum field theory and machine learning. As Vice-Principal, Professor Kenway is responsible for promoting advanced computing, artificial intelligence and data science technologies to benefit society and the economy. In the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours, Professor Kenway was awarded an OBE for services to science. He is the Senior Independent Member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

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Arthur Trew

University of Edinburgh representative on the Turing University Partnerships Board

Assistant Principal Professor Arthur Trew BSc PhD FRSE FRSA

Professor of the University’s Assistant Principal Computational Science and its representative on the Turing University Partnerships Board. 

Following Fellowships in Physics he was a founding member of EPCC; in 1995, he became the Centre's Director, the Deputy Director of the National e-Science Centre in 2001, Professor of Computational Science in 2006, and Deputy Director of the Bayes Centre in 2015. During his tenure as Director, EPCC was rated as “the finest example of commercialising the science base in Scotland”, and "one of the top centres for computational science in Europe". He stepped down as Director of EPCC in 2010 when he became Head of Physics and Astronomy, but maintains as active involvement as Chair of its Board.


Prof Trew has held over £195M of range of Research Grants and contracts and is a Director of UOE HPCx Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University which holds, and manages, high-value computational contracts. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (2008) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2011). From 2014 – 2017 he was Deputy Head of the College of Science and Engineering and was appointed to be the University’s Assistant Principal Computational Science (2014 - date).

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