Swansea University academic appointed Independent Scientific Advisor to The Alan Turing Institute

A Swansea University expert has been appointed as an Independent Scientific Advisor (ISA) within the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme at The Alan Turing Institute.

Professor Siraj Shaikh, from the Computer Science Department, will work alongside Innovate UK, Digital Catapult, The Hartree Centre, and the British Standards Institution to provide independent scientific advice, guidance, and mentoring to organisations seeking to adopt AI solutions or develop their capability and capacity in AI.

As a Professor in Systems Security and Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of CyberOwl, providing risk analytics and security monitoring for the maritime sector, Professor Shaikh has years of scientific and industrial expertise in the cybersecurity and transport domains, with an emphasis on engineering safe and secure systems.

Organisations selected for ISA support will have specific complex challenges which are often not easily addressed by training courses. As part of his new role, Professor Shaikh will help organisations overcome these barriers and enhance their AI adoption journey.

On his appointment, Professor Shaikh said: “I look forward to working closely with the BridgeAI team and the wider Turing team towards the effective adoption of safe and secure AI. A particular challenge I am excited by is the assurance of AI for innovation and industry.”

Dr Nicolas Guernion, Director of Partnerships at The Alan Turing Institute, said: “We are delighted to have Siraj join us as Independent Scientific Advisor for BridgeAI at The Alan Turing Institute. His vast expertise in cybersecurity, systems engineering, data science and AI, combined with his experience of working at the interface between research and industry makes him ideally positioned to help the BridgeAI programme support companies to accelerate their AI adoption journey.”

Find out more about the BridgeAI programme.


The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing is considered to have laid the foundations for modern-day data science and artificial intelligence.

The Institute’s goals are to undertake world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence, apply its research to real-world problems, drive economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of scientists, and shape the public conversation around data and algorithms.

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