Centre for Statistics

The 6th David Finney Lecture (2022)

Data Centric Engineering: A New Concept?

Abstract: Lord Kelvin stated that ‘To Measure is to Know’. The role of experiment, empirical observation and data have always been core to the development of the empirical laws of the engineering sciences and associated professions. So, what does Data Centric Engineering actually mean? Is this yet another bandwagon of hype or is there substance behind the term? This talk will highlight the role of recent advances in the mathematical and statistical sciences and how they are transforming the study and practice of engineering. 


Professor Mark Girolami (University of Cambridge)

Professor Mark Girolami is the Chief Scientist of The Alan Turing institute, the UK’s National Institute for data science and artificial intelligence and took up this role in October 2021. He was one of the original founding Executive Directors of the Institute and previous to his role as Chief Scientist he led the Turing’s Data-centric Engineering programme, which is principally funded by Lloyd’s Registry Foundation.   In 2019, Mark was elected to the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he also holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering. He is a fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge.  Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Mark held the Chair of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  





Oct 13 2022 -

The 6th David Finney Lecture (2022)

Professor Mark Girolami (University of Cambridge) presented the 6th David Finney Lecture

Appleton Tower -- Lecture Theatre 3