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GCHQ research partnership with The Alan Turing Institute

Last Updated: 05 Aug 2015
GCHQ is delighted to be working with the Institute in a research partnership on open access and commercial data-analysis methods. 

News article - 5 Aug 2015

Announced today, The Alan Turing Institute and GCHQ have agreed in principle to work together with the wider national security community for the benefit of data science and analytics research in the UK.  Both institutions have a mission to inform policy, propagate best practice and catalyse the next generation of ideas and methods for the use of big data.  They have agreed to cooperate on training and research in data-analytical methods that may be applied in open access and commercial environments.

Established as the UK National Institute for Data Sciences, The Alan Turing Institute is a joint venture between the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL, Warwick and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Headquartered at the British Library, the institute will promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and big data for human benefit.  It will attract the best data scientists and mathematicians from the UK and across the globe to break new boundaries in how we use big data in a fast moving, competitive world.

Robert Hannigan, GCHQ’s Director, said: "GCHQ is delighted to be a partner of The Alan Turing Institute and have the opportunity to help maintain Alan Turing’s legacy for generations to come. Alan Turing spent much of his life working with data, both during and after the war, and it's a fitting tribute that his name is associated with an institute that will dedicate itself to becoming the world leader in the analysis and application of big data and algorithm research".

He added: "We believe that the Institute will allow GCHQ researchers together with our counterparts in national security and defence in the public sector to work with the best in the field, as well as providing the opportunity to share and develop our own techniques and ideas, across a broad array of sectors. This will help us meet the challenges set by the National Cyber Security Strategy."

Howard Covington, Chairman of The Alan Turing Institute, said:  "We are delighted to announce our relationship with GCHQ and the broader defence community. This takes us another step forward in building a network of strategic partners.

"GCHQ will support collaborative research on scientific matters of joint interest across a broad spectrum of possible applications. Through CESG, GCHQ’s Information Security arm, they will also advise us on our own data and information risk policies and practices. Like us, they are committed to excellence in data science and to supporting the development of the next generation of data scientists. This is great news for The Alan Turing Institute and for the UK."


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