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Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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We boast a strong track record in translating our research into practical applications by collaborating with external organisations. The applications of Data Science and AI are felt across a broad range of businesses and sectors. We partner with industries as varied as Health, Environmental, Sustainability, Climate, Transport and Engineering while cutting-edge innovations are being developed in cybersecurity, IoT and high-performance computing. This work is underpinned by work on the philosophy of AI and the extent to which conceptual and ethical assumptions are built into algorithms.

Our specialists can work with you on:

  • Machine Learning
  • Data analytics
  • Statistical Science
  • Optimisation
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Data driven Computer Vision
  • Dynamic modelling and simulation
  • Complex systems and network analysis
  • Social and Environmental Data Science
  • Computer Security
  • Network Science
  • Human Dynamics and Urban Systems

Skills development

Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence - We offer a four-year training programme where students are taught how to use Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to understand the complex interactions between the environment, climate, natural ecosystems, human social and economic systems, and health. We work with 12 industrial partners in delivering the programme, including Met Office and Ordnance Survey.

Degree Apprenticeships offer an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting, training and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates to your business

Partnerships and Collaborations

Alan Turing InstituteThe University of Exeter is a university partner of the Alan Turning Institute – the national institute for data science. Together with the rest of Turing’s university and industry partners, Exeter is part of the Institute’s collaborative effort to apply data science research to real-world problems and train the next generation. Alan BrownDavid Plans and David Lopez from Exeter INDEX team have been awarded three Alan Turing Institute fellowships for expert research in Data Science and AI.

Institute of Coding - The University of Exeter is one of 25 universities who make up the Institute of Coding, which brings together Universities, industry and other partners to enhance digital skills across the UK.

Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab - We help small businesses scale up via the Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab. The University of Exeter is the lead partner in the Impact Lab, which provides deep technical assistance to SMEs that have a big data and/or environmental futures opportunity to address in order to grow to the next level.

South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications - We lead the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. In partnership with University of Plymouth and Falmouth University, we help businesses exploit the use of satellite data, technology and applications to gain a competitive advantage in a global market. Key research areas include marine/maritime industry, mining and agritech and food supply.

We also collaborate with BT, UK Hydrographic Office, Office for National Statistics and the Met Office Informatics Lab.  


ISCA - The University of Exeter's advanced computing facility, is used for a wide range of environmental intelligence research including climate modelling, computational fluid dynamics and modelling global air quality. For more information on ISCA please email the ISCA team >>

Institutes and Centres

Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) – The IDSAI’s vision is to develop innovative approaches to the use of data and artificial intelligence in modern society.

South West Institute of Technology - A multimillion pound bid, led by the University of Exeter, to establish an Institute of Technology in the South West. The Institute brings together experts from South West Universities, the Met Office and Oxygen House to revolutionise digital technology education. 

The Alan Turing Institute (known as the Turing) was created in 2015 as the national Institute for Data Science and AI. The University of Exeter is one of 13 partner Universities that the Turing has. Over 400 researchers collaborate at the Turing, including 147 Turing Fellows from across the 13 partner Universities. Exeter formally joined the Turing network in April 2018 and has 24 Turing Fellows.

Q-Step Centre - Q-Step research takes an interdisciplinary and data-driven focus to address major societal challenges. Our approach to research is interdisciplinary and works across the University of Exeter and with a number of industry partners. Q-Step’s interdisciplinary research activity also offers an opportunity for our students to learn-by-observing data analysis and to be part of cutting-edge research.


Dr Isabel Gonzalez - Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Partnerships


Phone: 01392 272361


Kitty Adhamy-Nichol - Impact and Partnership Development Manager, AI in Society


Phone: 01392 726937