Tuesday 13th March, 16:15, Main Stage – Data as infrastructure: driving growth and innovation (Seminar)

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Principal of Jesus College. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI).

In 2009, Sir Nigel was appointed Information Adviser to the UK Government, helping transform public access to Government information and including the widely acclaimed data.gov.uk site.

With over 500 publications, he researches and publishes on computer science, artificial intelligence, open data and web science. During his career, he has also worked in philosophy, psychology and linguistics. Since 2000, he has secured 17 projects as Principal Investigator with a value of over £20 million pounds.

He is currently Principal Investigator on a £6.14m EPSRC-funded Programme Grant, researching the theory of social machines and web-scale problem-solving systems comprising large numbers of humans and computers.

In 2006, he was one of three founding Directors of Garlik Ltd, which in 2008 was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum, and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship Award. Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd in 2011. In 2013, he was awarded a Knighthood for services to science and engineering.

He is a member of the GDS (Government Digital Services) Advisory Board. At the request of the Government, he recently chaired a review of Computer Sciences Accreditation and Employability. In 2015, the Chancellor asked him to Co-Chair the UK-French Data Taskforce.