Computer Science Professor selected for top scientific adviser role

Professor Tom Rodden has been appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Tom Rodden is a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham. He founded and co-directed the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, a university-wide interdisciplinary research centre focusing on the use of personal data in the digital economy. He has explore the role of digital technologies across the culture and creative sectors exploiting a range of mobile and novel interactive technologies. He is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Tackling computer challenges

His research brings together a range of human and technical disciplines, technologies and techniques to tackle the human, social, ethical and technical challenges involved in ubiquitous computing and the increasing use of personal data and he has acted as technical advisor to companies including; the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, Mobile Life (a Swedish centre of excellence) and been a visiting scientist at Xerox PARC and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

Tom is also the Deputy Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where he is responsible for research strategy, acting as the UK Research and Innovation lead in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-Infrastructure.

Vibrant creative economy

Professor Rodden says: “I am very pleased to have been selected for this Chief Scientific Adviser role and I am looking forward to working with new colleagues at DCMS and across government to ensure the UK has a vibrant creative economy, benefits from its world-leading cultural assets and stays at the leading edge of the digital revolution.”

In his new role Professor Rodden will ensure that the department’s policies aresupported by the best science and technology advice available, advise ministers and senior officials onscience and technology matters,provide professional leadership to thespecialists within DCMS, work with the wider community of ChiefScientific Advisers to address cross-departmental issuesand build a network of scientific expertiseand communicate effectively between government, academia and industry.

Permanent Secretary for DCMS Sue Owen says: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Tom Rodden as the new Chief Scientific Adviser at theDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Tom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his expertise from Nottingham University and is a great addition to the DCMS family. I look forward to working with him across all of our sectors."