Computer scientist elected Fellow of Royal Society

Thursday, 16 May 2024

Computer Scientist and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Tom Rodden has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Professor Rodden has been announced as one of the 90 exceptional researchers from across the world who have just been announced as the latest cohort of Fellows.

Tom Rodden has championed a human centred approach to computing by drawing upon a range of disciplines to understand and tackle the technical, human and societal challenges emerging from people’s interaction with digital technologies and the use of personal data.

Tom joined the University of Nottingham in 2001 and with colleagues in the Mixed Reality Lab directed several large research endeavours shaped he interdisciplinary fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Ubiquitous Computing. He was one of the founding members of the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, a university-wide interdisciplinary research centre that explored the use of personal data.

He was seconded from Nottingham in 2016 to act as Deputy Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where we he was responsible for research strategy, acting as the UK Research and Innovation lead in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital research Infrastructure. He then served as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture prior to his appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham in 2023. As CSA he contributed to a broad range of digital strategies and policies and provided scientific support to the depart throughout the Covid pandemic.

I am delighted and proud to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. I have had the great fortune to work with so many incredible friends and colleagues on amazing research projects over the years. It means so much to be recognised in this way and I look forward to continuing to help drive progress across our research community.
Professor Tom Rodden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: “I am pleased to welcome such an outstanding group into the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

“This new cohort have already made significant contributions to our understanding of the world around us and continue to push the boundaries of possibility in academic research and industry.

“From visualising the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to leading the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, their diverse range of expertise is furthering human understanding and helping to address some of our greatest challenges.

“It is an honour to have them join the Fellowship.”

Congratulations to Professor Rodden on becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society. As a member of our Executive Board, Tom is playing a key role in implementing our research strategy, helping to drive forward our plans to transform our research quality, performance and culture. We are delighted that his achievements as a leader in his field, and his commitment and passion for furthering research and research impact have been recognised.
Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham

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