Professor David Robertson, professor, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and co-director of Health Data Research UK, Scotland node
David Robertson is a professor in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and is co-director of Health Data Research UK’s Scotland node. He has been head of School of Informatics at Edinburgh, which is the largest UK computing science department in the UK in terms of research power. He was also head of College of Science & Engineering at Edinburgh. His computing research is on Artificial Intelligence, specialising in formal methods for coordination and knowledge sharing between (human/artificial) agents in distributed systems where a high degree of autonomy is expected in the components of the underlying system. This is one of the enablers for AI at large scale. He chaired the executive of the UK Computing Research Committee (the expert panel of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology) and has served on strategic advisory groups for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and Innovate UK. He was a member of the governance board for the Scottish Innovation Centre in Data Science and he was on the supervisory board for EIT Digital (Europe’s largest digital innovation ecosystem). As a consultant, he is Chief Scientific Advisor for Huawei in the UK.