Professor Alun Preece

Professor Alun Preece

Deputy Head of School, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Co-director of Crime and Security Research Institute

School of Computer Science and Informatics

I am Co-Director of Cardiff University's Crime & Security Research Institute and lead the Data and Knowledge Engineering research group in the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

I was UK Academic Technical Area Leader for the Network and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance (NIS ITA, 2006-2016), funded by the US & UK Governments and led by IBM. I am currently the UK Academic Technical Area Leader for the new US/UK Distributed Analytics and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance (DAIS ITA, 2016-2026) in which I also lead the project Anticipatory Situational Understanding involving a team from Airbus, BAE Systems, IBM, UCL, and UCLA.

I am Scientific Co-Director for the Open Source Communications Analytics Research (OSCAR) Centre.

I was born in Cardiff and spent the first 24 years of my life in Wales. I obtained my BSc and PhD in computer science from Swansea, after which I spent five post-doctoral years in Canada (at Concordia University, Montréal) and France (at the University of Savoie, Chambéry). Returning to the UK in 1994, I spent 13 years at the University of Aberdeen in Computing Science. In December 2007 I returned to my home city, as Professor of Intelligent Systems and Director of Research in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.

My research focuses on techniques for information provisioning and decision-support in complex environments centred on human-computer collaboration and human-machine teams.

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