Professor Mark Girolami

Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering, Chief Scientist, The Alan Turing Institute

Mark Girolami is a Computational Statistician having ten years experience as a Chartered Engineer within IBM. In March 2019 he was elected to the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering (1965) within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he also holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering. Girolami took up the Sir Kirby Laing Chair upon the retirement of Professor Lord Robert Mair. Professor Girolami is a fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge Professor Girolami held the Chair of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London.

Professor Girolami is also the Chief Scientist of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s National Institute for data science and artificial intelligence.He was one of the original founding Executive Directors of the institute, after which he was appointed as Strategic Programme Director at Turing.

Professor Girolami is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2007-2012), an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow (2012-2018), and a recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

He delivered the IMS Medallion Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meeting 2017, and the Bernoulli Society Forum Lecture at the European Meeting of Statisticians 2017.

In 2020 Professor Girolami delivered the BCS and IET Turing Talk in London, Manchester, and Belfast.

Professor Girolami currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Statistics and Computing and the new open access journal Data Centric Engineering published by Cambridge University Press.