Kate Robson Brown
University College Dublin

Kate Robson Brown is Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin, Ireland. Between 2018 – February 2024 she was Director of the Jean Golding Institute for Data Science and AI, and Professor of Engineering Mathematics and Biological Anthropology, at the University of Bristol, UK. During this time she chaired the University of Bristol Library Transformation Committee. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and AI, co-Chair of the Space Academic Network, and a Visiting Professor at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kate is an advocate for offering data science learning opportunities in schools and through extracurricular programmes within Universities, and she leads the academic stream of the ‘DataFace’ project developed with Cheltenham Science Festival. She has developed and promoted many short training courses in data science, data ethics and hazards, and data engineering which are open to all, and throughout her career has built rich teaching and research collaborations with colleagues across Africa, including Kenya (Strathmore University Data Centre), and Ghana (Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute), and South Africa (UCT). She is currently working on a project investigating the use of data science and AI in humanitarian solutions and peacebuilding, and the peaceful and equitable use of data generated from space technology.