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Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

As our host Professor Fitt welcomes us to Oxford Brookes, one of the UK’s leading teaching universities and an internationally recognised centre for research in science and the humanities. He’ll tell us why Oxford Brookes is focusing its attention on robotics and AI, and forging pioneering partnerships with industry to bring that research into the real world.

Alistair came to Oxford Brookes in 2011 after 22 years at the University of Southampton, latterly as Head of Mathematics and Pro-Vice Chancellor International.  He specialises in industrial applied mathematics research, has published extensively on that subject and works with mathematicians from around the world to apply mathematics to unsolved industrial problems.  He maintains close connections with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, is a council member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and has recently completed an eight year term as Executive Secretary of ICIAM, the worldwide organisation for Applied Mathematics.  He is member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a non-executive director for several companies.