Tom Rodden

Professor Tom Rodden is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham. His research is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together a range of disciplines to tackle the emerging human, social, ethical and technical challenges as computing becomes a ubiquitous feature of our world and we increasingly use personal data and AI technologies.

At Nottingham, he co-leads the Mixed Reality Lab ( an interdisciplinary research facility and creative studio that is home to a team of over 70 researchers and media artists with strong links to the creative and cultural industries. He founded and co-directed the RCUK Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (, a university wide interdisciplinary research centre and previously directed the EPSRC Equator IRC ( which showcased some of the first applications of mobile technologies to support tourism and worked with leading art groups to produce innovative award winning media performances.

Prior to joining DCMS he was Deputy Executive Chair of EPSRC where he was responsible for research strategy and acted as the UKRI lead in both AI and e-Infrastructure, driving several large scale initiatives that span multiple disciplines across UKRI. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the a Fellow of the BCS