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Drew Hemment

Professor of Data Arts and Societyat University of Edinburgh
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United Kingdom
Focus area: Data Art, Science

Professor Drew Hemment is Theme Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at The Alan Turing Institute, and Professor of Data Arts and Society at the University of Edinburgh. He is Principal Investigator of The New Real (www.newreal.cc) at The Alan Turing Institute and University of Edinburgh, which has advanced a transformative research agenda and a national platform on AI, Arts and Creativity. 
As Theme Lead at The Alan Turing Institute, Hemment investigates how the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences can shape emerging AI, and increase understanding on the fundamental interactions and synergies between AI, humans and physical systems. Hemment conducts research in the emerging field of Experiential AI, which addresses the task of providing end users with richer modes of model understanding and greater agency in co-creative experiments with AI. This area sits at the intersection of Visual Arts, Critical Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Explainable AI and Data Science, and proposes that creative research methods can help the AI field to develop in a societally responsible manner. Central to this is the development of transdisciplinary concepts, methods and tools to open up technology and data for exploration and discovery, and connect science and data to applications and impacts in the real world. 
Drew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Turing Fellow, and an Editorial Advisor at Leonardo. In 1995, Drew founded FutureEverything, named by The Guardian one of the top 10 ideas festivals in the world. In 2016, he founded the GROW Observatory, the world’s first continental scale citizens’ observatory. 
His work has been recognised by 14 international awards including Soil Award 2019 (Winner), STARTS Prize 2018 (Honorary Mention), Lever Prize 2010 (Winner), and Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Honorary Mention). 
@toodrew @newrealcc www.newreal.cc

Journal Articles:
Theoretical Perspective

Experiential AI: Between Arts and Explainable AI

June 2024
General Articles

Reordering the Assemblages of the Digital through Art and Open Prototyping

October 2020
Special Issue: Pacific Rim New Media Summit Companion

Locative Arts

August 2006
Special Section: Leonardo Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci

Resurrecting Leonardo's Great Lady: A Collaboration

October 2008

Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research

February 2010

Environment 2.0: Participatory Mass Observation

April 2010
Special Section: Environment 2.0

Participatory Mass Observation and Citizen Science

February 2011
Special Section: Environment 2.0

Climate Bubbles: Games to Monitor Urban Climate

February 2011
Special Section: Environment 2.0

Biotagging Manchester: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Biodiversity

February 2011
Special Section: Environment 2.0

100 Years of Climate Change: A Night-Time Audio Walk

February 2011

Trust in Invisible Agents

October 2018

Toward Fairness, Morality and Transparency in Artificial Intelligence through Experiential AI

October 2019