Mark Girolami is an academic statistician who 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 takes up the Sir Kirby Laing Chair upon the retirement of Professor Lord Robert Mair. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge Professor Girolami held the Chair of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London.

The research of Professor Girolami lies at the intersection of the Statistical, Mathematical, and Computing Sciences, where he has made contributions to the development of Bayesian Statistics, Machine Learning and applications in the Engineering and Natural Sciences.

He was one of the original founding Executive Directors of the Alan Turing Institute the UK鈥檚 national institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. He then was appointed as Strategic Programme Director at Turing, where he established and led the Lloyd鈥檚 Register Foundation Programme on Data Centric Engineering until 2021. In September 2021 he was appointed as the first Chief Scientist of the Alan Turing Institute.

Professor Girolami is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 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 teh 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 the IET Turing Talk in London, Manchester and Belfast.

Professor Girolami for a decade served as the Editor-in-Chief of Statistics and Computing and was founding Editor-in-Chief the new open access journal Data Centric Engineering published by Cambridge University Press.