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Huma joined Coventry University in June 2014 from Reading University where she gained her PhD in 'Deception-detection and machine intelligence in Practical Turing tests'. She worked on the EU FP7 funded 'RoboLaw' project (http://www.robolaw.eu/). She is Director of Science (Co-Investigator with PI Professor Neil Forbes, Faculty of Arts and Humanities) leading an eleven partner international team on an EU Horizon2020 research and innovation project. The CSI-COP project will use a citizen science approach to investigate tracking-by-default and GDPR compliance in website cookies and smart phone apps. More information on the EU Horizon2020 project can be found here: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/873169

Huma is co-author of 'Turing's Imitation Game: Conversations with the Unknown', published by Cambridge University Press in September 2016: http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2016/10/turings-imitation-game-a-qa-with-co-author-huma-shah/

The impact of Huma’s research is illustrated through her profile on Academia.edu : she is within the top 5% with over 20,000 research article views/reads/downloads.

She is a Member of the European Platform for Women Scientists, the EU AI Alliance and the CLAIRE network of AI labs. She organised two Loebner Prizes for Artificial Intelligence (2006 at UCL; 2008 at Reading University). She is a member of the Alan Turing Centenary Advisory Committee and was active in raising awareness of Turing’s work for centenary events. She coorganised Turing100in2012 at Bletchley Park which gained the London2012 Inspire Mark for Education. She coordinated the Turing2014 experiment at The Royal Society London, June 2014 in which 1/3rd of judges did not correctly classify Eugene Goostman machine.

Forthcoming international activity:

  • Invited talks in the 2nd Latin American 'Brain and Mind Evolution' Symposium, August 27- September 3, 2019, Montevideo, Uruguay: http://www.iibce.edu.uy/ 

Recent invited talks include:

  • AI Gems in Historical Text. 13 February 2019. Invited talk in Bar-Ilan workshop on technological tools for manuscript research. Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel: https://is.biu.ac.il/en/album/3656
  • Trust in AI, Social Robots and Conversational Agents. 22 November, 2018. Keynote at University of Amsterdam, RPA Communication Lecture Series: http://www.digicomlab.eu/events/current-events/special-session-trust-in-ai-social-robots-and-conversational-agents-with-dr-huma-shah/

  • 'Turing's Substantive vs. Simulated Intelligence: can a machine answer any question?' 15-16 November 2018. Keynote in 'Rethinking, Reworking and Revolutionising the Turing test' interdisciplinary conference, University of Edinburgh: https://turingtest2018.wordpress.com/
  • 'Can AI buttress safety & security?' 20 June 2018 in CityForum/IFSEC International 2018, ExCel London: https://www.cityforum.co.uk/event/ifsec-international-2018/
  • In EEMA 2018 Conference, Microsoft London, 13-14 June: 'Maximising Digital Transformation'  https://annualconference.eema.org/programme/speakers/
  • at The Spreading of Artificial Intelligence and its Control over Individuals, University of Padova, Italy, December 18, 2017: https://www.academia.edu/35577487/Will_AI_Benefit_Us
  • at the 4th Global AI Assistant Summit, London, September 22nd: https://www.re-work.co/events/ai-assistant-summit-london-2017
  • in Latin America's 'Brain and Mind Evolution' Symposium, 5-12 September 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay: http://www.iibce.edu.uy/UNIC/index.html 
  • at Skolkovo AI conference in Russia, November 2016

Other activities include:

  • Invited Speaker 'International Women's Day 2019', Stanmore College, Middlesex
  • Participating in 'Feminism and Tech Day', at the Feminist Library in London, SE1 on November 25, 2017: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/feminism-and-tech-day/
  • STEM Ambassador duties at  DSEI 'People & Skills Day' - ExCel centre, London, 15/09/17

Media engagement:

Guardian podcast: human or machine error? On January 13, 2018 in Hawaii a text message was sent to the populace and visitors regarding a ballistic missile, it was a false alert: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/feb/09/hawaii-false-emergency-alert-ballistic-missile-chips-with-everything-podcast


Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence and Trust. Social Robotics. Digital trust. Digital Identity. Turing test. Deception-detection. Natural language understanding. Voice-activated devices. Chatbots. Conversational commerce. Human and machine intelligence. Human-computer interaction. Social, legal and ethical issues in STEM. Gender in STEM.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Reading

External positions

EU Expert Reviewer

11 Dec 2017 → …

Reviewer, Journal 'Computers in Human Behavior'

2016 → …

Collaborator, Nanosemantika


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Studies in Mind and Consciousness
  • Conversational Commerce
  • Voice-activated devices
  • Natural language understanding
  • Deception-detection
  • cybercrime
  • Privacy
  • Ethics in Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Trust in AI
  • Chatbots
  • trust
  • human machine interaction

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Research Output 2014 2017

Artificial Intelligence

Shah, H. & Warwick, K., 11 Oct 2017

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
artificial intelligence

Look who's talking too!

Shah, H., Jan 2017. 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
179 Downloads (Pure)

Machine humour: examples from Turing test experiments

Warwick, K. & Shah, H., Nov 2017, In : AI & Society. 32, 4, p. 553-561

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Turing Test
Sense of Humor

The Future of Human-machine communication: The Turing test

Warwick, K. & Shah, H., 3 Feb 2017, The Next Step: Exponential Life. Madrid, Spain: BBVA Open Mind, p. 75-98 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Trust and Decision-making in Turing's Imitation Game

Shah, H. & Warwick, K., Jul 2017, Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology. Khosrow-Pour, M. (ed.). 4 ed. Hershey: IGI Global, p. 251-264 14 p. 23

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Decision making

Activities 2005 2019

How to involve citizen scientists to develop AI for Knowledge Exchange

Huma Shah (Speaker)
21 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

International Women's Day 2019

Huma Shah (Speaker)
8 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Bar-Ilan workshop on Technological Tools for Manuscript Research

Huma Shah (Speaker)
10 Feb 201914 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

How artificial intelligence can be used to buttress safety and security

Huma Shah (Speaker)
20 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Trust in AI, Social Robots and Conversational

Huma Shah (Speaker)
22 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk