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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 ( She is Director of Science (Co-Investigator) in the EU Horizon2020 research and innovation project CSI-COP. Coventry University lead the international ten-partner CSI-COP team winning 'Best Innovative Privacy Project' in the inaugural PICCASO Privacy awards in December 2022. CSI-COP applies a citizen science approach investigating tracking-by-default and GDPR compliance in websites and smart phone apps . More information on the EU Horizon2020 project can be found here:  CSI-COP's privacy-by-design website is here:

    Huma currently supervises two PhD researchers:

    • Matthew S. Tart by publication: ' Forensic Inference from Telecommunication Records'
    • Jaimz Winter, standard route: 'Privacy in Serious Games'

    Huma is listed in the Open Directory of Women in AI Ethics. She is co-author of 'Turing's Imitation Game: Conversations with the Unknown', published by Cambridge University Press in September 2016:

    The impact of Huma’s research is illustrated through her profile on : she is within the top 5% with over 21,500 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.


    Selected invited talks include:

    • AI Safeguards: Preserving your Right to Privacy Online. ASIS&T, 30 November 2022:
    • GDPR and Healthcare apps.  Brocher Foundation, 13 October 2021:
    • Human Rights in the Age of Google Cookies. Invited talk to Crowd Justice, July 1, 2020
    • Complying with the general data protection regulation (GDPR): how hard is it to design privacy-by-default? Invited e-talk to Office of National Statistics, Wales, June 25, 2020
    • Are non-diverse AI research and development teams risking bias in innovated algorithms and artefacts? AI4EU February, 5, 2020:
    • International talks in the 2nd Latin American 'Brain and Mind Evolution' Symposium, August 27- September 3, 2019, Montevideo, Uruguay: 
    • How to involve Citizen Scientists to develop Ethical AI for Knowledge Exchange. CERN/UNIGE workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Exchange, University of Geneva, 21 June 2019.
    • 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:
    • Trust in AI, Social Robots and Conversational Agents. 22 November, 2018. Keynote at University of Amsterdam, RPA Communication Lecture Series:
    • 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:
    • 'Can AI buttress safety & security?' 20 June 2018 in CityForum/IFSEC International 2018, ExCel London:
    • In EEMA 2018 Conference, Microsoft London, 13-14 June: 'Maximising Digital Transformation'
    • The Spreading of Artificial Intelligence and its Control over Individuals, University of Padova, Italy, December 18, 2017:
    • 4th Global AI Assistant Summit, London, September 22nd:
    • In Latin America's 'Brain and Mind Evolution' Symposium, 5-12 September 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay:
    • In Skolkovo AI conference in Russia, November 2016

    Other activities include:

    • Invited panellist in 'Digital Action Ethics' UCL's HEIDI project, 29 November 2022:
    • 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:
    • STEM Ambassador duties at  DSEI 'People & Skills Day' - ExCel centre, London, 15/09/17

    Media engagement:

    WBUR radio Boston-US podcast: Good Bot, Bad Bot | Part VI: The quest to build machines like us. 16 December 2022:

    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:


    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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, University of Reading

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

    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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