Data science

Denis Newman-Griffis

Member since 2023

Occupation: Lecturer in Data Science at University of Sheffield

I am excited to work in the UK Young Academy to make science more inclusive for all and to improve public communication around artificial intelligence.


Denis Newman-Griffis (they/them) is a transdisciplinary data scientist working at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), disability, and responsible design. Their research integrates perspectives from AI and machine learning, critical data studies, and health informatics to understand how AI systems can be ethically designed and managed to improve health equity of all populations.

Denis has developed some of the first natural language processing methods for analysing information about the lived experience of disability, and is pioneering methods for examining the AI design process from a critical disability perspective. They are working to develop best practices for responsible AI design and growing the international community around disability informatics.

Denis is a Lecturer in Data Science in the University of Sheffield Information School. They hold a PhD from the Ohio State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. They received the AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2021.


  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data
  • Cross-sector skill sharing
  • EDI process improvements
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities for early career researchers
  • Long-term health conditions
  • Research culture
  • Research translation
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research