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Dr Lachlan D. Urquhart

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Senior Lecturer in Technology Law and Human-Computer Interaction

Co-Director of the Scottish Research Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law (SCRIPT)

LL. B, Hons (Edin); LL.M IT & Telecoms Law, Distinction (Strath); Ph.D Computer Science (Nott).

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Tuesday 14:00-15:00

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 7128


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Dr Lachlan Urquhart is a Senior Lecturer in Technology Law and Human-Computer Interaction. He is Co-Director of the Scottish Research Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law (SCRIPT). His main research interests are in the socio-technical aspects of designing, living with, and regulating emerging information technologies. He has a multidisciplinary background in computer science (PhD) and law (LL.B; LL.M) and he has studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, and Nottingham.

He is the Law School lead for the Centre for Data, Culture, and Society; on the Design Informatics Institute management board; and a research associate at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. He is a Visiting Researcher and Founding Member of the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham; a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, a Research Fellow at the Information Society Law Centre, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, and member of the international Emotional AI Lab. He was a visiting scientist at Fraunhofer AICOS, Porto, and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo. 

He has published over 50 papers in leading venues in computing, law, and ethics. He has been a lead and co-investigator on projects totalling over £6m from EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, Universitas 21, and Impact Accelerator Funds. He is currently Principal Investigator of the EPSRC £1.2m ‘Fixing the Future: Right to Repair and Equal-IoT’ project and Co-Investigator on the ESRC Emotional AI in Smart Cities project, EPSRC Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Governance Node, and various projects in the EPSRC Horizon Trusted Data Driven Products hub.

For up-to-date details on recent activities, please see his website.


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