Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh


As Programme Director of AI: Futures and Responsibility, Seán’s research interest include emerging technologies, global risk, science and technology policy, and horizon-scanning and foresight. He specifically focuses on the impacts of artificial intelligence on societies. He is the founding Executive Director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and has developed the centre’s research vision in collaboration with its other founders.

Seán has led research programmes on the topics of emerging technologies and AI at the Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford) from 2011-2015, and co-developed both the Strategic AI Research Centre (Cambridge-Oxford collaboration), and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge-Oxford- Imperial-Berkeley collaboration) in 2015. Prior to Cambridge, Sean established the FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk. He has a PhD in genomics from Trinity College Dublin.