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Prof Rose Luckin
UCL Knowledge Lab
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Learner Centred Design
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab. Rose’s research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence. She has a particular interest in how AI techniques can be used to enable more effective, continuous, formative assessment processes and tools. Her 2018 book: Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The Future of Education for the 21stCentury describes how we can best benefit from using AI to support teaching and learning, and how the prevalence of AI in our future means that we need to revise what and how we teach and learn now. She has also published numerous academic articles, authored two monographs and edited two paper collections. 

Rose is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-informed Educational Technology; Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons Education Select Committee for their inquiry into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education; President-elect of the International Society for AI in Education; a member of the UK Office for Students Horizon Scanning panel,adviser to the AI and Robotics panel of the Topol review into the future of the NHS workforce; a member of the European AI Alliance, holder ofan International Franqui Chair at KU Leuven. Rose was named as one of the 20 most influential people in Education on the Seldon List 2017. 


Rose is a member of the computing college of the EPSRC and has advised research councils in various countries. The total value of the grants she has had funded to date is in excess of £15 million and further applications are in process. I have also acted as an advisor for various organisations including: DfE, BIS, Pearson, BBC, McGrawHill Education. 

Selected 2019 Keynotes: Global Summit (AIAED),  Beijing: AI and Adaptive Education 

Education World Forum, London. How AI can Enable Teaching and Learning?

UNESCO, Paris. Policies to harness AI for SDG4

Research Groups
Research Summary


Artificial Intelligence and its application to Education

EdTech startup and SME innovation

Learning analytics and big data in Education

Rose holds a First Class, Bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Science, and a PhD in Cognitive and Computing Sciences, both from COGS, University of Sussex.

Rose has an international reputation and a substantial research track record in Artificial Intelligence and Education, and the related field of Learning Analytics. Her ability to link research in the area of her specialism to larger theoretical debates in education and the social sciences is evidenced for example by the interdisciplinary nature of her research publications and project work, the funding sources for the research income that have been awarded and her collaborations across a wide area of education relevant work nationally and internationally. For instance, Rose was awarded funding from RCUK across both the ESRC and EPSRC research councils, funding from the Newton Fund through the British Council and funding from the EU. Rose’s 5-year RCUK personal research fellowship enabled her to explore in depth the ways in which scaffolding can be used to support the learning and teaching process. 

Rose has a particular strength in applying her specialist knowledge to drive educational innovation. For example in her work with small companies and entrepreneurs. Rose set up EDUCATE; a research incubator that enables entrepreneurs to work alongside researchers and educators to develop more effective innovations. 

Rose works closely with policy makers and is a member of the EdTech Leadership group. She has acted as an expert witness for the EU Commission, the House of Commons Education and Science and Technology Select Committees, The House of Lords AI Committee and Future of Work Commission.

Teaching Summary

Rose has taught in schools, Further Education and at University, she is currently a Governor at St Paul’s public day school in London and the Self Managed Learning College in Brighton. She has previously served on the governing bodies of state primary and secondary schools and was Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex, with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Courses developed and taught:

Undergraduate: Interactive Learning Environments, Software Design.

Masters Level: Integrated Studies: What is interactivity, Software Design and Evaluation, Interactive Learning Environments.

PhD. Supervision: Rose has supervised 12 students to the successful completion of their PhD. 

PhD. Examining:  Rose has completed 14 PhD external examinations and has acted as an external examiner for Masters courses at Glasgow University, University of Nottingham, Trinity College Dublin, University of Sussex and University of Manchester.

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