Dr. Annabel Latham is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and the Information Systems Curriculum Leader in the School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Annabel's research interests under the Intelligent Systems Group at MMU include conversational agents, intelligent tutoring systems, agent intelligence and knowledge engineering. Annabel leads the School's Athena SWAN project, aimed at changing culture and promoting a gender balance in Computer Science.
Annabel is professionally recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member of the British Computer Society (BCS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the IEEE Women in Engineering Society. Annabel is Vice-Chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Women in Engineering (2016/2017) and Chair of the IEEE CIS Education Multimedia subcommittee (2017). She is an active committee member of the IEEE Women in Computational Intelligence Group (2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017), the IEEE CIS Student Activities (2016/2017) and the IEEE CIS Social Media subcommittees (2013/2014/2015/2016).
Annabel was a member of the IEEE CIS Pre-College Activities committee (2014/2015) and the Affective Computing Task Force (2012) (IEEE Computational Intelligence Society) which aims to promote affective computing research.
Annabel is also a founding director of Krann Communications Ltd, an Internet marketing and communications company.