Ali Farzanehfar


I’m an ex-particle physicist from CERN with a passion for using data to positively impact businesses, institutions and society in general.

I am doing a PhD in the space that straddles computer science and real world issues such as privacy and the impact of AI on society. My research at the group has spanned modelling re-identification, to understanding how the insurance sector is set to change given the “AI revolution”.

Before this shift and after my Particle Physics degree at Southampton University, I spent 2 years split evenly between the department of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, and CERN, where I was a research assistant responsible for anomalous signals in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter.

Part of the reason for this shift was that I wanted to have a more direct impact on society today, employing data-driven research to improve how things are done. This is where my focus is today.



  • de Montjoye Y. A., Farzanehfar A., Hendrickx J., Rocher L. Solving Artifical Intelligence's Privacy Problem. Field Actions Science Reports. The journal of field actions (Special Issue 17) pp 80-83 (2017).