The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, has approved TEESSIDE University’s application for financing.
Teesside University will be able to use the Turing Network Development Award to host regional and national scientific and outreach events targeted at encouraging AI usage and building communities of practice among AI users who can share knowledge and best practices.
The scholarships are given to UK universities that have a track record of research excellence and translation in data science, AI, or a related discipline, and whose research and innovation would be greatly benefited by active participation in the Turing Institute’s network.
Dr Claudio Angione and Professor The Anh Han, both outstanding scholars in the field of AI and co-directors of Teesside University’s Centre for Digital Innovation, will oversee the research at Teesside University.
The Centre for Digital Innovation’s expertise will be critical to the development of the AI network, and it will expand on its existing role in helping to meet the growing demand for AI and how it may be utilized to address economic, sociological, and modern technological concerns.
The mapping of distinct areas of AI knowledge at Teesside University and its numerous research institutes will be the initial stage of the network creation project. Following that, it is intended that an academic conference, as well as a symposium with industrial partners from around the UK, can be organized.
It is believed that these events would be able to demonstrate the positive impact of AI while also promoting more collaboration.
Dr Angione said: “Our AI research with industry partners has already made tremendous impact, and this award will enable us to explore further collaborative work with stakeholders across the region.
“We believe that AI is still underused in several applications and there is still a gap between academic research and its use in industry.
“Therefore, we want this network to act as a bridge between scientists and stakeholders from industry, clinicians and patient organisations.”
The Turing Network Development Award is being announced as Teesside University celebrates its Research Week, which honors the university’s past, current, and future research achievements.
For the entire University’s research community – from postgraduate research students to professors – the week includes a series of workshops, discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities.
It also serves as a launch pad for the University’s new 2022-2027 Research Strategy – Recovery, Regeneration, Renewal, which includes input from external speakers from Research England and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Teesside University is positioned as an industry-engaged university with a reputation for high-quality, practical research that benefits individuals, organizations, and society, according to the strategy.
It will promote both commercial and social innovation by investing in and delivering research in sustainable engineering, advanced computing, and bioscience that answers industry’s current concerns. Work on health and socio-cultural innovation and recovery will complement research on industrial regeneration.
Visit www.tees.ac.uk/research for more information on Teesside University’s research.