BMT Partners with Bath University to Train Future AI Leaders

The partnership is part of a UK government-backed investment initiative between academia and industry announced last month.

4 March 2019

Defence and Security

BMT Partners with Bath University to Train Future AI Leaders

BMT has partnered with The University of Bath to train a new generation of experts in accountable, responsible and transparent Artificial Intelligence (AI), as part of a UK government-backed investment initiative between academia and industry announced last month.

The new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) at the Cotswolds campus will be one of 16 new UK AI Centres for Doctoral Training funded by £100m from UK Research and Innovation as well as investment from industry and partner universities. BMT will be working with the University of Bath, providing its AI expertise to support the development and growth of Britain’s future leaders in artificial intelligence.

BMT’s Head of Technology and Innovation, Simon Luck, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to grow the talent pool in the area, further develop BMT’s pipeline of AI capabilities in partnership with a world class academic institution, the University of Bath, and show that some of the best expertise can be found in the South West. When it comes to AI, BMT have a real understanding of disruptive and exponential technologies, as well as the human element involved in the core of artificial innovation including ethics and accountability.”

Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport from UK Research and Innovation said:

“Artificial intelligence is a disruptive technology in a range of sectors, enabling new products and services and transforming data science. It allows us to develop new approaches to challenges as diverse as early disease diagnosis and climate change”.

The funding will train 1,000 PhD students across the UK to support a technology that has the potential to drive up productivity and enhance every industry throughout the economy.

Professor Eamonn O’Neill, Head of the Department of Computer Science at University of Bath and Director of the ART-AI CDT said:

“We're delighted to lead the UKRI ART-AI from the University of Bath, where we will train world-leading 'specialists with perspectives'.
“The UK is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution, and explicit consideration of ethics is essential as AI increases the ability of machines to inform, augment and even replace human decision-making. ART-AI will provide a national and global lead on AI ethics and its influence on AI innovations, applications and implications.
We are very pleased to be working with BMT, who are proven innovation leaders in the field of Automation and Artificial Intelligence Software, Data Analytics and Big Data, and are an ideal partner for ART-AI”.

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