The Alan Turing Institute signs a new collaboration with Rolls-Royce alongside the government sector deal for artificial intelligence

Thursday 26 Apr 2018

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The government sector deal for artificial intelligence (AI), announced today as part of the Industrial Strategy, outlines an ambitious vision for growing the AI and data economy for the benefit of the UK.

We are delighted that the Institute is recognised in the following sector deal commitments:

  • hosting prestigious Turing Fellowships in AI, to keep and foster the best researchers in the UK and internationally
  • support for the expansion of our university network and our extended remit as the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence
  • commitment that government will refer to our upcoming reviews on the application of AI to sectors in the UK to inform future strategic thinking on the adoption of AI in industry and government
  • support for the Turing’s ongoing work with the Information Commissioner’s Office to develop guidance to assist in explaining AI decisions

Also announced today is a new collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute and Rolls-Royce.

The collaboration aims to develop next generation artificial intelligence, specifically for use in industrial applications. Jointly-run research projects will explore: how data science can be applied at scale, the application of AI across supply chains, data-centric engineering and predictive maintenance, and the role of data analytics and AI in science. In addition to research and innovation, Rolls-Royce and the Turing will work together to raise awareness of the importance of data science and AI in building a strong UK economy for the future.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

“Advances in science, technology and data are changing the way we live and work. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, and its landmark AI Sector Deal, we want to ensure the UK continues to be at the heart of this growing industry, reap the economic benefits and deliver the transformational nature of this technology to people across the country.

“This agreement between The Alan Turing Institute and Rolls-Royce will make a valuable contribution in this pioneering field, bringing together the best minds from both institutions to develop innovative AI solutions of tomorrow.”

Alan Wilson, Institute CEO, commented:

“At the Turing, we are building an ambitious programme in artificial intelligence research, application to industry and real-world problems, and training.

“For artificial intelligence to thrive it is essential that it is safe, ethical, and beneficial to society. We are therefore encouraged by the government’s commitment to set up a new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and are proud to be a founding partner of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent body that will complement the government’s efforts in this area.

“Furthermore, I am delighted that the Turing will collaborate with Rolls-Royce in some of our key strategic areas: to develop and apply data science and AI approaches to tackle real world problems, as well as to train future generations in these transformative subjects.”

Neil Crockett, Chief Digital Officer, Rolls-Royce, said:

“This partnership is about delivering real-world impact from AI technologies, but on an industrial scale. At Rolls-Royce, we think AI will help unleash the full potential of our power systems, helping to meet the world’s changing needs.”

“The memorandum of understanding signals an exciting new phase in Rolls-Royce’s relationship with The Alan Turing Institute. We believe this collaboration will further strengthen Rolls-Royce’s reputation as a world-leading adopter of AI technologies in an industrial context. At the same time, it will support the institute’s position as a global centre of excellence for data science and AI.”


Find out more about the Turing’s programme in artificial intelligence.

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