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Call opens for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) focused on artificial intelligence

Date: 06/02/2018

Following a new cross-Council call for around 15 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) focused on areas relevant to artificial intelligence, arts and humanities led applications are being encouraged.

The call is now open for Centres for Doctoral Training focused on areas relevant to artificial intelligence (AI) across the whole research remit of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This will fund up to 950 additional studentships over five years.

It opens against the backdrop of Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti's review, Growing the artificial intelligence industry in the UK, and the Government's Industrial Strategy White Paper, Building a Britain Fit for the Future.

This investment in AI skills will be kick-started by support for more than 100 studentships that will be funded during 2018/19 via the Research Councils current mechanisms and schemes. Then up to 950 additional studentships, over five years, will be funded through a new call for CDTs. 

Dr Paul Meller, AHRC’s Strategic Lead for Creative Arts and Digital Humanities wants to highlight that this is a great opportunity for arts and humanities researchers.  “With the significant advances in machine learning and other technologies there is a clear and associated need for further research on the human impact of entering an age of artificial intelligence,” he said.

“This new investment in Centres for Doctoral Training in the Applications and Implications of AI represents a fantastic opportunity for multidisciplinary research training, including in major areas of need which the arts and humanities community are well-placed to lead – from the ethics of AI and implications for law and justice, to issues surrounding human-computer interaction and the impact of novel applications of AI within the creative sector.”

Universities are invited to apply against two priority areas:

  • Enabling Intelligence, a priority area within Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) main CDT call;
  • Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI), a new priority area relevant to all Research Councils.

Outline proposals are required by 28 March 2018 with outline panels taking place during the week beginning 14 May 2018.

For more information on the call, visit the EPSRC website.

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