New centre for artificial intelligence launched
A NEW Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence is to be launched by WMG, Warwick University’s globally renowned research complex, as it bids to persuade the public of the merits of autonomous vehicles.
The focus of the new centre will not only be on transport but also manufacturing and digital healthcare.
Two new appointees, Professor Giovanni Montana and Professor Mehrdad Dianati, will spearhead the centre, working closely with other academic colleagues in Intelligent Vehicles, the WMG Cyber Security Centre and the Institute of Digital Healthcare.
WMG said the task was to take fully autonomous vehicles from concept to commercialisation, bringing forward technical solutions to ensure they were safe, efficient and securely connected.
“These are critical factors for ensuring consumer acceptance of autonomous vehicles,” a spokesman added.
WMG currently has a portfolio of such projects under way with more than 15 major automotive manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman and founder of WMG, said: “The digital revolution has ushered us to the age of Big Data which continues to offer new opportunities to transform many sectors where WMG has an established track record of excellence including transport, manufacturing and digital healthcare.
“The challenges we face lie in capturing, curating, anonymising, searching, analysing and visualising massive volumes of data as traditional data storage, management and processing tools are no longer adequate.
“The centre will enable industry and business to leverage large volumes of digital information to gain competitive insights through artificial intelligence (AI) methods.”
P ro fe s so r Dianati’s expertise is in intelligent vehicles research while Professor Montana’s newly-established Data Science group specialises in statistical modelling and AI methodologies. Meanwhile, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has been presented with a ten-year China Talent Visa by Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, in a special ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in London. Newly introduced, it is awarded to foreign high-level personnel whose skills are in urgent demand to help the development of Chinese society and its economy. It follows on from two prestigious honours for Professor Lord Bhattacharyya last year – the Great Wall Friendship Award, from Beijing Municipal Government, and the Chinese Government Friendship Award.
> Professor Mehrdad Dianati > Professor Lord Bhattacharyya
> Professor Giovanni Montana