New cen­tre for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence launched

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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