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EIT Digital, the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation, is supporting the development of the new programmes.

University of London’s Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (CitAI) and Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) will lead two new Doctoral Training Programs (DTPs), supported by the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation EIT Digital.

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year will be a DTP in Artificial Intelligence (AI). This will enable the commercial deployment of AI technology in Europe and other regions by developing critical interdisciplinary capabilities in AI technology, particularly, though not exclusively in machine (deep) learning and explainable AI, with applications for solving real-life industrial problems.

Dr Eduardo Alonso, Director of City’s Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (CitAI) and lead for City’s Master’s programme in AI, will oversee this DTP. This programme will be carried out in partnership with founding partners Delta Capital Ltd, Telefónica Innovación Alpha SL and Bosch AA-AS. The Delta Capital Studentship is focused on the design and evaluation of end-to-end, secure, efficient privacy-preserving deep learning.

The Bosch Automotive Service Solutions studentship is centred on developing novel AI algorithms for predicting and specifying repair and maintenance requirements of vehicles in connected environments, where the vehicle and the repair workshop are in two-way data communication with cloud-based services.

Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, City’s ICS will lead the second DTP focussed on cyber-security, addressing the cyber-security issues of preeminent concern to European society and businesses. It will be developing interdisciplinary capabilities in the technical, organisational and social aspects of cyber-security, with applications to concrete solutions of industrial interest.

The DTP will be based at the EIT Digital’s co-location centre in King’s Cross, Central London.The Director of City’s Centre for Software Reliability, Professor Lorenzo Strigini, will oversee this new programme, associated with the Digital Infrastructure Focus Area within EIT Digital’s organisation. British Telecom (BT), BAE Systems, and the Connected Places Catapult are the founding partners with City’s Institute for Cyber Security on this DTP.

City’s Institute for Cyber Security was launched in March 2019 and is led by Professor Muttukrishnan Rajarajan. The Centre, focused on tackling the global challenges in privacy, trust and security, brings together world class scholars and a considerable body of scholarship in cyber-security education, research and innovation, carried out across the university.

Launched in July 2019, CitAI brings together AI expertise, creating a hub of expertise in the development and implementation of AI technology and their application to, among other areas, energy, transport, health and well being, and finance as well as in the legal, ethical and social impact of AI.

Morgan Gillis, EIT Digital’s UK Director, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with City to establish the two DTPs that will provide industrial partners and PhD students access to world class applied research in cyber-security and AI as part of EIT Digital’s mission to drive Europe’s digital transformation”.

Article originally published on PrivSec:Report


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