GW4 TURING NETWORK: ENHANCED INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS TO BUILD CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY IN DATA SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE REGION

ACCELERATOR FUND 

This community previously received Initiator Funding for the project: Data Intensive Research

Project period: September 2019 – June 2019 

GW4 community leads 
University of Bath: Andreas Kyprianou  
University of Bristol:  Kate Robson Brown (PI) 
Cardiff University: Paul Harper, Irena Spasic, Jonathan Gillard 
University of Exeter: Richard Everson 

 Project overview 
This activity aims to support the data science and AI collaborations in the GW4 region and extend the successful interactions with the Turing Institute. 

Background 
An Initiator Award in 2016-2017 established effective routes and networks for collaboration across the GW4 Alliance – this now provides a foundation to build a successful network to exploit links to the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and AI in the UK. This application aims to capitalise on the upcoming opportunities that GW4 partners can access via the membership of two GW4 University partners (Bristol and Exeter) of the Alan Turing Institute. The Turing was established with the remit to innovate and develop world-class research in data science and AI that supports next generation theoretical developments and is applied to real-world problems, generating the creation of new businesses, services and jobs. This fits very well with the aims and vision of the GW4 Data Institutes and a coordinated activity across the alliance could yield a number of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional programme of work.  
 
Project summary 
The Accelerator Funding will be used to develop links and a joint collaborative strategy across the Universities and the Turing Institute. This funding will support effective communication channels to spread the information about opportunities and to deliver two joint data science and AI conferences, one regional and one at the Turing.  
There are number of research topics in data science and AI where GW4 could become the partner of choice with the Turing Institute; these include: health, urban analytics, climate change, ethics, and financial services to name a few. The Turing will be seen as a key partner when developing collaborations across Universities and Bristol and Exeter would like to provide a bridge for the other GW4 partners to access the Turing expertise and prestige, and vice versa. 

University of Bath (Institute for Mathematical Innovation) 
Website: bath.ac.uk/research-institutes/institute-for-mathematical-innovation
Twitter: @IMIBath 
 
University of Bristol (Jean Golding Institute)
Website: bristol.ac.uk/golding
Twitter: @JGIBristol 
 
Cardiff University (Data Innovation Research Institute)
Website: cardiff.ac.uk/data-innovation-research-institute 
Twitter: @CardiffUniDII 
 
University of Exeter (Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence)

Website: exeter.ac.uk/idsai
Twitter: @UniExeterIDSAI