The next generation of UK scientists have been backed by the government today (Thursday 24 October) to advance the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that will change how people live and work and help deal with some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
A combined government and industry investment of £370 million will give 2,700 new PhD places in biosciences and AI.
Of this, £200 million will invest 1,000 new PhD places over the next 5 years to analyse AI which could help identify diseases like cancer earlier and make industries, including aviation and automotive, more probable. The first 200 students will be studying at 14 universities across the nation, working closely with 300 leading businesses, inclusive of AstraZeneca, Google, Rolls-Royce and NHS Trusts.
The students’ plans include:
Working closely with the NHS to change healthcare systems – helping address the globe’s ageing society. This could better diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses like cancer, speed up the development and access to new drugs, design personalised medicine and better the care assisting to make buildings more energy-efficient, generate new low-carbon materials, improve monitoring of climate temperatures and design greener transport, like planes, trains and cars
A further £170 million will fund 1,700 places to study PhDs in biosciences assisting to tackle issues like feeding the world’s increasing population and helping people stay healthier for longer.
The new PhD researchers will be working for:
-discovering creative ways to feed 9 billion people by 2050, and secure sustainable food generation.
-coming up with renewable, low carbon sources of energy, transport fuels and chemicals to decrease dependency on fossil fuels
-assisting people stay healthier for longer as lifespan increase and society ages.