• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter, 4 June 2020

Calls & Opportunities

Turing Access to the JADE GPU Cluster

The Alan Turing Institute is offering access to the Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour (JADE) high performance computing (HPC) facility for research projects in the fields of artificial intelligence and data science.

JADE is a Tier2 HPC resource designed specifically for applications in machine learning and data science. It features 22 Nvidia DGX-1 deep learning systems, each with 8 Nvidia V100 GPUs connected via NVlink.

For more information, eligibility and instructions on how to apply please visit the call website.

Application deadline is 29 June 2020

Turing's response to Government consultation on a new research funding agency (UK ARPA)

The Institute is coordinating a response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee consultation on "A new UK research funding agency". The consultation formally inquires into the nature and purpose of a new US ARPA-like agency that would “invest at least £800 million” in blue skies, high-reward research and in UK leadership in artificial intelligence and data. The public consultation requests feedback on these five questions:

  1. What gaps in the current UK research and development system might be addressed by an ARPA style approach?

  2. What are the implications of the new funding agency for existing funding bodies and their approach?

  3. What should be the focus be of the new research funding agency and how should it be structured?

  4. What funding should ARPA receive, and how should it distribute this funding to maximise effectiveness?

  5. What can be learned from ARPA equivalents in other countries? What benefits might be gained from basing UK ARPA outside of the ‘Golden Triangle’?

You may address all of them, and we encourage feedback particularly on questions one, two and three.

We welcome any contributions to the Turing's response (up to 300 words for each of the questions outlined in the consultation). Submissions should be written in an accessible manner with a clearly defined contribution. Any references to relevant projects or work currently underway at the Turing are particularly welcomed. As a previous example of a coordinated consultation response from the Institute, please read the Turing's response to the formation of the Centre of Data Ethics & Innovation.

Please send submissions by EOD Thursday 18th June to Eirini Malliaraki.

Call for applications: Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

A call for applications for the 2021 Theory & Methods Challenge Fortnights in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (TCMF) will open on 1st June 2020.

TMCF is a Turing initiative that brings together experts from across the university partner network and external institutions for a multi-day research event on a specific theoretical or methodological challenge. For this event, members of the Turing research base will be invited to formulate proposals where they present one modern theoretical and/or methodological challenge, and set a plan and a team to start tackling it. The theoretical and methodological challenges can be drawn from any discipline in the remit of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Please contact Nathaniel Byrne for more information


Professor Aaron Sloman Awarded APA K. Jon Barwise Prize

The American Philosophical Association’s 2020 K. Jon Barwise Prize has been awarded to University of Birmingham Professor and Alan Turing Institute Fellow, Aaron Sloman. The prize recognises significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing. Professor Sloman's work aims to explain how evolution was able to produce extraordinary spatial intelligence, unmatched by current logic-based or statistics-based AI, and unexplained by current psychology or neuroscience; it also relates to a recent collaboration with another UoB Professor and Turing Fellow, Peter Tino, presented at their seminar at the University on 5th March, 2020. Congratulations!

Events & Conferences

Monday 08 Jun 2020 - Wednesday 10 Jun 2020

CogX 2020

This year's CogX festival theme is ‘getting the next 10 years right’, and we will frame the research stage across themes including robotics, engineering, mental health, the arts and humanities and more. The stage will feature a mix of talks and panel discussions.  

Tuesday 16 Jun 2020

AI UK | Online harms and disinformation post COVID-19

Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge and, as more time is spent online due to lockdown and remote working practices, it is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to understand and counter online harms, protecting all online users from rogue actors and harmful content. In this virtual webinar, The Alan Turing Institute brings together civil society, tech platforms and academics to discuss these pressing issues and ways of addressing them.

Tuesday 23 Jun 2020

AI UK | Smart cities

Details coming soon

Past events can be found on the Event's page

12th International ACM Web Science Conference, University of Southampton

The ​12t​h International ACM Conference on Web Science in 2020 (WebSci’20) is a unique interdisciplinary conference facilitating creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the Web and its impacts and reflecting on the most pressing questions facing the Web. This year the organiser particularly encourage contributions on the interrelationships between the Web, AI and other new digital technologies, exploring current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as the practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.

The conference will be held at the University of Southampton and run between Tuesday 7 July 2020 - Friday 10 July 2020

Virtual access to the Alan Turing Institute

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