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Accenture and Alan Turing Institute to push AI forward

Oct 30
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Accenture has signed a new five-year partnership with the Alan Turing Institute to expand its research collaboration into areas of artificial intelligence (AI). Goals for the alliance include the creation of a new data and AI engagement forum, conducting in-depth research and developing applications.

Businesses and society across the UK will benefit from leading expertise in industry and academia working together to deliver real value in the areas of AI and data science. Cities that are starting to emerge as promising technology hubs, like Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester, will see new project opportunities arise as a result of the partnership.

Amanda Solloway, minister for science, research and innovation, said: “AI and data science is already changing the way we live – but we are only at the start of realising this technology’s amazing potential.

“This ambitious collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute and Accenture will help equip our next generation of brilliant AI and data scientists across the country. It will give them the tools they will need to advance innovations that even our own Alan Turing would be proud of, ensuring the UK is at the forefront of this technology for years to come.”

Among the activities that will be undertaken by the partnership will be exercises to help executives understand how AI and data science can be used as tools for business. This will be in the form of guest lectures, seminars and internships with the Turing Network, Accenture and its clients.

George Marcotte, applied intelligence lead for Accenture in Europe, spoke about the incredible potential for business the collaboration will have. He highlighted that the UK is at the forefront of AI advances, but without scaling the technology for business it could never reach its full potential in relation to technology, society and the technology.

The new agreement is a continuation of a relationship Accenture has previously enjoyed with the Alan Turing Institute. Director of the Institute, Adrian Smith, highlighted how the pairing has already delivered a series of collaborative research projects ranging from applications of anomaly detection to network analysis for identifying fraudulent activity.

Areas of research that will be covered by the partnership over the next five years include:

  • Creating tools for generating and managing synthetic data.
  • Developing tools within Private Enhancing Technologies (PETs) to enable safe and secure data sharing.
  • Establishing interoperable software tools that focus on advanced modelling techniques with the aim of creating complex digital twins. These could be used in representing business systems.
  • Applying AI to determine uncertainty.
  • Designing systems to be more resistant to shocks.
  • Ensuring systems are sustainable and able to do social good.

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