An award from a prestigious scientific institute is to help Teesside University drive greater collaboration between and academia and industry in the use of artificial intelligence (AI).


The University has been successful in applying for funding from the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.


The Turing Network Development Award will enable Teesside University to organise regional and national scientific and outreach events aimed at promoting the use of AI and developing communities of practice among AI users sharing knowledge and best practice.


The awards are made to UK universities with proven research excellence and a track record of translation in data science, AI, or a related field whose research and innovation would be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Turing Institute’s network.


Teesside University’s project will be led by Dr Claudio Angione and Professor The Anh Han who are both leading academics in the field of AI and together head up Teesside University’s Centre for Digital Innovation.


The expertise within the Centre for Digital Innovation will be key to developing the AI network and will build upon its established role helping to address the growing demand for AI and how it can be used to tackle economic, societal and contemporary technological challenges.


The first stage of the network development project will see a mapping of different areas of AI expertise at Teesside University and its various research centres. It is then hoped that an academic conference can be organised, as well as symposium involving industrial partners from across the UK.


It is hoped these events will be able to demonstrate the impact that has resulted from the use of AI as well encouraging further collaboration.


Dr Angione said: “Our AI research with industry partners has already made tremendous impact, and this award will enable us to explore further collaborative work with stakeholders across the region.


“We believe that AI is still underused in several applications and there is still a gap between academic research and its use in industry.


“Therefore, we want this network to act as a bridge between scientists and stakeholders from industry, clinicians and patient organisations.”


The announcement of the Turing Network Development Award comes as Teesside University hosts its Research Week to celebrate past, present and future research excellence at the University.


The week features a series of workshops, talks, presentations and networking opportunities for the whole of the University’s research community – from postgraduate research students to professors.


It also features insight from external speakers from Research England and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and provides a platform to launch the University’s new 2022-2027 Research Strategy – Recovery, Regeneration, Renewal.


The strategy positions Teesside as an industry-engaged University with a reputation for high quality, applied research that makes a difference to individuals, organisations and society.


It will drive forward both business and social innovation and will invest in, and deliver, research in sustainable engineering, advanced computing, and bioscience that addresses the challenges facing industry today. Research focused on industrial regeneration will be matched by work on health and socio-cultural innovation and recovery.