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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: EP/W002876/1
    Funder Contribution: 4,026,220 GBP
    Partners: Scottish and Southern Energy SSE plc, BL, Amazon Research Cambridge, ARM Ltd, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE, University of Edinburgh, Naver Labs Europe, RASA Technoligies GMBH, Google Deep Mind UK, Wallscope...

    Over the past years deep learning has brought a revolution in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), producing remarkable results in a variety of application domains including computer vision, natural language processing, speech recgonition, robotics, and clinical decision making. Despite the success of deep learning over a wide spectrum of real-world tasks, there is no doubt that many of the problems that are really at the core of AI are far from being solved. Reasoning, namely taking pieces of information, combining them together, and using these to draw logical conclusions or devise new information, is not a general-purpose capability for modern AI. Imagine an airplane passenger sitting in an exit row, studying the emergency guide, which is often a combination of images and text. Their brain combines visual and textual information in order to infer the intended message -- open the door in the unlikely event of an emergency. A computer system seeing the same document would first employ an image recognition model to scan the image. An Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system would read the text, and a third system would correlate the image and text to understand the complete picture. Although the fundamental principles of analyzing the world around us and the approach a machine takes to process complex information are both based on breaking down the data to its core elements, humans are instinctively better at correlating and integrating information from different modalities, and re-using previously acquired experience and expertise to transfer it to radically different challenges and domains. Today's neural networks fail disastrously when exposed to data outside the distribution they were trained on, overly adhere to superficial and potentially misleading statistical associations instead of learning true causal relations, are unable to reason on an abstract level, which makes it difficult to implement high-level cognitive functions, and are essentially black boxes with with respect to human understanding of their predictions. This fellowship aims to alleviate these deficiencies by developing a new class of neural network models which will demonstrate reasoning capabilities, a skill required to enhance many AI applications. Rather than relying on a monolithic network structure, we propose to assemble a network from a collection of more specialized modules, making use of an explicit, modular reasoning process, which allows for differentiable training (with backpropagation) but without expert supervision of reasoning steps. We will develop a theoretical framework which characterizes what it means for neural network models to reason, design various reasoning modules, and showcase their practical importance in applications which understand requests and act on them, process and aggregate large amounts of data (e.g., from multiple modalities), make generalizations (e.g., robots cannot be pretrained on all possible scenarios they might encounter), deal with changing situations and causality, manifest creativity (e.g., in writing a story or a poem), co-ordinate various agents (e.g., in game playing), and are able explain their predictions and decisions. The proposed Fellowship will have a transformative effect on AI theory and practice. It sets an ambitious agenda which unifies multiple strands of AI research, bridging the gap between the neural and symbolic views of AI and integrating their complementary strengths. It will provide the means for developing a UK skill base in AI, and wil have wide ranging impact in academia, industry, the UK economy, and society e.g., , by embedding AI in many domains of daily life and rendering tools such as neural networks more explainable.

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: EP/S022481/1
    Funder Contribution: 6,848,850 GBP
    Partners: University of Edinburgh, Sertis, SICSA, Playbrush Ltd, RASA Technoligies GMBH, Herotech8 Ltd, dMetrics, adeptmind, nVIDIA, Fact Mata Ltd...

    1) To create the next generation of Natural Language Processing experts, stimulating the growth of NLP in the public and private sectors domestically and internationally. A pool of NLP talent will provide incentives for (existing) companies to expand their operations in the UK and lead to start-ups and new products. 2) To deliver a programme which will have a transformative effect on the students that we train and on the field as a whole, developing future leaders and producing cutting-edge research in both methodology and applications. 3) To give students a firm grounding in the challenge of working with language in a computational setting and its relevance to critical engineering and scientific problems in our modern world. The Centre will also train them in the key programming, engineering, and machine learning skills necessary to solve NLP problems. 4) To attract students from a broad range of backgrounds, including computer science, AI, maths and statistics, linguistics, cognitive science, and psychology and provide an interdisciplinary cohort training approach. The latter involves taught courses, hands-on laboratory projects, research-skills training, and cohort-based activities such as specialist seminars, workshops, and meetups. 5) To train students with awareness of user design, ethics and responsible research in order to design systems that improve user statisfaction, treat users fairly, and increase the uptake of NLP technology across cultures, social groups and languages.

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: EP/S023208/1
    Funder Contribution: 6,947,220 GBP
    Partners: SICSA, RASA Technoligies GMBH, Autonomous Surface Vehicles Limited, S M C Pneumatics (U K) Ltd, Nova Drive Limited, CAS, Mactaggart Scott & Co Ltd, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, UMCP, Chitendai...

    Robots and autonomous systems (RAS) will revolutionise the world's economy and society for the foreseeable future, working for us, beside us and interacting with us. The UK urgently needs graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets. Key application areas include manufacturing, construction, transport, offshore energy, defence, and health and well-being. The recent Industrial Strategy Review set out four Grand Challenges that address the potential impact of RAS on the economy and society at large. Meeting these challenges requires the next generation of graduates to be trained in key enabling techniques and underpinning theories in RAS and AI and be able to work effectively in cross-disciplinary projects. The proposed overarching theme of the CDT-RAS can be characterised as 'safe interactions'. Firstly, robots must safely interact physically with environments, requiring compliant manipulation, active sensing, world modelling and planning. Secondly, robots must interact safely with people either in face-to-face natural dialogue or through advanced, multimodal interfaces. Thirdly, key to safe interactions is the ability for introspective condition monitoring, prognostics and health management. Finally, success in all these interactions depends on foundational interaction enablers such as techniques for vision and machine learning. The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) combines Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh and has shown to be an effective venue for a CDT. ECR combines internationally leading science with an outstanding track record of exploitation, and world class infrastructure with approximately £100M in investment from government and industry including the National ROBOTARIUM. A critical mass of over 50 experienced supervisors cover the underpinning disciplines crucial to RAS safe interaction. With regards facilities, ECR is transformational in the range of robots and spaces that can be experimentally configured to study both the physical interaction through robot embodiment, as well as, in-field remote operations and human-robot teaming. This, combined with supportive staff and access to Project Partners, provides an integrated capability unique in the world for exploring collaborative interaction between humans, robots and their environments. The reputation of ECR is evidenced by the additional support garnered from 31 industry Project Partners, providing an additional 23 studentships and overall additional support of approximately £11M. The CDT-RAS training programme will align with and further develop the highly successful, well-established CDT-RAS four-year PhD programme, with taught courses on the underpinning theory and state of the art and research training, closely linked to career relevant skills in creativity, RI and innovation. The CDT-RAS will provide cohort-based training with three graduate hallmarks: i) advanced technical training with ii) a foundation international experience, and iii) innovation training. Students will develop an assessed learning portfolio, tailored to individual interests and needs, with access to industry and end-users as required. Recruitment efforts will focus on attracting cohorts of diverse, high calibre students, who have the hunger to learn. The single-city location of Edinburgh enables stimulating, cohort-wide activities that build commercial awareness, cross-disciplinary teamwork, public outreach, and ethical understanding, so that Centre graduates will be equipped to guide and benefit from the disruptions in technology and commerce. Our vision for the CDT-RAS is to build on the current success and ensure the CDT-RAS continues to be a major international force that can make a generational leap in the training of innovation-ready postgraduates, who will lead in the safe deployment of robotic and autonomous systems in the real world.