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Funding awarded for European Training Network in AI

€4m network of European Universities and industrial collaborators will fund research and train next generation of experts in AI

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As part of its Horizon 2020 framework, the European Commission has awarded funding for the European Training Network (ETN) on “Monitoring Large-Scale Complex Systems” (MOIRA).  This €4m scheme joins the Department of Engineering Science to colleagues in leading universities in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, and Poland along with industrial collaborators.

The focus of MOIRA is to develop novel AI-based methods for handling complex, real-world sensor data, with the aim of performing predictive inference in sectors such as healthcare, aerospace, and manufacturing.  In addition to a four-year long research agenda, the programme involves funding for a cohort of 15 “ETN Fellows”, who undertake their PhDs in AI with consortium members.

Professor David Clifton

Oxford involvement is led by David Clifton, Professor of Clinical Machine Learning in the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) Lab, at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering,

“The MOIRA programme is a hugely exciting Europe-wide scheme for joining groups with shared interests in AI.” 

“I’m especially pleased to see that a major emphasis is the very generous funding that the cohort of Fellows receives to undertake their PhDs and travel frequently between partner institutions.  The ability to gain a truly international PhD, study with leading AI-focussed groups across Europe, and build experience across important application domains is unique to European Training Networks.” 

“Of course, it is especially important to see initiatives such as this going ahead given the UK’s relationship with our European colleagues, and in such a strategically important area as AI.  Schemes such as this bring us closer, with the real winners being the next generation of AI experts who are trained within the programme.”