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AI and data: addressing the Grand Challenge

The Industrial Strategy team is supporting the University's engagement with the Industrial Strategy Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge in a variety of ways

Internal funding has been established to support research in this area, through ISCF pump priming projects with industrial partners to prepare for calls, and the team has also supported the University’s Careers and Employability department on two projects to boost digital skills for our students and graduates.

Other initiatives include showcasing the University’s capabilities and fostering collaboration at Knowledge Transfer Network’s Robotics and AI showcase in March 2019.

Robotics research hubs   

Through Wave One of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the University became a partner in three of four UK robotics Research Hubs. Our expertise in the design and development of reliable, and verifiable, autonomous systems is being used to develop future generations of autonomous robotic systems for use in nuclear, offshore, and outer-space environments.

AI for healthcare

Researchers at Liverpool are also collaborating on a new AI-powered project that’s set to develop technology to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of type 2 diabetes.

An Innovate UK grant awarded to Perspectum Diagnostics will fund the development of specialised MRI across the body, powered by artificial intelligence, to assess the health of multiple internal organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen and aorta, in patients with type 2 diabetes. Combining these biomarkers into a medical device will support clinical management based on a single, cost-effective MRI scan.

The project aims to provide disease stratification, improve patient compliance, reduce NHS costs, and enable precision treatment.

An innovative University of Liverpool data solution for improving health outcomes for people with epilepsy across the UK is set to receive a share of £3 million Government funding following a national competition.

Among the ten innovations being funded is a University of Liverpool led solution to improving outcomes for patients with epilepsy and reducing unnecessary admissions to A&E. The system will connect data from GPs, hospitals and ambulance services making it available to paramedics and A&E staff when they are called to patients requiring urgent care.

Developing skilled graduates 

The University has launched an innovative new digital skills training programme to improve employment prospects for local graduates, provide the skills that local employers demand and boost the local economy.

The Digital Graduate Accelerator project, funded by the Office for Students, aims to improve graduate employment outcomes for commuter students (those who live and study at home) in the local Liverpool City Region.

It will engage with 200 businesses to provide structured internships, training and mentoring for a team of Digital Coaches who will be trained in partnership with local social enterprise Agent Academy CIC. The students will then provide peer to peer digital skills training for over 1000 students at the University.

It is led by the University of Liverpool's Careers & Employability team and programme partners including Agent Academy CIC, Sci-Tech Daresbury, the Liverpool City Region Local Economic Partnership, Unilever, Baabar, LAB by Capacity and MSB Solicitors.

The Careers & Employability team also presented students with an Innovation Challenge, asking for their ideas of how to use technology to enhance the student experience, with bonus points for entrants whose ideas related to the clean growth, ageing society, future of mobility or AI strands of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Titan the robot visited University Square in April 2019 to inspire students to take part in this exciting challenge and win £500 worth of tech accessories.

Media and Communication student Umut Tugay Temel was named the winner for his proposal to create an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and innovative online community for people across the University to connect and engage.

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