EIT Digital, the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization, is supporting the development of the new Programs.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published (Updated )

Supported by the European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization EIT Digital, City, University of London’s Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (CitAI) and Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) will lead two new Doctoral Training Programs (DTPs).

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year will be a DTP in Artificial Intelligence (AI). This will enable the commercial deployment of AI technology in Europe and other regions by developing critical interdisciplinary capabilities in AI technology, particularly, though not exclusively in machine (deep) learning and explainable AI, with applications for solving real-life industrial problems.

Dr Eduardo Alonso, Director of City’s Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (CitAI) and lead for City's Master’s programme in AI, will oversee this DTP. This program will be carried out in partnership with founding partners Delta Capital Ltd, Telefónica Innovación Alpha SL and Bosch AA-AS.

The Delta Capital Studentship is focused on the design and evaluation of end to end, secure, efficient privacy-preserving deep learning. The Bosch Automotive Service Solutions studentship is centred on developing novel AI algorithms for predicting and specifying repair and maintenance requirements of vehicles in connected environments, where the vehicle and the repair workshop are in two-way data communication with cloud-based services.

Interdisciplinary capabilities

Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, City’s ICS will lead the second DTP focussed on Cyber Security, addressing the Cybersecurity issues of preeminent concern to European society and businesses. It will be developing interdisciplinary capabilities in the technical, organisational and social aspects of Cyber Security, with applications to concrete solutions of industrial interest. The DTP will be based at the EIT Digital’s co-location centre in King’s Cross, Central London.

The Director of City’s Centre for Software Reliability, Professor Lorenzo Strigini, will oversee this new program, associated with the Digital Infrastructure Focus Area within EIT Digital’s organisation. British Telecom (BT), BAE Systems, and the Connected Places Catapult are the founding partners with City’s Institute for Cyber Security on this DTP.

City’s Institute for Cyber Security was launched in March 2019 and is led by Professor Muttukrishnan Rajarajan. The Centre, focused on tackling the global challenges in privacy, trust and security, brings together world class scholars and a considerable body of scholarship in cyber security education, research and innovation, carried out across the University.

Launched in July 2019, CitAI brings together AI expertise, creating a hub of expertise in the development and implementation of AI technology and their application to, among other areas, energy, transport, health and well being, and finance as well as in the legal, ethical and social impact of AI.

Professor Rajkumar Roy, Dean of City’s School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, is delighted with the establishment of both DTPs:

"We are very pleased to be supported by EIT Digital with regard to both Doctoral Training Programs. They will strengthen the solid research we have been conducting for several years in areas such as privacy, deep learning, socio-technical systems, cryptography, biometrics and cybercrime. City is at the forefront of educating entrepreneurial, relevant and world-leading researchers, and we look forward to the growth and expansion of our EIT and industry partnerships, and more companies being able to leverage our excellent collaborations."

Morgan Gillis, EIT Digital's UK Director, said:

"We are very pleased to be working with City to establish the two DTPs that will provide industrial partners and PhD students access to world class applied research in Cyber Security and AI as part of EIT Digital's mission to drive Europe's digital transformation”.

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. It invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake and scaling of research-based digital technologies (deep tech) focusing on Europe’s strategic, societal challenges: Digital Tech, Digital Cities, Digital Industry, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance.

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