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Foundational Artificial Intelligence

PhD Scholarships at the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Foundational Artificial Intelligence

Our Foundational AI CDT addresses the national need for AI workers by training researchers capable of advancing core AI algorithms. These graduates will help shape the social, scientific and economic landscape through scientific breakthroughs and the creation of companies on the basis of novel AI technology.

Current AI machines are largely "dumb" — they don't understand their physical environment, nor have enough understanding of human culture to communicate in natural ways. Our vision is that AI is in its infancy and that AI breakthroughs are key to controlling and shaping the future technological landscape. However, creating effective AI is challenging given our limited understanding of how intelligence works.

In forging AI creators, we will therefore encourage students to look beyond Computer Science and be open to interaction with other scientists researching intelligence.

The most successful existing AI technology (Deep Learning) is based on the way brains process information. Future developments may be inspired by neuroscience and we need to be alert to the insights offered by this and other fields.

A key research objective of CDT students is to make new algorithms for next-generation AI technologies by incorporating more knowledge about the real-world and human culture into the AI agents themselves. Such machines will be able to offer unparalleled insights into our data-rich world and provide us with transparent and interpretable explanations.

A unique aspect of the CDT is to give students the deep technical skills they require to be leading researchers in AI and also the skills to be a deep tech entrepreneur.

How to apply

We are accepting applications for the September 2020 start and you can apply directly here, however if you have any queries or concerns about the application process please email our CDT Manager, Sarah Turnbull: [email protected]

We ask that all overseas candidates apply no later than Friday, 3 January 2020 to ensure that we can meet UCL's deadlines for the Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS), Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) and the UCL-China Scholarships Research Scholarships. Applications received after this date will still be considered for any remaining scholarships that the CDT can offer. We have a number of scholarships available for home, EU and Overseas fee-status students which we will allocate as and when. The CDT reserves the right to set a deadline for all applications at a later date or to close applications once all funding has been allocated.

More information can be found on our webpage.

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