Jessica Fino 27 Feb 2017 03:59pm

Artificial intelligence sector to get £17m funding boost

The UK is expected to receive more than £17m in funding to boost its artificial intelligence sector, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced

The pledge is part of the government’s digital strategy, which will be set out by the culture secretary Karen Bradley on Wednesday.

According to the department, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is expected to give a funding boost of £17.3m to support the development of new robotics and artificial intelligence technologies in universities across the UK.

Moreover, the government will also launch a major independent review to examine how it can work together with the artificial intelligence sector.

Bradley said, “We are already pioneers in today’s artificial intelligence revolution and the digital strategy will build on our strengths to make sure UK-based scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to be at the forefront.”

Research carried out by Accenture found that artificial intelligence could add in the region of £654bn to the UK economy by 2035.

Greg Clark, business secretary said, “Investment in robotics and artificial intelligence will help make our economy more competitive, build on our world-leading reputation in these cutting-edge sectors and help us create new products, develop more innovative services and establish better ways of doing business.”

The funding will include a project by the University of Manchester to develop robots capable of operating autonomously and effectively in more dangerous environments like nuclear facilities. Researchers at Imperial College London will also use funds to make advances in the field of surgical micro-robotics.