UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence


UKRI CDTs in Foundational AI & AI-Enabled Healthcare Systems Showcase

15 November 2022

On the 1st November, the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence hosted a showcase of the work undertaken by the students in the two UKRI AI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) hosted at UCL.

Reuben Adams, PhD Candidate, presenting work

The CDTs are roughly midway through their current cycle, which is an ideal time for us to celebrate their achievements and look forward to the future of the CDTs and discuss our ambitious plans for the future and supporting the National Strategy in AI as set out by the UK Government.

Prof David Barber giving a presentation at our Showcase

The afternoon included presentations by the CDT directors Prof David Barber and Prof Paul Taylor, as well as our industry sponsor Ulrich Paquet from Deepmind. In attendance were students, academics and industry partners, keen to understand what we have done so far and what is on the horizon.

Our vision is to continue to nurture and support the tremendous intellect and talent in the UK to train researchers and create new AI algorithms to problem solve and improve life on a global scale. We intend to continue working with industry partners and forge new alliances and partnerships with AI researchers all around the world.

A list of the logos of our industrial partners
In addition, we are committed to Inclusivity and Outreach, by partnering with organisations such as Queer in AI, Women in AI, Disabled in AI and Black in AI and hosting events for members of the public and school aged young adults considering careers in AI and keeping as many events as possible open to all AI CDTs in the UK and the wider UK AI Community. We are also devoted to ensuring that we have as many avenues to engage with our Centre and CDTs as possible, offering a flexible and varied approach.


Spider diagram of ways to get involved with the AI Centre


We aim to continue to support our students in creating their own businesses and provide support for our Entrepreneurial graduates to carve their own path without limits. We are proud to ensure that our graduates have the freedom to choose a career path that fits them best and also help candidates secure top roles in industry if they do not wish to create their own company.

There were approximately 40 posters being presented by students and further 20+ demonstrations on the work done by our students in both CDTs in areas such as Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Robotics, Ethical AI, AI-Enabled Diagnostics and Prognostics, Operations and Therapeutics, Drug Discovery, and Climate Modelling.

Image of our students presenting their posters and demonstrations


The day was concluded with a surprise visit and unveiling of a gift from UCL alumni, Dr Anthony Bourached and Dr George Cann who are the founders and CEOs of Oxia Palus, an artificial intelligence createch company. Anthony and George kindly donated an original NeoMaster recovered from an unseen sketch of Beatrice Hastings by Amedeo Modigliani which was lost behind “Portrait of a Girl” (1917). Oxia Palus has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence, spectroscopy, and 3D printing to resurrect the world's lost art.

We were honoured by the generous donation and proudly invited UCL’s own President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence AC to unveil it to our guests.

Provost Michael Spence unveiling the painting

Co-Creator, Anthony Bourached with painting


We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff and students who participated, attended and presented, who make the afternoon such a fantastic celebration of all of our achievements. Thank you to Dr Bourached and Dr Cann for their generous donation. Special thanks to our CDT Manager, Sharon Betts, without whom the event would not have been possible, and thanks to our Technical Support Team (TSG), without whom the event would have never come together.