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AI and Machine Learning in 60 Seconds

“UCL has always been at the foundational level of artificial intelligence...” – Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of Life Sciences and Pro-Vice-Provost for AI at UCL

From self-driving cars to machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly evolving field. And with that comes a wealth of new questions and challenges previously unexplored by humankind. At UCL, we’re exploring not just the potential for AI’s usage, but also the ethical issues which surround it. 

In 2019, we appointed Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of Life Sciences, to serve as Pro-Vice-Provost (Artificial Intelligence). His aim is to ensure that the university’s AI activity connects relevant researchers to policymakers and industry partners in mutually beneficial relationships. 

AI is already changing lives across the world. To better understand its impact, UCL’s research collaborates across application areas such as social sciences, health, and law and regulation.   

Professor Rees says: “As founding chair of the UCL AI Steering Group, I have led the creation of a coherent inclusive narrative, ‘AI for People and Planet’, that identifies the distinctive global contribution that UCL can make for public benefit. We have begun to inspire and empower our AI leadership across an incredibly broad range of disciplines.”

To find out more about UCL’s AI research and development, see ucl.ac.uk/ai-centre/