Bluesky Helps to Shape the Future of AI Systems with Turing Fellowship Funding
Leicestershire, UK, 15 December 2020 – Aerial mapping company Bluesky International is working alongside organisations such as AstraZeneca, Toyota and Amazon Web Services to shape artificial intelligence (AI) systems of the future. Contributing to the multi-million pound UK Government project, Bluesky is supporting the prestigious Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship programme with funding for a University of Leicester research project.
Aiming to go beyond current concepts and systems to create AI solutions that are more trusted and more data adaptive, the University of Leicester project will bring together a world-class team of experts and stakeholders to showcase solutions for healthcare, security, space and manufacturing.
Bluesky is partnering with Professor Ivan Tyukin, of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester. Head of the University’s Visual Intelligence Lab, Professor Tyukin is one of just 15 researchers from across the UK to have been awarded Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships as part of a £20 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
“Recent years have seen explosive progress in data-driven AI. But to be truly transformational, integration of AI throughout society requires understanding and trust,” commented Professor Tyukin. “This fellowship will enable me to work with a world-class team of experts and stakeholders to develop and showcase much-needed solutions to challenges in healthcare, security, space, and manufacturing sectors.
“I am excited by the transformative opportunities and impact which this project will create and deliver through established partnerships, participation and support from companies such as Bluesky International and hope that these solutions will enable creation of a new gold standard for methods in these important areas.”
“We already have a well-established relationship with the University having worked together on projects which use geographic data and AI to improve the mapping of trees and create new solutions for the insurance sector, so it was an obvious choice for us to be involved in this prestigious programme,” commented James Eddy, Technical Director at Leicestershire based Bluesky. “We are excited to be working alongside Ivan and hope that our involvement will help engender trust in AI and develop more robust and transparent AI algorithms.”
Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships are delivered through the UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in partnership with Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Office for AI and the Alan Turing Institute. Named after mathematician and AI pioneer Alan Turing, the fellowships aim to increase collaboration between academia and industry, such as Bluesky, with fellows bringing together a wide range of partners for their projects.
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Bluesky International is the leading aerial survey and geographic data company in the UK producing and maintaining seamless digital aerial photography and height data on a national scale in both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Bluesky also undertakes bespoke surveys, including LiDAR, for a range of public and private sector clients.
Bluesky International operates a range of aircraft and sensors including three Ultracam Eagle Mark 3s, a CityMapper which allows the simultaneous collection of vertical and oblique imagery as well as LiDAR data, and a Galaxy LiDAR which is mounted with a thermal sensor and survey grade camera. These systems put Bluesky International in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost-effective geospatial solutions.
As well as being an established and respected aerial survey company Bluesky International is also highly innovative and continually strives to develop new products and services by embracing new technology and methods. This has resulted in the development of some unique products such as the National Tree Map (NTM).
These datasets underpin long term contracts with local and central governments and many major blue-chip companies from a range of market sectors including financial services, utilities, telecoms, web portals, construction and environment. Bluesky International has offices in the UK, US, Republic of Ireland and a dedicated production centre in India.
The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment. The University is home to just over 20,000 students and approximately 3,000 staff.