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Maritime Digital Hub signs MoU with The Alan Turing Institute to support research and innovation

By Karolina Skinner
2 August 2021
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A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between The Alan Turing Institute and the not-for-profit organisation Maritime Digital Hub. This formally establishes a working collaboration to support awareness, research, and innovation for the use of AI and data science within the maritime and marine community.

This new collaboration aims to identify and share opportunities for potential research in several key impact areas: artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced analytics, computational science, and data-centric engineering.

The collaboration establishes plans to develop joint research opportunities as well as to coordinate and collaborate on an awareness program to enhance general understanding of the capabilities of AI and data science in a marine/maritime context.

Maritime Digital Hub is a not-for-profit, open knowledge community focused on democratising tools and expertise to unlock innovation, building a more socially responsible and sustainable future for all. Through its open knowledge mindset and alignment with the maritime sector, its goal is to continue to build a trusted network where efforts are shared, recognised, and rewarded fairly, while teaching and inspiring the many to develop ideas that will deliver on the clean, digital and safe ambitions of the sector.

"This MoU with The Alan Turing Institute is the first step in what I expect to be an extremely positive and rewarding journey for Maritime Digital Hub and the wider maritime community," said Kevin Smith (pictured), founder and CTO at Maritime Digital Hub. "We recognise and support The Alan Turing Institute’s commitment to AI and data science research which has real world application, impact and that pushes the boundaries for good. By working collaboratively and including our own team of cross-industry specialists from our strategic partners, research academics and innovation enablers we will help to provide thought leadership and technology support and act as the conduit to access the wide range of marine and maritime industries and organisations who will benefit from this MoU."

About Maritime Digital Hub

Based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Maritime Digital Hub is a not-for-profit organisation focused on bridging the gap between technology and industry to deliver on the value of digital transformation.

The organisation has been formed by experts from the technology and maritime sector, and in partnership with the UK maritime clusters, Mersey Maritime and local authorities. The focus of the hub is to provide thought leadership, guidance and simplification of technology to assist in driving value from digital transformation and enable upskilling of the future work force. 

About The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute, headquartered in the British Library, London, was created as the national institute for data science in 2015. In 2017, as a result of a government recommendation, the Institute added artificial intelligence to its remit. 

Five founding universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015.

Eight new universities – Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton – joined the Institute in 2018.


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