From fundamental theory to applications which benefit society
The University of Surrey leads on both the fundamental artificial intelligence (AI) theory – pioneering new machine learning algorithms and the understanding of black box AI systems – and the application of AI for the benefit of society through healthcare, security, education and entertainment.
"We are bringing a human-centric approach to all aspects of our research with the aim of enabling a brighter future for individuals, industry and society."
AI-based machines and systems are performing tasks across an ever-increasing variety of fields, often faster and at a fraction of the cost of their human competition. Far from being limited to manual labour, today’s machines are diagnosing disease, keeping us safe both online and in the physical world, practicing law, and even creating art. Intelligent automation is the future – the economics are too compelling for any other outcome – and the role of research is to capitalise on the myriad opportunities AI offers, to predict and solve challenges along the way, and to ensure future AI systems are fair and explainable.
At the University of Surrey, AI impacts almost every area of our research, from medical imaging to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment, to law and ethics for the regulation of autonomous decision making systems. The University leads on both the fundamental AI theory – pioneering new machine learning algorithms and the understanding of black box AI systems – and the application of AI for the benefit of society through healthcare, security, education and entertainment.
This research is spearheaded by AI@Surrey, an interdisciplinary network of over 300 researchers from across the University. Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) and Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering Group (NICE) form a core part of this network while it also draws on the University’s expertise in law, politics, sociology, languages, health sciences, future communication, space technology, and environment and sustainability.
What we are developing
Surrey has been conducting pioneering research in AI and machine perception for over 30 years, having initiated the new field of pattern recognition in the 1980s. Today we are using audio-visual machine perception to enable systems which understand the world through sensory data, which is critical for robotics, healthcare, assisted living and human-machine interaction. We are creating AI architectures and algorithms which can learn models from huge volumes of real-world data, and we are developing robotics which think for themselves, leading the way to autonomous vehicles among many other applications.
At the same time, much of our research is focused on mitigating the potentially negative impacts of AI, finding solutions to the emerging challenges automation is bringing, such as increased cybersecurity risks and the need for a new legal framework.
While the ultimate goal of AI research may be complete autonomy, the most effective deployment of AI systems in the foreseeable future is likely to be in an assistive and collaborative mode, with AI supporting people at work and at home. Keeping this in mind, we are bringing a human-centric approach to all aspects of our research with the aim of enabling a brighter future for individuals, industry and society.