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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Digital Media Inclusion

Creative AI - Putting people at the heart of inclusive media

Creating Intelligent Media Services for All through a challenge-led PhD research training programme co-designed with stakeholders and industry to shape real-world digital media inclusion.

Fully funded scholarships available - October 2024 start

The Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Digital Media Inclusion combines the world-leading expertise of the Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI at the University of Surrey, a pioneer in AI technologies for the creative industries (vision, audio, language, machine learning) and Story Futures at Royal Holloway University of London, leader in creative production and audience experience (arts, psychology, user research, creative production). 

Digital media inclusion is essential for equality across society

Inclusion in digital media

Our vision is to deliver unique cross-disciplinary training embedded in real-world challenges and creative practice, and to address the industry need for people with responsible AI, inclusive design and creative skills.

The CDT is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the government’s strategy to ensure the country has the top global expertise and fosters the next generation of researchers needed to seize the transformational benefits of AI technology.

What makes our training programme unique?

The CDT will train a new generation of over 80 industry-ready PhDs to lead the transformation to responsible AI-enabled inclusive media. This will forge a ground-breaking challenge-led model, co-designed and co-delivered with creative industry and end-user partners to remove significant real-world barriers to media inclusion.

Working in multi-disciplinary cohort teams, we aim to develop comprehensive multi-faceted AI solutions combining creative, technical, behavioural, linguistic, social and legal expertise, designed with inclusion for all at their heart.

Our partnership with the creative industry

Creating digital media content and services that are inclusive for all is essential for societal equality and a business necessity to increase engagement for diverse audiences.  

Our challenge-led training will foster a responsible creative AI ecosystem partnering with 50+ organisations ranging from big-tech corporations to creative SMEs and user organisations to address real-world inclusive media challenges and realise the impact on society and the UK economy. Our inaugural industry partners include:

  • Access Entertainment
  • Activate Learning
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Anagram
  • Atos
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • BBC
  • Blesma
  • British Screen Forum
  • Creative UK
  • Darkfield
  • Digital Catapult
  • Disguise
  • Dock10
  • M3 LEP
  • English Heritage
  • Figment
  • Final Pixel 
  • Gideon Reeling
  • iLife Media
  • ISO Design
  • Lord David Puttnam
  • MKAI
  • NetMC
  • Nexus Studios
  • Open Inclusion
  • Samsung
  • Sir Peter Bazalgette
  • Sony Europe
  • Surrey Heartlands ICS
  • Surround Vision
  • Synthesia
  • Target3D
  • Tetralogical
  • Marshmallow Laser Feast
  • TechUK
  • Surrey County Council
  • Ofcom
  • IBM
  • Blessed Foundation
  • Pact
  • NFTS
  • AudioScenic
  • Aspierations
  • Arwen
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Orbit RRI
  • Open Education AI
  • Channel 4
  • Framestore
  • Ukie.

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