Cambridge University and Google deepen AI partnership

Google has committed to funding the University of Cambridge's new Centre for Human-Inspired AI (CHIA)

The University of Cambridge and Google have deepened their long-standing artificial intelligence (AI) partnership, with the latter sponsoring a new research centre at the university.

In the pursuit of ethical and accessible AI, Google has committed to funding the university’s new Centre for Human-Inspired AI (CHIA), which will support progress in responsible AI that is inspired by and benefits people.

The new multi-year research agreement opens up opportunities for Google's team of researchers and scientists to establish closer collaboration with their counterparts at the University. Together, they will delve into fundamental AI research ventures spanning various fields of mutual interest, such as climate and sustainability, as well as the crucial areas of AI ethics and safety.

The funds will also be used to help students from underrepresented groups to carry out PhDs within the CHIA to help broaden diversity in the AI research community.

Matt Brittin, President of Google EMEA and University of Cambridge alumnus, commented: “AI has huge potential to benefit people across the world - whether it’s through making daily life that bit easier, or by tackling some of society’s biggest challenges. It’s vital that we work together to seize this opportunity. By collaborating with one of our world-leading British academic institutions, we can enable AI research that is bold, responsible and designed to meet the needs of people across the country. This partnership also reaffirms Google’s commitment to the UK as a global AI and technology leader.”

Jessica Montgomery, Director of ai@cam, the University of Cambridge’s flagship mission on artificial intelligence, commented: “The University of Cambridge can be an engine for AI innovation and a steward of advancements in this exciting field. Translating advances in AI to benefits for science, citizens, and society requires interdisciplinary research that is deeply connected to real-word needs. The research collaboration agreement announced today will support research activities across the University. We want to leverage the world-leading expertise found across the University to enable exciting new advances in responsible AI.”

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, added: "Artificial intelligence can offer us enormous opportunities - growing the economy, creating new jobs and making lives longer, healthier and happier for British people. To seize those opportunities, we must bring together insights from business and academia to encourage the safe and responsible development of AI. That is why we are welcoming the partnership which Google and the University of Cambridge have announced today.

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