Lancaster statistician to develop revolutionary new AI for use in autonomous cars and cybersecurity A Lancaster University researcher will conduct ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) research to revolutionise the use of AI in autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity, as part of a prestigious Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship.As technology advances, there is a growing need to collect vast quantities of data easily and inexpensively, and to use these data to deliver significant benefits across a wide range of applications such as energy consumption and public health.A key challenge in AI research is to extract meaningful value from these data sources to make decisions that can be trusted and understood to improve the way society functions. Dr Christopher Nemeth, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University and member of the Data Science Institute, aims to develop an ‘end-to-end framework’, from data collection to decision-making, that naturally accounts for data, modelling and decision uncertainties to provide transparent and interpretable decision-making tools with a wide range of uses.“This research will develop new AI-powered tools capable of automatically gleaning deeper insights from complex data,” says Dr Nemeth. “Our research will lead to new ways of assessing the safety of driverless vehicles for UK roads, as well as developing new AI systems to enhance the UK’s cybersecurity.“This Turing AI Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for our research team to collaborate closely with key strategic partners, including GCHQ and the Transport Research Laboratory, and will help support the UK’s leading position in AI development.”The research programme, called Probabilistic Algorithms for Scalable and Computable Approaches to Learning (PASCAL) offers new ways of unlocking the tremendous potential for innovation and technological development in AI. This can be achieved through the development of probabilistic algorithms to provide deep and critical insight into the increasingly large and complex data sources that fuel our everyday lives.This research will be undertaken in collaboration with project partners: Transport Research Laboratory, the Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research, GCHQ, the University of Washington and engagement with the Alan Turing Institute.Funded with a £20 million cash boost from the Government, the prestigious Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will give fifteen of the UK’s top AI researchers the resources to work with academia and industry to drive forward their ground-breaking research and technologies and bring their innovations to the real world, from speeding up medical diagnoses to increasing workplace productivity. These pioneering projects could enable the UK to meet some of its most pressing challenges such as reducing carbon emissions, while helping to transform industries across the UK economy, including healthcare, energy and transport.As a result of government investment, Fellows will work with academia and industry to help elevate their world class research and transfer their innovations from the lab to the real world. These innovations have the potential to change how people live, work and communicate, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.Science Minister, Amanda Solloway said: “The UK is the birthplace of artificial intelligence and we therefore have a duty to equip the next generation of Alan Turings, like Lancaster’s Dr Christopher Nemeth, with the tools that will keep the UK at the forefront of this remarkable technological innovation.“The inspiring project we are backing today will use AI to help inform decision making in key sectors, from cybersecurity to autonomous vehicles, transforming the way we live and work, while cementing the UK’s status as a world leader in AI and data.”Digital Minister, Caroline Dineage, said: “The UK is a nation of innovators and this government investment will help our talented academics use cutting-edge technology to improve people’s daily lives – from delivering better disease diagnosis to managing our energy needs.”The fellowships form part of a major government investment in AI skills and research, including sixteen Centres for Doctoral Training in AI and conversion courses to train the next generation of AI experts, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in October 2019.Named after British AI pioneer, Alan Turing, the £20 million fellowship scheme will be delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute and Office for Artificial Intelligence.EPSRC Executive Chair Professor Dame Lynn Gladden said: “The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will support some of our leading researchers to progress their careers and develop ground-breaking AI technologies with societal impact.“By enhancing collaboration between academia and industry and accelerating these transformative technologies they will help to maintain and build on the UK’s position as a world leader in AI.” /Public Release. 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Phillipe..pleads guilty to drug charges Guy Philippe, has pleaded guilty in a Miami federal court to drug-related, money-laundering and conspiracy charges.Phillipe, an elected Haitian senator and former police commander, eluded capture in Haiti for more than a decade.If convicted he could spend at least nine years behind bars.Philippe was arrested in January. He has admitted that he accepted between $1.5 million and $3.5 million in cocaine profits from Colombian traffickers for allowing them to use Haiti to ship cocaine to Miami and other parts of the United States between 1999 and 2003. The following year, Phillipe gained widespread notoriety when he led a revolt to oust Haiti’s president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.By pleading guilty, Philippe avoided the risk of a trial early next month with possible conviction on the main drug-conspiracy charge — and a potential life sentence.His punishment will be up to U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga, who could give him a maximum sentence of 20 years at a hearing set for July 5. But under the federal sentencing guidelines in his plea agreement with prosecutors, Philippe, 49, faces between nine and 11 years in prison.
Share 345 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Press ReleaseRoseau, Dominica, 28 February, 2018— The Ministry of Planning, Economic Development and Investment with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) continued to partner to advocate for building resiliency in Dominica post Hurricane Maria. A model roof designed and built by the EWB team will be on display at various locations across the island. First seen at the Carnival Monday Parade on 12 February 2018, the model roof has been an effective way to engage Dominicans in discussion on building back better. Five model roofs have been built and these, along with the revised Guide to Dominica´s Housing Standards, also advanced by the Ministry of Planning, UNDP and EWB, are critical to advocacy and education for building back better.“Apart from being a tangible example of a resilient roof, it has been a great communication tool,” says Benjie Hayek of EWB.“It really gets us great feedback from members of the public who are seeking information from us and who are sharing their Hurricane Maria experience,” she added. For the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning, Mrs. Gloria Joseph, the roof and document complement each other for outreach efforts. “While members of the public can interact with the mobile roof, i.e. see and touch, they cannot go home with it and so the Guide enables them to reference what they have learnt, not just when they actually have to rebuild but throughout the entire process from planning to buying materials. It is a ready reference they can carry with them in various stages of the rebuilding process and that goes a long way in supporting the efforts of the Ministry,” she stated. To date, the roof has been displayed at EH Charles and Rudolph Thomas hardware stores in Roseau and Portsmouth respectively as well as the government headquarters and Roseau Market. A town hall meeting was held on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at the Credit Union Hall in Portsmouth, where a cross section of the community attended a discussion on building back better. Senior Development Control Officer and officer for the North in the Physical Planning Division, Joseph Fontaine, was very encouraged by the feedback from the audience.“The persons who attended included home owners, contractors and material suppliers, all of whom were affected by Maria in one way or another. They asked pertinent and very technically specific questions, and were very eager to apply the changes we have suggested as they rebuild. So as someone who has to, at some point, inspect their structures, this is very encouraging.”This week the model roof was on display in Grand Bay on Monday and Marigot the following day and will be on display for the rest of the week as follows:Wednesday 28th February 2018: Soufriere at the Christian Union Church from 4:00pmThursday 1st March 2018: Kalinago Territory at the St. Cyr Resource Centre from 9:30am, Castle Bruce at the Castle Bruce Secondary School from 3:00pmOther dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. UNDP´s support for the education programme including the model roofs, revised Guidelines and outreach activities has been made possible through a US$3 million grant from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, mainly towards resilient roof construction through procurement of materials and equipment. This support will be implemented through partnerships with other agencies including four buildings at the Princess Margaret Hospital with the Ministry of Health; five health centres with AmeriCares Foundation; the Dominica State College with the Ministry of Education; and 600 homes for vulnerable households through international partners Caritas, International Organization for Migration (IOM), IsraAid and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Repairs to the roofs of apartments at Bath Estate and Elmshall will be carried out with funds from the government of India. Hurricane MariaLocalNewsRecovery Dominicans encouraged to view model roof as it tours island by: – February 28, 2018
Wyatt ShortOXFORD – A pair of saves and a win during a sweep of in-state rival Mississippi State over the weekend has earned Wyatt Short SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday. The Ole Miss sophomore helped the Rebels secure its first sweep of the Bulldogs since 2010 by pitching one scoreless inning in each game without allowing a hit. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced throughout the weekend and striking out four of them.Short shares the honor with Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer, who pitched a shutout against Florida. “It feels great. I wasn’t expecting that,” Short said. “I’ve never (pitched three days in a row) before. But I was ready.”The left-hander earned the win in Ole Miss’ improbably comeback on Saturday, as the Rebels faced a 7-2 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and rallied to win in extra innings. “Everything was working for me,” Short said. “Which is a first. Normally I don’t have my curveball or changeup or something. I had everything this weekend. It felt good.”Ole Miss baseball sophomore Wyatt Short has been named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday, May 11. The left-handed reliever earns the accolade for the first time in career after a stellar weekend against rival Mississippi State.This season, Short leads Ole Miss relievers with four wins and nine saves. Seven of his nine saves have been in SEC play, which sits atop the conference ranks.Shorts owns a 1.56 ERA and has struck out 39 hitters over 34.2 innings. He has not allowed a run to score in 17 of his 20 appearances. Short is the third Rebel to earn a weekly award this season. Scott Weathersby was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 13 and Will Golsan collected SEC Freshman of the Week honors on March 23.
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