UK launches new artificial intelligence lab at Dstl

23 May 2018 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2018 12:04)

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has launched the new artificial intelligence (AI) hub at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Salisbury.

UK launches new artificial intelligence lab at Dstl
UK Defence Minister Gavin Williamson meets members of the US-UK Defence Innovation Board. Credit: Crown copyright.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has launched the new artificial intelligence (AI) hub at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Salisbury.

The launch was announced at the joint US-UK Defence Innovation Board meeting conducted to explore major areas of co-operation between the nations and ensure military capabilities into the future.

Williamson said: “The relationship we have with our US partners is indispensable to both our nations. In the face of evolving global threats, we must harness new technologies and approaches to stay ahead of our adversaries and keep us safe.

“Today’s meeting of military and scientific minds from both sides of the Atlantic encourages our best and brightest to develop new capabilities in everything from AI and autonomous vehicles to advanced cyber and robotics.”

"The new AI hub will help improve the country’s capabilities in the application of AI-related technologies in order to meet defence and security-related challenges."

To support the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) commitment to deliver future military capabilities, Dstl’s new facility will focus on AI, machine learning, and data science in the field of defence.

Built to carry out high-level research on areas ranging from autonomous vehicles to intelligent systems, the new AI hub will help improve the country’s capabilities in the application of AI-related technologies in order to meet defence and security-related challenges.

The hub will also engage in countering fake news, use data to deter and de-escalate conflicts, and provide increased computer network defences and improved decision aids for commanders.

It will provide the UK MoD with opportunities to help keep people safe from different future defence and security threats.