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08th January 2021

DeepMind to fund Professorship of Artificial Intelligence

The new DeepMind Professor of Artificial Intelligence will become a Professorial Fellow of Exeter College when appointed later this year.

DeepMind, the leading British artificial intelligence company, has renewed and extended its commitment to supporting research in AI at the University of Oxford by funding a new post, the DeepMind Professorship of Artificial Intelligence. The post-holder will benefit from being a Professorial Fellow of Exeter College.

The DeepMind Chair will enable a world-leading AI researcher to establish a new group within Oxford’s thriving AI community, with the opportunity to pursue their own research interests. AI research at Oxford has strengths across the whole spectrum of contemporary AI, ranging from the philosophical and ethical foundations of the field through to reasoning, robotics, vision understanding, and deep learning.

DeepMind was established in London in 2010 and is now a world leader in artificial intelligence research and its application for positive impact. The DeepMind Chair is part of a wider initiative by the company to broaden participation in science and support wider research in the UK.

Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO, DeepMind, says: ‘I’m delighted to expand our support of AI research at Oxford with the DeepMind Professorship of Artificial Intelligence. I look forward to seeing who the University appoints and where they decide to focus their research with the support of Oxford’s world-class AI research community.’

Professor Michael Wooldridge, Head of Department of Computer Science, says: ‘This is an outstanding opportunity for a world-class researcher to join a world-class AI research environment. We are tremendously excited about the possibilities for this post, and grateful for DeepMind’s continued support of our work at Oxford.’

Rector Rick Trainor commented: ‘Exeter College is delighted to be providing a Professorial Fellowship for the DeepMind Professor of Artificial Intelligence. The Chair relates directly to the interests of a number of Exeter Fellows, and strong intellectual synergy is expected.’

More details of the DeepMind Chair can be found here: https://bit.ly/3ep9Xmi

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