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$5 million Microsoft cloud investment given to The Alan Turing Institute

Published: Saturday, 08 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The Alan Turing Institute has secured $5 in Microsoft funding in order to accelerate its analytics and machine learning work.

The UK data science research institute will receive $5 million worth of cloud computing capacity to allow researchers to carry out large-scale data analytics tasks.

Having access to Microsoft’s technology will support the institute’s science research activities in a variety of areas, including smart cities, security, engineering and financial services.

Andrew Blake, Director of the Alan Turing Institute, said Microsoft’s donation will mean the organisation’s research is allowed to progress at an accelerated rate.

Over 100 research staff, including engineers, computer scientists and experts in social science, maths and statistics, will now begin work with the mission to advance data science, which experts believe has world-changing potential.

Mr Blake said: “The cloud services will provide our data scientists with an easily accessible platform where they can prototype ideas with a fast turnaround of results, complementing local computing facilities available in the institute’s five founding universities, and national resources.”

The Alan Turing Institute was setup as a joint venture between the universities of Warwick, University College London, Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge, as well as the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, in 2015.

The ultimate aim of the institute is to make the UK the leader in the data science sector, and has subsequently received £42 million of government investment as well as an additional £10 million in funding from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Jeannette Wing, corporate vice-president of Microsoft Research, said: “This partnership with the Alan Turing Institute is a prime example of how Microsoft is investing in the global data science research ecosystem, and we look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration.” 

Microsoft’s partnership with the institute is a clear indication of what type of organisations they plan on supporting in the future.

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