Training the next generation of experts in methods of safe and trusted AI

Find out more

Programme

The Safe and Trusted AI PhD programme focusses on the use of symbolic AI techniques for ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of AI systems.

People

The Centre’s direction, training and supervision is delivered by a team of world leading experts from King’s College London and Imperial College London.

Partnerships

Engagement with diverse non-academic partners ensures that the Centre’s training and research are relevant and valuable to industry and society.

Cross institutional collaboration

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence is led by King’s College London in collaboration with Imperial College London. King’s and Imperial are renowned for their expertise in AI and host some of the world’s leaders in the area. PhD students joining the Centre are registered at either King’s or Imperial , depending on their main supervisor, with resources from each institution available to all students.
Cross Institutional Collaboration

Unique PhD opportunities

Our research

An AI system is considered to be safe when we can provide some assurance about the correctness of its behaviour, and it is considered to be trustworthy if the average user can have well-placed confidence in the system and its decision making.  The Centre focusses particularly on the use of symbolic AI techniques for ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of AI systems. Symbolic AI techniques provide an explicit language for representing, analysing and reasoning about systems and their behaviours. Explicit models can be verified and solutions based on them can be guaranteed as safe and correct; and they can provide human-understandable explanations and support user collaboration and interaction with AI – key for developing trust in a system.

Cohort-based training programme

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence offers a unique four-year PhD programme, focussed on the use of symbolic AI techniques for ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of AI systems. Students will engage in various training activities alongside a cohort of peers, while also working on their individual PhD project. Alongside technical training in state-of-the-art AI techniques, students will acquire a deep understanding of ethical, societal, and legal implications of AI, in an academic and industrial setting.

Industry partnership

Industry partners engage with the Centre in numerous ways including through student sponsorship, training delivery (such as group projects and hackathons), student placement opportunities and cohort building activities. This engagement ensures that students are exposed to the different experiences, challenges, and technical problems involved in both start-ups and large corporations. The training programme has been designed with input from the Centre’s partners, ensuring that the skills our students develop are relevant and valuable to industry.

About us

Fully-funded studentships

Fully-funded studentships per year

Industry funding committed

£1m+

Industry funding
committed

Latest news

Our industry partners

Vodafone
Association of Commonwealth Universities
University of New South Wales
Thales
Royal mail
Ocado
FiveAI
Ernst and Young
Ericsson
contact engine
codeplay
BT
Norton Rose Fulbright
The National Archives
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
IBM
hive online
Greenshoot Labs
Samsung
British Library
Amazon Web Services (UK)
The Alan Turing Institute
Bruno Kessler Foundation FBK

How to find us

King’s College London
Department of Informatics
UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence
Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG
View on map | View in Google Maps

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
Huxley Building
180 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ
View on map | View in Google Maps