Michael Luck, Professor of Computer Science at King’s College London, is stepping down as Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted AI (the STAI CDT), as he will be leaving King’s later this year to join the University of Sussex, where he has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. Alessio Lomuscio, Professor of Safe Artificial Intelligence and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at Imperial College London, is also stepping down from his role as the CDT Deputy Director.
Professors Luck and Lomuscio have been instrumental in establishing the STAI CDT and we extend our heartfelt thanks to both of them for all they have done for the CDT since its inception in 2018. Both will continue to be involved with supporting the work of the centre.
The new Director of the STAI CDT is Dr Elizabeth Black, Reader in Artificial Intelligence at King’s, and the new Deputy Director is Alessandra Russo, Professor in Applied Computational Logic at Imperial. Both come with extensive experience of managing the CDT – Dr Black has been a founding co-Director since 2019, with particular responsibilities for the training programme and EDI strategy, while Professor Russo has been a co-Director since 2021, responsible for Imperial admissions and for partner engagement.
Professor Luck commented, “I’m proud of the work of the STAI CDT, and its exemplary training of the next generation of experts in safe and trusted AI. I’m delighted to be handing the baton of Director to Liz, who I know will be fantastic in the role and who cares deeply about the CDT”.
Dr Black has said, “We’re hugely grateful to both Michael and Alessio for their leadership and for their work in shaping the STAI CDT to what it is today. I’m excited to take on the role of Director and look forward to working with Alessandra and the rest of the STAI director team and staff to lead the CDT into its next chapter”.