Major research award for Marta Kwiatkowska

A Trinity academic has received a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to fund cutting-edge research projects that address some of today’s most pressing challenges.

Marta Kwiatkowska, Professorial Fellow in Computing Systems, is one of nine Oxford academics to receive ERC Advanced Grants; the award is her second Advanced Grant – an unusual achievement. The awards, funded through the EU and worth up to €2.5 million each, allow established top researchers from across disciplines to explore their most creative ideas.

Professor Kwiatkowska’s award is for a project that aims to make progress towards provably robust ‘strong’ artificial intelligence – which seeks to match human intelligence – amid rapid advancement in machine learning technology.

Professor Kwiatkowska said: ‘I am amazed by the award of the grant. It will allow me to focus on safety and robustness for AI, which are very important topics in view of the widespread deployment of such systems.’

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: ‘The ERC Advanced Grants back outstanding researchers throughout Europe. Their pioneering work has the potential to make a difference in people’s everyday life and deliver solutions to some of our most urgent challenges. The ERC gives these bright minds the possibility to follow their most creative ideas and to play a decisive role in the advancement of all domains of knowledge.’

ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grants are highly competitive and provide long-term funding for exceptional leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects.  222 scientists were given awards as part of a €540 million EU investment to boost cutting-edge research.

Posted: 28 March 2019

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