Innovate UK launches new tool to navigate UK’s AI landscape

20 Feb 2024 | Network Updates | Update from Innovate UK
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Navigating the UK’s artificial intelligence research and innovation ecosystem becomes easier with new interactive digital map by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

WAIFinder, a new interactive digital map, has been developed and led by UKRI with support from Nesta, the innovation agency for social good.

It will allow researchers and innovators to browse companies, funders, incubators and academic institutions that are involved in creating artificial intelligence (AI) products, services, processes and research.

Esra Kasapoglu, director of AI and Data Economy for Innovate UK said: "AI is already revolutionising the way we live and work. It has the potential to transform our economy and the UK is well-positioned to be at the vanguard. With the launch of WAIFinder we can help connect innovators with ideas and opportunities and help shape the economy and society of tomorrow."

Mallory Durran, director of Data Science Practice at Nesta said: "WAIfinder is proving that advances in data science techniques and the increasing quality of the open data landscape can enable us to make important information more transparent. Our work with UKRI is designed to help UK researchers, developers, funders and policymakers navigate the rapidly evolving AI landscape as effectively as possible."

The dynamic and constantly-updated tool is web-based and freely accessible to users.

WAIFinder will be hosted and maintained by Innovate UK KTN.

This article was first published on 19 February by UK Research and Innovation.

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